Science

Hidden Climate Records Within Tree Rings

Aug 9, 2018
Chainsaw tree cuts
Steve Voelker / Utah State University

 

In northern California, along with portions of the coast, you will find redwood trees. Some of the largest and longest-living trees in the world.

The Aerospace Corporation has released a plan for spacecraft developers to reduce launching costs of smallsats
The Aerospsace Corporation

Being able to launch a small satellite payload into space is one of the biggest obstacles for government, commercial and research institutions. Smallsat industry experts expect as many as 20,000 small satellites to be launched over the next 10 years. 

Fir tree suffers from Adelgid infection
William M. Ciesla / Forest Health Management

 

 

 

People aren’t the only ones active this summer. Small insects are also out and about, taking advantage of the warmer weather and green real estate.

A pigeon with a grassy background and orange leaves.
Outdoor Nebraska

Through genomic sequencing, researchers at the University of Utah have discovered a single gene responsible for pigeon wing patterns and human blindness. 

Permaculture plant outdoor design
Utah State University Extension

 

 

 

Individuals in Moab are redesigning spaces using permaculture principles that protect from environmental stresses like sun exposure and drought.

West Nile-Positive Mosquito Found Near Willard Bay

Jul 30, 2018
An brown and red, engorged mosquito extracted blood from a human.
USDA

Earlier this month, Box Elder Mosquito Abatement monitors in Willard Bay found a West Nile-positive mosquito. 

Star explosion
NASA, ESA and the Hubble SM4 ERO Team

Researchers at the University of Utah are collaborating with partners like NASA’s NuSTAR and international Telescope Array Project to learn more about cosmic rays. New technologies have made it possible for researchers to study stars light years away. And just recently they’ve discovered that superstars like Eta Carinae, are sending cosmic rays all the way to Earth.  

A black magnet levitates slightly above a clear dish which sits on top of a block of liquid nitrogen.
Wikipedia

Researchers at the University of Utah made a break-through discovery about superconductivity properties of metals using tiny wires. This could help reduce the amount of heat produced by equipment such as computers. 

Bee Inspired Gardens
Bronson Teichert

What do green lawns and concrete have in common? While one is arguably more aesthetically pleasing, both have the effect of reducing biodiversity in outdoor spaces. To address nutrient-leaching and reduced-pollinator activity, researchers across the country are working with citizens to understand and adopt alternatives.

Fault lines visible from sky
Flickr

 

In a recent study, researchers from Utah State University uncovered some truths about the southern tip of the San Andreas fault in California. The well-known fault stretches over 700 miles and marks the meeting of the North American and Pacific tectonic plates.

Blue sky with four air boats in the water with some algae by the shore.
Rachel Hager

It’s 8:00 a.m. on a warm morning in June at Farmington Bay Waterfowl Management Area. The marsh is alive with noisy waterfowl.

A puffy white dandelion head disintegrates in the wind in front of a blue sky.
Britannica

According to the new research from Utah State University, how a plant disperses its seeds is related to other life history strategies. 

Seed dispersal is the movement or transportation of seeds away from the parent plant.

Grid pattern city scape
Pxhere

 

 

 

Researchers in North Carolina have found that spatial patterns in landscapes can influence water use. The findings of the study could have large implications for urban sprawl in the arid state of Utah where the population is projected to double by 2050.

A Native American scholar presents her research to the Science college dean at Utah State University. White poster with photos and descriptive text about the student's research.
Mary-Ann Muffoletto, USU

Last week, Utah State University received a million-dollar grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute to create the new Mentoring and Encouraging Student Academic Success program to better support Native American students transferring to USU Logan from the USU Blanding campus.

Heat Safety Tips
NOAA

As temperatures rise across the state, officials at the National Weather Service are improving the way they issue heat advisories.

Paul Campbell and Bruce Bugbee stand on each side of the new environmental observatory, a tall white metal structure with a variety of instrumentation, featuring the informational plaque in the bottom right.
Deni Murray

It was a sunny, but windy afternoon as dignitaries, instrumentation scientists, and curious community members met in downtown Logan.

Remote Avalanche Control System installation
Wyssen Avalanche Control

Although outside temperatures are warming, the Utah Department of Transportation is already preparing for what next winter may bring, by adopting avalanche technology from Swiss engineers.

A TRAX light rail train pulls into the station with railroads, green grass, and a blue sky.
HEAL Utah

New research out of the University of Utah tracks air quality across the Wasatch Front through instruments placed on TRAX light rail trains, revealing diverse air quality patterns throughout the Wasatch Front.

Summer App Camp Teaches Girls How To Code

Jun 5, 2018
Girls learn to use block software on Android devices
USU STARS! Gear Up

 

What is an App camp? Jody Clarke-Midura is an assistant professor in the Instructional Technology and Learning Sciences program at Utah State University. She works with the App Camp which started a few years ago.

Utah Scientists Study Lightning
ofthebox.org

Data collected from a remote high-desert lab in Utah could help scientists learn more about the origin of lightning.

Instruments for the Telescope Array Lightning Project in Millard County recorded bursts of gamma ray flashes produced in the first milliseconds of cloud-to-ground lightning strikes.

Two prairie dogs pop out of their burrow surrounded by red dirt and small green plants.
National Park Service

According to Linda Mazzu, superintendent at Bryce Canyon National Park, a high water table has caused the water source for Bryce Canyon National Park to flow through prairie dog burrows before it enters the treatment facility.

Traditional timers on irrigation systems often lead to overwatering
Wikimedia

  

The Utah Division of Water Resources has developed a statewide rebates program to encourage water conservation. The legislative-sponsored program offers rebates on technologies ranging from irrigation controllers to low-flow toilets.  

Great Salt Lake Pelicans Under Threat

May 28, 2018
A pair of American White pelicans gather in shallow water.
Utah Department of Natural Resources

According to John Neill, an avian biologist with the Utah Department of Natural Resources, a shrinking Great Salt Lake has serious consequences for the migratory bird populations that call the lake home throughout the year. 

Ceremonial signing of climate resolution by Utah governor
Utah Governor's Office

Last week, Utah legislation took a leap towards a more sustainable future with the passing of the state’s first climate change resolution. The House Concurrent Resolution on Environmental and Economic Stewardship was sponsored by Republican Representative Rebecca P. Edwards of District 20.

Sunlight peeking between rocky craigs, reflecting off the Unita Mountain snow pack.
NOAA Research

According to new research out of Utah State University, perceiving local weather as warmer or colder than normal is strongly connected to our pre-existing beliefs in climate change. 

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