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Nearly 30,000 objects are hurtling through near-Earth orbit. That's not just a problem for space

Nearly 30,000 objects are hurtling through near-Earth orbit. That's not just a problem for space

Bill Weir, CNN Chief Climate Correspondent  |  Posted Feb. 23 - 9:52 p.m.  |  Save Story

Once upon a time, gazing at the night sky was an escape from manmade messiness on Earth.
Lander 'alive and well' after company scores first US moon landing since Apollo era

Lander 'alive and well' after company scores first US moon landing since Apollo era

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 23 - 2:06 p.m.  |  Save Story

The moon's newest arrival is said to be "alive and well" a day after landing. Intuitive Machines reported Friday that it's communicating with its lander, Odysseus. It's the first U.S. spacecraft to descend to the lunar surface in more than 50 years.
Black and white and adored all over. China pledges pair of pandas for San Diego Zoo

Black and white and adored all over. China pledges pair of pandas for San Diego Zoo

Julie Watson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 23 - 11:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

China is again sending pandas to the United States to the delight of the San Diego Zoo, which is preparing to get a new pair by the end of summer.
Odysseus on the moon, but its condition is unclear amid communication problems

Odysseus on the moon, but its condition is unclear amid communication problems

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Updated Feb. 22 - 7:57 p.m.  |  Save Story

It's been over 50 years since a U.S. spacecraft landed on the surface of the moon, but that long absence ended when Intuitive Machine's Odysseus lander successfully attempted a landing Thursday.
Famous fossil is really just paint, rocks and a couple of bones, researchers say

Famous fossil is really just paint, rocks and a couple of bones, researchers say

Ashley Strickland, CNN  |  Posted Feb. 21 - 9:08 p.m.  |  Save Story

A 280 million-year-old fossil thought to be a well-preserved specimen of an ancient reptile is largely a forgery, according to new research.
Private US moon lander reaches lunar orbit ahead of touchdown attempt

Private US moon lander reaches lunar orbit ahead of touchdown attempt

Steve Gorman, Reuters  |  Posted Feb. 21 - 4:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

A moon lander reached lunar orbit on Wednesday, heading for an attempt at the first U.S. touchdown on Earth's nearest celestial neighbor in more than 50 years, and the first ever by a private spacecraft.
Varda capsule has successful landing in Utah desert in historic first

Varda capsule has successful landing in Utah desert in historic first

Collin Leonard, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 21 - 4:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

A small capsule touched down in Utah's west desert on Wednesday, bringing with it important data collected in space by a California-based company.
BYU cybersecurity program awarded prestigious scholarship grant for students

BYU cybersecurity program awarded prestigious scholarship grant for students

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 21 - 9:47 a.m.  |  Save Story

BYU has been given a more than $3 million grant for scholarships to benefit students in cybersecurity programs.
Neuralink's first human patient able to control computer mouse through thinking, Musk says

Neuralink's first human patient able to control computer mouse through thinking, Musk says

Kanjyik Ghosh, Reuters  |  Posted Feb. 20 - 5:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

The first human patient implanted with a brain chip from Neuralink appears to have fully recovered and is able to control a computer mouse using their thoughts, the startup's founder Elon Musk said late on Monday.
Astronomers find what may be the universe's brightest object with a black hole devouring a sun a day

Astronomers find what may be the universe's brightest object with a black hole devouring a sun a day

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 20 - 7:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

Astronomers have discovered what may be the brightest object in the universe. The record-breaking quasar has a black hole at its heart that's so big and growing so fast that it swallows the equivalent of a sun a day.
Jordan School District partnering with Utah company to integrate AI into classrooms

Jordan School District partnering with Utah company to integrate AI into classrooms

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 19 - 10:11 a.m.  |  Save Story

Jordan School District has partnered with Lehi-based SchoolAI to bring artificial intelligence into classrooms for personalized one-on-one tutoring, guidance and support.
Charlotte, a stingray with no male companion, is pregnant in her mountain aquarium

Charlotte, a stingray with no male companion, is pregnant in her mountain aquarium

Ben Finley, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 18 - 5:37 p.m.  |  Save Story

A stingray that has lived for years in a North Carolina aquarium without a male companion is pregnant
Meet the 'Desert Summit Hound,' an AI-generated state dog for Utah

