News Clips for June 20-22, 2020

There's a big problem with the tree-planting climate strategy

Can we stop climate change by planting trees? President Trump seems to think so — he endorsed the idea of planting one trillion trees around the world at the Davos forum in Switzerland in January, apparently on the advice of billionaire Marc Benioff.

Fatherhood and the pandemic: How men are stepping up with child care

Juan Elias, a father of two in Oakland, California, has been experiencing a feeling that is deeply familiar to most moms since he became the primary caregiver of his two sons during the pandemic.

Our Lifespan Could Be Predicted by the Mutations We Collect in Our DNA

The number of genetic mutations we collect in our DNA over time may predict how long we will live, according to a study.

Moab's sewage, revealed

Scientists have devised a new way of tracking the spread of COVID-19 in our communities: examining the sewers.

Study indicates COVID-19 risk higher in suburbs than densely-populated urban areas

A newly released study performed by the University of Utah suggests higher population density does not mean a higher risk for COVID-19 spread. The study was published in the Journal of American Planning Association.

U. professor’s book examines institutions, administrators enabling sexual abuse of Olympic, college athletes

Former Michigan State softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez wanted the book to be titled, “Armies of Enablers: They Super (expletive) Me.” Author Amos Guiora told her his publisher wouldn’t go for that, so he and Lopez reached a compromise to include the expression in his upcoming book “Armies of Enablers: Survivor Stories in Complicity and Betrayal in Sexual Assaults.”

Memorial for George Floyd found covered in black substance Sunday morning

A George Floyd memorial in the downtown area of Utah’s state capital was vandalized sometime Saturday night or Sunday morning, according to witnesses at the scene.

Counting DNA mutations predicts lifespan, raises hopes of reversing aging

New research from the University of Utah Health, published in the journal Scientific Reports, is offering the fascinating suggestion that a person’s lifespan could be predicted at a young age by measuring the volume of genetic mutations they accumulate.