Science & Technology

What are the limits of ice?

The smallest nanodroplet of water in which ice can form is only as big as 90 water molecules—a tenth the size of the smallest virus


Squeezing an electron crystal

Researchers have determined the energy required to add an electron to a Wigner crystal—an ordered crystalline state made of electrons rather than atoms.


Apply for the STEM Ambassador Program’s science communication and engagement workshops

Take part in a series of workshops for scientists to design and deliver science communication and public engagement activities in nontraditional venues to reach those who cannot or do not engage with science via conventional outlets.


$150 million commitment from Huntsman family will establish mental health institute

Historic gift will establish the Huntsman Mental Health Institute with an initial focus on advancing knowledge and relieving suffering through research-informed treatment of mental illness.


Scientists must get into ‘the fray’

Air pollution expert George Thurston urges University of Utah researchers to share their findings with policymakers, advocacy groups and the public.


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.


Bionic breakthrough

U mechanical engineering assistant professor Tommaso Lenzi received two grants to further advance the “Utah Bionic Leg” technology, a self-powered prosthetic limb with a computer processor and motorized joints in the ankle and knee that enable an amputee to walk with more power and vigor, as well as better balance.


Capturing the colors of the cosmos

The Dark Energy Spectroscopic Instrument is a new robotic array of 5,000 fiber-optic “eyes” designed to explore the mystery of dark energy, which makes up about 68% of the universe and is speeding up its expansion.


Unique brain cells linked to OCD and anxiety

In a new study, U scientists discovered a new lineage of specialized brain cells, called Hoxb8-lineage microglia, and established a link between the lineage and OCD and anxiety in mice.


Cultivating joy through mindfulness

New research shows that a specific mind-body therapy, Mindfulness-Oriented Recovery Enhancement, increases the brain’s response to natural, healthy rewards while also decreasing the brain’s response to opioid-related cues.