SCIENCE - The Salt Lake Tribune http://www.sltrib.com/feeds/topics/SCIENCE News from The Salt Lake Tribune en-us webmaster@sltrib.com (Webmaster) Art meets science in the making of ‘I Origins’ http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58216237-223/cahill-origins-pitt-science.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58216237-223/cahill-origins-pitt-science.html.csp">Art meets science in the making of ‘I Origins’</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Sean P. Means</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-30T13:56:12.945-06:00">Updated Jul 30, 2014 01:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">For filmmaker Mike Cahill, the road to “I Origins” began with one photograph and one remarkable set of eyes. The photo, shot by Steve McCurry in 1984, was of an Afghan refugee girl, maybe 13 years old, whose haunting green eyes hinted at the hard life she had lived. It ran on the cover of the June 1985 issue of National Geographic and became an international sensation. The photo, Cahill said in a recent phone interview, “became very, very iconic, but we didn’t know what that girl’s name was.” ...</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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.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> 58216237@www.sltrib.com Wed, 30 Jul 2014 13:56:12 MDT Scott D. Pierce: ‘Manhattan’ feels like sci-fi, but it’s history http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58212057-223/manhattan-series-war-hickey.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58212057-223/manhattan-series-war-hickey.html.csp">Scott D. Pierce: ‘Manhattan’ feels like sci-fi, but it’s history</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="2014-07-24T16:36:52.295-06:00">Updated Jul 24, 2014 04:36PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Imagine a TV series about a group of people sequestered in the middle of nowhere, secretly racing to build the ultimate weapon to end a war that has engulfed their planet. As millions are dying across their world, they’re desperate to perfect this weapon before the powers of evil do. Sounds like science fiction, but it’s science fact. It’s “Manhattan,” a new drama series about the Manhattan Project, which built the atomic bombs that ended World War II. “We sometimes talk about this story as a t...</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> 58212057@www.sltrib.com Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:36:52 MDT Wyoming halts work on science education standards http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58144232-68/standards-science-wyoming-education.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58144232-68/standards-science-wyoming-education.html.csp">Wyoming halts work on science education standards</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-07-02T21:47:35.342-06:00">Updated Jul 2, 2014 09:47PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Rawlins, Wyo. • The Wyoming Board of Education voted to suspend work on new science standards for the state’s public schools until lawmakers rescind a ban on adopting education guidelines that endorse the theory of man-made climate change. The board approved the resolution 10-1 on Tuesday because its members took offense at how lawmakers got involved in the issue, board member Pete Gosar said. “In my opinion, when you remove the best standards from the realm of possibility for new science stan...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-581442322014-07-02T21:47:35.342-06:00" id="#license-2014-07-02T21:47:35.342-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58144232@www.sltrib.com Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:47:35 MDT Judge: Flawed science invalidates father’s murder-by-arson conviction http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58099853-68/lee-arson-fire-science.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58099853-68/lee-arson-fire-science.html.csp">Judge: Flawed science invalidates father’s murder-by-arson conviction</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-22T16:48:58.668-06:00">Updated Jun 22, 2014 04:48PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The arsonist who killed Ji Yun Lee was especially cruel and calculating, dousing her small cabin in Pennsylvania’s Pocono Mountains with more than 60 gallons of gasoline and heating fuel and setting at least eight fires, ending at the front door to block any chance of escape. Then he watched calmly as the cabin turned into an inferno. That was the prosecution’s case against the victim’s father, Han Tak Lee, and it persuaded a jury to convict the South Korean immigrant of first-degree murder. He’...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580998532014-06-22T16:48:58.668-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-22T16:48:58.668-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58099853@www.sltrib.com Sun, 22 Jun 2014 16:48:58 MDT Pitts: What we have is, failure to imagine http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58093770-82/percent-failure-climate-human.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58093770-82/percent-failure-climate-human.html.csp">Pitts: What we have is, failure to imagine</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Leonard Pitts Jr.</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Miami Herald</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-20T16:56:02.615-06:00">Updated Jun 20, 2014 04:56PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">The signs were all there. This is what jumps out at you in perusing postmortems of the two greatest surprise attacks in American history. In the days and weeks leading up to Dec. 7, 1941 and Sept. 11, 2001, there were numerous clues that seem neon in hindsight, but which no one pursued. Or, as then-CIA Director George Tenet famously said of 9/11: “The system was blinking red.” In response to each attack, exhaustive probes were launched to determine whose incompetence allowed the disaster to happ...</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> 58093770@www.sltrib.com Fri, 20 Jun 2014 16:56:02 MDT Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar inventor, dies at 90 http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58093566-79/kwolek-dupont-kevlar-chemist.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58093566-79/kwolek-dupont-kevlar-chemist.html.csp">Stephanie Kwolek, Kevlar inventor, dies at 90</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-20T08:59:02.274-06:00">Updated Jun 20, 2014 08:59AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Wilmington, Del. • Stephanie Kwolek, a pioneering female chemist at DuPont who invented the exceedingly tough fibers widely used in Kevlar body armor, has died, colleagues said Friday. She was 90. Kwolek died Wednesday at a hospital in Wilmington where she had lived, said her friend Rita Vasta, a chemist who also worked at DuPont. Vasta said Kwolek had been ill about a week though she didn’t know the cause of death. Kwolek made her discovery in the mid-1960s while working on specialty textile fi...