Meet the 'Desert Summit Hound,' an AI-generated state dog for Utah

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 17 - 12:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

PetLab Co. recently harnessed the power of generative AI to create a list of dogs, each representing a specific state. The design of each image was inspired by the state's history, culture, geography and wildlife.
NASA's final tally shows spacecraft returned double the amount of asteroid rubble

NASA's final tally shows spacecraft returned double the amount of asteroid rubble

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 16 - 12:32 p.m.  |  Save Story

NASA finally has counted up all the asteroid samples returned by a spacecraft last fall. And it's double the rubble goal.
Intuitive Machines ready to conquer the moon with NASA-backed mission

Intuitive Machines ready to conquer the moon with NASA-backed mission

Art Raymond, Deseret News  |  Posted Feb. 15 - 9:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket roared off a Cape Canaveral launch pad early Thursday morning, carrying Intuitive Machines' Odysseus lunar lander.
New York Mayor sues social media firms for fueling youth mental health crisis

New York Mayor sues social media firms for fueling youth mental health crisis

Reuters  |  Posted Feb. 15 - 12:52 p.m.  |  Save Story

New York City Mayor Eric Adams said on Wednesday that his administration has filed a lawsuit against social media companies including Meta Platforms' Facebook and Instagram for fueling mental health crisis among the youth.
People are seeking a romantic connection with AI bots

People are seeking a romantic connection with AI bots

Haleluya Hadero, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 14 - 2:38 p.m.  |  Save Story

Companion bots are programmed with artificial intelligence in order to form relationships with human users.
New research shows bad customer service threatens $3.7 trillion annually. Can AI help?

New research shows bad customer service threatens $3.7 trillion annually. Can AI help?

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 14 - 12:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Bad customer service threatens $3.7 trillion annually for organizations around the globe, according to new research from the Provo-based Qualtrics XM Institute.
The day Agile came to town: Remembering Utah's Agile Manifesto, 23 years later

The day Agile came to town: Remembering Utah's Agile Manifesto, 23 years later

Ryan Boyce for KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 13 - 3:04 p.m.  |  Save Story

"Generous listening" and checked egos enabled 17 software developers to change the world, 23-years ago this week, at the Snowbird Lodge.
US judge blocks Ohio law restricting children's use of social media

US judge blocks Ohio law restricting children's use of social media

Nate Raymond, Reuters  |  Posted Feb. 13 - 2:02 p.m.  |  Save Story

A federal judge on Monday prevented Ohio from implementing a new law that requires social media companies, including Meta Platform's Instagram and ByteDance's TikTok, to obtain parental consent before allowing children under 16 to use their platforms.
Countdown starts for April's total solar eclipse. What to know about safe viewing

Countdown starts for April's total solar eclipse. What to know about safe viewing

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 11 - 4:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

A total solar eclipse is coming to North America. On April 8, the sun will pull another disappearing act across parts of Mexico, the United States and Canada, turning day into night for as much as four minutes, 28 seconds.
BYU alumnus names newly discovered nematode after former professor

BYU alumnus names newly discovered nematode after former professor

Cassidy Wixom, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 10 - 4:09 p.m.  |  Save Story

A BYU alumnus honored his former professor and mentor by naming a microscopic worm he discovered after him.
Exhausted by bad air: Is smog-eating tech something Utah should consider?

Exhausted by bad air: Is smog-eating tech something Utah should consider?

Deanie Wimmer, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 7 - 6:17 a.m.  |  Save Story

What if Salt Lake could address our pollution problem with technology that "eats" the smog? Several U.S. cities and countries are doing just that with surfaces treated with materials that "neutralize" smog. Is it a solution Utah should consider?
Utah seeks to clarify law on AI-generated explicit videos after fakes of Taylor Swift spread widely

Utah seeks to clarify law on AI-generated explicit videos after fakes of Taylor Swift spread widely

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 5 - 8:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Utah lawmaker is looking to clarify state law prohibiting the distribution of computer-generated child sexual abuse material, highlighting a dark side of AI-generated content.
Utah lawmakers want social media companies to ditch algorithmic feeds, limit time for minors

Utah lawmakers want social media companies to ditch algorithmic feeds, limit time for minors

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Updated Feb. 5 - 6:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

