Latest University of Utah Stories

2011-02-02 22:51:50

Problem hits basins from LA to Tehran, Salt Lake to Mexico CityDuring the past two months, researchers launched weather balloons, drove instrument-laden cars and flew a glider to study winter inversions that often choke Salt Lake City in smog and trap dirty air in other urban basins worldwide.The field campaign "“ part of a three-year study by the University of Utah and other institutions "“ ends Monday, Feb. 7 as atmospheric scientists begin analyzing data they collected to learn...

2011-01-28 08:42:00

CALAIS, France, Jan. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Pigments division of Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today announced that it has agreed in principle to an investment of circa EUR 30 million to build a new magnesium sulfate fertilizer manufacturing operation at the division's titanium dioxide (TiO2) pigments manufacturing plant in Calais, France. The investment is approved in principle and is subject to the finalization of a number of elements including the granting of permits and...

2011-01-17 12:19:31

When danger looms, locusts on the ground leap and fly away. The timing and precision of that leap starts with the complex coding of visual information within a single neuron. In the current edition of the journal Neuron, researchers at Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Utah uncovered three distinct features in the communication process of a sensory neuron that control distinct motor aspects of escape behavior "“ firing rate threshold, peak firing time and spike count....

2011-01-10 21:36:00

PLANO, Texas, Jan. 10, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The Tostitos brand, in partnership with the USO, today revealed surprise reunions with loved ones for U.S. troops live on field during halftime of the Tostitos BCS National Championship Game. The reunited troops played along side former college football all-stars in the recent Tostitos Connect to Home Bowl, which took place at Joint Base Balad in Iraq over the holidays. The one-of-a-kind college football bowl game experience was part of a series...

2011-01-09 11:45:00

Growing towns can save mllions; study shows devices cut pollutantsInexpensive igloo-shaped, pollution-eating devices nicknamed "Poo-Gloos" can clean up sewage just as effectively as multimillion-dollar treatment facilities for towns outgrowing their waste-treatment lagoons, according to a new study."The results of this study show that it is possible to save communities with existing lagoon systems hundreds of thousands, if not millions of dollars, by retrofitting their existing wastewater...

2010-12-21 14:21:49

A researcher known widely for his groundbreaking work on the design, manufacture and use of minimally toxic, environmentally friendly chemicals will speak to sustainability practitioners on Jan. 12. Dr. Paul Anastas, science advisor to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and assistant administrator for the EPA's Office of Research and Development (ORD), is speaking at the International Congress on Sustainability Science and Engineering, ICOSSE '11, in Tucson, Ariz. This is only the...

2010-12-20 07:30:00

THE WOODLANDS, Texas, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Huntsman Corporation (NYSE: HUN) today announced that it gave notice to redeem $100 million of its 7 3/8% senior subordinated notes due 2015 pursuant to the terms of the indenture. The redemption is expected to be completed in January 2011. Kimo Esplin, EVP and CFO of Huntsman Corporation, stated, "During 2010 we have extended the maturity of our revolving credit facility by four years and refinanced approximately $900 million of senior...

2010-12-17 09:38:03

Physicists read data after storing them in atomic nuclei for 112 seconds University of Utah physicists stored information for 112 seconds in what may become the world's tiniest computer memory: magnetic "spins" in the centers or nuclei of atoms. Then the physicists retrieved and read the data electronically "“ a big step toward using the new kind of memory for both faster conventional and superfast "quantum" computers. "The length of spin memory we observed is more than adequate to...

2010-12-09 15:01:00

NORWALK, Conn., Dec. 9, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Priceline.com (Nasdaq: PCLN) reported today that, based on current airfares and hotel rates, college football fans will spend an average of $583 per person on travel to watch their teams compete in 2010 bowl games. To make its calculation, priceline.com averaged the prices from a sampling of currently available 2- and 3-day air & hotel packages to the 23 largest college bowl games. Which fans will pay the most to see their alma mater in a...

2010-12-06 07:55:00

Head lice shrivel in study as device hits the market Four years after the LouseBuster prototype made headlines when research showed the chemical-free, warm-air device wiped out head lice on children, a new study reveals that a revamped, government-cleared model is highly effective. "For a louse, it's like sticking your head out a window at 100 miles an hour; they're going to get dried out," says University of Utah biology Professor Dale Clayton, senior author of the study and a founder of...

Word of the Day
  • Like a worm in form or movement; vermiform; tortuous or sinuous; also, writhing or wriggling.
  • Like the track or trace of a worm; appearing as if worm-eaten; vermiculate.
  • Marked with fine, close-set, wavy or tortuous lines of color; vermiculated.
  • A form of rusticated masonry which is so wrought as to appear thickly indented with worm-tracks.
This word ultimately comes from the Latin 'vermis,' worm.