A landfill is being built on Promontory Point near the shores of the Great Salt Lake. It has yet to take garbage, but it’s already loaded with controversy. The 2,000-acre property will have around 1,000 acres of landfill cells for storing waste. Environmental advocates worry about impacts to the lake’s ecosystem and the migrating birds that depend on it. People living and working on the Promontory Point peninsula worry about increased truck travel and disruption of their quiet way of life....
We're starting a new series on the podcast, called "Field Notes," where we have sit-down conversations with Utah's notable scientists and researchers. Our first "Field Notes" chat is with Rob Davies. He's a physicist working at Utah State University, he's a founder of the Crossroads Project and he's a talented science communicator. He spoke about how to explain climate science, why it matters and why people need to take action now to leave a better world for the future.
The OSIAF team touches base with a few more scientists for more updates from their favorite episodes. This time, they revisit inversion pollution, Gunnison Island, the NASA mission to Mars, toads and more.
With more than a year of episodes behind them, the OSIAF team decided to track down the scientists from some of their favorite episodes. They provided field updates about mountain lions, cougars and the Great Salt Lake causeway breach.
If you want to study dinosaurs, Utah is the place to be. Reporters Leia Larsen and Benjamin Zack chat with the state paleontologist to find out what Utah looked like 100 million years ago and learn about the discovery boom happening right now. They also head to the lab with an Ogden volunteer who is spending his retirement excavating fossils and assisting on new discoveries.
Utah's Wasatch Front is due for a major, devastating earthquake. Reporters Benjamin Zack and Leia Larsen visit with a Utah geological hazard mapper and a seismologist to learn about the region's past earthquakes and what they tell us about the future.
Amphibians throughout the world are in dire straights. That includes Utah's boreal toad — an animal that has adapted to some extreme environments. The Out Standing in a Field crew joins two biologists with the Utah Division of Wildlife in the Monte Cristo Mountains, where they learn about what makes these toads unique and what humans can do to help them.
We learn about how scientists and engineers in Utah are playing an important role in taking humans beyond Earth orbit. First, we chat with former astronaut Kent Rominger about his journeys on the NASA space shuttles and what it's like to visit space. Next, we visit Orbital ATK Engineer Erica Sandoval to learn about how local engineers are helping to build a shuttle to Mars that will keep astronauts safe. We also chat with fellow science nerds tailgating at a rocket test in Promontory, Utah.