Research

A male brown howler monkey is sitting on a branch of a tree, surrounded by green leaves, staring straight into the camera. The howler monkey has reddish brown fur and a black face.

Mutations may have saved brown howlers from yellow fever virus

Exposure to a past virus may have selected for variations in brown howler immune genes, which could have aided in their survival during a devastating yellow fever virus that nearly wiped out local howler populations.


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Global engagement in the time of COVID

Dr. Steve Burian helps train Pakistan’s next generation of professors.


Utah’s young population contributes to relatively low COVID-19 death rate

Utahns should continue to proceed with caution.


Your hair knows what you eat and how much your haircut costs

Isotopes in hair reveal connection between diet and socioeconomic status.


How Salt Lake’s buildings affect its climate future

Researchers say that building policies now can have big impacts on energy use in the future.


The foreground is the silhouette of a tall spire in front of a purple sky at dust where a bright white comet plunges towards the horizon.

Comet NEOWISE lit up skies and social media

Comet NEOWISE blazed across the skies of the northern hemisphere and won’t return for 6,800 years. If you missed it, never fear—the University of Utah community captured stunning photos of this once-in-a-lifetime cosmic event.


Rising temps put desert shrubs in high-efficiency mode

Long-term observations track Mojave Desert plants’ responses to climate change.


Gamma-ray scientists bring distant stars into focus

For the first time in nearly 50 years, stellar intensity interferometry has been used to take the measure of the stars.


A bowtie-shaped spectral of lights representing the universe. The center is bright green, then radiates the hot pink, magenta, yellow, and then white and finally gray.

Largest 3-D map of the universe ever created

The results are measurements of more than 2 million galaxies and quasars covering 11 billion years of cosmic time.