A team of engineers at BYU have made some major strides in developing compact technologies by using origami principles. The group is lead by Dr. Larry Howell, a mechanical engineering professor at Brigham Young University with specialization in compliant mechanisms or the study of movement from bending materials.
"Really interesting discoveries have been made by origami artists over the centuries, including some unique motions and one of those unique motions is being able to make things very compact; say it is a single sheet of paper and that expands out into some really interesting shapes," said Howell. "And so if you take those interesting motions and convert them into non-paper type materials, and it takes some engineering work to do that, and then it turns out you can do some interesting things."
One BYU senior is filming a documentary about his journey to find lasting love. Film student Stephen Nelson is on a mission to find true love and get engaged in six months. He said he woke up one morning with the idea, which has now grown into a documentary called 6 Till Engaged.
USU graduate student Andrew Durso thinks snakes get a bad wrap and is working hard to change their bad reputation with his online blog titled “Life is short but snakes are long.” He has garnered an online following including editors of the magazine “Scientific American.” This Monday, Dec. 9, he is co-hosting a Blog Carnival in recognition of the year of the snake. Sheri Quinn talks to Durso about his reptile research and online success.
Nelson Mandela, iconic former South African president and anti-Apartheid leader, passed away Thursday afternoon, but mourners believe it should be a time dedicated to celebrating this great man.
Mandela was a prisoner under the Apartheid for 27 years and served as president of South Africa for five years after which he peacefully transferred the title to his successor, a first in South African history and a symbol of democracy for the nation.
Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) will be visiting Utah State University on Friday to give a presentation entitled “Solving America’s Opportunity Crisis.” Lee said he will be discussing what he calls a crisis of unequal opportunity and a bill called the Family Fairness and Opportunity Tax Reform Act which would change the current parent tax penalties. The event starts at 1 p.m. at the Ag Science building and it is open to the public.
Utah was picked to host the new planes for a variety of reasons, one being Hill Air Force Bases’ Close Proximity to Utah’s test and training range. John Petroff, Davis County Commission Chair, said Hill Air Force Base was chosen for more than its prime location.
The Uintah Basin Orchestra and Chorus will present a concert Friday, December 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Vernal Middle School Auditorium. Conducted by Utah State University Music Department Head, Dr. James M. Bankhead, the UBOC was organized in November.
One hundred and sixty residents from Roosevelt and Vernal will perform holiday selections including Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring, John Rutter’s Candelight Carol and Shepherd’s Pipe Carol, and arrangements from Mack Wilberg.
Creating an orchestra and chorus was the idea of USU’s Uintah Basin Dean Boyd Edwards and other musicians who wanted to bring music to the basin. An increasing number of families are moving to Eastern Utah to fill positions that have opened because of the oil and gas industry surge.
When an Idaho native discovered that 65 percent of foster children who turn 18 become homeless, she decided to help. Last week, she volunteered to be homeless for five days.
20-year-old Shaylee Hatch spent her Thanksgiving week on the streets of Boise and Salt Lake City to raise awareness for the homeless youth, specifically those who have been kicked out of the foster care system at age 18 with nowhere to go.
“Thanksgiving is a big holiday where people are really giving and grateful and I just felt really strongly that would be the perfect time to do something like this. I wanted people to actually take the time to hear it,” she said.
So from Tuesday to Saturday, she and a few friends sat on the streets. No food, no water, and nowhere to sleep.