Intel seeks science talent

Computer microprocessor giant Intel has announced applications are now available for the 1999 Intel Science Talent Search. The search is open to high school seniors and is billed by new sponsor Intel as America's oldest and most highly regarded pre-college science competition.

The 40 finalists compete for collage scholarships totaling $330,000 ranging from $3,000 each to $40,000.

For the 1998 competition, entries were received from 1,581 applicants, 66 percent of whom came from New York, Florida and California. More than half of the entries were submitted by females.

Entries are available at (www.

sciserv.-org) or by calling Science Service at 1-202-785-2255. Entry deadline is 11:59 p.m. Dec. 2.

Easy Hang Up device available

People bothered by unwanted telephone solicitations but hesitant to just hang up may be interested in a new device called Easy Hang Up being offered by Midvale-based Phonex Corp.

The plug-in device allows people to push a button and transfer unwanted calls to a recording while they hang up. The recording says: "I'm sorry, this number does not accept this type of call. Please regard this message as your notification to remove this number from your list. Thank you."

Easy Hang Up is expected to sell for $10-$15.

U. launching supercomputer

The University of Utah and technology partner Silicon Graphics Inc. have launched the SGI-Utah Visual Supercomputing Center in the Merrill Engineering Building.

The center is built around SGI's Onyx2 Reality Monster, billed as one of the most powerful graphics systems in the world. The supercomputer combines high-performance graphics and computing and data management technology to produce three-dimensional, real-time simulations that help researchers solve complex problems. The center is already handling biomedical, chemical and engineering projects.

For example, a doctor can view an accurate representation of a patient's brain and a chemist can simulate an explosion on a molecular lev-el.

Early medical research using the SGI Center has had applications in neuroscience, cardiology and medical imaging. Research is already under way that includes improving treatment methods for patients with severe epilepsy. The center is also helping physicians reduce treatment-related risks for patients with a high likelihood of repeated heart attacks.

Other research on campus incorporates the SGI Center to simulate electromagnetic fields surrounding cellular telephones, chemistry reaction rates and composition of molecules, global climate models in meteorology and to show design and data analysis involving cosmic ray particle collection.

The SGI-Utah Visual Su-per-com-put-ing Center is made possible through generous grants from Silicon Graphics Inc., NASA, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Energy and the University of Utah.

Rare Utah plant really 2 species

Utah Museum of Natural History Botanist Michael Windham recently discovered that a rare northern Utah plant is not one species as originally thought, but two.

Maguires Draba, as it has been known, is a rare low-growing member of the mustard family with tiny yellow flowers. The plant is only found in northern Utah and was listed as a sensitive species by the Forest Service in 1993.

Windham's research concludes plants from the Wasatch Mountains are of a different species than those of the Bear River range.

One large population of the newly described species occurs at the Snowbasin Ski Area. The Forest Service examined proposed developments in the Draba habitat area to make sure they would not threaten the new species' viability and has trained Snowbasin personnel to identify the plant so unnecessary harm to the species can be avoided, the Forest Service said.