SCIENCE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/SCIENCE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Science writer Mary Roach coming to Utah April 21 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57832566-223/roach-science-chapter-flatulence.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57832566-223/roach-science-chapter-flatulence.html.csp">Science writer Mary Roach coming to Utah April 21</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Ellen Fagg Weist</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-21T11:34:22.14-06:00">Updated Apr 21, 2014 11:34AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The digestive tract doesn’t sound like best-seller material — unless you’re as funny as science writer Mary Roach. “The pie hole and the feed chute are mine,” she writes in her latest book, “Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal,” in which she underwent a sedation-free colonoscopy to view her innards. Roach’s fans expect her to take them along for the ride as she researches complex ideas, always with a light touch. Her books have won awards and a wide readership, ranging from 2003’s “Stiff”...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57832566@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 11:34:22 MDT Letter: Goblin topplers are still vandals http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57845106-82/goblin-barnes-topplers-evidence.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57845106-82/goblin-barnes-topplers-evidence.html.csp">Letter: Goblin topplers are still vandals</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-21T18:58:01.921-06:00">Updated Apr 21, 2014 06:58PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">In “Goblin topplers justified” (April 20), Earl Barnes writes that the toppling of a goblin in Goblin Valley State Park was justified “based on science.” Like Mr. Barnes, I have been working on geologic hazards for more than 20 years. Unlike Mr. Barnes, I recognize that science is driven by evidence. No study has produced evidence that the toppled goblin was unstable under natural conditions. I don’t know if a scientific analysis of that particular goblin would have found it safe, and neit...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57845106@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:58:01 MDT Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57844515-68/science-bang-poll-faith.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/57844515-68/science-bang-poll-faith.html.csp">Poll: Big Bang a big question for most Americans</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By SETH BORENSTEIN and JENNIFER AGIESTA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-21T18:24:21.029-06:00">Updated Apr 21, 2014 06:24PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Washington • Few Americans question that smoking causes cancer. But they express bigger doubts as concepts that scientists consider to be truths get further from our own experiences and the present time, an Associated Press-GfK poll found. Americans have more skepticism than confidence in global warming, the age of the Earth and evolution and have the most trouble believing a Big Bang created the universe 13.8 billion years ago. Rather than quizzing scientific knowledge, the survey asked people ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-578445152014-04-21T18:24:21.029-06:00" id="#license-2014-04-21T18:24:21.029-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57844515@www.sltrib.com Mon, 21 Apr 2014 18:24:21 MDT Editorial: Utah must end climate change denial http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57754221-82/climate-ipcc-science-settled.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57754221-82/climate-ipcc-science-settled.html.csp">Editorial: Utah must end climate change denial</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-04-02T16:37:21.48-06:00">Updated Apr 2, 2014 04:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">President Obama came in for a bit of criticism not long ago when he described the threat of climate change as “settled science.” The criticism came from some who correctly understand that science is never “settled.” It is always looking, always questioning, always seeking to do a better job of drawing conclusions from detailed observations. And just the other day, leaders of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change took a new look at their 2007 report on the threats posed by global climate...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57754221@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Apr 2014 16:37:21 MDT Letter: Tribune should devote resources to covering science http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57743329-82/science-tyson-section-tribune.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57743329-82/science-tyson-section-tribune.html.csp">Letter: Tribune should devote resources to covering science</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-30T22:29:06.356-06:00">Updated Mar 30, 2014 10:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">During the recent lecture by Neil deGrasse Tyson at the University of Utah, he expressed his concerns about the declining role America has when it comes to science and research, and I share this concern (“Rock-star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson urges crowd to embrace science,” Tribune, March 25). We used to be a world leader in these fields, and we would dream of the future lying just beyond the horizon. While on the surface it would seem that the public focus is set squarely on petty poli...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57743329@www.sltrib.com Sun, 30 Mar 2014 22:29:06 MDT Pyle: Tyson predicts the future, warns of the past http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57740098-82/tyson-com-http-www.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57740098-82/tyson-com-http-www.html.csp">Pyle: Tyson predicts the future, warns of the past</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By George Pyle</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-31T05:16:09.714-06:00">Updated Mar 31, 2014 05:16AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Neil deGrasse Tyson is doing something right. On the first installment of his new TV series, “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” the well-known astrophysicist told us about the Big Bang. A few days later, some only slightly less telegenic researchers announced that they had detected a pattern of gravitational waves in deep space that go a long way to verify the accuracy of that version of the origin of all things. On the second installment, which mostly dealt with the explanation of the evolution o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57740098@www.sltrib.com Mon, 31 Mar 2014 05:16:09 MDT Rock-star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson urges crowd to embrace science http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57729290-78/science-tyson-com-culture.