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Beginning August 28, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources will be adding rotenone to several lakes and streams in the Eastern Uinta Mountains aimed at helping eliminate invasive species that threaten the populations of Colorado River Cutthroat trout. 

Jimmy Emerson, DVM / Flickr

The Utah Rail Passengers Association announced this week that they disapprove of the current proposal for the Uinta Basin Railway presented by the Seven County Infrastructure Coalition, a rail line intended to expand the economy of the Uinta Basin. 

Bureau of Land Management

As wildfires are becoming larger and more frequent across the nation, scientists are interested in the potential impacts smoke emissions may have on the atmosphere and air quality. 

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Utah State University’s Synthetic Spider Silk Laboratory is using CRISPR technology to edit the DNA of silkworms in order to increase the strength and elasticity of their silk. Their DNA will contain strands from silk spiders, who are known for their incredibly strong silk. 

Gabriel Ugueto

If you have ever traveled to southeastern Utah, you may have noticed a greenish-colored rock formation sandwiched between the monumental red rocks. This green mudstone is part of the Morrison Formation, a distinct rock layer spread across the western United States. 

Gillian Allard, FAO of United Nations / Bugwood.org

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food is warning Utahns not to transport firewood across state lines because the wood could be harboring invasive insects. 

Zach Gompert / iNaturalist

Utah State University biology professors wants to engage the community with a unique citizen science project aiming to explore interactions between insects and alfalfa plants. 

Peter Padelsky / USFWS / Flickr

The Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge near Brigham City is applying for an Urban Night Sky Place designation through the International Dark Sky Association. The wildlife refuge hopes this designation will set an example for other places in Utah to minimize light pollution.

Joseph Alleman

Local art studio Jump the Moon is hosting a series of monthly professional demonstration nights to help raise money for their unique nonprofit organization that aims to make art more accessible to those with mental and physical challenges. These monthly events will allow participants to learn new art skills from professional artists.

Utah Division of Wildlife Resources

Last year, the Dollar Ridge Fire in Ashley National Forest burned over 100 square miles of land in Utah, including several state wildlife management areas, destroying several guzzlers that help supply water for wildlife during the dry season. 

Kent Sutcliffe / NRCS

The Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) recently released the Utah Water Supply Report for spring, revealing that reservoir levels across Utah are significantly above average this year and approaching capacity. This information is especially important for dam managers and water conservation districts who distribute water to their water users.

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On Wednesday, due to a pump malfunctioned, too much chlorine was pumped into a public pool in Pleasant Grove, Utah causing dozens to be rushed to the hospital. 

Mark Mauno / Flickr

New research has brought us closer to understanding the composition of the earth’s interior – and it is less uniform than previously thought.

Utah Division of Natural Resources

Urban deer conflicts can be frustrating when deer eat garden vegetables and deadly when deer are involved in car accidents. Utah's Division of Wildlife Resources reccently made changes to eliminate the relocation aspect of the urban deer program.

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

Bacterial infections can cause a variety of symptoms from mild intestinal discomfort to death. Recent research could lead to a new form of antibiotics by shutting down bacteria’s injection system.

US Fire Administration

For wildfire firefighters, knowing exactly how long it takes for them to reach safety is critical, and new research provides more precise information about the time to cross different terrains and different slopes. 

Large explosion in a rural area along railroad tracks at night.
Juab County Sheriff's Office

A controlled detonation Sunday night in Juab County lit up the sky with a massive fireball. A Union Pacific freight train went off the tracks near Eureka in western Utah on Saturday derailing several railcars carrying dangerous materials, requiring a collaborative effort by state and federal agencies to contain railcars leaking propane and biodiesel.   

Sign saying Caution Extreme Heat Danger in rocks with mountains in the background.
CDC

The warm temperatures of spring are heading our way and the intense heat of the summer is just around the corner. Now, there is new research investigating how we perceive extreme heat and how it can affect us. 

Salt Lake Tribune

A majority of Utah lawmakers in the House have approved a plan they hope will reduce air pollution in Utah by encouraging more people to use trains and buses.

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Ascending Technologies

Like everything else, bridges are prone to wear and tear, often from environmental elements and constant use. New research out of Utah State University says the use of drones could help identify cracks, and ultimately extend the life of bridges.

Top right is a charred slope with burned trees, middle is a deep canyon where the river has been dramatically altered, left side is an unburned slope.
Chris Brown, Utah State University

The land of the western United States is shaped by wildfire and water availability. According to new research from Utah State University, increasing the number of smaller wildfires could increase water resources in the West.   

Two white men, one with a blue shirt and one with a red shirt sit behind a black tablet, sensors, and a google home.
Dan Hixson/University of Utah College of Engineering

The University of Utah’s School of Computing are setting up participants with tools to monitor the air quality in their own homes. This pilot program may change how people visualize and perceive the air in their homes. 

Breastfeeding May Lower Stress In 5-Month Old Babies

Oct 31, 2018
A black mother holds her baby to her breast to breastfeed. Woman is wearing a green t-shirt and baby a blue onesie.
Office on Women's Heath

A Utah researcher wanted to know more about maternal caregiving, such as breastfeeding, and if it could lead to lower levels of stress in five-month-old babies. 

Electric wheelchair sits on a black pad in a white living room with a table, painting, and sofa.
Sustainable Electrified Transport Center

Traditional electric wheelchairs often limit user’s mobility because of the amount of time it takes to recharge the battery.

White, male geologist stands next to a pip gushing water with a creek and riparian system in the background.
CA Department of Water Resources

Fluid flow is an engineering application that can be difficult to understand or visualize, but a forthcoming smartphone app will aid in visualizing fluid mechanics flow fields.

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