News Clips for Nov. 5, 2019

This cannabis extract is everywhere: What you should know about its promise and perils

The latest darling of the consumer world, CBD oil, is seemingly everywhere. CBD, a cannabis extract, is now sold online and prominently displayed in mainstream stores and specialty boutiques alike across America — touted as a key ingredient in everything from tinctures and lotions to gummy chews, taffy, bath bombs and coffee additives. You can take CBD by pill or capsule, suck a lozenge, put a drop under your tongue, vape it, rub it on or soak in it.

Family Of Late Billionaire Jon Huntsman To Give $150 Million For Mental Health At U of Utah

The family of the late chemicals billionaire Jon M. Huntsman has committed to give the University of Utah $150 million to create the Huntsman Mental Health Institute, the university announced on Monday. The institute will engage in mental health research, care, education and community outreach. Also in The Chronicle of Philanthropy, the San Francisco Chronicle, Gephardt Daily, Fox13, ABC4, KUTV, KSL, KUER and more.

University Of Utah Celebrates 50 Years Of Internet, And The Utahns That Helped Make It Possible

When was the last time you thought about a time before internet? It wasn’t that long ago, only 50 years since the first message was sent between computers at the University of Califonia, Los Angeles and the Stanford Research Institute. Dr. Richard Brown is the dean of engineering at the University of Utah. He explains how the idea was developed. “Well, it was 50 years ago. There was a group called ARPA for the Advanced Research Project Agency, it was part of the Department of Defense.” The group funded projects related to all things computers.

Retired truck driver can walk on two legs again thanks to Terminator-like bionic leg

A vascular disease due to type 2 diabetes claimed the left leg of 60-year-old Kerry Finn, a retired truck driver from Salt Lake County, Utah. For a long time, Finn had been using a standard prosthetic until last year when he became one of 10 human subjects that would go on to trial the world’s first truly bionic leg.

Study: Alien grasses are making more frequent US wildfires

For much of the United States, invasive grass species are making wildfires more frequent, especially in fire-prone California, a new study finds. Twelve non-native species act as "little arsonist grasses," said study co-author Bethany Bradley, a University of Massachusetts professor of environmental conservation.