News Clips for March 6-9, 2020

University of Utah renews "Utes" for another 5 years in athletic programs

The Ute Indian Tribe signed a 5-year agreement with the University of Utah to allow their athletic programs to continue using "Utes" in their athletic programs.

Energy efficient homes mean less air pollution. But are they affordable?

Is it possible to build affordable yet highly energy efficient homes? Airtight homes not only reduce greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to climate change and air pollution, but they can also reduce energy costs, which pose a higher burden on low-income households.

University of Utah Police update campus alert involving religious group

University of Utah campus police are trying to ease concerns about a religious group that has been purportedly recruiting students to a late night “Bible study” at the student Union.

Utah eyes changing rules on granting bail before trial

A proposal to limit the use of cash bail for people arrested in Utah is advancing in the Legislature, with supporters saying changes are needed to prevent people who are presumed innocent from getting stuck behind bars because they don’t have money for bail.

Science at Sundance 2020

From a meandering love letter to an imperiled African ecosystem, to a warning about the motives that underlie social media, the science and technology stories told at this year’s Sundance Film Festival were urgent, insightful, and well suited for the event’s 2020 theme of “imagined futures.” Read on to see what our reviewers thought of six of the festival’s featured films.

LDS Church discloses the $37.8 billion stock portfolio of its biggest investment fund

For the first time, the LDS Church’s biggest investment fund has disclosed its Wall Street holdings, revealing $37.8 billion in stocks and mutual funds.

Could the coronavirus spark drug shortages in the US?

The outbreak is exposing vulnerabilities in how America gets its drugs, but potential backlogs really depend on the course of the virus.

Utah’s hospitals prepare to treat coronavirus patients

The University of Utah Hospital has erected special tents to assess people who think they may have caught the coronavirus. Intermountain Healthcare has told its medical staff to avoid traveling.

What is Virtual Reality (VR)? The Complete WIRED Guide

When actual VR took root in our minds as an all-encompassing simulacrum is a little fuzzier. As with most technological breakthroughs, the vision likely began with science fiction—specifically Stanley G. Weinbaum’s 1935 short story “Pygmalion’s Spectacles,” in which a scientist devises a pair of glasses that can “make it so that you are in the story, you speak to the shadows, and the shadows reply, and instead of being on a screen, the story is all about you, and you are in it.”