News Clips for May 25-29, 2019

The Transcontinental Railroad at 150: Art Celebrates Industry

Immersed in our fast-paced world of hyper-interconnectivity, we often forget that people’s lives were markedly different not so long ago. Written communication was slow and sporadic before the telegraph changed things in the mid-19th century. And until the final third of that century, more than half of the continental U.S. was largely uninhabited by anyone except American Indians. The Transcontinental Railroad, completed in 1869, was what really made America a nation from sea to shining sea.

New University of Utah grad program melds best of accelerators and MBA programs to turbocharge startup efforts

Freshly minted entrepreneurs looking to give their startups a boost can tap into a novel new graduate program unveiled Wednesday by the University of Utah that merges the best of business accelerators and MBA programs.

Forest ‘glow’ helps reveal its CO2 storage and photosynthesis capacity

Satellites are becoming increasingly important in how we monitor the Earth’s climate, greenhouse gas emissions, water levels, cloud cover, and even photosynthesis. In the first study of its kind, researchers from the University of Utah have found a way to monitor GPP and photosynthesis in evergreen forests using satellites.

Utah Leads US In Melanoma Cancer. Four Things To Know For Summer

Sun in the winter and summer can be a blast in Utah. Bluebird skiing in the Wasatch and hot days in Southern Utah’s red rock canyons. But a major downside to all that sun? Utah ranks first in the nation for rates of melanoma skin cancer.

Salt Lake City makes the list of the nation’s worst cities for health effects tied to air pollution

If national air pollution regulations were tightened, 72 fewer people in the Salt Lake City area would die every year, according to a recent study of the health impacts of bad air.

Aftershocks from 1959 earthquake sent tremors through Yellowstone in 2018

A magnitude 7.3 earthquake which shook Yellowstone National Park in August 1959 may have seen continuing aftershocks as late as 2018, according to a study published by University of Utah geoscientists. Story also carried in GeoSpace, Fars News, Polit.ru, Tech Times, Science Daily, Phys.org, KUTV, The Gal Post, Tunisiesoir.

FDA Approves Gene Therapy for Spinal Muscular Atrophy

At $2 million for a single dose, Novartis’s Zolgensma is the most expensive medicine to date, but still less expensive over a lifetime than another approved drug for the rare genetic disease.

Cookie Boom: Why You Probably Live Within Delivery Distance Of A Giant 6 Ounce Cookie

On a recent rainy Wednesday, across the street from Salt Lake City’s Temple Square, Mirella Cardoso faced a not totally inconsequential choice: what kind of cookies to eat at the new Crumbl store inside City Creek’s Deseret Book.

Will GPS ever become obsolete? Meet the ant-inspired tech that could replace it

Since prehistoric times, humans have navigated Earth by way of the sky. Like clockwork, the sun traces a predictable path from east to west every day. After sunset, stars emerge. Though complicated to decipher, constellations are recognizable in their patterns and offer an intricate map of the inverted world, which a trained navigator can use for precise pathfinding.

Flip off the AC! Ladies’s cognitive efficiency higher at HIGHER room temperature–however males’s is not

Turning off the air conditioner could improve the cognitive performance of female office workers, a new study finds. Researchers say that women performed better on math and verbal tests at higher room temperatures. But this wasn’t the case for men. In fact, they performed best on the same test when the room temperature was lower.

Astronomy buffs gear up for summer with dark sky hikes, festivals and more

Utah leads the world with international dark skies and stargazing destinations, but is also offers a mix of fantastic night hikes and camping, as well as astronomy festivals and other events to feed the community’s amateur and professional astronomers.