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2009-03-31 09:00:00

NORTH LOGAN, Utah, March 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Space Dynamics Laboratory (SDL) is celebrating its 50th year of providing world class, space-based and terrestrial solutions for commercial, civil and defense customers. "The 50th anniversary of Space Dynamics Laboratory is a significant achievement for this institution, for our customers, and for the entire space community," said Dr. Doug Lemon, director of Space Dynamics Laboratory. "For half a century, the men and women of this lab...

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2009-02-06 13:39:13

Global warming is likely to result in more preferred conditions for many of the most unwanted weeds to invade the West, researchers reported on Friday. Additionally, climate change may also allow farmers to restore native plants in some regions, said Bethany Bradley, Research Associate at Princeton and lead author of the study appearing in Global Change Biology. While the changing climate may rid the west of many invasive plants that already reside in the region, others are expected to take...

2009-01-27 14:09:00

Utah-based WestHost has topped the world's largest hosting companies in providing customers with the most reliable service, according to an independent survey by Internet analysts Netcraft; WestHost credits much of its success to its longstanding relationship with Utah State University PROVIDENCE, Utah, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- While other hosting companies may use massive advertising budgets and catchy branding to build recognition and customer loyalty, Utah-based WestHost has quietly used...

2008-09-30 09:00:32

LOGAN (AP) -- Utah State University will share a $900,000 government research grant for biofuel production. The Utah school will team with Montana State University to grow species of algae that thrive in geothermal vents and the Great Salt Lake in a test of their oil content. USU energy lab director Jeff Muhs says algae that can withstand saline environments are useful because they could possibly be used to produce fuels using plentiful ocean water, sparing more valuable fresh water....

2008-09-09 09:00:25

By Associated Press LOGAN -- Dying fish, destructive fires and clouds of mosquitoes. Utah State University professor Chris Luecke says those are among the changes he's tracked over the decade he's tracked climate change in Alaska. USU's watershed resources department travels to Alaska each year to examine lakes in the Brooks Range. The northern mountains are home to delicate ecosystems that have evolved in freezing temperatures. Luecke says the area isn't reacting well to rapid...

2008-09-04 09:00:38

By Wendy Leonard Deseret News Museum acquisitions will continue to be used to teach not only art in area schools, but mathematics and geometric concepts as well, thanks to a federal grant supporting arts education. Community children in northern Utah are set to benefit most from the $149,000 grant provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the Museum for America program. Utah State University will be using the money to continue a pilot program that began last fall in...

2008-08-25 09:01:38

By James Thalman Deseret News Using the sun combined with nature's way of turning solar power into life-sustaining energy can be captured, artificially induced and could provide enough power in less than an hour to run the house, the car and bring on an era of true energy independence. The power of solar is not on the grand scale of collectors spread over square acres in the west desert, says Daniel Nocera, a widely cited chemist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology who is...

2008-08-20 03:00:25

By Kozlowski, Adam J Gese, Eric M; Arjo, Wendy M ABSTRACT. - Successful coexistence of sympatric canid species often relies on the subdominant species' ability to reduce competition through the differential selection of niche space. Information regarding the process of niche selection and its effect on the structure of canid communities in the Great Basin Desert is unavailable. From Dec. 1999 to Aug. 2001, we quantified the spatial, dietary and temporal resource overlap of kit foxes (Vulpes...

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2008-07-22 06:00:00

By Kristen Moulton Three trenches scooped out of a northern Utah hillside are bringing geologists a bit closer to knowing when the last big earthquake hit southern Cache Valley and, importantly, when another one could be due. Stephanie Davi, a Utah State University graduate student in geology, is using a grant from the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program to advance the knowledge about the East Cache Fault that runs north-south for about 50 miles on Cache Valley's east side. So...

2008-07-17 06:00:28

By Tom Wharton, The Salt Lake Tribune Jul. 17--KAYSVILLE -- A good teacher knows how to fool kids or adults into learning. Utah Botanical Center instructor Annette Ward said as much as she mixed up a batch of dough for a "Slimy, Gooey, Gross" class for 4- to 7-year-old students. "We're teaching science about gases, yeasts, densities and layering," she said. "It's a hands-on fun experience, not like school." The mission of the 100-acre center and its adjacent 80-acre experimental farm,...