Science & Technology

U of U Health evolutionary geneticist Nels Elde named HHMI Investigator

The designation is Elde’s second prestigious accolade in less  than a year. HHMI investigators are a select group of researchers pushing the bounds of knowledge in biomedical research.


U professor featured in Utah air quality documentary

Daniel Mendoza shares personal stories and scientific perspectives.


Human behavior sabotages CO2-reducing strategies

A study found that the “rebound effect” negates some of the benefits of U.S. states’ policies aimed at improving efficiency and renewable energy sources in the residential sector.


Skeletons of domestic pigeons facing each other. The left skeleton has a short beak, the right one has a long beak.

Darwin’s short-beak enigma solved

A mutation in the ROR2 gene is linked to beak size reduction in numerous breeds of domestic pigeons. Surprisingly, mutations in ROR2 also underlie a human disorder called Robinow syndrome.


Valley Fever more common in Utah than previously thought

Symptoms can resemble those of the flu or COVID-19, but Valley Fever is caused by a fungus.


On the origins of COVID-19

The pandemic likely began when an infected animal passed the SARS-CoV-2 virus to a human at a live animal market in Wuhan, China.


Do you feel like you belong here?

U researchers find that students’ certainty about belonging and their performance in a STEM course reinforce each other—for better or worse.


Making the case for artificial intelligence

What risks to society go hand in hand with speed and convenience?


A desert landscape with striped layers of sediment colors, from auburn to shades of brown.

Tracking fossils to follow Utah’s past climate

A paleontologist and her team documented over 600 new fossil finds from the Age of Mammals, a record in the multi-decade Uinta Basin Project.


U among top 100 in 2022 ‘Best College’ list

New rankings from U.S. News & World Report are out—see how the U ranked in the 2022 “Best Colleges.”