State lawmakers on Monday unveiled their proposed changes to Utah's social media regulations, which would allow companies to avoid an assumption of harm.
Are insects drawn to light? New research shows it's confusion, not fatal attraction

Are insects drawn to light? New research shows it's confusion, not fatal attraction

Christina Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 5 - 2:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Many scientists have long assumed that moths and other flying insects were simply drawn to bright lights. But a new study suggests that's not exactly what's going on.
You may be eating 'predigested' food. Here's what that means

You may be eating 'predigested' food. Here's what that means

Sandee LaMotte, CNN  |  Posted Feb. 4 - 7:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

Why do many people overeat chips, cereals, cakes, puddings and other ultraprocessed foods despite knowing those foods may not be healthy?
Russian cosmonaut sets record for most time in space — more than 878 days

Russian cosmonaut sets record for most time in space — more than 878 days

Guy Faulconbridge and Lidia Kelly, Reuters  |  Updated Feb. 4 - 2:17 p.m.  |  Save Story

Russian cosmonaut Oleg Kononenko on Sunday set a world record for total time spent in space, surpassing his compatriot Gennady Padalka who logged more than 878 days in orbit, Russia's space corporation said.
Doctors speak about benefits of robotic surgery, as the first single-port robot is used in Utah

Doctors speak about benefits of robotic surgery, as the first single-port robot is used in Utah

Emily Ashcraft, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 4 - 7:22 a.m.  |  Save Story

Going through surgery can be scary and have a big impact on the patient's daily life, but the use of surgical robots like the new DaVinci SP at Huntsman Cancer Institute is helping improve some of the negative aspects of surgery.
Lupus and other autoimmune diseases strike far more women than men. Now there's a clue why

Lupus and other autoimmune diseases strike far more women than men. Now there's a clue why

Lauran Neergaard, Associated Press  |  Posted Feb. 3 - 9:46 a.m.  |  Save Story

Women are far more likely than men to get autoimmune diseases. That gender disparity has baffled scientists for decades, but new research may finally explain why.
How Punxsutawney Phil's prediction lines up with Utah weather projections

How Punxsutawney Phil's prediction lines up with Utah weather projections

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Feb. 2 - 4:58 p.m.  |  Save Story

Outlooks put together by the National Weather Service show Punxsutawney Phil may be onto something when he predicted an early spring this year — even for Utah.
Utah is looking into getting an early warning system to help predict earthquakes

Utah is looking into getting an early warning system to help predict earthquakes

Lindsay Aerts, KSL-TV  |  Posted Feb. 2 - 12:00 p.m.  |  Save Story

How much would it be worth to get notified of an earthquake 16 seconds before it happened? One lawmaker says $5 million, but it's worth the cost.
Apple's Vision Pro headset hits US stores today. Here's what you need to know

Apple's Vision Pro headset hits US stores today. Here's what you need to know

Samantha Murphy Kelly, CNN  |  Posted Feb. 2 - 11:30 a.m.  |  Save Story

The Vision Pro, Apple's first new product in seven years, officially launched in stores on Friday in the U.S.
Skyscraper-size asteroid will buzz Earth on Friday, safely passing within 1.7 million miles

Skyscraper-size asteroid will buzz Earth on Friday, safely passing within 1.7 million miles

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Updated Feb. 1 - 2:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

Astronomers say an asteroid as big as a skyscraper will pass within 1.7 million miles of Earth on Friday. There's no chance of it hitting us since it will pass seven times the distance from Earth to the moon.
Brain drain: How nasal and lymphatic drainage discovery could help end Alzheimer's

Brain drain: How nasal and lymphatic drainage discovery could help end Alzheimer's

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 30 - 7:42 a.m.  |  Save Story

Researchers have discovered a network of lymphatic vessels at the back of the nose that help drain cerebral spinal fluid from the brain. The discovery could have implications for targeting neurodegenerative ills like Alzheimer's.
Elon Musk's Neuralink implants brain chip in first human

Elon Musk's Neuralink implants brain chip in first human

Akash Sriram and Kanjyik Ghosh, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 30 - 7:19 a.m.  |  Save Story

The first human patient has received an implant from brain-chip startup Neuralink on Sunday and is recovering well, the company's billionaire founder Elon Musk said.
'Slot machine effect': Utah alleges 'coercive' TikTok tactics on young users in unredacted lawsuit

