Elaine Taylor

5:30 News Co-host / Reporter

After graduating with a B.S. in Anthropology from the University of Utah, Elaine developed a love of radio while working long hours in remote parts of Utah as an archaeological field technician. She eventually started interning for the radio show Science Questions and fell completely in love with the medium. Elaine is currently taking classes at Utah State University in preparation for medical school applications. She is a host of UPR’s 5:30 Newscast and a science writer for the Utah Agricultural Experiment Station. Elaine hopes to bring her experiences living abroad in Turkey and Austria into her work.

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Utah Food
9:54 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Swine Virus Found In Utah For The First Time

The Utah Department of Agriculture and Food announced Wednesday that the Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus, or PEDv, has been detected at the state’s largest hog farm. The Salt Lake Tribune Reports that farm to be Circle Four Farms in Beaver County.

The disease, which is not a threat to humans but is highly contagious between hog farms, was first detected in 2013 and is suspected to have been imported from Asia.

The virus causes cold-like symptoms in adult pigs but can be deadly for piglets. Because of the high mortality rate, pork prices have been climbing since the spring.

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Utah News
5:55 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Naked Art: Photographer Works In The Nude To Explore Emotion

Trevor Christensen's latest work has been capturing his subject's reactions to his own nudity.
Trevor Christensen http://www.trevorchristensen.com/#!/p/nude-portraits

A new project from a photojournalist in Provo is causing quite a stir online. The focus of his work is nude photos, but it isn’t the subjects who are naked.

Trevor Christensen launched the project titled Nude Portraits earlier this week. Christensen’s subjects are fully clothed, but he—the photographer—is not.

Click here for Christensen's full gallery.

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Utah News
5:56 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

State Granted Extra Month For Gay Marriage Appeal

The state of Utah was granted an extra month to file an appeal in a case that could decide the rights granted to gay couples married between Dec. of 2013 and Jan. of 2014.
Credit seattle.gov

Tuesday a federal appeals court granted the state of Utah an extra month to file its appeal of a federal order that would require the state to recognize the nearly 1,300 same-sex couples married between December and January.

The new deadline for the state’s appeal to the U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals is Oct. 22.

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Utah Science
6:58 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

The Brink Of Eruption: Icelandic Volcano Could Halt Air Travel, Cause Floods…Or Not

When Eyjafjallajökull erupted in 2010, air travel in Europe was delayed for weeks and windblown ash could be seen from space.
NASA

Iceland is known for its volcanic activity; however, it wasn’t until 2010, when an Icelandic eruption shut down air travel in Europe, that the whole world took notice. Now, another volcano is on the brink of eruption, but what may happen is still unclear. UPR spoke with Mary Hubbard, a Utah State University geologist who recently returned from Iceland, about the most recent volcano to make the news.

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Utah Science
6:42 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Rock Art In Horseshoe Canyon Is Younger Than Archaeologists Previously Thought

The view of a few of the humanoid paintings in Horseshoe Canyon through binoculars provided by the National Park Service.
Cody Chamberlain

Southeastern Utah’s Horseshoe Canyon contains one of the most iconic rock art panels in the West. Now, new research from scientists at Utah State University suggests the life-size figures in the Great Gallery may be younger than previously thought.

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Utah News
6:28 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Slowdown Expected On I-15 Near Ogden This Weekend

The Riverdale Road Project will impact travel on north and southbound I-15 this weekend.
udot.utah.gov

Listeners planning on driving though the Ogden area this weekend may want to give themselves a few extra minutes.

The ongoing Riverdale Road Project near Roy has reached its final stage of construction, and sections of I-15 will be closed to accommodate the installation of girders for the new interchange. Utah Department of Transportation’s Vic Saunders suggests planning ahead for your weekend travels.

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Utah Weather
6:00 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

Utah City Sees Severe Rainstorms And Flooding; Cleanup Underway

Cleanup is underway in one southern Utah city following severe rainstorms that left some residents with flooded homes.

Washington city saw heavy rainfall yesterday afternoon, says City Police Chief Jim Keith.
“What basically happened is we had about 20 percent of our annual rain fall within a 70 minute period yesterday afternoon around 4 o'clock and so what that equates to is about 2 inches of rain in about an hour,” Keith said.

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Utah Politics
6:40 pm
Mon August 18, 2014

Poll: Utahns Support State’s Efforts To Block Gay Marriage

Utahns are overwhelmingly in opposition to gay marriage; however, those polled also felt the Supreme Court would not rule in favor of the state's ban.
seattle.gov

A new poll measuring statewide opinions on same-sex marriage was released Monday. Some results of the survey were unexpected.

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Utah Outdoors
6:43 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Perseids Shower To Dust The Night Sky

Perseids meteor shower to be visible the evenings of Aug. 11 and 12.
http://science.nasa.gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2007/11jul_greatperseids/

To view the Perseid shower, find clear, dark skies away from city lights. Give your eyes about 45 minutes to adjust to the dark, then look straight up to see as much sky as possible. If you have partly cloudy skies, you might still see bright meteors.

The peak time for meteor showers over Utah is between 3 and 4 a.m.

“When they hit the atmosphere they get really hot and they glow for just and instant, maybe a second or so, and then burn themselves out and whatever’s left we call micro-meteoric dust and that rains down on the ground. People probably have some in their hair right now." -Patrick Wiggins. 

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Utah News
6:26 pm
Wed August 6, 2014

Missionary Evacuation Complete As Ebola Outbreak Spreads

The WHO announced that over 930 people have now died from the growing Ebola outbreak.
Intellectual Reserve, Inc.

Earlier this week, the Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints announced it would be reassigning missionaries stationed in two western Africa countries due to the Ebola outbreak.

Wednesday, the church announced that all missionaries have been safely removed from Sierra Leone and Liberia—two of four countries, including Guinea and more recently Nigeria, in which the deadly outbreak has surfaced.

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