News Clips for Oct. 24, 2019

U of U police: More students using courtesy shuttles, police escorts

Police escorts at the University of Utah have seen a big jump in the year since the murder of student athlete Lauren McCluskey last October, according to University of Utah police officials. Police also said the school’s RideSafe rideshare program has been gaining popularity since it launched earlier this month.

‘Premarital exams’ for women are popular in Utah. Some experts say they send a bad message.

Jennifer Gunter said she nearly fell off her chair when she saw the headline on the University of Utah’s medical center website. Getting ready for your wedding night with a premarital exam.

How Richmond Ballet's Eri Nishihara Leapt from a BFA to Company Life

As her time in high school drew to a close, Eri Nishihara knew she wasn't ready to dance professionally. She had seen dancers her age from other cities at summer intensives and didn't think that she was up to company caliber yet. "I didn't want to feel like I was having to keep up for a lack of training or experience, while adjusting to a new professional life," she says. Nishihara had trained with University of Utah professors in the past, through summer intensives at Ballet West, and felt that their teaching style would best prepare her for a future career.

New drug forces flu virus into ‘error catastrophe,’ overwhelming it with mutations

Scientists often warn about the dangers of pandemic pathogens spreading quickly around the globe. But one virus already sweeps across the world every year, causing tens of millions of infections and hundreds of thousands of deaths: influenza. Now, a new drug that has shown promise in ferrets may help drive down that toll, researchers report today. The drug appears to be more effective than the most commonly used treatment, oseltamivir, and there are hints that it won’t prompt easy resistance in the virus.

Here's why Utah's rural areas often vote at a higher rate (and more conservatively) than urban ones

The 2016 election seemed to solidify something many had felt for years: The United States was growing increasingly more divided. The left and right of the country’s political spectrum felt exceptionally polarized, and President Donald Trump’s victory over a supposed frontrunner, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, took many in the nation by surprise.

Drone Swarm Learns to Explore Unknown Environments

A team of researchers studied insect behavior to develop pocket-size drones that can explore different environments without human intervention – but are so interdependent that one will swoop in and take a photo when another’s camera doesn’t work.

Wildfire Smoke Traps Itself in Valleys

Simulations show how wildfire smoke increases atmospheric stability inside some valleys, creating a feedback loop that prevents its dispersion.

U of U launching of Utah’s first drone delivery program

The use of drones to transport medical supplies are in the works at the University of Utah Medical Center. UPS announced this week, the expansion of its drone delivery service with the help of Matternet drones.

Why your teeth hurt more in colder weather

It’s that time of year again; the shadows are getting longer, the days are feeling shorter and you’re noticing a slight chill in the air—and maybe even in your teeth. When the mercury drops in the fall and winter, your teeth might do more than chatter—they might downright hurt!

This women’s history sculpture—of doorways, words and seats at the table—will be installed in Salt Lake City in 2020

Next summer, Utahns can take a seat, look toward the state Capitol and see the words of the people who fought for women’s suffrage.

Eyes overboard to gauge crunching ice for data set

The upper decks of this vessel are usually the best places to watch the frozen Arctic Ocean rushing past. But a few nights ago, the Russian research vessel was at a standstill—stuck in a thick patch of sea ice.

A Mind-Body Therapy Shown to Help Curb Opioid Misuse

New research shows that a mind-body therapy called Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement (MORE) increases the brain’s response to natural, healthy rewards while decreasing its response to opioid-related cues.