News Clips for March 13, 2019

This Is a Truly Lousy Experiment About Evolution

By placing feather-eating lice onto differently colored birds, researchers showed how the parasites change color to better blend in.

The Quiet Place

A skier's search for silence in a world with too much noise.

Trump Officially Nominates Former Oil Lobbyist To Lead Public Lands Agency

President Trump officially nominated David Bernhardt on Friday to become the nation’s next interior secretary as questions swirl about the nominee’s conflicts of interest.

We’re Living in the Warmest Decade Since Record-Keeping Began

Some people are in an outright panic. Some are in full-blown denial. Indeed, human responses to runaway climate disruption are spanning the spectrum. From profiteers plugging books containing “solutions” to geoengineering attempts like this one “blocking out the sun,” many are understandably anxious to move forward with a plan.

The University of Utah could bring in an extra $12 million with proposed tuition hike

University of Utah students would pay an additional $12 million in tuition costs next year if the school’s maximum request for a hike is approved.

Cutting the standard dose of medication for acute mountain sickness in half does not reduce its effectiveness

A new study published in Wilderness & Environmental Medicinedemonstrated that trekkers and climbers taking a lower dose of acetazolamide (62.5 mg twice daily) were no more likely to develop acute mountain sickness (AMS) symptoms than those who took twice that amount, which is the standard prophylactic dose.

Top 20 announced in 2019 High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge

The High School Utah Entrepreneur Challenge announced the top 20 teams that will advance to the final stage of the competition.

Children invited to learn about 'Great Salt Lake Monster Mystery' at Logan Library

Cache Valley children are invited to learn about the mystery of the Great Salt Lake Monster at the Logan Library this week.

Tech Matters: Why breaking up big tech is not the answer

Last Friday, Elizabeth Warren, the U.S. senator from Massachusetts, unveiled her plan to regulate Big Tech — any tech-based company with global revenues of $25 billion or more, such as Facebook, Amazon, Google and Microsoft — as part of her 2020 presidential bid. She would create a new regulatory classification called Platform Utilities, which would make these companies subject to rules that would fundamentally change the way they do business.

University of Utah to award three honorary degrees

The University of Utah has announced that they will award honorary degrees to three people at the upcoming commencement ceremony in May.

U of U Health's $150M Sugar House Community Under Way

Work is moving along on a mixed-use project in the popular community of Sugar House in Salt Lake City, Utah. The $150M, 9-acre Park Avenue project will bring a range of new uses to the area, including a 170,000 sq.-ft. University of Utah Health Sugar House Health Center; a 150,000 sq.-ft. multi-tenant Class-A office building; a six-story, 150-unit multi-family residential building; and street-level retail.

Trump approves five national monuments–from black history to dinosaur bones

Donald Trump has signed a sweeping new public lands bill that protects 1.3m acres of wilderness and creates monuments to US history that has been overlooked, including the African American experience in the civil war and the fight for civil rights.