'Slot machine effect': Utah alleges 'coercive' TikTok tactics on young users in unredacted lawsuit

Bridger Beal-Cvetko, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 29 - 1:23 p.m.  |  Save Story

The state of Utah has unredacted part of its lawsuit against TikTok, claiming the platform has failed to protect young users.
A new study suggests the Milky Way contains less dark matter than previously thought

A new study suggests the Milky Way contains less dark matter than previously thought

Hunter Crowther, CNN  |  Posted Jan. 29 - 7:55 a.m.  |  Save Story

A new study done by physicists at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology found that stars at the edge of the Milky Way travel more slowly than those closer to the center.
How To Tech: Why it's important to turn on Apple's new Stolen Device Protection

How To Tech: Why it's important to turn on Apple's new Stolen Device Protection

Kelvin Chan, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 28 - 3:35 p.m.  |  Save Story

Apple has rolled out an update to its operating system this week with a feature called Stolen Device Protection. It makes it a lot harder for phone thieves to access key functions and settings, and users are being urged to turn it on immediately.
New artificial snowmaking technology could offer a lifeline to struggling ski resorts

New artificial snowmaking technology could offer a lifeline to struggling ski resorts

Laura Paddison, CNN  |  Posted Jan. 27 - 8:52 a.m.  |  Save Story

La Molina is Spain's oldest ski resort. It boasts the biggest superpipe in the Pyrenees. But La Molina now faces an existential threat: A dearth of snow.
Japan's precision moon lander has hit its target, but it appears to be upside-down

Japan's precision moon lander has hit its target, but it appears to be upside-down

Mari Yamaguchi, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 27 - 8:28 a.m.  |  Save Story

Japan became the fifth country in history to reach the moon when the Smart Lander for Investigating Moon, or SLIM, touched down on the Moon early on Saturday.
Transformative technology: The Leonardo unveils a new immersive exhibit about AI

Transformative technology: The Leonardo unveils a new immersive exhibit about AI

Sky Mundell, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 26 - 8:31 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Leonardo previewed its new immersive exhibit, "Into the Mind of Artificial Intelligence," where visitors will get the chance to learn about and experiment with AI technology in this interactive educational experience.
British zoo has new plan to rehabilitate its potty-mouthed parrots

British zoo has new plan to rehabilitate its potty-mouthed parrots

Issy Ronald, CNN  |  Posted Jan. 26 - 8:01 p.m.  |  Save Story

A British wildlife park has hatched a new plan to rehabilitate its potty-mouthed parrots after they unleashed a tide of expletives.
NASA's little helicopter on Mars has logged its last flight

NASA's little helicopter on Mars has logged its last flight

Marcia Dunn, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 26 - 6:52 a.m.  |  Save Story

NASA says its little Mars helicopter has flown its last flight. The space agency announced Thursday that the 4-pound chopper named Ingenuity can no longer fly because of rotor blade damage, and its mission is officially over.
Unraveling the mystery: Strange helicopters spotted soaring across southern Utah skies

Unraveling the mystery: Strange helicopters spotted soaring across southern Utah skies

Jessi Bang, St. George News  |  Posted Jan. 25 - 11:34 a.m.  |  Save Story

Have you seen low-level helicopters flying above Washington County lately? Its stinger-like front has some members of the community asking questions.
Colorado-based company acquires land for another data center in Eagle Mountain

Colorado-based company acquires land for another data center in Eagle Mountain

Logan Stefanich, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 24 - 8:49 p.m.  |  Save Story

Eagle Mountain will soon be home to yet another data center, as Denver-based Tract — a developer of master-planned data center parks — announced last week it completed an acquisition of more than 668 acres of land west of Utah Lake.
ET welcome: Kentucky city beams message into space inviting extraterrestrial visitors

ET welcome: Kentucky city beams message into space inviting extraterrestrial visitors

Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 22 - 8:34 p.m.  |  Save Story

A Kentucky city has come up with an out-of-this-world campaign to promote tourism. The Lexington Convention and Visitors Bureau used an infrared laser to beam a message into space to invite extraterrestrial travelers.
4 astronauts, including Turkey's first, arrive at space station

4 astronauts, including Turkey's first, arrive at space station

Steve Gorman, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 20 - 5:38 p.m.  |  Save Story

