News Clips for Jan. 18-21, 2020

FOR YEARS UTAH'S LGBTQ CHILDREN WERE SUBJECTED TO CONVERSION THERAPY. THAT'S ABOUT TO END

Nathan Dalley had his first crush on a boy when he was in fourth grade. He had never felt a connection with another person quite like it. "It was different," he tells Newsweek. In that moment, the 9-year-old couldn't have envisioned how his attraction to that boy and others—and the ways in which adults would react to those sparks—would go on to shape his life.

Hunting alien star clusters and black holes

A University of Utah professor and his students are working to produce the first catalog of star clusters in the Triangulum Galaxy, also called Messier 33. They are following the model of a similar catalog he helped produced of a section of the closest large galaxy to our own, Andromeda.

Utah tech ready to wield its collective political clout on education, transportation and more

The voices of some 300,000 Utahns and the 6,000 or so tech companies that directly and indirectly employ them could, if combined, become a powerful force for change in the state.

Does the United States have a drinking problem?

While opioid-related deaths dominate recent headlines, even more people died as a result of drinking alcoholic beverages over the last two decades. During that period, close to 1 million Americans died from alcohol-related causes, as overall consumption rose and drinking patterns changed, according to an analysis of U.S. death certificates from 1999 to 2017 by researchers at the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Tribune Editorial: Time is a wasting on climate change, Utah

It’s been 10 years — and about a half degree Fahrenheit — since the Utah Legislature passed HJR12, “Climate Change Joint Resolution.” The resolution, a reaction to the Obama administration’s call to regulate carbon, carried no power of law, but it was intended as a clear signal of where Utah stood. It also was complete bunk.

Gregory A. Clark: Genetic differences are real, but no excuse for discrimination

Amidst the recent consternation regarding IQ, race and genetics raised by the work of former University of Utah professor Henry Harpending (The Salt Lake Tribune, Jan. 4), it’s instructive to note the labeling for many diet sodas — “Phenylketonurics: Contains phenylalanine.”

The air is cleaner for those living at higher, more expensive elevations

A simple drive from a Wasatch Front canyon into a valley during an inversion proves a simple point. Air pollution lingers down low. New, inexpensive air pollution sensors are proving the point with more precision than a simple eye test.

3 Questions with Bob Evans: Law professor and Middle East conflict expert Amos Guiora

In recent months, tensions between the U.S. and Iran have intensified — with the shooting down of a U.S. drone, the killing of a U.S. contractor, the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, and the killing of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani. There is fear Iran is developing a nuclear weapon, despite economic sanctions.

University of Utah Health using OrthoGrid tech to improve surgery outcomes

Surgeries can be complex, and the recovery process long, but now new tech can help make it easier for both patients and doctors. OrthoGrid teamed up with University of Utah Health to give them the tools to improve the experience of those having surgery.

The University of Utah’s MLK Week to engage community in civil rights issues and race in America

The Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion at The University of Utah is hosting a week of events in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. The week’s theme is Face Everything and Rise and lasts from January 18 through January 25. The events will take place in various locations.

Silicon Slopes Is A Growing Political Force. But Not Compared To Other Tech Hubs

Speaking before the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit in 2018, Gov. Gary Herbert hailed the Utah tech industry’s contribution to the state. “Certainly the technology industry itself is growing dramatically — It's breathtaking,” he said. “And by the way, you're helping to fuel a significant economic growth and expansion.”

The Great Condom Conundrum

Michael Sanders’ phone has been quite active during the past 48 hours. The main request flooding the HIV educator’s line and social channels? Eager locals trying to get their hands on condoms emblazoned with Utah-centric slogans like “Uintah Sex?” and “Put Your Arch Into It.” The prophylactics, part of a first-of-its-kind statewide HIV-prevention campaign, "The H is for Human,” were pulled by order of Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday—two days after the campaign’s launch.

Fish oil supplements tied to improved male fertility

Men who consume fish oil supplements, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids, might get a boost in fertility, a new study suggests. After examining data from nearly 1,700 young men, researchers determined that fish oil supplement consumption was associated with a higher sperm count, larger testes and improved levels of hormones that contribute to male fertility, according to the report published in JAMA Network Open.

What's The Future For Medical Cannabis Dispensaries?

By March, the state of Utah is scheduled to open the first of 14 dispensaries for Medical Marijuana. But local lawyer Alex Natt says that while the state’s Medical Cannabis system has been legalized, it’s not quite up and running.

Alternative fuels, charging stations and market-based solutions: What Utah is doing to improve air quality

Residents of Utah and Salt Lake valleys who have been outside during the winter months have likely noticed Utah has an air quality problem.