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Calculating how the Pacific was settled

April 22, 2015 – Using statistics that describe how an infectious disease spreads, a University of Utah anthropologist analyzed different theories of how people first settled islands of the vast Pacific between 3,500 and 900 years ago. Adrian Bell found the two most likely strategies were to travel mostly against prevailing winds and seek easily […]

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New Method Increases Accuracy of Ovarian Cancer Prognosis and Diagnosis

Nearly anyone touched by ovarian cancer will tell you: it’s devastating. It’s bad enough that cancer in almost 80 percent of patients reaches advanced stages before diagnosis, and that most patients are expected to die within five years. But just as painfully, roughly one quarter of women diagnosed have no warning that they are resistant to platinum-based chemotherapy, the main line of defense, nor that they will likely have 18 months to live.

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Dealing with death in deployment

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A new University of Utah study is the first to provide clear insight into contributors to suicide risk among military personnel and veterans who have deployed. The study found that exposure to killing and death while deployed is connected to suicide risk.

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Earthlike ‘Star Wars’ Tatooines may be common

March 30, 2015 – Luke Skywalker’s home in “Star Wars” is the desert planet Tatooine, with twin sunsets because it orbits two stars. So far, only uninhabitable gas-giant planets have been identified circling such binary stars, and many researchers believe rocky planets cannot form there. Now, mathematical simulations show that Earthlike, solid planets such as […]

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More than 300 U students to present at the annual Undergraduate Research Symposium

March 25, 2015 – More than 300 University of Utah undergraduates will present their research and creative projects at the 12th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium on Tuesday, March 31 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in U’s Olpin Union Building. The Undergraduate Research Symposium is opportunity for undergraduates of all disciplines across the university to […]

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New insights into little known but common birth defect: Congenital diaphragmatic hernia

Congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) is not as well known as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis, but like them it is a life-threatening birth defect, and is just as common. Occurring in one in 3,000 births, CDH causes the guts and liver to protrude through a defective diaphragm and into the chest cavity, where they interfere with the lungs.

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Expecting the unexpected in global climate change

March 23, 2015 – Expecting unexpected events in climate change – rare episodes known as “black swans” – will be the topic Thursday, March 26 when Ohio State University researcher Lonnie Thompson delivers the University of Utah’s Frontiers of Science lecture. The free public lecture will be delivered at 6 p.m. in room 220 of […]

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A stiff new layer in Earth’s mantle

March 23, 2015 – By crushing minerals between diamonds, a University of Utah study suggests the existence of an unknown layer inside Earth: part of the lower mantle where the rock gets three times stiffer. The discovery may explain a mystery: why slabs of Earth’s sinking tectonic plates sometimes stall and thicken 930 miles underground. […]

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Four U faculty win governor’s science medals

March 16, 2015 – The University of Utah, the state’s flagship research institution, today swept up half of the latest batch of Governor’s Medals for Science and Technology, with faculty members winning four of the eight awards. The U’s winners are professors Phyllis “Lissy” Coley and Erik Jorgensen in biology, Troy D’Ambrosio in business and […]

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