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News Clips | January 24-31, 2023

Why visual misinformation online can be tough to stop

Technology is making it easier and easier to create and disseminate visuals, from text-to-image artificial intelligence models and sophisticated deepfakes to simple memes retweeted with hashtags.

Young physicists say ethics rules are being ignored

Follow-up APS survey finds an increase in awareness of ethics guidelines—but not in compliance.

Study: US Magnesium contributes up to 25% of Wasatch Front pollution

New research shows US Magnesium contributes as much as 25% of precursor chemicals that contribute to the notorious winter-time inversions.

$65M for New Fintech Center at University of Utah

The University of Utah announced Monday that it will launch a new financial technology center on campus in partnership with the private Stena Foundation and its founders, Steve and Jana Smith.

$1 million grant will help University of Utah chemists to speed up the drug development process

Michael Grünwald, Ryan Looper and Rodrigo Noriega, of the University of Utah Department of Chemistry, received a $1 million grant from the W.M. Keck Foundation funding studies of currently unpredictable aspects of the process of crystallization.

Utah House committee strikes down hardline ban against transgender surgeries, puberty blockers for kids — but Senate bill advances

Utah bill to ban sex reassignment surgeries and place a moratorium on cross-sex hormones heads to House floor.

Weight loss surgery extends lives, study finds

Weight loss surgery reduces the risk of premature death, especially from such obesity-related conditions as cancer, diabetes and heart disease, according to a new 40-year study of nearly 22,000 people who had bariatric surgery in Utah.

Higher Ed Needs More Grit

With trust in higher ed falling, higher ed needs to reimagine whom it serves and how, Taylor Randall writes.

Utah professor's team may have figured out why we lost our fur coats

Scientists at the University of Utah and the University of Pittsburgh think they know the genes that made us lose our fur coats.

The zombie fungus from ‘The Last Of Us’ is real—but not nearly as deadly

In the video game and HBO show The Last of Us, humans struggle to survive after an infectious fungus turns ordinary people into zombies. Creators of the franchise didn’t look far for inspiration—the series is based off a real-life species of fungus that performs a kind of “mind control” on its insect hosts.

A common nail salon tool may cause DNA damage and mutations in human cells, research finds

Radiation from nail dryers may damage DNA and cause cancer-causing mutations in human cells, a new study has found—and that might have you wondering whether your regular gel mani-pedi is worth the risk.

How One Utah Research Plant Could Unlock Geothermal Energy Across the U.S.

Without further funding beyond 2024, progress might be capped - along with its wells.

Student housing or parking? These 4 Utah universities approach it differently

A parking lot at the University of Utah was ripped up last August leaving students upset over the lack of places on campus for their cars.

University of Utah raising football season ticket prices again

Prices are up an average of 15% from the 2022 season.

What how much schooling you have means for your economic opportunities in Salt Lake City

Is how much schooling a person has a good indicator of economic opportunity in the U.S.?

With Covid subsiding, air pollution is back

If the Covid pandemic and its subsequent lockdown proved anything, it drummed up some handy and quick data on air pollution. Bottom line: fewer cars, fewer emissions, better air quality. But how to keep that up now that the pandemic is subsiding?

Salt Lake County, Utah housing prices drop 6%—the first year-over-year decline in 11 years

Housing market prices in Salt Lake County now down 17% from May 2022 peak.

U of U professor leads families’ fight against Boeing

A University of Utah Law professor is stepping up against aircraft industry giant Boeing on behalf of the families who lost loved ones in the tragic crashes of two 737 Max airplanes that killed 346 people.

Inside the project to bring ‘self-healing’ Roman concrete to American shorelines

Lessons from 2,000-year-old Roman material could help us build structures better suited for a waterlogged future.

Do you know who's writing your news?

The growth of AI-written news articles is on the rise and a trend some people are worried about.

Your kids are adorable germ vectors. Here's how often they get your household sick

I wanted to report this story last month, but I was too sick with COVID. My kid gave it to me. My colleagues on the health reporting team would have tackled the story, but they've been sick, too, thanks to their children.

Many Utah families miss out on Earned Income Tax Credit

Many families in Utah who are eligible for the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) miss out on up to $7,000 in benefits. It happens more often in Utah than in other parts of the country, according to Ann House, director of the Financial Wellness Center at the University of Utah.

Will Salary Transparency Laws Change Employee Compensation?

As the employment market continues to shift, a worker push for transparency is making headway. About a quarter of U.S. workers now live in states, counties, or cities where employers are legally required to share pay ranges.

In a warming world, California’s trees keep dying

That could doom the state’s plan to fight climate change with the help of nature.

Coming to Terms with Agriculture in the West

By one estimate, agriculture in Utah consumes 75% of the state's water. Given that fact, along with historic drought and a drying Great Salt Lake, people are starting to ask: Can we continue to farm here?

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