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U Presents the ‘Physics of Freestyle’

University of Utah’s College of Science presents its first Physics of Freestyle event, March 27, 2:30-5 p.m., at the Eccles Center in Park City, 1750 Kearns Blvd. The program, which explores the science behind skiing and snowboarding, is geared toward K-12 students in the Park City School District but is free and open to the public. Read More

March, 2014 from the U
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Science Behind Bars

In 2013, the Justice Department reported that incarcerated inmates who participated in correctional education programs had 43 percent lower odds of returning to prison than inmates who did not. Recognizing the need for these programs, the University of Utah has partnered with the Salt Lake County Jail to bring science education to inmates each month beginning March 24, 2014. Read More

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U Hosts Elementary Engineering Week

Flying jumbo marshmallows, pyramids of drinking straws and sculpted clay “fish” will help 2,000 elementary students from 24 Wasatch Front schools understand engineering concepts during Elementary Engineering Week, March 24-28. Read More

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Tiny Transistors for Extreme Environs

University of Utah electrical engineers fabricated the smallest plasma transistors that can withstand high temperatures and ionizing radiation found in a nuclear reactor. Such transistors someday might enable smartphones that take and collect medical X-rays on a battlefield, and devices to measure air quality in real time. Read More

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A ‘Chicken from Hell’ Dinosaur

Scientists from Carnegie and Smithsonian museums and the University of Utah today unveiled the discovery, naming and description of a sharp-clawed, 500-pound, bird-like dinosaur that roamed the Dakotas with T. rex 66 million years ago and looked like an 11 ½-foot-long “chicken from hell.” Read More