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People Needed for Study on Making Streets More Livable

Everyone complains about road construction, but a new study will try to determine whether all of that noise and bother eventually makes for healthier neighborhoods. University of Utah researchers are looking for participants to help answer this question. The study is funded by an ongoing $2.9 million grant from the National Cancer Institute, with recruitment now through the fall.

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Utah Chemists Use Nanopores to Detect DNA Damage

Scientists worldwide are racing to sequence DNA – decipher genetic blueprints – faster and cheaper than ever by passing strands of the genetic material through molecule-sized pores. Now, University of Utah scientists have adapted this “nanopore” method to find DNA damage that can lead to mutations and disease.

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U Students Win People’s Choice Award in Clean Tech Finals

Navillum, a team of three M.B.A. students and three researchers from the University of Utah, won the People’s Choice Award at the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, which concluded June 13 with an awards ceremony at the White House. About 300 teams from across the country competed in the inaugural competition sponsored by the Department of Energy, and six team advanced to the finals after winning their regional competitions.

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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.

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Ptooey!

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.

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Transit of Venus: See It Now or Wait ‘til 2117

Venus will pass directly between the Earth and the sun on Tuesday, June 5, and the planet’s rare transit across the face of the sun will present a once-in-a-lifetime viewing opportunity for people in northwestern North America, Hawaii, the western Pacific and northern Asia. The last transit of Venus was in 2004, but the next won’t happen until 2117.

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