News Clips for Nov. 22-27, 2018

Humans ‘off the hook’ for African mammal extinction

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Civilians join University of Utah scientists to cheer successful InSight Mars landing

Following a six-month expedition that covered some 300 million miles, NASA's InSight spacecraft survived the most perilous part of its journey Monday, a descent into Mars' atmosphere that scientists call the "seven minutes of terror" and successfully landed on the fourth planet from the sun.

Trump repeatedly errs on California wildfires

Over the past two weekends, as two major wildfires devastated communities in Northern and Southern California, President Donald Trump has inaccurately blamed the state’s forest management practices for the blazes. He has also wrongly said that raking — a method he attributed to Finland — could have solved the problem.

Vivian Lee quietly left her job as a professor at the University of Utah — after her $1 million salary contract ended and a year of turmoil

Vivian Lee has quietly left her teaching position at the University of Utah — about one year after resigning as CEO of its health system and dean of its medical school following her controversial decision to fire the leader of the Huntsman Cancer Institute.

‘This isn’t a stunt’ — BYU, Utah students created purple Block U to call attention to climate change

Football fans on their way into Rice-Eccles Stadium on Saturday night weren’t seeing things. There on the hill next to the Block U, illuminated in red and white, was a second U — in purple.

Winter Sun Safety Is Critical: Increased Skin Cancer Risk For Ski Resort Employees

A Utah cancer institute is providing sun care and cancer screening programs to ski resort employees. "The ski resorts and the mountains, the individuals who work in those areas as well as recreate in the mountains have a higher than average risk," said Garrett Harding, community outreach manager of the Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah.

Revisiting 'Humans Think. Animals Feel,' With Pet Psychic Patty Rayman On Access Utah

Patty Rayman was born with the ability to communicate with animals and has helped thousands of people resolve many types of behavior, health, attitude and relationship issues with their animal companions. In working with all types of animals, she has developed techniques to help people move from conflict to cooperation in their relationships.

What Is a Tuition Loan—And Should You Get One?

With the cost of college at a public four-year university nearing $10,000 per year for tuition and fees alone, students can use all the help they can get to cover this price tag. In addition to more traditional student loans, tuition loans might also be an option for some students. Here’s a look at what a tuition loan is, and whether it could be a smart way to help you pay for college.

Utah researchers get federal funds to study nonaddictive alternatives to opioids

University of Utah Health researchers will use $2.6 million from the National Institutes of Health to study new substances to see if they can be effective in treating pain without the addictive side effects of opioids.

Experts weigh in: Are essential oils safe?

Monika Menke suffered from debilitating pain driven by migraines, fibromyalgia, and auto immune diseases. At one point, the pain became too much. "You just get to a point where you just get tired of everything," Menke said.

New pollution rules in the works for industry

Refineries, Kennecott, Hill Air Force Base and the University of Utah are among 22 industrial sources of pollution in northern Utah that may have to come up with a nearly $100 million fix for emission reductions. The new requirements under consideration by the state air quality regulators include annual—as opposed to periodic—stack testing for all sources and yearly compared to seasonal restrictions.

Low-dose aspirin cuts ovarian cancer risk

Data from more than 200,000 women collected over three decades show that low-dose aspirin was associated with a 23% reduction in the risk of ovarian cancer compared with non-use.

'Best birthday present I've had': Advanced surgery zapping Parkinson's symptoms comes to Utah

Dr. John Rolston is in the middle of conducting a delicate, life-changing brain surgery, but there is no inflection of anxiousness in his voice, no sign of tension in his demeanor. In fact, to the uninitiated eye, it might appear that Rolston, a neurosurgeon for University of Utah Health, is merely sitting at a computer, looking at highly detailed brain scans.

Opioid makers spent nearly a million dollars on Utah doctors in recent years, ties now used against the companies in lawsuits

It starts out easily enough: An opioid sales representative tells a doctor about a product over lunch, then picks up the tab. For some doctors, this arrangement spirals into a habit. As reps promote various drugs, a physician might be treated to dozens, or hundreds, of free meals.

TECH VS. COAL. HOW CAN OUR STATE SHARE THE WEALTH?

Utah’s Carbon and Emery counties possess immense beauty between the slot canyons of the San Rafael Swell, the rock art in Nine Mile Canyon, beautiful pasturelands, and a historic rail town. However, beautiful scenery isn’t all these counties have to offer; the regions also possess vast coal reserves and a rich history of coal mining.

Crashing the boards: Neuroscientist Maureen Condic brings a different voice to NSF oversight body

On Wednesday, the National Science Foundation (NSF) will welcome the first cohort of members appointed by President Donald Trump to its oversight body, the National Science Board. Most of the seven fit the mold of senior academic leaders, prominent scientists, and corporate research managers who typically sit on the 24-member board. But Maureen Condic is somewhat different.

Why Utahns should care about mysteries unlocked at Idaho nuclear research facility

It occupies a sprawling 890 square miles in eastern Idaho, giving rise to the world's first production of electricity from nuclear energy. The idea in 1949 by the military was to establish a premier nuclear energy research facility, build 10 reactors and run them for 15 years to uncover all the knowledge of splitting uranium atoms. Then, pack up and walk away.

Why do DNA results change? Ancestry says new data is driving better origin drill-downs

Twitter, Facebook and other social media nodes erupted a few months ago following DNA analysis tweaks made by Ancestry.com that changed, in some cases dramatically, the ethnicity profiles the company has provided to millions of clients. While some customers celebrated changes as coming closer to what they know about their heritage through other means, like historical records, many online commentors were incensed about the updated results.

THE DANGEROUS JUNK SCIENCE OF VOCAL RISK ASSESSMENT

Is it possible to tell whether someone is a criminal just from looking at their face or listening to the sound of their voice? The idea may seem ludicrous, like something out of science fiction — Big Brother in “1984” detects any unconscious look “that carried with it the suggestion of abnormality” — and yet, some companies have recently begun to answer this question in the affirmative. AC Global Risk, a startup founded in 2016, claims to be able to determine your level of “risk” as an employee or an asylum-seeker based not on what you say, but how you say it.

How the genome-edited babies revelation will affect research

Some scientists worry the startling claim will lead to knee-jerk regulations and damage the public's trust in gene editing. Also covered by Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News.

Why parents should be able to adopt the 700,000 frozen embryos IVF has left behind

University of Utah bioethicist Maureen Condic was recently appointed to the National Science Board. Appointments are made based on leadership in research, education, and distinguished service. She is the first board member from the University of Utah in 50 years and only the second ever. Also covered by the Uinta County Herald.