Ben Bromley, University of Utah

Earthlike ‘Star Wars’ Tatooines may be common

March 30, 2015 – Luke Skywalker’s home in “Star Wars” is the desert planet Tatooine, with twin sunsets because it orbits two stars. So far, only uninhabitable gas-giant planets have been identified circling such binary stars, and many researchers believe rocky planets cannot form there. Now, mathematical simulations show that Earthlike, solid planets such as Read More

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University of Utah student chapter of the American Chemical Society

Chemistry Festival brings out the curious scientist in everyone

The second annual Chemistry Festival at the U is an event for children of all ages – and grown ups – to engage in hands-on experiments, including CSI-style forensic investigations, extraction of DNA, rocket building and more. Read More


New insights into little known but common birth defect: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is not as well known as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis, but like them it is a life-threatening birth defect, and is just as common. Occurring in one in 3,000 births, CDH causes the guts and liver to protrude through a defective diaphragm and into the chest cavity, where they interfere with the lungs. Read More


Entertainment Arts and Engineering receives top ranking

March 24, 2015 – Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) at the University of Utah earns the title of the top video game school in the nation with the number one ranking for its graduate program and number two for its undergraduate program by The Princeton Review, which released the rankings today. “This is a proud Read More

Lee J. Siegel, University of Utah

A stiff new layer in Earth’s mantle

March 23, 2015 – By crushing minerals between diamonds, a University of Utah study suggests the existence of an unknown layer inside Earth: part of the lower mantle where the rock gets three times stiffer. The discovery may explain a mystery: why slabs of Earth’s sinking tectonic plates sometimes stall and thicken 930 miles underground. Read More