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 All Things Considered 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 Health and Wellness
5:59 pm
Tue January 28, 2014

Bacterial Meningitis Causes Northern Utah Girl’s Death

A 12-year-old northern Utah girl passed away on Saturday at Primary Children’s Medical Center from bacterial meningitis. Faith Hunter was a 6th grader at Mount Logan Middle School in Logan.

Meningitis is an infection of the membranes surrounding the brain and spinal cord. According to the Centers for Disease Control, bacterial meningitis can be caused by many types of bacteria, though most of them, including the type Hunter died from, are not easily contracted or transmissible.

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Utah Environment
6:16 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Effects Of Unseasonably Dry Winter To Be Felt Acutely This Summer

SNOTEL collects precipitation data from around the state to help with water management.
Credit Natural Resource Conservation Service

It has been a dry winter so far for Utah, and new data from the precipitation measuring system SNOTEL confirms that the state, and much of the West, is in for a dry year.

Federally run SNOTEL sensors are distributed around the state. They take measurements on things like snow depth and soil moisture levels, which can be used to help water managers decide how to allocate water.

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Utah News
5:46 pm
Thu January 23, 2014

Utah And Roe v. Wade, 41 Years Later

Wednesday marked the 41st anniversary of the Supreme Court’s decision on Roe v. Wade. UPR spoke with two Utah organizations located on different sides of the discussion and found  both are concerned about the future of women’s healthcare.

The 1973 Roe v. Wade decision has become a divisive political issue in the state and around the nation in the 40 years since the court ruling legalized some forms of abortion.


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Utah News
6:18 pm
Wed January 22, 2014

Politics, The Science Behind Campaigns And Social Media This Week At USU

Issenberg spoke about his new book "Victory Lab" on Wednesday.
Credit USU

Elections are still a ways off, but things are getting political at Utah State University. A brand new series titled “Foxley Forums”, named after USU alumn and political advisor, Douglas Foxley, kicked off Wednesday with author Sasha Issenberg.

Issenberg spoke about his book, "The Victory Lab — The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns."

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Utah Technology
5:00 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Overstock Now Accepts Bitcoin

The digital currency bitcoin can now be used to pay for goods on Overstock.com, a Salt Lake City based company.

Bitcoin users can exchange traditional currency, like dollars, for the online currency or “mine” money, by allowing their personal computer to act as a server for the cryptocurrency in exchange for a reward or service fee paid in bitcoins.

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Utah Science
6:24 pm
Fri January 17, 2014

Space Mission Uses Utah Technology To Detect Life On Mars

ExoMars is scheduled to launch in 2018.
Credit NASA.gov

An upcoming mission to Mars will have the help of one Utah company that will be providing some of the technology to find chemical evidence of life beneath the iron oxide that gives the “Red Planet” its nickname.

Wasatch Photonics makes high-tech refraction gratings and spectrometers that will be used by the ExoMars Mission. Developed by the European Space Agency and the Russian Federal Space Agency, ExoMars is an astrobiological mission to find biosignatures of life.

Wasatch Photonics C.E.O. Gerald Heidt explains.

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Utah Arts
6:16 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

Utah Musician, Professor Featured On Grammy Nominated Tracks

Corey Christiansen
Credit coreychristiansen.com

This year’s Grammys are on the 26th and featured on a recording nominated for “Best Instrumental Arrangement” and “Best Instrumental Composition” is a professor from Utah State University.

Guitar Studies Director Corey Christiansen plays on famous jazz musician Chuck Owen’s latest album, River Runs.

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Utah Transportation
6:02 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Tesla Motors Opens Electric Charging Station In Blanding

The first Tesla electric charging station opened Tuesday in Blanding, Utah. Some residents are confused, others hope the move will bring more tourism to the area.
Credit Jim Motavalli / DIGITAL JOURNAL

Tesla Motors opened its first charging station in Utah for its electric cars on Tuesday, but its placement in Blanding has left more than a few people shaking their heads.

Janet Bradford works at the Blanding Visitors Center, which shares property with the station. She said she hasn’t seen anyone charge up yet.

“The station’s there and it could be used, there’s still some fencing around part of it…I haven’t even seen anything in town that could use it,” Bradford said.

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Utah Education
5:26 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Students Present Final Designs For Caine College Courtyard

Chris Binder stands with his design at the final presentation. Binder said he tried to maintain elements from the original courtyard design in his proposal.
Credit ELAINE TAYLOR / UTAH PUBLIC RADIO

Construction on the courtyard outside of Utah State University’s Chase Fine Arts Center began earlier this fall, but it wasn’t until Monday that a final design was selected for the space.

The new design was chosen through a student competition held by the Caine College of the Arts and the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. After an anonymous first round, judges narrowed the field from 34 to 6 designs.

Monday the judges met to hear presentations from each of the finalists and choose a winner. Before the presentations began, finalists excitedly paced the performance hall in suits, talking about their designs with faculty and friends.

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Utah Weather
6:22 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Polar Vortex Misses Utah, Pushes Eastward

Cold air from the polar vortex will not reach Utah.
Credit National Weather Service

Temperatures across much of the eastern U.S. are hitting record lows this week, but meteorologists say the arctic air won’t be reaching Utah.

Air flow at the poles creates year-round vortices, also known as an arctic cyclone. A weakening of the North American winter jet stream can lead to distortions in the shape of the polar air mass and allow for cold air to push southward, like what’s happening now.

National Weather Service Meteorologist Larry Dunn explained it’s not the vortex itself that’s reaching much of the eastern U.S.

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