The Dutch company Mars One Foundation announced this week they have received more than 20,000 applications from aspiring astronauts who are willing to travel to mars on a one-way ticket. Friday on Access Utah, Sheri Quinn talks to aerospace engineer Walter Holemans, who joins her from Washington DC to talk about why he thinks they should stay on earth. Mr. Holemans also sums up the major accomplishments of the aerospace industry in 2013.
One Utah State University researcher has found a way to better identify language impairments in bilingual children through English language testing. It can be difficult to identify delayed language development in bilingual children, who show impairments in both of the languages they speak.
Older methods identified problems by testing children bilingually, but USU professor Ronald Gillam said this method has limits.
The United Health Foundation released its annual report Wednesday ranking the health of individual states and for the second year in a row Utah came out as number six in the nation for overall health.
The comprehensive assessment has a 24-year history and is based on a state-by-state analysis of 27 factors ranging from personal behaviors to how decisions by local officials create a culture of health in the state.
Utah's new Lieutenant Governor, Spencer Cox, spent part of Thursday in Brigham City touring a robotics facility. The tour of Autoliv Northern America included students interested in robotics training.
There are 80 Autoliv facilities producing airbag and other automotive safety products in 29 countries. One of those facilities is located in the Northern Utah farming community of Brigham City. Cox toured the Autoliv manufacturing facility along with students from the Bridgerland Applied Technology College.
A passenger checks his cellphone while boarding a flight in Boston. The Federal Communications Commission is proposing new rules to allow using cellphones for data and voice calls during airline flights.
Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 3:04 pm
Update at 4 p.m. ET: Commissioners Approve Rules Proposal
By a vote of 3-2, the FCC has approved the initial proposal to allow passengers on U.S. flights to use their cellphones for voice calls — something that's been forbidden on U.S. flights. The vote opens the door for further consideration by the commission's five members, as well as comments from the public.
The Utah Republican Party will hold a special State Central Committee meeting on Saturday to nominate three individuals from among seven Attorney General candidates. Governor Herbert is expected to choose the next AG from this group. State Republican Party Chairman James Evans has organized a committee to verify that each candidate meets the requirements to serve as Attorney General and does not have any blatant conflicts of interest. The Republicans were also holding a candidate debate Wednesday evening. The Utah Democratic Party says there are major conflicts of interest and ethical questions surrounding the candidates being considered by the Republican Party.
Original caption via Instagram: #pscommute 5:15 PM on the C Train. 34th Street, Penn Station back home to Fort Greene, Brooklyn. Giving the gift of reading. A magical moment between mother and son. It may seem like just another subway ride, but with a book and an imagination, the adventures are limitless.
Each month on Instagram, we team up with KPCC and suggest a photo assignment for our project Public Square. In October, we wanted to see your commute — that perfectly average and ordinary part of the day that many of us share. Lots of you participated. And one photo in particular had a special story.
As a familiar winter haze settles over the state, the Utah Division of Air Quality has issued mandatory action warnings for five Utah Counties. The use of wood stoves and fireplaces is prohibited in Cache, Box Elder, Salt Lake and Davis counties, as well as Utah and Weber counties until the Department of Environmental Quality lifts the limit with the improvement of air quality.
Antibiotics are our main line of defense against bacteria that can make us very sick. But that defense is breaking down as the microorganisms are increasingly becoming resistant to our most effective drugs. How we deal with this threat may determine if we will become at risk of dying from infectious diseases that have been kept in check for nearly a century.
“It’s rare that we know of someone in the United States who dies of an infectious disease. This used to not be the case, a hundred years ago infectious diseases used to be the primary cause of death,” said Matt Mulvey, a University of Utah researcher.
Mulvey studies bacteria and is trying to understand how they cause disease and become resistant to antibiotics. He said the Centers for Disease Control recently reported that every year around 2 million people acquire antibiotic resistant infections and 23,000 die from these infections.
“It does scare me actually, it does scare me more and more. One of my daughters and my wife recently had pneumonia and the first thing that goes through my mind is, geez I hope this is susceptible to antibiotics,” Mulvey said.