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57729290-78/science-tyson-com-culture.html.csp">Rock-star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson urges crowd to embrace science</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lindsay Whitehurst</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-27T10:17:42.912-06:00">Updated Mar 27, 2014 10:17AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">When science loses ground in culture, the world becomes darker. We become less able to defend ourselves from natural disasters. We ask fewer questions. We even dream less. So says rock-star astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson, who spoke to a sold-out crowd at the University of Utah on Wednesday. “We are steeped in science. All of us. It has shaped the society and culture in which we live. Without it, we’d still be in caves, so you got to embrace it,” he said. That’s one of the mission stateme...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57729290@www.sltrib.com Thu, 27 Mar 2014 10:17:42 MDT Tribune Photo of the Day - March 22, 2014 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsphotoblog/57715569-227/photo-lake-salt-2014.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsphotoblog/57715569-227/photo-lake-salt-2014.html.csp">Tribune Photo of the Day - March 22, 2014</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"></span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-21T22:43:02.193-06:00">Updated Mar 21, 2014 10:43PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Leah Hogsten | The Salt Lake Tribunel-r Annie Bartow and Katarina Schilling, both 7th graders at Clayton Middle School examined the parasitic fecal content of 30 cats and 30 dogs from various shelters around the valley for their science project at the Salt Lake Valley Science and Engineering Fair held at Rice-Eccles Stadium, Thursday, March 20, 2014.</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57715569@www.sltrib.com Fri, 21 Mar 2014 22:43:02 MDT Flavelle: Why Republicans are blind to climate change http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57701178-82/republicans-climate-percent-democrats.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57701178-82/republicans-climate-percent-democrats.html.csp">Flavelle: Why Republicans are blind to climate change</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Christopher Flavelle</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Bloomberg View</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-19T10:16:49.866-06:00">Updated Mar 19, 2014 10:16AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">By Christopher Flavelle Bloomberg View The American Association for the Advancement of Science is trying to awaken more Americans to the dangers of climate change, with a report Tuesday that focuses on a clear and accessible explanation of the evidence. It’s a commendable and necessary effort, but what if the problem goes deeper than language? The available polling data suggests Americans’ views on climate change increasingly have more to do with politics than science. As I wrote in December, ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57701178@www.sltrib.com Wed, 19 Mar 2014 10:16:49 MDT Shannon Hale dishes on her ‘Dangerous’ new novel http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57627994-223/science-dangerous-book-books.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57627994-223/science-dangerous-book-books.html.csp">Shannon Hale dishes on her ‘Dangerous’ new novel</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Catherine Reese Newton</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-11T16:32:10.566-06:00">Updated Mar 11, 2014 04:32PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Shannon Hale always wished for superhero books to read — not comic books, but full-length novels — when she was growing up. Now the Utah author has written her own. “Dangerous,” published earlier this month, is like a superhero comic in young-adult novel form. The plot rockets along at a breakneck pace as Maisie Danger Brown enters an astronaut boot camp that is nothing at all like she expected. Along the way, she encounters teenage angst, romance, suspense and extended sequences of cartoon viol...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57627994@www.sltrib.com Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:32:10 MDT ‘Cosmos’ re-emerges on Fox with the help of Seth MacFarlane http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57608648-223/cosmos-fox-science-sunday.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/57608648-223/cosmos-fox-science-sunday.html.csp">‘Cosmos’ re-emerges on Fox with the help of Seth MacFarlane</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Scott D. Pierce</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-06T16:57:46.079-06:00">Updated Mar 6, 2014 04:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">If it strikes you that it’s sort of odd that Fox, the network of “Family Guy” and “Dads,” is also the home of “Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey,” hold on to your hat. Seth MacFarlane, the executive producer of “Family Guy” and “Dads,” is also the executive producer of “Cosmos.” And the man perhaps most responsible for the successor to Carl Sagan’s classic series coming to Fox instead of, say, the Discovery Channel. Not that there’s anything wrong with, say, the Discovery Channel, but if it aired on a...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57608648@www.sltrib.com Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:57:46 MDT Report lauds Utah’s computer science education http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57632843-78/computer-science-utah-education.