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Religion And The Brain: What Happens When Mormons “Feel The Spirit?”

What does it mean to “feel the spirit?” To some, it may be in the form of physical sensations and emotions—perhaps, a sense of warmth, the presence of peace, tingling reminiscent of small jolts of electricity, or a state of euphoria. But, beyond the feelings, what is actually happening inside the body? A team of scientists wanted to know more, so they peered into the body’s “control center”—the brain.

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Dugout Ranch is a working cattle ranch in the heart of the Colorado Plateau. It’s surrounded by enormous rock formations with colorful names, like the Sundial, Fringe of Death Canyon, and the Moki Family, just to name a few. It’s as remote as it is beautiful, an hour and a half south of Moab in San Juan County.

Gov. Gary Herbert released his proposal for the 2018 fiscal year budget on Wednesday, dedicating most new revenue to public and higher education. The plan includes $260 million for public and higher education. Utah’s K-12 public education system is expected to take in over 10,000 new students in the near future. Herbert said that education remains the top priority of his administration.

Some details have emerged in the case of the murder of a rehabilitation center staff worker Tuesday in Garfield County.

With less than 50 days until the Utah State Legislature opens, Democratic state Rep. Joel Briscoe is preparing to unveil a plan that would introduce a state carbon tax. A final version of the proposal has not been officially released as some of the details are still being worked out. Briscoe, who is a co-founder of the legislature’s Clean Air Caucus, said that, given the eventual rise in energy costs, it will be important to ensure that low-income Utahns won’t be burdened.

Crowdfunding: A Welcome Resource For Researchers

Dec 7, 2016

Crowdfunding is a term you have probably heard recently. The idea is to solicit a large number of small to medium donations in order to fund some kind of project or product development, and there are many online platforms that allow their users to do just that. While It’s not difficult to find crowdfunding proposals online ranging from heartwarming to ridiculous, some scientists are now looking to crowdfunding as a way to finance their research.

Objectified: Overcoming A Pornography Addiction

Dec 6, 2016
Carol and Shawn White

Pornography is defined as printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity that is intended to stimulate erotic rather than emotional feelings. When pornography is introduced into an intimate relationship without mutual consent, it can actually become very emotional in a deeply damaging way. Carol White understands the negative impacts of pornography addiction firsthand.

For the first time in Utah history, the state treasurer is listing the amount of unclaimed funds available to residents in each county. Utah State Treasurer David Damschen says as many as 780,000 individuals and organizations have property being held by the state. He and his colleagues would like to return the unclaimed property.

What happens in Salt Lake County when a big winter storm comes through? That’s the basic question Richard Medina, assistant geography professor at the University of Utah, is asking.

In the deserts of the southwest you can often see signs with slogans on them. “Don’t bust the crust,” they say, or “It’s alive.” These signs are referring to biological soil crusts, complicated communities that cover the very top layer of soil in dry places around the world.

Making Sense Of White House Transitions

Dec 2, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump will have to fill 4,000 federal positions. The process can take up to a year. Planning the transition into the White House begins in May or June of an election year. With around 1,000 appointments requiring the approval of the Senate, the Trump White House might not be complete for weeks after Inauguration.


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