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In Amazon Wars, Bands of Brothers-in-Law


When Yanomamö men in the Amazon raided villages and killed decades ago, they formed alliances with men in other villages rather than just with close kin like chimpanzees do. And the spoils of war came from marrying their allies’ sisters and...
22-Oct-2014 1:40 PM EDT

Teens Still Sending Naked Selfies


A new study from the University of Utah confirms that substantial numbers of teens are sexting – sending and receiving explicit sexual images via cellphone. Though the behavior is widely studied, the potentially serious consequences of the...
8-Oct-2014 12:00 PM EDT

Talking to Your Car Is Often Distracting


Two new AAA-University of Utah studies show that despite public belief to the contrary, hands-free, voice-controlled automobile infotainment systems can distract drivers, although it is possible to design them to be safer. Apple's Siri and...
6-Oct-2014 11:00 PM EDT

Asteroid Named for University of Utah


What’s rocky, about a mile wide, orbits between Mars and Jupiter and poses no threat to Earth? An asteroid named “Univofutah” after the University of Utah.
23-Sep-2014 3:00 PM EDT

Firelight Talk of the Kalahari Bushmen


A University of Utah study of Africa’s Kalahari Bushmen suggests that stories told over firelight helped human culture and thought evolve by reinforcing social traditions, promoting harmony and equality, and sparking the imagination to envision a...
18-Sep-2014 11:00 PM EDT

University of Utah Engineers Unlock Potential for Faster Computing


University of Utah engineers discovered a way to create a special material – a metal layer on top of a silicon semiconductor – that could lead to cost-effective, superfast computers that perform lightning-fast calculations but don’t overheat....
21-Sep-2014 11:00 PM EDT

Nuclear Spins Control Current in Plastic LED


University of Utah physicists read “spins” in hydrogen nuclei and used the data to control current in a cheap, plastic LED – at room temperature and without strong magnetic fields. The study in Friday’s issue of Science brings physics a step...
14-Sep-2014 11:00 PM EDT

Smallest Known Galaxy with a Supermassive Black Hole: Watch Video of Newswise Live Press Conference Event

A University of Utah astronomer and his colleagues discovered that an ultracompact dwarf galaxy harbors a supermassive black hole – the smallest galaxy known to contain such a massive light-sucking object. The finding suggests huge black holes may...
14-Sep-2014 11:00 PM EDT

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