Utah Science
10:47 am
Tue September 23, 2014

New Facility Set For Electric Vehicle Research

Dr. Regan Zane is the principle investigator for the Electronic Vehicle and Roadway project.
Credit Utah State University

Groundbreaking for the new Electronic Vehicle and Roadway Research Facility and Test Track is scheduled for Tuesday of this week at Utah State University. The 4,800-square-foot building and track will house the university’s research into electric cars and innovative charging options. The new center will attract academic and industry researchers to work together and advance the viability of electric transportation, according to Dr. Regan Zane of USU’s Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

“The facility we’re building and its resources [are] really USU driven. So, it’s a facility we’re building here and has a capability we’re adding in that’s going to do some amazing things we’re pretty excited about,”  Zane said. “It’s going to be the only one of its kind in the country for the foreseeable future and so we have quite a few collaborators, other universities and industry that are thinking about using this facility and working with us.”

Technology developed at USU that wirelessly charges electric buses has been adopted by the Salt Lake-based bus company Wave. The new facility will bring together several different areas of research under one roof, according to Zane.

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Utah News
10:44 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Utah Shelters Prepare for Winter: Donations Needed

Winter in Utah

Charitable organizations serving individuals and families in crisis are currently strategizing about how they are  going to meet the needs of the homeless this winter. While supplies are always needed, winter is especially a difficult time for those who are homeless because of exposure.

“People who are homeless experience disease three to four times as often as people who are housed," said Jennifer Hyvonen of the Fourth Street Clinic in Salt Lake City. "And in fact, poor health is often a contributing factor of someone becoming homeless.”

Hyvonen said that many supplies are needed throughout the year but winter is especially difficult.

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Access Utah
10:34 am
Tue September 23, 2014

People's Climate March On Tuesday's Access Utah

People's Climate March in New York

More than 300,000 people marched through the streets of New York City on Sunday in what organizers called the largest climate-change demonstration in history (USA Today.)

Participants in the People’s Climate March demanded that “bold ideas” be presented at a United Nations summit on climate change on Tuesday. In the meantime, Americans are deeply divided, not only on how to address climate change but whether it's a problem at all. “Carroll Doherty of the Pew Research Center says in a poll last month, 68 percent of Democrats called climate change a major threat to the U.S., concern on a par with Islamic extremism. But only 25 percent of Republicans feel that way.” (NPR)  

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Utah News
6:33 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Abandoned Vehicle Retrieval Turns Up Sunken Handguns

Divers and deputies found a sunken car and abandoned handguns at the bottom of Pineview Reservoir.
Lane Findlay Weber County Sheriff's Office

Divers, towing crews and deputies worked Saturday morning to retrieve a fifth vehicle located at the bottom of Pineview Reservoir.

Earlier this month, five vehicles were discovered at the bottom of the Ogden reservoir as Weber County deputies were testing out new sonar equipment. Four cars were pulled out over a week ago, with license plates dating the cars from the ‘90s to August of this year.

The car recovered Saturday was a Mercury sedan from the 1950s, according to Lt. Lane Findlay with the Weber County Sheriff’s Office.

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Utah Science
6:11 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Study Links Child Favoritism To Substance Use During Teen Years

A new study shows children who perceive themselves to be the less-favored child are more likely to use substances like alcohol in their teen years.

A new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology shows that parental favoritism, real or perceived, can impact a teen’s likelihood of using substances like alcohol and cigarettes.

Brigham Young University professor Alex Jensen said the concept of favoritism is pervasive and can have lasting impact on a child.

“Sometimes we joke about who’s the favorite child in the family and even ask people that question, but it’s really a complex process and a complex idea,” Jensen said.

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3:07 pm
Mon September 22, 2014

Painting Music: Enchanted Modernities

One of the best ways to describe what Theosophy is is to think of it as a kind of fusion of religion and science, as a desire to prove or to explore some of the mystical forces that made religion work and make the spiritual world work.

Is it possible to see music? Or hear a painting? The art exhibition “Enchanted Modernities: Mysticism, Landscape and the American West” answers these questions and more by exploring the impact of Theosophy, a society founded in New York in the late 19th century, on visual artists, writers, and composers in the American West. Join us at the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art as the three exhibition curators give us personalized tour.

Alexander Scriabin, a Russian pianist and composer who was deeply influenced by Theosophy, visualized a grand magnum opus which he titled “Mysterium.” This week-long, multimedia performance would take place in the Himalayas incorporating music, scent, dance, and light. This great and final concert would ultimately bring about the end the world. Luckily for the fate of the rest of us, this work remained unfinished.

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Access Utah
10:46 am
Mon September 22, 2014

Discussing The Most Current Air Quality Research On Access Utah

Credit deseretnews.com

We tend to talk about Air Quality in the winter when inversions are trapping us in especially bad air. But this is a serious ongoing problem. So, on Monday’s AU, we’ll ask: What does the latest research tell us about our air pollution problem? And what are our current plans to ameliorate the problem? 

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Utah News
11:15 pm
Sat September 20, 2014

Alzheimer Walk Brings Awareness To Utah Community

Walk to End Alzheimer's in Logan seeks to raise funds and awareness for the disease.
Melissa Lee The Alzheimer's Association

Alzheimer’s disease affects more than five million people nationwide and is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States.  An event tradition decades in the making is underway this week to raise awareness and funds for the care and research of the disease.

Saturday’s Walk to End Alzheimer's event in Logan is one of more than 600 walks across the country, which together raised $57.2 million last year alone for the cause.

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Utah News
6:15 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

Too Controversial? God Loves Gays Billboard Campaign Seeks Home

A group is trying to find a billboard company willing to post thier message in the Salt Lake City area.
God Loves Gays billboard project

An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign sponsored by Facebook God, a cartoon character that has nearly 2 million followers, is raising money to place billboards that say “God Loves Gays” around the country.

God, whose true identity remains unknown, spoke in the campaign video.

“The Westboro Baptist Church, this hate group goes around saying God hates gay people. Nonsense, I love gay people.”

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Utah Outdoors
1:29 pm
Fri September 19, 2014

PARK(ing) Day Uses Parking Stalls For New Purpose

Students gather in a parking stall on USU campus to help re-imagine urban space.
April Ashland Utah Public Radio

Across the world Friday, people are reserving parking spaces not for their cars, but to re-imagine the possibilities of the urban landscape.

Navigating into a parking spot is not the easiest thing to do. The SUV next to you is over the line... again, and the sports car on the other side is taking up two spots. And in front of you... are a bunch of people among some bushes that were not there yesterday.

In 2005, a San Francisco-based art and design studio created "PARKing Day" to make people think about the way streets and urban areas are used. The company has since closed its doors, but that hasn't stopped fellow enthusiasts around the country- or around town from continuing the mission.

And today is Parking day.

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