Cow College? Hicksville? Smile when you say that, 'cause Cache is a high-hech valley
Just click the links below, and you'll see . . . some amazing things
the students of the USU department of journalism and communication
Dr. Vincent Wickwar shows off the device at USU that creates a green laser beam to study the middle section of the atmosphere. / Photo by Michael Hamblin
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Cow College. Hicksville. . . . Sleepy little Logan, Utah. A wide spot on the road between Salt Lake City and nowhere.
We've all heard these comments, or something like them. Logan, and the Carnegie I research and land-grant university that calls the city home, are sometimes denigrated by those who don't know any better. Truth to tell, Utah State University, Logan and the valley that surrounds them boast a surprising variety of high-technology research projects and government contracts.
Didja know, for instance, that this admittedly rustic corner of the world is home to . . .
-- The world's top manufacturer of holograms.
-- A federally funded atmospheric laser, gathering data on global warming.
-- A company pioneering an environmentally friendly way to remove toxins from the earth.
-- The manufacturer of the perfect environment to grow viruses, to help scientists who aim to eradicate them. (And yes, this project does require the ultimate sacrifice on the part of some cows.)
-- Experimental carpal tunnel surgery that cuts recovery time to a fraction of the original.
The students of an advanced news-feature writing class at Utah State University, "Beyond the Inverted Pyramid," have profiled some of the pioneering efforts of scientists and inventors who call this valley home.
Click on the links below to learn more. And smile when you say, "Cow College," in honor of our bovine friends.
surgery in Logan has carpal tunnel patients recovering in a hurry
company gives 360-degree virtual tours of homes for prospective buyers
Mart thrives in brave new e-world
blurs the line between virtual world, existing media to make purchases
in the details of precision drill and lathe work keeps planes in air,
rollercoasters on track
internet learning system grows from a USU basement to a worldwide network
offers poplar trees as solution to agricultural runoff
finds treasure in 'waste' from cow blood, helping scientists aiming
to wipe out disease