Explore Utah Science Archive

Differing Views on Plans for Big Water Projects in Utah

(KCPW News) Utah’s population is expected to nearly double in the next 40 years and many policymakers worry that the desert state

Desert Dust Events Could Trigger Early Wasatch Snowmelt

Dust events occur regularly each spring along the Wasatch Front, and they could be impacting how much water is ultimately available for

Can Utah Develop Solutions to Clean Up the Air?

(KCPW/ Explore Utah Science)  The public has made it’s voice heard when it comes to air pollution in the state. Regulators and

Biology Inspires Next Generation “Bio-batteries”

(KCPW/ Explore Utah Science)  Batteries that power our electronic devices contain heavy metals and other materials that are toxic to the environment.

When People and Wildlife Collide

(KCPW/ Explore Utah Science)  Each year, thousands of vehicles collide with deer and elk that are crossing Utah’s highways, often causing major

Sounds of the West

(KCPW/ Explore Utah Science)  Thousands of animal and ambient sounds from eleven western states have been recorded and archived in a digital

Antibiotic Resistance, A Looming Public Health Threat

(KCPW/ Explore Utah Science)  Antibiotics are our main line of defense against bacteria that can make us very sick. But that defense

Will Depleted Uranium Be Coming to Utah?

(KCPW/ Explore Utah Science)  The US has a lot of depleted uranium that needs to be stored and EnergySolutions wants to get

Our Water, Our Future

(KCPW/ Explore Utah Science)  Utah is the second driest state in the country and we use about 40% more water per person

Curing Blindness One Eye at a Time

(Explore Utah Science/ KCPW)  The cost of removing a cataract – between $2,000-$4000 dollars – is prohibitive for many, leaving them to

Is Nuclear Power in Utah’s Future?

(Explore Utah Science/ KCPW)  Fears have prevented the construction of nuclear power plants for over 40 years, but Blue Castle Holdings is

Is Sugar Toxic?: The Equivalent of Three Sodas per Day Kills Mice

(KCPW/ Explore Utah Science–August 13, 2013)  A new study from the University of Utah finds mice that consume ‘safe’ levels of sugar

Earthquake Risk in the Salt Lake Valley

(KCPW/ Explore Utah Science–July 11, 2013)  You wouldn’t know it from experience, but the Wasatch Front is one of the most seismically

Biomedical Funding Cuts are Hurting Research in Utah

(KCPW/Explore Utah Science–June 25, 2013) For the past decade the nation’s major funder of biomedical research, the National Institutes of Health, has

The NSA is Collecting Our Data. Should We Be Concerned?

(KCPW/ Explore Utah Science–June 11, 2013)  The National Security Agency has been collecting massive amounts of data on our phone and internet

What’s Up with the BRAIN

Last month, President Obama announced an initiative to study the human brain.  One of the researchers on the working group for this project

Weathering Change: Global Warming or Global Weirding?

  The global climate is expected to warm by 4 to 7 degrees Fahrenheit over the next century, but in many places,

Las Vegas Pipeline May Threaten West Desert’s Scarce Water

  The scarce water supply in Utah’s West Desert is already impacted by agricultural use and fluctuations in weather. Some worry that adding

An Invasive Grass is Choking Utah’s Wetlands

  A plant invader is taking over Utah’s wetlands and is eating up habitat for millions of migrating birds. Kim Schuske with

Living With Radon Gas

It’s estimated that one in three homes in Utah have dangerous levels of radon – a radioactive and cancer-causing gas that naturally

Small Satellites Aim to Protect Us From Solar Storms

  Students at Utah State University are learning cutting edge technology by building small satellites, and then launching them into space. Sheri

Demystifying the Flu

This year, flu season hit early, and it hit hard. In the U.S. and in Utah, the H3N2 virus has caused hospitalizations

Citizen Science and Astronomy

    Citizen science has taken off in the last few years. One area where ordinary people can make a big difference

Banking Eyes to Study Blindness

The Moran Eye Center at the University of Utah has the largest eye bank in the world. A Utah researcher is using

Can We Store Energy From the Sun and Wind?

Renewable energy use is on the rise, but the sun doesn’t always shine and the wind doesn’t always blow. Green energy

High School Students Explore University Science

On Saturday, hundreds of high school students got their first taste of being on a college campus, and heard about scientific research

Alta Ski Area Fighting Bark Beetle Infestation

(EXPLORE Utah Science) Millions of acres of evergreen forests across the West are suffering an epidemic of bark beetle infestations.