News Clips | May 25, 2021

Grim western fire season starts much drier than record 2020

Scientists say the outlook for the western U.S. fire season is grim because it's starting far drier than 2020's record-breaking fire year.

The money question. Is inflation a blip or a trend that is hitting your wallet?

Consumers in Utah and across the country didn’t need to see the latest federal data to know they’ve been spending more on day-to-day items, as well as those infrequent big-ticket purchases, in the past few months.

Infrared cloaking device could make objects invisible to thermal cameras

A thermal cloaking technique that can hide warm objects from infrared cameras has been proposed by researchers in France, the US, and the UK. Fernando Guevara Vasquez at the University of Utah and colleagues have calculated that thermal cloaking can be achieved by surrounding objects with rings of tiny heat pumps that absorb and re-emit heat.

Utah Home Prices Jump Again, Hit Record Sales in April

A record number of homes sold in Utah during the month of April, even as the median sales price jumped nearly 27% over the last year, according to a report released by the Utah Association of Realtors.

Creating the future: Inside the booming video game industry in Utah

Video games have always had a deep connection to the state of Utah, and from the looks of things at programs like those found at the University of Utah, that won’t be slowing down anytime soon.

Is heart inflammation a side effect of COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents? Utah doctor says it’s still unclear

While recent reports that inflammation of the heart muscle may be a side effect of the COVID-19 vaccine in some adolescents and young adults around the country are being reviewed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, it’s business as usual for Utah’s vaccination program.

Experts concerned over rise in gun sales, domestic violence cases in Utah

At the peak of the pandemic lockdown, Utah's domestic violence cases peaked. But now, as COVID cases are dropping, domestic violence continues to climb, as do gun sales. Experts say it's proven to be a dangerous combination.

‘We literally lick rocks’: Utah paleontologists describe process of excavating fossils

Paleontology can be a challenging and taxing field, both mentally and physically. Those who devote their lives to study ancient life not only combine a scientific approach to learning more about extinct plants and animals, but they also must venture into the field to extract specimens for further study.

Huntsman Mental Health Institute to add new research building

The Huntsman Mental Health Institute at the University of Utah plans to add a new $150 million Translational Research facility near its existing building in Research Park. The building will be funded with a $90 million appropriation from the Utah legislature. The Huntsman family and other private donors will cover the rest of the cost.

The 5 words that changed America

Sgt. Joe Friday on “Dragnet” delivered the lines we have all heard on TV cop shows for years in his characteristic monotone, just-the-facts-ma’am voice. Wisecracking “Law and Order” detective Lennie Briscoe always added a little dig when he put the cuffs on a bad guy.

LOOKING AHEAD: Will COVID-19 become a seasonal illness?

University of Utah researchers believe COVID-19 is here to stay. But new research shows that as time goes on, and immunity increases, the virus’s impact on people may decrease.