Watching HIV Bud from Cells

The top row shows, left to right, red-labeled protein molecules named Gag (shown here in black and white) assembling to form a new HIV particle that buds from a human cell grown in the laboratory. The bottom row shows the same process but with proteins named ALIX labeled green (also in black and white). Together, the two sequences (minutes and seconds shown at top) show how ALIX gets involved late in the process as Gag assembles to form a new particle of HIV, which causes AIDS. That finding of a new University of Utah study contradicts earlier research that had suggested ALIX gets involved at an earlier stage in the HIV budding process. Photo Credit: Pei-I Ku, University of Utah

Study Shows Last-Minute Role of Protein Named ALIX

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May 16, 2014 – University of Utah researchers devised a way to watch newly forming AIDS virus particles emerging or “budding” from infected human cells without interfering with the process. The method shows a protein named ALIX gets involved during the final stages of virus replication, not earlier, as was believed previously.

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Nuclear Spins Control Current in Plastic LED

University of Utah physicist Christoph Boehme works in his laboratory on an apparatus used in a new study that brings physics a step closer to “spintronic” devices such as superfast computers, more compact data storage devices and more efficient organic LEDs or OLEDS than those used today for display screens in cell phones, computers and televisions. The study, published in the Sept. 19 issue of the journal Science, showed the physicists could read the subatomic “spins” in hydrogen nuclei and use the data to control current that powers light in a cheap, plastic LED, or OLED, under practical operating conditions. Photo Credit: Lee J. Siegel, University of Utah

Step toward Quantum Computing, Spintronic Memory, Better Displays

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Sept. 18, 2014 – University of Utah physicists read the subatomic “spins” in the centers or nuclei of hydrogen isotopes, and used the data to control current that powered light in a cheap, plastic LED – at room temperature and without strong magnetic fields.

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Two Years on Mars: Good, Bad & Ugly

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory instrument engineer Kimberly Lichtenberg stands next to a model of the Mars Curiosity rover vehicle. During a Sept. 24 Frontiers of Science lecture at the University of Utah, she will discuss the rover’s two-year mission on Mars. Photo Credit: RocketSTEM/Brendan Clark

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Sept. 17, 2014 – Kimberly Lichtenberg, an instrument engineer for the Mars Curiosity rover, will speak about “Two Years on Mars: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly” during the University of Utah’s Frontiers of Science Lecture on Wednesday, Sept. 24.

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Gale Dick, Co-Founder of Save Our Canyons, Dies at 88

This article was originally published on July 19, 2014 in the Salt Lake Tribune. Reprinted with permission from Pamela Manson & the Salt Lake Tribune.

A view from Lone Peak, one of Dr. Dick’s favorite places. “The most amazing place I’ve ever been, the most stunning place in the world is the Lone Peak Cirque, without a doubt. It is truly a magnificent and wonderful place.” Photo courtesy of Carl Fisher, Friend & Executive Director of Save Our Canyons

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Asteroid Named for University of Utah

This sequence of low-resolution telescope images (the best that are available) shows an asteroid discovered in 2008 as a tiny dot (with an arrow pointing toward it) as it moves across the sky against a background of stars. The International Astronomical Union this month named the asteroid "Univofutah" in honor of the University of Utah. It was discovered in 2008 by longtime Utah astronomy educator Patrick Wiggins, who also has discovered four other asteroids and an exploding star, or supernova. Photo Credit: Patrick Wiggins

Orbiting between Mars and Jupiter, ‘Univofutah’ Is No Threat to Earth

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Sept. 23, 2014 – What’s rocky, about a mile wide, orbits between Mars and Jupiter and poses no threat to Earth?

An asteroid named “Univofutah” after the University of Utah.

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