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3-D Microscope Method to Look Inside Brains


A University of Utah team discovered a method for turning a small, $40 needle into a 3-D microscope capable of taking images up to 70 times smaller than the width of a human hair.
13-Aug-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Kangaroos Win When Aborigines Hunt with Fire


Australia’s Martu people hunt kangaroos and set small fires to catch lizards, as they have for at least 2,000 years. A University of Utah researcher found such man-made disruption boosts kangaroo populations – showing how co-evolution helped...
3-Aug-2014 11:00 PM EDT

Did Lower Testosterone Help Civilize Humanity?


A study of 1,400 ancient and modern human skulls suggests that a reduction in testosterone hormone levels accompanied the development of cooperation, complex communication and modern culture some 50,000 years ago.
1-Aug-2014 4:00 PM EDT

Fecal Transplants Let Packrats Eat Poison


Woodrats lost their ability to eat toxic creosote bushes after antibiotics killed their gut microbes. Woodrats that never ate the plants were able to do so after receiving fecal transplants with microbes from creosote-eaters, University of Utah...
20-Jul-2014 11:00 PM EDT

New View of Mount Rainier's Volcanic Plumbing


By measuring how fast Earth conducts electricity and seismic waves, a University of Utah researcher and colleagues made a detailed picture of Mount Rainier’s deep volcanic plumbing and partly molten rock that will erupt again someday.
16-Jul-2014 11:00 PM EDT

New Plant Species from the Heart of Texas


After collectors found specimens of the prickly plant in 1974 and 1990, it was wrongly identified as three different species. Now a University of Utah botanist and colleagues identified the plant as a new, possibly endangered species named “from...
8-Jul-2014 11:30 PM EDT

A Hotspot for Powerful Cosmic Rays


An observatory run by the University of Utah found a “hotspot” beneath the Big Dipper emitting a disproportionate number of the highest-energy cosmic rays. The discovery moves physics another step toward identifying the mysterious sources of the...
6-Jul-2014 11:00 PM EDT

How Common Are Cruel Comments Posted to Online News Sites?


Anyone who’s ever ventured into the comments section of a news website has likely observed some unfriendly exchanges. Now research from the University of Utah and the University of Arizona has confirmed just how common such behavior is.
27-Jun-2014 11:00 AM EDT

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