News Clips for September 9-14, 2020


Smoke from more than 20 major fires burning in the surrounding region shrouded the city through the morning hours

California wildfires growing bigger, moving faster than ever

When it comes to California wildfires, it now takes days, not decades, to produce what had been seen as a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

Destructive windstorm slams Utah with gusts to 100 mph

It’s part of the same weather system responsible for the snowstorm in the Rockies and the fire siege along the West Coast.

California wildfires growing bigger, moving faster than ever

When it comes to California wildfires, it now takes days, not decades, to produce what had been seen as a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence.

UChicago neuroscientists expand possibilities for realistic prosthetic limbs

Research reveals differences in how brain tracks intricate hand, arm movements.

ACT, SAT scores no longer required to apply for scholarships awarded by Southern Utah, Dixie State universities

Earlier this year, several Utah universities made submitting ACT or SAT scores optional for college admission. Now, at least two Utah System of Higher Education institutions are doing away with the test score requirement for scholarships awarded by institutions themselves.

When will employees return to work? Here’s what Netflix wants to do

Millions of Americans are working from home amid the novel coronavirus pandemic. So when will people return to the office? Some might be kissing the office goodbye. But others — like Netflix CEO Reed Hastings — has another plan.

Bayer leaps in to lead Recursion’s $239M series D

Recursion Inc.’s combination of machine learning and artificial intelligence, coupled to its wet lab work, caught Bayer AG’s attention so solidly that its investment unit, Leaps by Bayer, led the charge on Recursion’s new and oversubscribed $239 million series D financing.

‘Justice For Linden’: Online petition calls for officer who shot autistic 13-year-old to be arrested

A slew of unanswered questions surround the shooting of an autistic boy by a Salt Lake City police officer last Friday night. Now a new online petition is calling for that officer to be arrested.

Pfizer may win the COVID vaccine race. But distributing it could be another matter.

Needing deep-freeze storage could complicate a massive rollout.

Utah suicide rate remains stable during the pandemic

It might stand to reason that the Utah suicide rate would go up during the coronavirus pandemic, with people facing all kinds of additional stress. But it turns out the number of suicides has remained stable through the spring and summer months of 2020.

There’s a 12% chance of getting COVID-19 from someone in your home, new University of Utah study says

A new study from the University of Utah says there’s a 12% chance of getting the coronavirus from someone in your home.

U of U physician says pandemic's 'chronic stress' causes emotional eating, weight gain

You're working from home. Things get a little stressful. You stroll past the fridge and have a snack. You put the kids to bed after an intense day and you eat some ice cream. You're eating more and choosing less healthy options. If this habit sounds familiar, you're not alone.

7 ways you can pledge to stay safe and help the economy stay open

As the summer fades away into fall, COVID-19 case numbers might also be fading away with the summer heat, but experts say now's not the time to relax. According to an interview published in the Washington Post, the CDC director is concerned about COVID-19 mixing with the already concerning flu season in the fall.

5 things to look for on a college campus that benefit mental health

Researchers have studied college students' mental health for decades. Even in the 1920s, it was clear that the many stresses of higher education—like academic demands, post-graduation plans and financial concerns—wear on students. This stress can incite new mental health concerns and worsen existing ones, such as anxiety and depression. Sleep disturbances, restlessness, irritability and even feelings of hopelessness can make college feel harder than it already is.

American Express 0% APR Credit Cards

Do you think the average person knows that not all American Express credit cards are charge cards?


The promise of flexible, reliable, emissions-free power has inspired dozens of U.S. companies and universities to design the next generation of nuclear power reactors.

Newer migraine therapies may yield fewer side effects

Advanced therapies for the treatment of migraine events could provide more benefits with fewer side effects, according to findings published in the Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology.

West Coast Wildfires, COVID a Double Whammy to Lung Health

Even as wildfires rage across California, Oregon and Washington, another danger lurks in the eerie orange haze that has enveloped U.S. cities, towns and neighborhoods this week: an increased risk of catching COVID-19.

Amos N. Guiora: Armies of Enablers and Five Words That Changed America

University of Utah law professor Amos N. Guiora can't be pigeonholed. While much of the Israeli-born scholar's work has addressed counterterrorism and the legacy of the Holocaust, two new books demonstrate the breadth of his interests and the complexities of criminal law.

You may suffer from ‘mask-associated dry eye’ during the coronavirus pandemic. Here’s what it is

‘Mask-associated dry eye’—or ‘MADE’—is a new phenomenon.

30 Reasons Walking Is the Best Exercise

Americans are no longer under orders to stay at home. Gyms and other facilities where people can work out are have reopened in most of the country. That may encourage people who want to stay in shape or lose the so-called “Quarantine 15” because, as research has found, walking is often just as beneficial a workout.

Antelope Island getting upgrades to entry, new backcountry camping area

One of Davis County’s top tourist destinations is getting a few tweaks meant to make it easier to visit and to broaden its appeal to rugged outdoors types.

Utah officials launch website to share key data points they're using to track COVID-19, economy

Since the COVID-19 pandemic reached Utah in March, there has been a litany of statistics and figures provided to show the growth of the coronavirus in the state, as well as how it’s impacting the economy.

What Do We Lose When We Lose Trees?

This week, as most Utahns prepared to ease back into the work week following the long Labor Day weekend, 50-100 mile-an-hour winds ripped through northern Utah, shutting off power to large swaths of the area and toppling thousands of trees.

Letter: California wildfires underscore need for climate legislation

What happens in California doesn’t stay in California. The evidence? A smoky cloud in our valley filling our lungs from two of the three largest wildfires in California’s history. Why is this happening? “Climate change is super charging our wildfires in the West,” says University of Utah Professor William Anderegg.

The aging brain: Exploring the connection between neurology and elevation

Colorado clinicians say more research is needed about Alzheimer’s and other dementias in high-elevation mountain communities.

Parents don’t want their kids to become politicians, upcoming American Family Survey finds

Annual national survey to be released from Washington, D.C., offer insights into pandemic, racial unrest, family life

Once a Handset Superpower, Nokia Still Commands a Potent Weapon

A good decade after Nokia Oyj’s mobile-phone business suffered a fatal blow at the hands of the iPhone, the Finnish company is still feeding off a lucrative asset that it salvaged from the wreckage.

Utah law expert links homicide spikes in big cities to fallout from protests, scrutiny of police

In what he calls “the Minneapolis effect,” Paul Cassell says 710 were killed and 2,800 shot in June and July.

Dangerous conditions, stretched resources worry firefighters in the West

As fire crews race to get the upper hand on hundreds of active wildfires across the western U.S., resources are stretched thin and conditions remain dangerous.

What Do You Think Makes a Relationship Work?

When it comes to relationships, the 64-million dollar question most people have is what will make theirs work. You might have your favorite theories about what keeps a relationship strong. Perhaps you find your own satisfaction to be greatest when you and your partner share a laugh, a night of intimacy, or eve

Mark Ballard: Universities, though not LSU, are taking deep dives to find systemic racism

Some racism is easy to identify: riots at Ole Miss; George Wallace blocking the door at the University of Alabama; torchlight parades and death at the University of Virginia.

Students need human interactions, but safety comes first, says Salt Lake interim superintendent

Salt Lake City School District Interim Superintendent Larry Madden, perhaps more than most, understands the need for human connection. It’s why Madden, who earned a degree in geology and worked in oil exploration in the Mountain West early on in his professional career, became a junior high science teacher.