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Utah LEMS patient shocked after cost of treatment went from being free to costing $375K a year

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 16th - 9:38am

A Utahn with a rare neurological disease is balking at the sight of his medical bills after FDA approval caused his free treatment to go up to $375,000 a year.

The instrument that spots killer asteroids and star-eating black holes

Don Lincoln, CNN  |  Posted Feb 16th - 7:30am

Astronomers have it rough. Their job is to scan the heavens, looking for something interesting. But often they see the same thing, night after night. After all, stars can burn placidly and essentially unchanged for billions of years. An unlucky astronomer could spend a lifetime turning his or her telescope here and there and, except for the march of the planets and an occasional comet crossing the sky, see nothing new.

Space junk harpooned like whale in orbit-cleanup test

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 11:49am

A harpoon flung from a satellite has successfully captured a piece of pretend space junk, like a whale.

Michigan seeks to revoke license of Detroit funeral home

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 9:52am

Michigan regulators are seeking to revoke the licenses of a Detroit funeral home and its manager after discovering 63 fetuses in boxes and freezers last year.

Year in space put US astronaut's disease defenses on alert

Lauran Neergaard and Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 9:44am

Nearly a year in space put astronaut Scott Kelly's immune system on high alert and changed the activity of some of his genes compared to his Earth-bound identical twin, researchers said Friday.

Researchers find clues that depression may speed brain aging

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 8:38pm

Memory and thinking skills naturally slow with age but now scientists are peeking inside living brains to tell if depression might worsen that decline — and finding some worrisome clues.

Trump-dominated board to close coal plant, despite his plea

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 9:22am

A federal utility board voted Thursday to close a coal-fired power plant in Kentucky, rejecting pleas from President Donald Trump and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and handing the coal industry a defeat in its backyard.

The Latest: Environmentalists criticize water pollution plan

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 7:09am

The Latest on the Environmental Protection Agency's plan for dealing with long-lasting chemicals known as PFAS (all times local):

El Nino is back but it's late, weak and probably no big deal

Seth Borenstein, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 7:08am

An El Nino, which can alter weather worldwide, has formed but it's so weak and late that it shouldn't be a big deal, U.S. forecasters said.

11,000 march in Brussels climate protest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 4:56am

Thousands of Belgian teenagers skipping school to protest for better climate protections have been joined by university students and grandparents for a sixth straight week of marches to keep pressure on authorities to do more.

Pompeii dig uncovers Narcissus fresco in ancient atrium

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 4:53am

Archaeologists have discovered a fresco in an ancient Pompeii residence that portrays the mythological hunter Narcissus, who fell in love with his own reflection.

Bloomberg rips Trump for not taking action on climate change

Brian Slodysko, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 13th - 6:54pm

Democratic presidential prospect Michael Bloomberg is promoting a new documentary film on climate change, but the billionaire philanthropist says the one person he thinks should see it most — President Donald Trump — likely never will because "it won't be running on Fox."

U. professor successfully grows plants on space station

Cara MacDonald, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb 13th - 6:28pm

University of Utah chemistry professor Ming Hammond is a leading researcher on an experiment that launched plants into space in December in an attempt to assess how plants may fit into survival in the cosmos.

Utah Valley University to partner with Silicon Slopes to offer tech management MBA

Marjorie Cortez, KSL  |  Posted Feb 13th - 2:09pm

Starting this fall, Utah Valley University will partner with Silicon Slopes to offer a technology management emphasis master's in business administration at the nonprofit organization's headquarters in Lehi.

Trump's coal pledge could be tested by TVA vote this week

Adam Beam, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 13th - 12:47pm

President Donald Trump's support for the coal industry — and for a particular power plant — will face a test this week when a utility board he appoints considers whether to close a coal-fired Kentucky plant whose suppliers include a mine owned by one of his campaign donors.

Correction: Lithium Ion Batteries-Recycling story

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 3:27pm

In a story Feb. 15 about a Department of Energy lithium-ion battery research and development project, The Associated Press reported erroneously the amount that would be spent over three years and the name of Hans Eric Melin's company. The correct amount is $15 million, not $15 billion. Melin's company is called Circular Energy Storage, having changed its name from Creation Inn.

Russian police question nerve agent scientist

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 15th - 12:13pm

A Russian scientist who says he developed a nerve agent suspected to have been used against a Russian ex-agent and his daughter says he's been questioned by police after flyers appeared in his home city accusing him of pedophilia.

Officials expect more cougars sightings in Northwest

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 10:08pm

Officials say cougar sightings are becoming more common in the Northwest as populations of people and the big cats continue to grow.

UN: Experts to develop oversight standards for gene editing

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 8:50am

The World Health Organization is convening an expert meeting next month to develop global standards for the governance and oversight of human gene editing, months after a Chinese researcher rocked the scientific community with his announcement that he had created the world's first gene-edited babies.

Alabama math teacher accused of raping 15-year-old student

The Associated Press  |  Posted Feb 14th - 12:53am

A high school teacher in Wedowee, Alabama, is accused of repeatedly raping a 15-year-old student.