Elaine Taylor http://upr.org en Utah Space Expert To Receive NASA’s Highest Award http://upr.org/post/utah-space-expert-receive-nasa-s-highest-award <p>UPR’s long-time go-to outer space and star guy Patrick Wiggins is being awarded NASA’s highest civilian honor. Wiggins is Utah’s Solar System Ambassador for NASA and his mission is to get the public outside and looking at the stars.</p><p>UPR spoke with Wiggins the day after he learned he’d be the first ambassador to receive the Distinguished Public Medal and, by his own account, he was still in shock.</p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 00:22:47 +0000 Elaine Taylor 44384 at http://upr.org Utah Space Expert To Receive NASA’s Highest Award Hatch: Executive Order Unfair To Religious Groups http://upr.org/post/hatch-executive-order-unfair-religious-groups <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Monday morning, President Obama signed an executive order which aims to protect&nbsp;</span>LGBT<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;employees of federal contractors. The order will protect individuals from discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 00:16:26 +0000 Elaine Taylor 44325 at http://upr.org Hatch: Executive Order Unfair To Religious Groups NASA Funded Experiment Launches Into Upper Atmosphere http://upr.org/post/nasa-funded-experiment-launches-upper-atmosphere <p></p><p>A team of student scientists at Utah State University received a grant from NASA, and they’re learning more than just science. &nbsp;The students will be launching a device to measure wind in Earth's upper atmosphere in August.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:30:46 +0000 Elaine Taylor 44224 at http://upr.org NASA Funded Experiment Launches Into Upper Atmosphere ACLU Responds To State’s Push To Extend Stay In Gay Marriage Case http://upr.org/post/aclu-responds-state-s-push-extend-stay-gay-marriage-case <p>Utah has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to extend a stay that is currently in place, which prevents nearly 1,300 same-sex couples married late last year from being recognized by the state.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 05:16:54 +0000 Elaine Taylor 44176 at http://upr.org ACLU Responds To State’s Push To Extend Stay In Gay Marriage Case Utah Condor Population Perched On Edge Of Comeback http://upr.org/post/utah-condor-population-perched-edge-comeback <p>High in the cliffs of Zion National Park, scientists and park officials have spotted a chick that may signal that there is hope for a species once on the brink of extinction.</p><p>“The California Condor is probably the most endangered bird in North America, mainly because the population had dwindled so low in the end of the 1980s that there were only 22 birds left in the wild,” said Fred Armstrong, division chief for resource management and research at Zion National Park. “It was a bird that was on its way to extinction.”</p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 00:07:02 +0000 Elaine Taylor 44117 at http://upr.org Utah Condor Population Perched On Edge Of Comeback Charges Filed, Shurtleff And Swallow Arrested In Ongoing Investigation http://upr.org/post/charges-filed-shurtleff-and-swallow-arrested-ongoing-investigation <p>Two formerly top-level state official were arrested Tuesday morning and charged with a combined 23 counts, ranging from accepting bribes and tampering with evidence to the misuse of public money.</p><p>Former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff were arrested at their homes and booked into the Salt Lake County Jail Tuesday, with bail set at $250,000.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 22:43:50 +0000 Elaine Taylor 44061 at http://upr.org Ancestry, Location, Outdoor Rec. Pushes Utah’s Skin Cancer Rate Higher http://upr.org/post/ancestry-location-outdoor-rec-pushes-utah-s-skin-cancer-rate-higher <p>Utah has officially entered the dog days of summer, and with the heat comes the risk of burns.</p><p>According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1 in 40 males and 1 in 50 females in the state will develop melanoma, one of three common types of skin cancer. Utah has one of the highest rates of skin cancer in the nation. Dr. Nate Hanson, a dermatologist at Logan Regional Hospital, said the primary factors are ancestry and location.</p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 00:59:26 +0000 Elaine Taylor 44006 at http://upr.org Ancestry, Location, Outdoor Rec. Pushes Utah’s Skin Cancer Rate Higher Just How Super Is A Super Moon? http://upr.org/post/just-how-super-super-moon <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>You might have recently heard the term “super moon” thrown around. These moons seem to be in vogue with the media because of their size and brightness; but are the super moons really that special? NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins doesn’t think we should get our hopes up.</p><p>“Don’t expect them to look that much different than a regular full moon,” Wiggins cautions.</p><p>So what makes a super moon? Well, the moon orbits the earth in an elliptical fashion, meaning its orbit isn’t completely circular.</p> Sat, 12 Jul 2014 00:16:03 +0000 Elaine Taylor 43898 at http://upr.org Just How Super Is A Super Moon? Students To Take First Glimpse Of High Atmospheric Winds http://upr.org/post/students-take-first-glimpse-high-atmospheric-winds <p>Undergraduate researchers from Utah State University will soon attach an experiment onto a balloon the size of a stadium. The experiment has been years in the making. USU was selected to take part in a new NASA initiative that aims to involve students in research that could make an impact on the scientific community.</p><p>Student Team Leader and System Engineer Landon Terry describes what the experiment looks like.</p><p>“Well, it’s about a foot and a half by a foot by about a foot tall and it looks like kind of a shoe box,” said Terry.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 00:26:09 +0000 Elaine Taylor 43845 at http://upr.org Students To Take First Glimpse Of High Atmospheric Winds Utah Will Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling To Supreme Court http://upr.org/post/utah-will-appeal-same-sex-marriage-ruling-supreme-court <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>Utah will be taking the fight over gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court. The state attorney general’s office announced Wednesday it would be challenging a<a href="http://upr.org/post/utahs-gay-marriage-ban-struck-down-circuit-court" target="_blank"> June 25 ruling</a> from a federal appeals court. The statement said Attorney General Sean Reyes has a duty to defend state laws, and that Amendment 3 would be presumed constitutional unless the Supreme Court decides otherwise.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 00:11:45 +0000 Elaine Taylor 43772 at http://upr.org Utah Will Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling To Supreme Court