Utah News
6:36 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Study Suggests Human Skull Evolved From Fighting

A new study from the University of Utah suggests Homo sapien skull configurations evolved with fighting.
Credit Biological Reviews journal

A new study from researchers at the University of Utah suggests Homo sapiens’ ancestors evolved to take a punch to the face.

The research suggests that violence stemming from male competition for access to mates millions of years ago has influenced the shape of the hominin skull, making it robust in areas it wouldn’t need to be if it had evolved only for eating.

“The face and the head are the most commonly struck targets and those areas of the face that are hit the most are the areas that show the most increase in robustness throughout our evolution,” said author Michael Morgan, an emergency medicine resident at the University of Utah.

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Utah News
6:11 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Construction At Arches To Cause Summertime Congestion

Congestion is expected as Arches National Park renovates the Devil's Garden parking lot in June.
Credit National Park Service

After years of growing visitation numbers, Arches National Park near Moab will be expanding one of its largest parking lots.

The Devils Garden parking lot will be closed for construction for 10 days in June. Between the 16th and the 26th visitors to the park won’t be able to access one of the most popular trails that features land marks such as Landscape Arch, Double O arch and the Primitive Loop Trail.

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Arts and Culture
4:48 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

"Flippin' Sweet!" Napoleon Dynamite Turns 10

Napoleon Dynamite was shot in Idaho during the summer of 2003. It premiered in theaters the following June.
Credit Fox Searchlight

Ten years ago this week the film "Napoleon Dynamite" hit the silver screen and became an almost instant success. Social media is abuzz with talk of the 10-year anniversary. UPR's Matt Jensen went back to Preston, Idaho where the film was shot to see where it all happened.

It’s the last day of classes at Preston High School where much of "Napoleon Dynamite" was shot during the summer of 2003. The independent film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival the following January and made its debut in theaters later that summer.

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The Zesty Garden
12:55 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

The Zesty Garden - June 12

St. Paulia African Violet

The plants they are a growin' but so are the insects that eat'em. USU Extension Entomologist Diane Alston is the featured guest on The Zesty Garden. African Violets are also discussed in The Green Room, and Shakespeare seems to have a love affair with plants.

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Access Utah
9:30 am
Thu June 12, 2014

The Bergdahl Exchange and National Security on Thursday's Access Utah

Credit United States Army

U. S. Army Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl was recently freed in Afghanistan in exchange for five Taliban prisoners from Guantanamo. Some say that the United States should not negotiate with extremists and that this deal places American troops under increased danger, to say nothing of the harm the freed inmates could possibly do.


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Utah News
5:22 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Centuries-Old Tree Key To Understanding Climate Variation

350-year-old juniper tree discovered in Utah's Indian Creek last fall may hold answers to climate variability in the region.
Credit Barry Baker / The Nature Conservancy

Director of Canyonlands Research Center Dr. Barry Baker was walking in Cottonwood Creek with his wife last fall when he spotted something out of the ordinary—a tree hovering above the creek bed, buried in a deep layer of sediment. 

“I figured it had been there a while and was hoping that we could study the tree to get some insight into past climatic regimes and sedimentation regimes in the area,” said Baker.

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Utah News
4:03 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Storytelling Festival Captivates Cache Valley Community

The entrance to the Cachevalley Storytelling Festival.
Taylor Halversen Utah Public Radio

Storytellers mesmerized audience members June 7 as part of Cache Valley’s inaugural storytelling festival in North Logan. The event began as one man’s dream to bring stories to his home after watching storytelling festivals enhance and unite communities around the state.

Years ago Wayne McKay was introduced to the acclaimed Timpanogos Storytelling Festival and was entranced as he listened to the tellers and observed people of all ages laughing and connecting with the stories. He returned year after year taking note of the storytellers, the audience and the community.

“So I came away and I thought, 'Boy, that would really be cool if we had something like that up in Cache Valley',” said McKay.


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Access Utah
10:46 am
Wed June 11, 2014

"Empathy Exams" on Wednesday's Access Utah

Credit thenervousbreadown.com

Beginning with her experience as a medical actor, paid to act out symptoms for medical students to diagnose, Leslie Jamison’s essays ask essential questions about our basic understanding of others: How should we care about one another? How can we feel another’s pain, especially when pain can be assumed, distorted, or performed? Is empathy a tool by which to test or even grade each other? 


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Become A Source
9:04 am
Wed June 11, 2014

What's In Your Diet?

Can you imagine a diet without added sugars? Maybe you would eliminate it, but would your family join you? Author Eve Schaub convinced her husband and kids to join her on a year-long diet, omitting added sugars from their plates and published their journey in Year of No Sugar: a Memoir

Utah Public Radio wants to hear about your healthy choices or crazy diets for an upcoming segment on Access Utah. Maybe your family began eating less red meat or you went all-together vegetarian. Or maybe you decided to cut out preservatives and overly-processed foods for the health benefits. Whatever your story, UPR wants to hear it.

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Utah Health and Wellness
6:28 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Utah Confirms First Case Of Measles In 2014, Numbers Spike Across Nation

Utah confirmed its first case of measles on Tuesday. Nearly 400 cases have been seen across the country so far this year.
Credit Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

The number of cases of measles in the United States in 2014 has already doubled compared to the total number of cases seen during 2013. On Tuesday, Utah’s first case of the respiratory illness was confirmed by the Utah Department of Health, adding to the growing number of cases seen since the illness was eliminated from the U.S. 14 years ago.

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