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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

Silent Mutations Speak Up


Returning to research of years ago, U biologists developed an assay to test effects of all possible silent mutations on protein translation. One-third of silent mutations caused a slow down--in some cases decreasing the speed of translation...
2-Jun-2014 11:00 AM EDT

Watching HIV Bud from Cells


University of Utah researchers devised a way to watch newly forming AIDS virus particles “budding” from human cells without interfering with the process. The method shows a protein named ALIX gets involved during the final stages of virus...
11-May-2014 11:00 PM EDT

Nearest Bright 'Hypervelocity Star' Found


A University of Utah-led team discovered a “hypervelocity star” that is the closest, second-brightest and among the largest of 20 found so far. Speeding at more than 1 million mph, the star may provide clues about the supermassive black hole at...
6-May-2014 11:00 PM EDT

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