News clips for Jan 23-27, 2020

Radioactive dinosaur skull helped researchers make new discovery

Allosaurus was a fierce predator at the top of the dinosaur food chain millions of years before Tyrannosaurus rex claimed its "king of the dinosaurs" title and researchers have now discovered the earliest known species of Allosaurus. The new species, Allosaurus jimmadseni, has been revealed at the Natural History Museum of Utah, home to the world's largest collection of Allosaurus fossils. The dinosaur lived in what is now western North America during the Late Jurassic Period between 152 and 157 million years ago. Findings about the new species published Friday in the journal PeerJ.

Most Americans Are Lonely, And Our Workplace Culture May Not Be Helping

More than three in five Americans are lonely, with more and more people reporting feeling like they are left out, poorly understood and lacking companionship, according to a new survey released Thursday. Workplace culture and conditions may contribute to Americans' loneliness.

This week in Mormon Land: Ups and downs of church growth, the brothers behind the $100B complaint, disavowing the ‘curse’—again

A columnist for the University of Utah’s student newspaper has found a use for the church’s reported $100 billion rainy day fund: Spend it in the battle against climate change.

Cheat on Your Homework? In This Harvard Class, Just Say You’re Sorry

A student’s programming code just won’t run. It’s getting late, and the assignment is due in just a few hours. There are a million other things to do. The specter of a failing grade looms large. And lifting part of a classmate’s work before clicking submit seems like an easy shortcut.

Slamdance Film Festival continues to be a venue for discovery

After a year of reflection for Slamdance’s 25th anniversary last year, president and co-founder Peter Baxter wanted to set his sights again to looking toward the future this year.

The Zuckerberg effect? 2020 Utah governor hopefuls will debate at tech summit

Inadvertently, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg will help drive traffic to the first debate of the election season for Utah’s top candidates for governor, now set to take place in front of a crowd likely to number in the tens of thousands.

Letter: Take a stand for clean energy

Praises for the courage and integrity of state Rep. Stephen Handy’s Jan. 16 opinion piece. He stated: “Voters are taking notice and backing clean energy more than ever before, across the political spectrum. Public opinion regarding clean energy, especially among conservative voters, has improved dramatically. This trend is perhaps most apparent among young Republicans nationwide.”

9 amazing Utah places that are great to visit during the winter

If you're one who craves summer sun, the winter months in Utah might seem an excruciatingly long stretch of time. The national parks, lakes and city activities are all hallmarks of summer in the Beehive State. But there's also good reason Utah is a popular winter destination.

Hazmat team dispatched to liquid nitrogen leak on University of Utah campus

Crews responded to a liquid nitrogen leak at the University of Utah early Saturday morning. According to Captain Tony Stowe with the Salt Lake City Fire Department, the leak was reported around 5:00 a.m.

After 3,000 years, we can hear the “voice” of a mummified Egyptian priest

Around 1100 BC, during the reign of Ramses XI, an Egyptian scribe and priest named Nesyamun spent his life singing and chanting during liturgies at the Karnak temple in Thebes. As was the custom in those times, upon death, Nesyamun was mummified and sealed in a coffin, with the inscription "Nesyamun, True of Voice (maat kheru)."

Park City Running Club has partnered with the Sundance Film Festival to host two running events during the 10-day affair

The celebrities and film fans are ready to descend upon Park City as the Sundance Film Festival begins on Thursday, Jan. 23 and ends on Sunday, Feb. 2. During that time period, thousands of people will arrive in the snowy mountain town to not only embrace the new wave of cinematic greats, but to mingle amongst the celebrities and enjoy everything Park City has to offer.

Before March for Life, Betsy DeVos stirs controversy by comparing 'choice' of slavery, abortion

U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos ignited a fiery debate this week around whether the choice to allow slavery compares to the choice to have an abortion.

A Washington ski resort ended single-day tickets on weekends. Could Utah resorts be next?

You’re staring down a precious day off and, though it sounds tempting, you aren’t sure you want to go through the considerable effort of hauling yourself and your gear up the mountains to go skiing or snowboarding. You set your alarm just in case and wake up to thick, fluffy flakes floating through the air and piling up on the ground.

Student safety summit at University of Utah begins with moment to ‘remember individual students lost on our campuses’

The first-ever student safety summit at the University of Utah started on a somber note, with a moment of silence to remember “individual students lost on our campuses,” said U. President Ruth Watkins.

Native Americans protest bill that would prevent removal of appropriated symbols, images, names

Many Native Americans and other indigenous people gathered on the steps of the State Capitol Saturday morning to fight against a resolution in the Utah Legislature that would discourage removing Native American names, symbols or imagery from schools.

Poll: ‘Very strong, negative response’ to tax reform

Even though a tax reform package was approved in a special session last month, the unpopular attempt to rebalance state revenues by reducing income taxes and raising sales taxes on food, gas and some services was expected to dominate the 2020 session of the Utah Legislature that begins meeting Monday.

Forbes names 'Best Employers for Diversity': 14 hospitals, health systems in top 100

Forbes released its third annual ranking of the top 500 U.S. employers for diversity on Jan. 21, with several healthcare organizations included on the list.

Ken Sanders’ Salt Lake City bookstore will likely close next year

Barring a downtown real estate miracle, one of Salt Lake City’s best-known and most colorful bookstores is likely to close sometime next year.

Deseret News, Hinckley Institute team up with independent pollster

The Deseret News and the Hinckley Institute of Politics have teamed up with an independent pollster to find out what’s on the minds of Utahns. Monthly surveys conducted by Scott Rasmussen, a nationally recognized public opinion analyst, will gauge resident attitudes on a variety of local and national issues. With 2020 being an election year, much of the polling will focus on politics.

Utah County's brightening skies are putting BYU's West Mountain Observatory research at risk

The West Mountain Observatory’s once-dark skies are fading away. “If there’s huge development as projected out west of Utah Lake ... it probably is the beginning of the end of usefulness of an observatory there in West Mountain,” said Mike Joner, the director of the West Mountain Observatory and a research professor of physics and astronomy at Brigham Young University.

New SEH lab to focus on evolutionary history of ancient fish

A researcher will head a new laboratory dedicated to studying how animal anatomy and movements can reveal the evolutionary history of humans and other species.

Prosecutors’ Race, Class Bias May Not Drive Criminal Justice Disparities

America’s prison populations are disproportionately filled with people of color, but prosecutors’ biases toward defendants’ race and class may not be the primary cause for those disparities, new research from the University of Arizona suggests.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to headline Salt Lake City tech conference

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg will be the keynote speaker at the Silicon Slopes Tech Summit next week in Salt Lake City. The conference will take place Jan. 30 and 31 at the Salt Palace Convention Center downtown. Sessions will feature speakers from Adobe, US Bank, Zions Bank, Nu Skin, the University of Utah, Spotify, Intel, Overstock, Wells Fargo, WeWork and others.

Fat Near Kidney Tumors May Explain 'Obesity Paradox'

Body fat near kidney tumors may be instrumental in how well cancer treatment works and the related survival of a patient, according to the authors of a new cohort study of patients with renal cell carcinoma (RCC).