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580935662014-06-20T08:59:02.274-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-20T08:59:02.274-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58093566@www.sltrib.com Fri, 20 Jun 2014 08:59:02 MDT New push to get girls into computer sciences http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58088817-79/girls-computer-code-percent.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/money/58088817-79/girls-computer-code-percent.html.csp">New push to get girls into computer sciences</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By MARTHA MENDOZA</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-19T16:49:49.07-06:00">Updated Jun 19, 2014 04:49PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Mountain View, Calif. • Diana Navarro loves to code, and she’s not afraid to admit it. But the 18-year-old Rutgers University computer science major knows she’s an anomaly: Writing software to run computer programs in 2014 is — more than ever — a man’s world. “We live in a culture where we’re dissuaded to do things that are technical,” Navarro said. “Younger girls see men, not women, doing all the techie stuff, programming and computer science.” Less than one percent of high school girls think o...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580888172014-06-19T16:49:49.07-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-19T16:49:49.07-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58088817@www.sltrib.com Thu, 19 Jun 2014 16:49:49 MDT Churches back science standards teaching evolution http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58075940-68/standards-science-evolution-wyoming.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58075940-68/standards-science-evolution-wyoming.html.csp">Churches back science standards teaching evolution</a></h4> <span class="author source-org vcard"><span class="org fn">The Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-16T21:57:46.062-06:00">Updated Jun 16, 2014 09:57PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Casper, Wyo. • A group of Wyoming churches say they support science education standards that the state Legislature rejected over concerns that students would be expected to know about global climate change and evolution. The Wyoming Association of Churches said recently that science should be taught openly and not be based on any belief system and that it supports teaching students at K-12 public schools concepts in line with the Next Generation Science Standards, the Casper Star-Tribune reporte...</div> <h5><a rel="item-license" href="#license-580759402014-06-16T21:57:46.062-06:00" id="#license-2014-06-16T21:57:46.062-06:00"> Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.</a></h5> </div> 58075940@www.sltrib.com Mon, 16 Jun 2014 21:57:46 MDT Cimate change naysayers ignore science, says Obama http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58068842-68/obama-climate-president-moon.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/world/58068842-68/obama-climate-president-moon.html.csp">Cimate change naysayers ignore science, says Obama</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By NEDRA PICKLER</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> Associated Press</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-14T21:21:02.106-06:00">Updated Jun 14, 2014 09:21PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Anaheim, Calif. • President Barack Obama said denying climate change is like arguing the moon is made of cheese, as he issued a call to action on global warming to Saturday’s graduates of the University of California, Irvine. Obama issued the call to the tens of thousands gathered at Angel Stadium even though he said Congress “is full of folks who stubbornly and automatically reject the scientific evidence” and say climate change is a hoax or fad. Obama said others duck the question. “They say,...</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> 58068842@www.sltrib.com Sat, 14 Jun 2014 21:21:02 MDT Letter: Being religious is not anti-science http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58065217-82/science-clark-believe-needs.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58065217-82/science-clark-believe-needs.html.csp">Letter: Being religious is not anti-science</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-13T16:52:01.448-06:00">Updated Jun 13, 2014 04:52PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">While I admire Gregory Clark’s determination to push for scientifically defined evolution (“Creationists show how far we have to go,” June 6), I think that he is wrong in assuming that religion, all religion, is at the heart of the problem. Many of us religious types understand that “ magical thinking “ has no place in science; belief is one thing, science is another. The problem with Dr. Clark’s attack is political. As Eric Alterman once pointed out, coalitions are formed by addition, not s...</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> 58065217@www.sltrib.com Fri, 13 Jun 2014 16:52:01 MDT Letter: Boehner not a scientist, but he can cash checks http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58055737-82/science-climate-scientist-behind.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58055737-82/science-climate-scientist-behind.html.csp">Letter: Boehner not a scientist, but he can cash checks</a></h4> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-11T17:03:42.29-06:00">Updated Jun 11, 2014 05:03PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">House Speaker John Boehner says he is not a scientist, so he cannot debate climate change. So I am sure when he goes to the doctor who tells him to take some pills against high blood pressure, he will refuse since he has no medical degree and thus, doesn’t understand the need to do something about his high blood pressure. Maybe that’s why he still smokes, since the science behind tobacco use and health is not settled either. At least he is consistent in his ignorance. Personally, I am sure he ...</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> 58055737@www.sltrib.com Wed, 11 Jun 2014 17:03:42 MDT Lowry: Obama’s carbon rules don’t add up http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58050065-82/emissions-global-carbon-regulations.