News Clips for June 20, 2019

I Spy, Via Spy Satellite: Melting Himalayan Glaciers

The world's glaciers are melting faster than before, but it still takes decades to see changes that are happening at a glacial pace. Also carried in MIT Technical Review, South China Morning Post, Bloomberg, NBC News, Daily Mail, Gizmodo, Inside Climate News, ABC News, Live Science

U of U making changes to improve lab safety after audit highlighted 'broken' system

The University of Utah says it’s implementing changes after state auditors highlighted what they called a “broken” system for keeping labs safe.

Huntsman Cancer Institute research discovery leads to new clinical trial for myelofibrosis

An experimental drug called selinexor may block myelofibrosis cells researchers at Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) at the University of Utah (U of U) discovered.

Successful ‘Alien’ Birds Invasions are Location Dependent

Researchers have published a study in Nature which revealed that the Introductions of alien birds are most successful in climates and locations similar to their native habitats and in places where other alien species are already established. Also carried in UPI,,, The Conversation, ABC News, Scimex.

Mass incarceration and higher education

In Utah, in spite of recent reforms made to sentencing and an overall drop in property and violent crimes, the prison population has continued to expand. Between 2016 and 2017, Utah’s had one of the nations fasting growing prison population jumping by 4.3 percent, second only to Idaho’s 5.1.

What happens if big drug companies drop Alzheimer's research?

As drug trials falter in finding a cure for Alzheimer's, research has pivoted toward prevention and managing the disease as a chronic illness.

E-Cigarette Exploded in a Teenager’s Mouth, Damaging His Jaw

Kailani Burton bought a vaping kit for her teenage son Austin, hoping he would use it to quit smoking. In March of last year, she and her husband were sitting in the living room when they heard a loud pop. Austin raced in, holding his bloodied jaw. An e-cigarette had exploded in his mouth.

Why a Computer History Museum Owns a Legendary Teapot

For computer-graphics researchers, it’s both a tool and a meme.

Boaty McBoatface is redefining how we understand the impact of climate change

Strong Antarctic winds are churning the depths of the Southern Ocean, contributing to warming water temperatures in a way that has not yet been incorporated into existing models used to monitor and calculate rising sea levels.