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57632843-78/computer-science-utah-education.html.csp">Report lauds Utah’s computer science education</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lindsay Whitehurst</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-05T21:01:24.831-06:00">Updated Mar 5, 2014 09:01PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">While Utah lags in teaching computer science to underrepresented groups, a new report applauds steps the state has taken to get more kids in-depth education on the subject. Utah is among 17 states and the District of Columbia that clearly allow students to take computer science classes to fulfill core math or science requirements for high school graduation, a path the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) says more states should follow. The report also singles out Exploring Computer Scien...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57632843@www.sltrib.com Wed, 05 Mar 2014 21:01:24 MDT Letter: Maybe creationists building ark believe in global warming http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57615016-82/nye-debate-ark-bill.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57615016-82/nye-debate-ark-bill.html.csp">Letter: Maybe creationists building ark believe in global warming</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-04T13:33:24.403-06:00">Updated Mar 4, 2014 01:33PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I read with interest the article about the Answers in Genesis Christian Ministry in Kentucky getting a municipal bond to help construct a replica of Noah’s Ark, and how they received publicity for their project after a debate about evolution with “Science Guy” Bill Nye (“Bill Nye defends evolution in Kentucky debate,” Tribune, Feb. 4). Perhaps, on the subject of global warming and the resulting rise of today’s oceans, they privately agree with Mr. Nye and are preparing for the worst! My only su...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57615016@www.sltrib.com Tue, 04 Mar 2014 13:33:24 MDT Utah lawmakers back millions more for STEM education http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57613738-78/center-schools-stem-utah.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/57613738-78/center-schools-stem-utah.html.csp">Utah lawmakers back millions more for STEM education</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Kristen moulton</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-03-01T17:37:26.265-06:00">Updated Mar 1, 2014 05:37PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The House Education Committee on Friday endorsed a bill giving millions more dollars to the STEM Action Center. The center, which is in the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, works with schools and businesses to improve science, technology, engineering and math education in Utah. HB150, proposed by Rep. Val Peterson, R-Orem, would put $23.5 million more into the center this year. However, Peterson and lawmakers who back the plan acknowledged legislative leaders may pencil in the center ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57613738@www.sltrib.com Sat, 01 Mar 2014 17:37:26 MDT NASA uses Portal’s GLaDOS in film to teach about science http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsinternet/57613786-226/nasa-video-glados-science.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogsinternet/57613786-226/nasa-video-glados-science.html.csp">NASA uses Portal’s GLaDOS in film to teach about science</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Michael MCFall</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-28T12:29:02.193-06:00">Updated Feb 28, 2014 12:29PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Did you know that the sunlight you see and feel on this beautiful Utah day is not only the welcomed rays of an early spring — that light is also thousands of years old! You are basking in ancient light! That’s just one of the amazing science facts in a video that explains the difference between fusion and fission energy. NASA produced and posted the video earlier this month. And as a wonderfully pleasant surprise, the one dropping the knowledge is none other than GLaDOS, popular villain of the “...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57613786@www.sltrib.com Fri, 28 Feb 2014 12:29:02 MDT Teen helps scientists study her own rare disease http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57610675-200/simon-cancer-computer-gene.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/home3/57610675-200/simon-cancer-computer-gene.html.csp">Teen helps scientists study her own rare disease</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By LAURAN NEERGAARD</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> AP Medical Writer</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-27T20:55:04.011-06:00">Updated Feb 27, 2014 08:55PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">WASHINGTON • First the teenager survived a rare cancer. Then she wanted to study it, spurring a study that helped scientists find a weird gene flaw that might play a role in how the tumor strikes. Age 18 is pretty young to be listed as an author of a study in the prestigious journal Science. But the industrious high school student’s efforts are bringing new attention to this mysterious disease. “It’s crazy that I’ve been able to do this,” said Elana Simon of New York City, describing her idea to...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-576106752014-02-27T20:55:04.011-06:00" id="#license-2014-02-27T20:55:04.011-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57610675@www.sltrib.com Thu, 27 Feb 2014 20:55:04 MDT Krauthammer: The myth of ‘settled science’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57591527-82/climate-settled-science-california.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/57591527-82/climate-settled-science-california.html.csp">Krauthammer: The myth of ‘settled science’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Charles Krauthammer</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Washington Post</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-02-24T11:07:02.148-06:00">Updated Feb 24, 2014 11:07AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I repeat: I’m not a global warming believer. I’m not a global warming denier. I’ve long believed that it cannot be good for humanity to be spewing tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. I also believe that those scientists who pretend to know exactly what this will cause in 20, 30 or 50 years are white-coated propagandists. “The debate is settled,” asserted propagandist in chief Barack Obama in his latest State of the Union address. “Climate change is a fact.” Really? There is nothing more ...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="http://www.sltrib.com/pages/privacy"> Copyright 2013 The Salt Lake Tribune. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 57591527@www.sltrib.com Mon, 24 Feb 2014 11:07:02 MDT