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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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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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The U wants you (to nominate a veteran)

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Members of the public are encouraged to nominate a Utah Veteran to be honored at the University of Utah’s 18th annual Veterans Day commemoration Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2015, in the A. Ray Olpin Union building.

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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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U.S. Civil Rights Commissioner Roberta Achtenberg to deliver 2015 commencement address at University of Utah’s S.J. Quinney College of Law

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(March 25, 2015) —Roberta Achtenberg, a 1975 University of Utah College of Law graduate who President Obama appointed to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights in 2011, will be the commencement speaker at the S.J. Quinney College of Law on May 15. Achtenberg is a civil rights attorney with more than 30 years of senior-level […]

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Students at University of Utah College of Social Work take a front seat on defense team in murder case

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(March 24, 2015) —Details of the case haunted the normally quiet suburban community of Draper, Utah: On March 11, 2012, the body of a severely beaten 15-year-old girl turned up in the Jordan River. Few clues —outside of a bloody sneaker belonging to the victim, identified as Anne Grace Kasprzak —initially emerged. For more than […]

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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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U hosts annual ‘Latinos in Action’ conference

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The University of Utah is hosting nearly 2,000 Latino youth Friday, March 27, for the annual Latinos in Action conference, where they will participate in cultural dances and performances, attend workshops ranging from how to professionally interview to learning about the video gaming industry, receive thousands of dollars worth of scholarships and hear from the marketing and sales executive for PepsiCo Inc. North America.

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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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