News Clips for Aug. 27, 2019

Move over San Francisco, these are the best 10 cities for techies

Whether you’re starting a tech career or just want to enjoy the perks of living in a well-connected city, these places are perfect for you. More young people are building their careers and their future around technology. Of course, a big part of that future is determined by where you live, and while many techies choose to migrate to big cities like San Francisco or New York, many of the best cities for techies might not be the places you’d expect.

All of Us Research Program to expand public engagement efforts with new partner awards

The All of Us Research Program, part of the National Institutes of Health, has awarded a combined $9.1 million in initial funding to two organizations to further the program’s extensive community engagement efforts. HCM Strategists, of Washington, D.C., and the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, will develop innovative approaches to educate communities and support enduring relationships with program participants.

UTA usually prevents more pollution than it creates—but not always

Utah Transit Authority buses and trains usually prevent more pollution than they create by reducing single-rider car trips. But a new study says that is not always the case. At times and places with low ridership—such as weekends, evenings and outside the crowded urban core—the emission-cutting benefits of UTA dwindle and even disappear, according to the study by University of Utah researchers Daniel Mendoza, Martin Buchert and John Lin.

Utah's red rock metronome: Seismic readings reveal Castleton Tower's unseen vibrations

At about the same rate that your heart beats, a Utah rock formation called Castleton Tower gently vibrates, keeping time and keeping watch over the sandstone desert. Swaying like a skyscraper, the red rock tower taps into the deep vibrations in the earth—wind, waves and far-off earthquakes. New research from University of Utah geologists details the natural vibration of the tower, measured with the help of two skilled rock climbers.

Uber And Lyft Take A Lot More From Drivers Than They Say

In July, an Uber driver we’ll call Dave—his name has been changed here to protect his identity—picked up a fare in a trendy neighborhood of a major U.S. metropolitan area. It was rush hour and surge pricing was in effect due to increased demand, meaning that Dave would be paid almost twice the regular fare.

Utah Department Of Health Investigating Link Between Vaping And Lung Disease

It’s been presented as a safe alternative to smoking, but health officials in Utah are reporting that vaping is possibly linked to five serious hospitalizations across the state. In a press release last week, the Utah Department of Health said all five patients reported shortness of breath, coughing, fatigue and chest pain, which progressively worsened. The department said it’s unclear whether the patients will suffer long-term health effects.

University of Utah president responds to questions about Lauren McCluskey’s murder

University of Utah President Ruth Watkins took questions Monday from faculty and students for the first time publicly since Lauren McCluskey was killed on campus nearly a year ago—though she declined to get into the specifics about police discipline.

Older Drivers Distracted by In-Vehicle Infotainment Systems Says AAA

According to a study conducted by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety and the University of Utah, older drivers are taking more time — approximately eight seconds longer — than drivers between the ages of 21 and 36, to manipulate the system. Eight seconds may not sound like a long period of time, but AAA reports drivers double their chance of getting into an accident or crash after two seconds of not looking at the road.

Study: Lake Powell pipeline to cost $3.2 billion

New research shows the proposed Lake Powell Pipeline, the largest new diversion of the Colorado River, will cost an estimated $3.2 billion for Utah taxpayers, according to the Utah Rivers Council. The estimates come amid concern over the pipeline’s financial impacts on local ratepayers and taxpayers.

There Is One Very Good Reason Parents Get Sick More Often

In August 2009, scientists from the University of Utah began collecting diary entries devoted to the description of coughs, sneezes, diarrhea, and other symptoms of illness as well as nasal swabs from members of 26 families. For a year, they monitored parents and children for 16 different respiratory viruses. They found that young children were more likely to report symptoms and have viruses in their mucus than their older siblings. They also found that parents were more likely than non-parents to be sick.

Video Games May Ease Depression In Adults, Say UConn Researchers

Video games often get a bad rap for isolating young people. However, they might be an effective treatment for older adults with depression. Scientists from several universities, including the University of Connecticut, are investigating.