A four-man crew including Turkey's first astronaut arrived at the International Space Station early on Saturday for a two-week stay in the latest such mission arranged entirely at commercial expense by Texas-based startup company Axiom Space.
Japan's SLIM mooncraft short on power after successful lunar landing

Japan's SLIM mooncraft short on power after successful lunar landing

Kantaro Komiya, Reuters  |  Updated Jan. 19 - 4:18 p.m.  |  Save Story

Japan became the fifth country to put a spacecraft on the moon, but solar power issues threatened to cut short the nation's mission to prove a "precision" landing technology and revitalize a space program that has suffered setbacks.
Sealed NASA capsule that landed in Utah finally opened. Here's what they found

Sealed NASA capsule that landed in Utah finally opened. Here's what they found

Eliza Pace, KSL-TV  |  Posted Jan. 19 - 8:04 a.m.  |  Save Story

NASA team members have been working for months to open a sealed capsule with space samples that landed in Utah in September 2023.
Have You Seen This? A dramatic reenactment of the creation of Zion National Park

Have You Seen This? A dramatic reenactment of the creation of Zion National Park

Carter Williams, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 17 - 3:30 p.m.  |  Save Story

Zion National Park rangers found an entertaining way to condense the park's millions of years of history into a 20-second parody.
Scientists conclude New Mexico fossil is new Tyrannosaurus species

Scientists conclude New Mexico fossil is new Tyrannosaurus species

Will Dunham, Reuters  |  Posted Jan. 15 - 9:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

Scientists reassessing a partial skull first unearthed in 1983 in southeastern New Mexico have concluded that the fossil represents a new species of Tyrannosaurus.
X-59: NASA's 'quiet' supersonic plane revealed

X-59: NASA's 'quiet' supersonic plane revealed

Jacopo Prisco, CNN  |  Posted Jan. 15 - 6:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

Sonic booms are part of the reason why there are no supersonic passenger planes flying today. But NASA is working to change regulations by transforming the boom into a "thump."
Are fingerprints unique? Not really, AI-based study finds

Are fingerprints unique? Not really, AI-based study finds

Jacopo Prisco, CNN  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 9:12 p.m.  |  Save Story

A new study used an AI model called a deep contrastive network to tell when prints from different fingers belonged to the same person.
Scientists say ancient DNA may explain why more northern Europeans develop MS

Scientists say ancient DNA may explain why more northern Europeans develop MS

Lois M. Collins, Deseret News  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 11:46 a.m.  |  Save Story

The bones and teeth of nearly 5,000 humans who lived in Western Europe and Asia thousands of years ago may offer clues to why multiple sclerosis is more common among those with northern European ancestry.
Archeologists map lost cities in Ecuadorian Amazon, settlements that lasted 1,000 years

Archeologists map lost cities in Ecuadorian Amazon, settlements that lasted 1,000 years

Christina Larson, Associated Press  |  Posted Jan. 14 - 7:28 a.m.  |  Save Story

Archeologists have uncovered a cluster of lost cities in the Amazon rainforest that was home to at least 10,000 farmers about 2,000 years ago.
Birds of prey: Utah nonprofit project asks for help tracking the state's raptors

Birds of prey: Utah nonprofit project asks for help tracking the state's raptors

Sky Mundell, KSL.com  |  Posted Jan. 13 - 10:29 p.m.  |  Save Story

The Raptor Inventory Nest Survey, a nonprofit project partnered with Utah's Bureau of Land Management office, is looking for volunteers to help monitor the state's raptors during this year's nesting season.
NASA finally unlocks asteroid sample trapped behind stuck fasteners

NASA finally unlocks asteroid sample trapped behind stuck fasteners

Jackie Wattles, CNN  |  Posted Jan. 12 - 9:41 p.m.  |  Save Story

Two stubborn fasteners trapped invaluable material sampled from an asteroid — but after a monthslong process, it has finally been released, NASA announced Thursday.
Apple knew AirDrop users could be identified and tracked as early as 2019, researchers say

Apple knew AirDrop users could be identified and tracked as early as 2019, researchers say

Sean Lyngaas and Brian Fung, CNN  |  Posted Jan. 12 - 4:44 p.m.  |  Save Story

Security researchers warned Apple as early as 2019 about vulnerabilities in its AirDrop wireless sharing function that Chinese authorities claim they recently used to track down users of the feature, researchers told CNN.