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.

Ebola virus under microscope
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

On Tuesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that the first case of Ebola to be diagnosed in the U.S. was confirmed in Dallas, Texas. The patient had recently been in Liberia.

“The patient was visiting family members and staying with family members who live in this country. We will contact anyone who we think has any likelihood of having had an exposure to the individual while they were infectious,” said CDC Director Tom Frieden. “At this point, that does not include anyone who might have traveled with him because he was not infectious at that time.”

Butterfly on milkweed
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With winter fast approaching, it's not only Utah’s snowbirds that are migrating south.

Monarch butterflies across the nation have already begun their annual journey to warmer climates. Unlike East Coast monarchs, Utah’s population of the orange and black butterflies travel to southern California for the winter months, according to Shawn Clark, insect collections manager at BYU’s Life Sciences Museum.

“There are some migrations that will be for thousands of miles. They can fly for several hundred miles at a time without stopping,” Clark said.

Patrick Wiggins

Utah NASA Ambassador Patrick Wiggins just named the 5th asteroid he’s discovered over the years after the state’s largest university.

“Henceforth and forevermore, that lonely little rock floating around in space out beyond the orbit of mars but not quite as far as Jupiter will be named for the University of Utah,” Wiggins said.

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A new study published in the Journal of Family Psychology shows that parental favoritism, real or perceived, can impact a teen’s likelihood of using substances like alcohol and cigarettes.

Brigham Young University professor Alex Jensen said the concept of favoritism is pervasive and can have lasting impact on a child.

“Sometimes we joke about who’s the favorite child in the family and even ask people that question, but it’s really a complex process and a complex idea,” Jensen said.

God Loves Gays billboard project

An Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign sponsored by Facebook God, a cartoon character that has nearly 2 million followers, is raising money to place billboards that say “God Loves Gays” around the country.

God, whose true identity remains unknown, spoke in the campaign video.

“The Westboro Baptist Church, this hate group goes around saying God hates gay people. Nonsense, I love gay people.”

Northern Lights
NASA

Normally the Northern Lights are reserved for their namesake—the far North, but tonight part of Utah and much of the northern third of the United States may get a glimpse of the spectacle.

The aurora is caused by magnetized plasma clouds released by the sun. According to NASA, these clouds become part of the solar wind that can collide with our planet’s magnetic field. That invisible field surrounding Earth is stretched by the winds, said Tabitha Buehler, assistant professor lecturer of physics and astronomy at the University of Utah.

Viracon

Viracon was forced to close its glass manufacturing plant in 2013 after the economic impact of the recession dampened demand for architectural glass.

The company is following through on their promise to return when the economy for glass improved, said Director of Marketing for Viracon, Kevin Anez.

“It was really a result of the recession that was lagging on, and since then we’ve seen a turnaround and the levels of demand are growing higher than we’ve seen in several years,” Anez said. “It’s great to see the commercial market coming back, and for those reasons we are opening our St. George plant so that we can better manage our capacity levels.”

Primary Children’s Hospital announced Tuesday that the care facility has seen an uptick in the number of children admitted with respiratory disease symptoms. According to a statement from the hospital, many are testing positive for the family of viruses that includes Enterovirus D-68. Many enteroviruses are common and do not tend to make people very ill; however, the D-68 virus has been sending children in 10 states to the hospital, some of them landing in intensive care.

Sauropod reconstruction.
www.mnh.si.edu

155 years after it was discovered, the first dinosaur found in Utah is finally being excavated. In 1859, while on the Macomb Expedition, botanist and geologist John Newberry discovered the fossilized remains of what is now known to be a sauropod. Newberry attempted to excavate the remains at the time of discovery, but lacked the proper tools and time.

choir, matsiko World Orphan Choir
The Pioneer

The Matsiko World Orphan Choir is coming to Shepard of the Hills United Methodist Church in St. George. The choir is made up of 17 children from as far away as India, Peru and Liberia.

The choir is part of the International Children’s Network, an organization which seeks to pair sponsors with orphaned or at-risk children.

Don Windham co-founded the International Children’s Network with his wife in 1997. 

Swine Virus Found In Utah For The First Time

Sep 4, 2014

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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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.

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.

seattle.gov

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

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. 

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.

cascadeclimbers.com

Climbers are mourning the loss of an iconic rock formation in the Fisher Towers area outside of Moab after the sandstone column toppled over on Thursday.

The 40-foot-tall tower known as "the Cobra" fell following a stormy week in eastern Utah.

Local climber and Operations Manager at Moab Cliffs and Canyons, Evan Clapper, called the geologic structure of the Cobra improbable.

The libertarian-minded public policy group Libertas Institute is funding a lawsuit against the Utah State School Board, which focuses on how Common Core standards were adopted.

Libertas President Connor Boyack said the state school board did not adequately consult parents, teachers and local school board members before the academic standards were adopted.

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Former Attorneys General John Swallow and Mark Shurtleff made their first appearances in a Salt Lake City Court this week. 

Swallow and Shurtleff’s Wednesday morning court appearances were brief; both men maintained their innocence.

The two were arrested on July 15 and charged with a combined 23 counts, ranging from accepting bribes and tampering with evidence to the misuse of public money.

map of greater canyonlands
greatercanyonlands.org

Fourteen senators from across the U.S. have penned a letter to President Barack Obama asking him to declare the Greater Canyonlands region a national monument.

The area encompasses Canyonlands National Park and would expand protection to surrounding federal lands.

blm.gov

The start of the Blawn Wash Gather on Monday has once again sparked debate about the management of wild horses in Utah. 

Lisa Reid with the BLM says the roundup is going well. The BLM aims to collect 140 horses from state land in the south western portion of Utah.

“Thus far we’ve been able to gather 70 horses successfully, we’ve had no incidences, no deaths, everything had come in healthy, looks great and we couldn’t be more pleased with operations,” Reid said.

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