Science & Technology

Squeezing an electron crystal

Written by Katherine Wright, senior editor for Physics, and re-published here with permission. See original post: https://physics.aps.org/synopsis-for/10.1103/PhysRevLett.123.197701 The Wigner crystal is an elusive beast. Predicted in 1934, this crystal of electrons, which is one of the most strongly correlated states of matter, forms when the electron density is ultralow. But a lack of clean enough systems […]


Scientists probe the limits of ice

Adapted from material by Daniel Moberg How small is the smallest possible particle of ice? It’s not a snowflake, measuring at a whopping fraction of an inch. According to new research published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the smallest nanodroplet of water in which ice can form is only as big as […]


Bionic breakthrough

For a brief time, Kerry Finn felt like “The Terminator” or “The Six Million Dollar Man.” The 60-year-old retired truck driver from Salt Lake County, Utah, lost his left leg to vascular disease from type 2 diabetes. But last year, he was one of 10 human subjects at the University of Utah to test one […]


DESI opens its 5,000 eyes to capture the colors of the cosmos

A new instrument mounted atop a telescope in Arizona aimed its robotic array of 5,000 fiber-optic “eyes” at the night sky to capture the first images showing its unique view of galaxy light. It was the first test of the Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument, known as DESI, with its nearly complete complement of components. The […]


Scientists discover link between unique brain cells and OCD and anxiety

According to the National Institute of Mental Health, 1 in 3 people experience debilitating anxiety—the kind that prevents someone from going about their normal life. Women are also more at risk to suffer from anxiety. Yet the roots of anxiety and other anxiety-related diseases, such as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD), are still unclear. In a […]


NSF awards $1.6M Quantum Idea Incubator Award to U-led team

The National Science Foundation has awarded $1,635,591 to scientists from the University of Utah and a collaborator from University of California, Los Angeles, to research one of the biggest hurdles to quantum computing—the quantum logic units, or “qubits,” that carry information. The award is one of 19 Quantum Idea Incubator grants totaling $32 million funded […]


Thin to win

The new wave of smartphones to hit the market all come with incredible cameras that produce brilliant photos. There’s only one complaint—the thick camera lenses on the back that jet out like ugly bumps on a sheet of glass. But University of Utah electrical and computer engineering researchers have developed a new kind of optical […]


Early humans evolved in ecosystems unlike any found today

To understand the environmental pressures that shaped human evolution, scientists must first piece together the details of the ancient plant and animal communities that our fossil ancestors lived in over the past 7 million years. Because putting together the puzzle of millions-of-years-old ecosystems is a difficult task, many studies have reconstructed the environments by drawing […]


Stopping the spread of cancer

One of the most devastating pieces of news a cancer patient can receive is that their cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Fortunately, University of Utah biomedical engineering assistant professor Tara Deans has received this year’s National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award and a $1.5 million grant to develop a […]


University of Utah seismic networks can contribute to nuclear security

This release was written by the Seismological Society of America The International Monitoring System is the top global seismic network for monitoring nuclear weapon tests around the world. To expand the system’s detection capabilities, however, international monitors should seek out the data, methods and expertise of smaller regional seismic networks. In a paper published as […]