News Clips for July 4 & 5, 2018

University of Utah professor helps prove superstar Eta Carinae shoots cosmic rays

Eta Carinae, the most luminous and massive stellar system within 10,000 light-years, is ejecting particles, otherwise known as cosmic rays, a new study shows.

Utah soil's slippery grip on nutrients: Soil up to 100 years old show no signs of being saturated with fertilizer nutrient nitrogen

Lawns in the Salt Lake Valley up to 100 years old are not yet saturated in the nutrient nitrogen, which is added by fertilizer, according to a new study. The result is surprising, since previous studies in the Eastern US suggested that fertilized soil would become saturated with nitrogen within a few decades.

Delays may now push Utah-funded marijuana study results past Election Day

Thanks to delays in a federal approval process, research officials now say the results of a study into marijuana's effects on pain may not be available to voters when they go to the polls in November to decide on a medical marijuana initiative.

Report Finds More Protections Needed to Address Black Lung

The Coal Mining industry needs go to beyond current regulations in order to combat the increase in cases of black lung disease, according to a new report released Thursday by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

U. launches database that shares stories of LDS Church's earliest black members

A University of Utah professor with the help of J. Willard Marriott Library launched a new database that shares the forgotten stories of black LDS Church members in the first century of the church history.

High Anxiety

A new study suggests link between altitude and high teen suicide rates, coal is still king in Utah, for now, and an unhappy former mayor.

Summer projects in motion

Lab assignments for the 2018 Summer Scholars in the MIT Materials Research Laboratory cut across disciplines.

Millions of dollars saved by NIEHS-funded technologies

Technologies developed with Superfund Research Program funding saved millions of dollars in costs for cleaning up contaminated sites.

Utah officials stress off-road vehicle safety as deaths rise

Utah officials are reminding residents of proper off-road vehicle safety as the number of deaths is increasing from accidents involving the vehicles.

The Natural History Museum of Utah at the Rio Tinto Center, University of Utah is hosting a Fourth of July Blast, July 4, 2018 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

July signifies burn injury season for hospitals. Fireworks safety is top of mind for health officials right now.

Delays may now push Utah-funded marijuana study results past Election Day

In November, researchers were optimistic that a state-funded clinical study into marijuana's effects on pain would produce some results that could be presented to state lawmakers before the end of the legislative session in early March.

Report aims at redirecting black lung efforts

For 30 years, from 1970 to 2000, efforts to reduce coal miners’ exposure to respirable coal mine dust (RCMD) in large part did a good job.

U.S. coal industry needs 'fundamental shift' to fight black lung

Coal companies need to make a “fundamental shift” in how they control exposure to coal dust in underground mines to address the recent surge in black lung disease rates, according to a federal report released June 27.

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Suicide is a major health crisis in New Mexico. Data from the Department of Health says it's still one of the leading causes of death and a recent study by the University of Utah shows high altitude could be a part of the problem.