News Clips for Aug. 4-6, 2018

Campfires still beckon, even when they're not allowed

The blue glow on the horizon dims, and here, around the fire, talk shifts into a different gear that's softer than the bright day. People sit close. A warm light dances on their faces. Gathering around a crackling fire is now more luxury than necessity—and one increasingly out of reach, thanks in part to dry summers and regular campfire bans in parts of Canada.

Salt Lake hosting Transplant Games of America

The 2018 Donate Life Transplant Games of America in Salt Lake City—which run through Tuesday—highlight the critical importance of organ, eye and tissue donation while celebrating the lives of organ donors and recipients. An estimated 6,000 athletes and transplant supporters will be attending the games, bringing in an estimated $8 million to $10 million in economic benefit to Utah.

See how behavior and emotions impact chronic pain

The University of Utah Center on Mindfulness and Integrative Health Intervention Development, or C-MIND, is conducting research on behavioral treatment options for chronic pain. Dr. Eric Garland, Presidential Scholar, Professor and Associate Dean for Research at the University of Utah College of Social Work says studies show behavioral programs can change how pain is processed in the brain and can actually reduce pain.

13 Prosthetic Arms and Legs and More That Appear to have Come from the Future

Prosthetics have a long and fascinating history but current developments in robotic prosthesis are rapidly gaining pace. From mind-controlled synthetic limbs to ones made from lego, current developments are as varied as the amputees who wield them.

Hot and steamy energy? Utah hopes for a geothermal first

John McLennan is ready to battle Mother Nature and the odds by turning 50 years of history on its head and accessing geothermal power in a new way. "For a researcher, this is more than a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity," said McLennan, an associate professor of chemical engineering at the University of Utah.

Privatized: 15 Years Of For-Profit Prison Growth

From 2000 to 2016, the United States’ use of controversial for-profit prisons to lock up inmates increased by nearly half, according to a new report by The Sentencing Project called “Capitalizing on Mass Incarceration.” During a similar period, between 2002 and 2017, the number of immigrant detainees in private prisons soared 442 percent.

Unaffordable housing has become a crisis in Utah

According to a recent report from the University of Utah Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute, housing prices have been steadily rising since the 1990s, but Utah wages are not matching that growth, and low-income families are starting to suffer as a result.

Gaining Support for Renewable Projects When Government Mandates Only Scratch the Surface

New research emerging from the University of Utah under the supervision of Indiana University Professor Sanya Carley and her team concludes that renewable mandates drive renewable energy development. The study found that “states that require utilities to increase renewable energy see expansion of renewable energy facilities and generation” with a particular emphasis on solar energy.

Anaconda-Deer Lodge County survey seeks creative mental health solutions

This July, Montana Tech professor Megan Rediske teamed up with the Anaconda-Deer Lodge County Health Department to conduct a survey of the county’s mental health services.