News Clips for April 2, 2019

How to Build a Robot

The all-American FIRST Robotics team from Cottonwood High School included refugees from countries including Brazil, Haiti, Iraq, Myanmar, Nepal, Somalia and Afghanistan. Tagged the “Underdogs,” many of these students have only lived in the U.S. for a matter of months. English is definitely a second language.

Research shows high altitude increases depression and suicide, especially for women

Researchers at the University of Utah believe people who live at higher altitudes can become more depressed than people who live closer to sea level. The effect, they say, is especially noticeable in women.

The Great Cattle-Gate Case ends with Coloradan pleading no contest and pointing fingers at southern Utah power brokers

The alleged crime occurred on April Fools’ Day 2017, when a corral gate was closed on Lime Ridge in Utah’s Bears Ears National Monument, a move San Juan County prosecutors described as a calculated attempt to kill cattle and disrupt a livestock operation.

Is sleeping just 4 hours a night a health risk?

“Sleep is overrated.” So proclaims Stephen Klasko, who throughout his life has taken pride in sleeping only four or five hours a night. Those extra few hours away from his pillow, he believes, have allowed him to write books, run marathons, and achieve his lofty professional goals.

SnoFolio Announces Partnership with University of Utah Alpine Ski Club

SnoFolio’s goal of keeping the dream of skiing alive in someone’s life for as long as possible is very closely aligned with our purpose as a Club, says Daniel Demschar, president of the University of Utah Alpine Ski Club.

You aren’t right-brained, you’re just wrong

For much of history, Western theories of what makes people different from each other, such as phrenology, or the pseudoscience linking head shape to mental traits, have been based on the observable, physical differences in our brains. Such theories are unsubstantiated. However, pop culture continues to perpetuate the myth that people tend to be more left or right brained, and that this affects their personality.

Letter: Are Asians not people of color?

In reading your March 26 story about the new University of Utah law school dean, I was pleased to also learn that Erika George has been named as the new director of the Tanner Humanities Center, succeeding outgoing director Robert Goldberg, who has led the center for 13 years.

Wireless research test site opens in Salt Lake City

The opening of the site comes after a collaboration between the University of Utah’s Platform for Open Wireless Data-driven Experimental Research (POWDER) and Rice University’s Reconfigurable Ecosystem for Next-gen End-to-end Wireless (RENEW).

US Energy Storage Solution: Giant Coal-Killing Water Batteries

The conventional wisdom seems to be fading out. Researchers in Australia just published a new study indicating that the global potential for water batteries is far greater than previously though. The new Energy Department funding also looks to expand the universe of pumped hydro locations.

DOE awarding up to $7.5M to hydropower projects

The US Department of Energy (DOE) announced selections for up to $7.5 million for innovations that reduce cost and maximize the value of new stream-reach hydropower development and pumped storage hydropower (PSH). Funded projects will develop new design concepts and associated modeling and analysis for standard modular hydropower (SMH) and PSH, respectively.

Great Basin Brewing Company launches month-long series of Beers & Beasts

Dr. Randy Irmis, the Chief Curator and a Curator of Paleontology at the Natural History Museum of Utah, and an Associate Professor in the Department of Geology & Geophysics at the University of Utah. Much of his research has focused on the beginning of the age of dinosaurs, the Triassic Period. He is interested in how ecosystems changed during this time, and why dinosaurs become so successful while other animal groups died out.