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A light rail TRAX train departing a station, with a sign indicating the train is headed to Salt Lake City

TRAX air quality study expands

A U air monitoring project, expanded to TRAX’s Blue Line, shows how smoke from last year’s fireworks drifted through the valley.


Going super small to get super strong metals

Experiments challenge long-held assumptions about the strength of metals.


A close-up of a judge's gavel

U research suggests public safety risks in bail reform

Discussions of reforming the bail system often turn to the question of public safety. Would people out on bail commit crimes? The answer appears to be yes.


Feathery ice crystals on a blue surface

Polymers to the rescue! Saving cells from damaging ice

New research by University of Utah chemists provides the foundation to design efficient polymers that can prevent the growth of ice that damages cells.


Why males pack a powerful punch

Elk have antlers. Rams have horns. In the animal kingdom, males develop specialized weapons for competition when winning a fight is critical. Humans do too, according to new research.


U economists tally societal cost of preterm birth

In the United States, 1 in 10 babies is born preterm, or at a gestational age of less than 37 weeks. The causes of preterm birth are complicated but the effects are clear: Preterm birth has lasting consequences for the child and their family.


U’s Ant Man names 57 species

U entomologist Jack Longino has compiled more than 30 years of work into an ant guide, detailing 234 species of the ant genus Pheidole.


‘I am multiracial’

According to new research from University of Utah psychologists Jasmine Norman and Jacqueline Chen, questions such as “What are you?” and other experiences of discrimination are related to mixed-race people’s identification as multiracial, particularly if that discrimination comes from monoracial people with whom they share heritage, or includes comments that a person’s appearance doesn’t match their background.


‘Fire inversions’ lock smoke in valleys

U researchers show why fire inversions happen and offer new air quality prediction tools.


Rodent gut bacteria

Researchers in the U’s School of Biological Sciences report that the native gut microbiome can be preserved in captivity by continuing to feed the animals their native foods instead of an artificial diet.