News Clips for Aug. 28, 2019

Popular Utah rock-climbing spot vibrates in time with earth, wind, and waves

Scientists at the University of Utah have made the first detailed seismic measurements of a pillar-shaped sandstone formation in Utah known as Castleton Tower. [corrected] The structure vibrates at two key resonant frequencies, according to a new paper in the Bulletin of the Seismological Society of America. That means it's likely to withstand earthquakes of low to moderate magnitudes. The methodology the Utah team developed can also be applied to other natural rock structures to determine how vulnerable they are to seismic and other similar activity. Also in Voz Pópuli and Earth.com.

Decades ago, researchers overstated the plight of ‘crack babies.’ Now a Utah study asks: Is science making the same mistake on opioids?

Researchers at the University of Utah hoped to find answers about the risks facing babies whose mothers use opioids while they are pregnant. But the data they found in existing medical literature was far from conclusive — even though previous studies claimed to have found significant health effects on the children. Also in 10/11 Now and Healio.

Utah researchers analyze transit data to determine pollution offsets

Researchers at the University of Utah released a study that uses rider data to determine the emissions saved by passengers taking transit instead of driving alone in cars.

To Justify Using Weed, Pregnant Women Cling to an Old and Dubious Study

FIFTY YEARS ago this summer, Melanie Dreher, a registered nurse and young graduate student in anthropology, landed in rural Jamaica to study how people there were using cannabis. It was the same summer of the moon landing and Woodstock, where “400,000 of my best friends were having a good time,” she said. Dreher didn’t really want to be in Jamaica. But doing fieldwork in an unfamiliar place was required by her Columbia University doctorate program, and for Dreher, who had never been to Jamaica or used cannabis, this assignment met that criteria.

Lori Loughlin avoids media and fans during her recent court appearance. Here’s why that matters

Lori Loughlin avoided a media scrum on Tuesday when she appeared in federal court in Boston. NBC10 Boston reporter Eli Rosenberg shared a video of Loughlin entering into the courthouse from the back door, “avoiding dozens of media members waiting out front.”

Fecal transplants might help make koalas less picky eaters

A tale of fecal transplants Down Under hints that microbes could help choosy koalas expand their diets. Capsules loaded with intestinal bacteria changed the gut microbial communities of recipient koalas, and may have helped shift the animals’ diets. These fecal transplants gave microbes from koalas that mostly ate one type of eucalyptus, called messmate, to other koalas that usually munched manna gum, a different eucalypt. Some of the koalas that received the treatment upped their messmate intake, researchers report August 21 in Animal Microbiome.

Hey ESPN, don’t call the BYU-Utah rivalry a ‘Holy War’

Calling the BYU-Utah rivalry game the Holy War doesn’t fit, but it’s a reference with a catchy phrase that’s mostly used in marketing. Here’s why the time has come to dump it.

Children Die Sooner In Pediatric Emergency Units With Poor Facilities

Children in need of urgent medical attention are three times more likely to die at hospitals ill-equipped to address their critical state. A study by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh, UCLA and the University of Utah said that children admitted to emergency departments that were fully prepared to meet the specific needs of children had more chances of survival.

Robert S. Broadhead: Inland ports are already ruining the environment of the west

While cycling to Saltair recently, along the shoreline of Great Salt Lake, I noticed large signs advertising: “Phase 1 Coming Soon For Lease: Class A Bulk Distribution.” What this means is that the building of Salt Lake’s proposed inland port has begun.