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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 Science
6:30 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

NASA Funded Experiment Launches Into Upper Atmosphere

USU students work on the device they will be sending to the upper atmosphere in August.
Credit Elaine Taylor

A team of student scientists at Utah State University received a grant from NASA, and they’re learning more than just science.  The students will be launching a device to measure wind in Earth's upper atmosphere in August.

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Utah News
11:16 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

ACLU Responds To State’s Push To Extend Stay In Gay Marriage Case

The ACLU is penning a response to the state's decision to seek an extension to the say that is currently preventing the recognition of same-sex couples in the state.
Credit seattle.gov

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.

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Utah News
6:07 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Utah Condor Population Perched On Edge Of Comeback

The chick that hatched in Zion N.P. is the first to be born in the wild in Utah since reintroduction efforts began in the 1980s.
Credit National Park Service

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.

“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.”

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Utah Politics
4:43 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

Charges Filed, Shurtleff And Swallow Arrested In Ongoing Investigation

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.

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.

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Utah Health and Wellness
6:59 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Ancestry, Location, Outdoor Rec. Pushes Utah’s Skin Cancer Rate Higher

Utah has some of the highest skin cancer rates in the nation.
Credit skincancerprevention.org

Utah has officially entered the dog days of summer, and with the heat comes the risk of burns.

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.

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Utah Science
6:16 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Just How Super Is A Super Moon?

There will be three super full moons in the next few months, but whether or not you'll be able to tell is a different story.
Credit NASA

 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.

“Don’t expect them to look that much different than a regular full moon,” Wiggins cautions.

So what makes a super moon? Well, the moon orbits the earth in an elliptical fashion, meaning its orbit isn’t completely circular.

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Utah Science
6:26 pm
Thu July 10, 2014

Students To Take First Glimpse Of High Atmospheric Winds

Scientists are using the principals of the Doppler effect to understand winds in the upper atmosphere.
Credit Utah State University

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.

Student Team Leader and System Engineer Landon Terry describes what the experiment looks like.

“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.

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Utah News
6:11 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Utah Will Appeal Same-Sex Marriage Ruling To Supreme Court

Utah's decision to appeal an earlier decision on the state's gay marriage ban came on the same day a group of citizens delivered a petition in favor of marriage equality to the Governor's Mansion.
Credit seattle.gov

 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 June 25 ruling 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.

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Utah Environment
6:21 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Cedar City Building Fence To Keep Prairie Dogs Off The Green

Cedar City is building a specialized fence around the golf course to keep federally protected prairie dogs from digging into the green.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Utah Prairie Dog was first listed as endangered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in 1973. It remains listed as ‘threatened’ today, meaning residents of its native territory have had to come up with creative ways of keeping the rodent out of prime burrowing habitat.

“Prairie dogs are all over Iron County and there are many on the public golf course and many in the Cedar City cemetery,” said Rick Holman, city manager for Cedar City.

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Utah News
6:32 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Nut Lovers Mourn Ice Cream Drought

Nutty flavors such as maple nut could be in short supply at Aggie Ice Cream if the California drought continues.
Credit Aggie Ice Cream

Nut lovers may have a hard time getting ahold of their favorite ice cream flavors at Aggie Ice Cream this summer. The Logan based creamery announced some flavors may be in limited supply due to the ongoing drought in California that has been hurting nut growers in parts of the state.

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