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U Experts Help with Next Generation of Internet

Researchers at the University of Utah are helping lay the groundwork for a new high-speed Internet upgrade. The White House today announced the launch of US Ignite, an initiative in which the U is a major participant. Read More

June, 2012 from the U

Conserving Energy in Manufacturing

As part of an Obama Administration effort to conserve power use during manufacturing, the U.S. Department of Energy awarded grants worth up to $6.4 million to University of Utah metallurgical engineers for research aimed at making iron, steel and titanium production more energy efficient. Read More


U Study Finds ‘Sexting’ More Common Among Teens Than You Might Think

A significant number of teenagers are sending and receiving sexually explicit cell phone photos, often with little, if any, awareness of the possible psychological, interpersonal, and sometimes legal consequences of doing so. Even many of those who believe there could be serious legal consequences are undeterred and still choose to engage in ‘sexting’. These findings by Donald Strassberg, from the University of Utah (US), and colleagues are published online in Springer’s journal Archives of Sexual Behavior. Read More



In Israel’s Negev Desert, a plant called sweet mignonette or taily weed uses a toxic “mustard oil bomb” to make the spiny mouse spit out the plant’s seeds when eating the fruit. Thus, the plant has turned a seed-eating rodent into a seed spreader that helps the plant reproduce, says a new study by Utah and Israeli scientists. Read More


A ‘Dirt Cheap’ Magnetic Field Sensor from ‘Plastic Paint’

University of Utah physicists developed an inexpensive, highly accurate magnetic field sensor for scientific and possibly consumer uses based on a “spintronic” organic thin-film semiconductor that basically is “plastic paint.” Read More