News Clips for July 12, 2018

Apple’s MacBook Pro refresh puts the focus back on creative pros

New MacBook Pros seemed like a no-brainer for WWDC. Like the rest of the company’s hardware line, however, they were a no-show. Sure, Apple used the opportunity to reaffirm its comment to creative professionals — perhaps most notably in the form of some key macOS updates — but there were no new devices available to take advantage of those new features.

How do insects survive the winter? Not the way we thought

A new study is revealing the science behind how some insects survive winters in harsh climates, and it goes against previously-believed theories. Published by the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the article examines how antifreeze proteins found in some insects prevent ice from forming and spreading inside their bodies.

Individual Research Results Should Be Shared With Participants More Often

Genetic testing has been overcome by companies selling hype. Even 23andMe, arguably the most prominent, was chastised by FDA for promising peace of mind when they couldn't do anything of the kind.What about actual research involving the testing of human biospecimens?

Some People Feel Dizzy When They Hear Certain Sounds. We Finally Know Why That Happens

His name was Pietro Tullio, and he used to drill tiny holes into birds' heads. It sounds gruesome (and probably was), but for Tullio – an Italian biologist of the early 20th century – it was pioneering research, not sadism.

VERITAS supplies critical piece to neutrino discovery puzzle

The VERITAS array has confirmed the detection of high-energy gamma rays from the vicinity of a supermassive black hole located in a distant galaxy, TXS 0506+056. While these detections are relatively common for VERITAS, this blackhole is potentially the first known astrophysical source of high-energy cosmic neutrinos, a type of ghostly subatomic particle that can be made at astrophysical sources of ultra-high energy cosmic rays.

This is the message that Trump’s latest pardon sends to the radical right

On Tuesday morning, President Trump announced his latest pardon — this time of two rural Oregon ranchers, Dwight and Steven Hammond. The Hammonds’ case is hardly out-of-nowhere, centering on the debate over how federal lands are used and managed in the Western United States — something that has been at the core of Trump administration policies and, particularly, Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s tenure.

Why nanowires lose their superpowers

f you cool a wire to a very low temperature—much colder than your freezer—something amazing happens: the electrons responsible for carrying the electrical current pair up and can flow forever without slowing down or producing heat.

‘Trib Talk’: Will Utah ban abortion and same-sex marriage under the new Supreme Court?

On this week’s episode of “Trib Talk,” reporter Benjamin Wood discusses the nomination of Brett Kavanuagh to the U.S. Supreme Court with Jason Perry, director of the University of Utah’s Hinckley Institute of Politics, and Michelle Quist, an attorney and Republican candidate for the Salt Lake County Council.