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Speedy Bridge Repair

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A team of researchers led by University of Utah civil and environmental engineering professor Chris Pantelides has developed a new process of fixing damaged bridge columns that takes as little as a few days.
25-Apr-2016 6:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Which Trees Face Death in Drought?

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William Anderegg and his colleagues looked for patterns in previous studies of tree mortality and found some common traits that characterized which species lived and which died during drought. The results, published today in Proceedings of the...
13-Apr-2016 2:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

A New Way to Get Electricity From Magnetism

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By showing that a phenomenon dubbed the “inverse spin Hall effect” works in several organic semiconductors – including carbon-60 buckyballs – University of Utah physicists changed magnetic “spin current” into electric current. The...
14-Apr-2016 1:25 PM EDT Add to Favorites

How Climate Change Dries Up Mountain Streams

The western United States relies on mountain snow for its water supply. Water stored as snow in the mountains during winter replenishes groundwater and drives river runoff in spring, filling reservoirs for use later in summer. But how could a...
10-Apr-2016 8:00 PM EDT Add to Favorites

The Pyrophilic Primate

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Fire, a tool broadly used for cooking, constructing, hunting and even communicating, was arguably one of the earliest discoveries in human history. But when, how and why it came to be used is hotly debated among scientists. A new scenario crafted by...
12-Apr-2016 2:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

When Life Returned After a Volcanic Mass Extinction

In the April 6 issue of the journal Nature Communications, a new study used fossils and mercury isotopes from volcanic gas deposited in ancient proto-Pacific Ocean sediment deposits in Nevada to determine when life recovered following the...
8-Apr-2016 10:35 AM EDT Add to Favorites

How to Survive Extinction: Live Fast, Die Young

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A team of international paleontologists demonstrate that ancient mammal relatives known as therapsids were suited to the drastic climate change by having shorter life expectancies and would have had a better chance of success by breeding at younger...
1-Apr-2016 4:05 PM EDT Add to Favorites

Sniffing Out a Dangerous Vapor

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Alkane fuel is a key ingredient in combustible material such as gasoline, airplane fuel, oil — even a homemade bomb. Yet it’s difficult to detect and there are no portable scanners available that can sniff out the odorless and colorless...
28-Mar-2016 6:00 AM EDT Add to Favorites

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