News Clips for Jan. 17, 2019

University of Utah to develop first dark sky studies minor in the U.S.

The University of Utah has been awarded $250,000 to establish a new undergraduate minor in dark sky studies, which will explore the impacts of artificial light at night through a broad range of disciplines. The gift comes from the W. M. Keck Foundation, which was established in 1954 by the late founder of the Superior Oil Co.


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‘Junk DNA’ may help yeast survive stress

Like deleted scenes snipped out of a movie, some sequences in our genes end up on the cutting-room floor, and cells don’t use them to make proteins. Now, two studies find that these segments, known as introns, help yeast survive during hard times. The research uncovers another possible function for a type of DNA that scientists once thought was useless.

Family history linked to longevity: Here are the 5 secrets to living a long, healthy life

Turns out, there’s a high chance of living a long life if you come from a family with many long-lived members, and that includes your aunts and uncles. According to the researchers from Netherlands’ Leiden University and US’ University of Utah, your risk of dying is reduced if your uncles and aunts are among the top survivors in the family, even if your parents did not live to be extremely old.

The Legislature will probably pass a hands-free bill. Whether it’s going to make driving in Minnesota safer is less clear

Minnesota legislators will make another push to require those who want to talk on the phone while driving to use hands-free devices.