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58050065-82/emissions-global-carbon-regulations.html.csp">Lowry: Obama’s carbon rules don’t add up</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Rich Lowry</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The National Review</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-10T11:34:27.558-06:00">Updated Jun 10, 2014 11:34AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">For people who use the word “science” as a bludgeon and trumpet their strict commitment to fact and reason, the Obama administration and its supporters are strangely incapable of rational analysis of new climate-change regulations. President Barack Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency released draft rules last week to create a vast new regulatory apparatus with no input from Congress — in other words, to govern in its accustomed high-handed, undemocratic manner. The goal is to reduce carbon e...</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> 58050065@www.sltrib.com Tue, 10 Jun 2014 11:34:27 MDT BYU invention helps deaf planetarium visitors http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58032909-78/deaf-interpreter-byu-planetarium.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/news/58032909-78/deaf-interpreter-byu-planetarium.html.csp">BYU invention helps deaf planetarium visitors</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Lisa Schencker</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-09T22:50:56.673-06:00">Updated Jun 9, 2014 10:50PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">When kids see planetarium shows for the first time, they’re often overwhelmed by the vastness of space and dazzled by shimmering stars and whimsical constellations. As a deaf person, however, Tyler Foulger’s experiences at planetariums haven’t exactly been magical. “Even with an interpreter in the room, it is still difficult to have a good experience since I have to continually switch my attention back and forth between the interpreter and the planetarium show, causing me to miss parts of the na...</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> 58032909@www.sltrib.com Mon, 09 Jun 2014 22:50:56 MDT DVD review: ‘Cosmos’ is thrilling ride http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58033649-223/cosmos-science-1980-original.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/entertainment2/58033649-223/cosmos-science-1980-original.html.csp">DVD review: ‘Cosmos’ is thrilling ride</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="2014-06-09T09:46:52.184-06:00">Updated Jun 9, 2014 09:46AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Grade • A DVD • ”Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey” is a fascinating journey that, like the original “Cosmos” in 1980, is not exactly your average documentary. It’s a journey through science rather than a stuffy tutorial. “It’s primarily a story of why science matters,” said host Neil deGrasse Tyson. “There’s plenty of science that’s new [since the 1980 original], but the goal is not to show here what is the new science. The goal is to show here’s why this new understanding of the world continues t...</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> 58033649@www.sltrib.com Mon, 09 Jun 2014 09:46:52 MDT Blow: Religious fundamentalism threatens America’s light http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58044322-82/americans-religious-america-god.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58044322-82/americans-religious-america-god.html.csp">Blow: Religious fundamentalism threatens America’s light</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By CHARLES M. BLOW</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The New York Times</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-09T00:04:01.132-06:00">Updated Jun 9, 2014 12:04AM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">I am both shocked and fascinated by Americans’ religious literalism. One Gallup report issued last week found that 42 percent of Americans believe “God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago.” Even among people who said that they were “very familiar” with the theory of evolution, a third still believed that God created humans in their present form 10,000 years ago. It’s not clear what the respondents meant by being “very familiar” — did they fully understand the science upon which...</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> 58044322@www.sltrib.com Mon, 09 Jun 2014 00:04:01 MDT Polygamist Kody Brown talks hormones to teens — and he’s hilarious http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/tv/58036738-63/kody-says-hormones-science.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/blogs/tv/58036738-63/kody-says-hormones-science.html.csp">Polygamist Kody Brown talks hormones to teens — and he’s hilarious</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Scott D. Pierce</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> The Salt Lake Tribune</span></span> <span class="source-org vcard"><span class="org fn"> </span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-06T17:10:27.584-06:00">Updated Jun 6, 2014 05:10PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">Kody Brown, the polygamist husband on the series “Sister Wives,” talks hormones with his teenage daughter and her boyfriend on Sunday’s episode of the show (10 p.m., TLC). Apparently, “Sister Wives” is now a comedy. Because it’s sort of hilarious. Sister wife Christine is concerned that her daughter, Mykelti, is spending too much time with her boyfriend, John. She wants Kody to have a talk with them. “I’m gonna man up and I’m gonna have the man talk,” the former Utahn says, then jokingly asking ...</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> 58036738@www.sltrib.com Fri, 06 Jun 2014 17:10:27 MDT Pitts: Planet melts while GOP dithers http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58025949-82/climate-planet-science-gop.html.csp <div class="hnews hentry item"> <h4><a class="url entry-title" href="http://www.sltrib.com/sltrib/opinion/58025949-82/climate-planet-science-gop.html.csp">Pitts: Planet melts while GOP dithers</a></h4> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn">By Leonard Pitts Jr.</span></span> <span class="author vcard"><span class="fn"> The Miami Herald</span></span> <h5><span class="updated" title="2014-06-04T15:31:32.75-06:00">Updated Jun 4, 2014 03:31PM MDT</span></h5> <div class ="entry-content">It is irreversible now. And there’s a word that should get everybody’s attention. Last month, two groups of scientists, publishing separately in the journals Science and Geophysical Research Letters, issued reports that came to alarmingly similar conclusions: The melting of the West Antarctic ice sheet has reached a point of no return. If greenhouse gases stopped spewing forth tomorrow, we’d still face the grim prospect of steadily rising seas from this unstoppable melt. So it would be a good i...</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> 58025949@www.sltrib.com Wed, 04 Jun 2014 15:31:32 MDT