News Clips for Dec. 28-30, 2019

Why students readily accept Big Brother on campus

According to the Dec. 25 front-page article “Big Brother on campus: Monitoring stirs debate,” some professors and education advocates argue that the new college surveillance systems “will infantilize students in the very place where they’re expected to grow into adults.” This is rich. Are these same professors and education advocates blind to how they have been infantilizing students for years?

Ron Mittelhammer: We see the benefits of Ruth Watkins’ stewardship. What about the costs?

I found the commentary written by five chair emeriti of the University of Utah’s Board of Trustees, transparent in its attempt to stress the positives and ignore the negatives regarding Ruth Watkin’s stewardship, to be deeply disturbing and emblematic of continuing leadership problems plaguing the university.

Not-so-good vibrations? Chopper tours may be damaging Utah’s arches

Dozens of arches across Utah have collapsed in the last two decades, prompting new research that examines the potential long-term effects of helicopter tours and the vibrations they emit as they do their flybys over popular tourist attractions.

Utah puts a headlock on high-tech bonafides in 2019

You’d expect to see some pretty prodigious innovations coming out of a state that was one of just a handful at ground-zero when the internet was born. Utah has more than held its own in the whizz-bang world of technology over recent decades, but 2019 may go down as the year the Beehive State put a permanent headlock on its high-tech bona fides.

Top 10 Utah news stories of 2019

The Road Home closed. New resource centers for homeless men, women and children opened around Salt Lake County. But figuring out what’s best for those who have nowhere to live remains a work in progress. As state and local leaders continue to work out the kinks in a system now focused on services and housing, they’re optimistic that the changes will begin a new era for addressing homelessness in Utah.

Looking Back At The Decade In Utah News

The past ten years were marked by doings and undoings in Utah. From changes to public lands management and ballot propositions, to church policies and liquor laws, Utahns may come out of the 2010s with a bit of whiplash.

The top 10 moments from Utah Utes sports in 2019

As the year draws to a close, it’s time to reflect on all the most memorable moments, or most impactful moments, from the year for the University of Utah athletics department. The 2019 season was good to Utah athletics, which saw a lot of success in nearly every sport. From the football team being involved in the College Football Playoff discussion to lacrosse playing its first Division I season, there’s a lot too recap.

How do conifers survive droughts? Study points to existing roots, not new growth

As the world warms, a new study is helping scientists understand how cone-bearing trees like pines and junipers may respond to drought. The research addresses a classic question in the field: When conditions are dry for long periods of time, do trees survive by growing new roots to tap water sources, or by relying on established roots that already go deep?

One Giant Leap for Mankind; Top 10 Scientific Breakthroughs of 2019

If there is one thing that we’re grateful for as we head into the new decade, it’s that scientists from all over the world have been tirelessly continuing to solve some of the most fascinating mysteries of the universe and toughest problems on Earth.

Touching moments in prosthetics: New bionic limbs that can 'feel'

Phantom pain was all that Keven Walgamott had left of the limb he lost in an accident over a decade ago — until he tried on the LUKE Arm for the first time in 2017, and told researchers that he could “feel” again. The arm is a motorized and sensorized prosthetic that has been in development for more than 15 years by a team at the University of Utah.

The Biggest Philanthropic Gifts Of 2019

In a year during which the debate about whether billionaires had a right to exist took center stage, some of the world’s richest continued to give away chunks of their fortunes to charitable causes.

Company Charges People $1 Million for Reverse Aging Clinical Trial

Are you willing to pay a million dollars to participate in a reverse aging clinical trial? For almost as long as man has existed, we’ve sought a recipe to reverse aging. In the early years, it involved finding the mythical elixir of life.

A Banner Year for Big Gifts in 2019

The Chronicle’s annual top-10 list of the largest gifts announced by individuals or their foundations total more than $6.2 billion in 2019.

The Outer Fringes of Our Language: A Conversation with Werner Herzog

I INVITED WERNER HERZOG to Stanford to discuss a relatively unknown masterpiece published in 1967 called The Peregrine, by an obscure British writer named J. A. Baker. We hardly know anything about him, except that he authored one of the most extraordinary pieces of nature writing of the 20th century. The Peregrine is one of Herzog’s favorite books, and it’s one of mine as well.

Barbie Dolls Refashioned as Scientists With Help From Utah Forest Ecologist

When Nalini Nadkarni was a kid, she’d run home from school, climb into one of the eight maple trees in her parents’ backyard and spend an afternoon there with an apple and a book.

Utah birth rate still on decline even as economy recovers

Utah is known for its high birth rate, but an ongoing lag has researchers wondering if the state is in a new era of lower fertility.

7 of the Best Tech for the Impaired

For the impaired, no matter their disability, any piece of kit that can help improve their quality of life can only be seen as a good thing. That being said, there are various tech inventions that can allow people with disabilities to communicate effectively and overall add more safety in their lives, and some can even be revolutionary for their lives.