Science & Technology

Utah home to earliest use of wild potato in North America

June 28, 2017

July 3, 2017—The town of Escalante in southern Utah is no small potatoes when it comes to scientific discovery; a new archaeological finding within its borders may rewrite the story of tuber domestication. Researchers from the Natural History Museum of Utah and Red Butte Garden at the University of Utah have discovered potato starch residues […]


Woodrats can’t stomach favorite foods at high temps

June 27, 2017

You’d think desert woodrats already had a lot of adversity. Besides the constant threat of coyotes and other predators and the scorching Mojave Desert heat, their primary source of food is the creosote bush, or chaparral – a plant so toxic that few other animals will even go near it. But the woodrats’ unique adaptation […]


University of Utah esports team scores with “Rocket League”

June 26, 2017

This fall, the University of Utah’s newly-announced varsity esports team will be gunnin’ for virtual goals. The university’s nationally-ranked Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) video game design program announced today that its new esports team will be competing in Rocket League, one of the most popular multiplayer video games in the world with a community […]


From DNA to decision-making: University of Utah Health awarded $4M for comprehensive approach to heart birth defects

June 23, 2017

The American Heart Association (AHA) awarded investigators at University of Utah Health $3.7 million to conduct collaborative research to prevent and treat congenital heart disease. U of U Health is one of four groups across the country to join the AHA’s Strategically Focused Research Network (SFRN) for children. Martin Tristani-Firouzi, a clinican-scientist at U of […]


Piling on pressure solves enduring mystery about metal’s makeup

June 22, 2017

Scientists have solved decades long puzzle about lithium, an essential metal in cellphone and computer batteries. Using extreme pressure experiments and powerful supercomputing, the international team has unraveled the mystery of a fundamental property of lithium. Its atoms are arranged in a simple structure, and may be the first direct evidence of a quantum solid […]


Yarraman flu or horse flu? Words and graphics influence willingness to vaccinate

June 22, 2017

“Yarraman flu is a virus quickly infecting the U.S. …” The mock announcement was enough to make readers worry. But when the name of the hypothetical illness was changed to “horse flu,” the news elicited a different reaction. Readers were not as concerned, and reported being less motivated to get a vaccine that would prevent […]


Finding the Perfect Match: A New Approach to Battle Drug-Resistant Bacteria

June 20, 2017

Antibiotics were the wonder drug of the 20th century, but persistent use and over-prescription have opened the door that has allowed bacteria to evolve resistance. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than two million people in the United States develop bacterial infections that are resistant to multiple antibiotics every year. Previous […]


University of Utah biochemist Erhu Cao named Pew Scholar

June 19, 2017

  Erhu Cao, assistant professor of biochemistry at University of Utah Health, was named a 2017 Pew Scholar for his exploration of atomic-scale mechanisms to understand how cell membrane proteins function under normal and diseased states. Cao is one of 22 scientists nationwide to receive the honor from the Pew Charitable Trusts. The Pew Scholars Program in […]


University of Utah esports to compete in Blizzard Entertainment games

May 31, 2017

The University of Utah’s nationally-ranked Entertainment Arts & Engineering (EAE) video game design program announced today that Blizzard Entertainment’s wildly popular multiplayer titles “Overwatch” and “Hearthstone” will be official varsity games in Utah’s new collegiate esports program. Varsity esports at the University of Utah is the first college-sponsored varsity esports program from any school in […]


A new spin on electronics

May 25, 2017

A University of Utah-led team has discovered that a class of “miracle materials” called organic-inorganic hybrid perovskites could be a game changer for future spintronic devices. Spintronics uses the direction of the electron spin — either up or down — to carry information in ones and zeros. A spintronic device can process exponentially more data […]