Science & Technology

Math senior Mackenzie Simper is the first U student to receive the Churchill Scholarship.

University of Utah student awarded prestigious Churchill Scholarship

January 28, 2016

Mackenzie Simper, Salt Lake City native and senior in mathematics at the University of Utah, has received the prestigious Churchill Scholarship to study at the University of Cambridge in the United Kingdom. Simper becomes one of only 15 students nationally to receive this award and is the first Churchill Scholar for the University of Utah. […]


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What a moth’s nose knows

January 25, 2016

Moths sniff out others of their own species using specific pheromone blends. So if you transplant an antenna – the nose, essentially – from one species to another, which blend of pheromones does the moth respond to? The donor species’, or the recipients’? The answer is neither. Moths with transplanted antennae responded instead to a […]


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Poison warmed over

January 12, 2016

University of Utah lab experiments found that when temperatures get warmer, woodrats suffer a reduced ability to live on their normal diet of toxic creosote – suggesting that global warming may hurt plant-eating animals. “This study adds to our understanding of how climate change may affect mammals, in that their ability to consume dietary toxins […]


After receiving and International Science and Technology Cooperation Award on Jan. 8, 2016, in China’s Great Hall of the People, University of Utah chemist Peter J. Stang, left, shakes hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping.

U chemist honored by China’s president

January 12, 2016

Jan. 12, 2016 – University of Utah chemist Peter J. Stang shook hands with Chinese President Xi Jinping after Stang and six other foreign scientists were honored with China’s 2015 International Science and Technology Cooperation Award. “I said ‘thank you’ to him in Chinese and he smiled,” says Stang, recalling the Jan. 8 award ceremony […]


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Wired for Gaming: Brain Differences Found in Compulsive Video Game Players

December 22, 2015

Brain scans from nearly 200 adolescent boys provide evidence that the brains of compulsive video game players are wired differently. Chronic video game play is associated with hyperconnectivity between several pairs of brain networks. Some of the changes are predicted to help game players respond to new information. Other changes are associated with distractibility and […]


A female medium ground finch, one of at least 14 species of Darwin’s finches in the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador.

Darwin’s finches may face extinction

December 17, 2015

Mathematical simulations at the University of Utah show parasitic flies may spell extinction for Darwin’s finches in the Galapagos Islands, but that pest-control efforts might save the birds that helped inspire the theory of evolution. The new study “shows that the fly has the potential to drive populations of the most common species of Darwin’s […]


Nitin Phadnis, a University of Utah assistant professor of biology, has published a paper in the journal Science identifying a long-sought gene involved in forming new species. The gene normally kills hybrids of two closely related species of fruit flies, keeping the two species distinct.

A gene for new species is discovered

December 17, 2015

  Dec. 17, 2015 – A University of Utah-led study identified a long-sought “hybrid inviability gene” responsible for dead or infertile offspring when two species of fruit flies mate with each other. The discovery sheds light on the genetic and molecular process leading to formation of new species, and may provide clues to how cancer […]


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U engineering dean named to academy

December 16, 2015

Richard B. Brown, dean of the University of Utah’s College of Engineering, was elected as the newest fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. Brown, who is the sole fellow elected from the state of Utah this year, is one of 168 named in 2015. The fellows were elected from more than 190 universities and […]


Fully controlled by eye movement, this game forces the lazy eye to move around the screen, which can strengthen and help find the right balance between the eyes.

This video game can help treat and diagnose lazy eye in children

December 10, 2015

For the second year in a row, student video game developers from the University of Utah’s Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) have won Best Student Game in the Serious Games Showcase & Challenge in Orlando, Florida. The award was announced Thursday, Dec. 3, for their game to help combat lazy eye in children. Working with […]