Doctor Willem Kolff: Physician who invented artificial hearts and kidneys

Willem Kolff, who was known to friends and colleagues as Pim, was the father of artificial organs. He invented the first artificial kidney (blood dialysis) machine, pioneered blood transfusion in Europe, invented the heart-lung machine and co-invented the Jarvik artificial heart.

American state boundary attraction misses the point

It's a unique tourist destination of the Old West, and popular detour for road-trippers leaving Route 66 to visit the Grand Canyon. But the Four Corners Monument, marking the intersection of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico, has for 140 years been harbouring a guilty secret: it was built in the wrong place.

Marital stress can cause heart disease

Women in strained marriages more likely to be seriously ill, says study

White Heat, by Wayne Johnson

"This book is intended to put the reader on the mountain," explains ski enthusiast Wayne Johnson in his foreword, but it's a mighty zigzagging ride to the end as he veers between history, technical detail and personal experience in a frequently irritating "Look at me!" novelistic style, much of the time archly referring to himself in the second person.

My Secret Life: Jimmy Osmond

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Mormons to get 'South Park' treatment

They've tried noisy protests, consumer boycotts, and the odd act of minor terrorism. Now supporters of gay marriage have unveiled a new weapon in their war against the Mormon Church: satire.

Mormons under siege

Gay activists were furious with the Mormons after same-sex unions were banned in California. Now they are venting their anger in the church's spiritual home. Guy Adams reports from Salt Lake City

Sundance in the crossfire as gay activists target Utah

It's enough to have Robert Redford quaking in his knee-length designer snow-boots. The latest victim of California's controversial decision to ban gay marriage could be the film star's pet project: the annual Sundance Film Festival.

'No More Mr Nice Gay' as Mormons face vote backlash

Protesters vent fury after church funds successful effort to ban gay marriages

Trail of the Unexpected: Utah - where one ski resort just ain't enough

How kind of them. It's my first ever visit to Utah, and the nice people at Park City have closed the resort especially for me. At least, that's what it feels like as I strap in and set off down another deserted run. The lifts opened two hours ago, yet I have yet to see another soul. Not that I'm complaining. With a layer of fresh powder sitting on top of the groomed stuff, I'm on a mission to christen as many untracked pistes as possible before someone shows up. If they ever do, that is. With four other resorts to choose from just down the road, there's no guarantee.

U. Utah Phillips: Folk singer-songwriter

U. Utah Phillips was a folk singer, songwriter and political activist, a member of the Industrial Workers of the World, the radical trade union movement popularly known as the Wobblies. Building on the legacy of Woody Guthrie, he sang about the hobo and the homeless, railway workers and mining communities, cattle drover and busking musician, organised labour and the trade union movement.

Delivery man challenges Howard Hughes' will

A delivery man from Utah has gone to federal court to argue that he is owed a large fortune from the estate of Howard Hughes that he says was promised to him as a reward for rescuing the reclusive billionaire from a bed of dust in the desert more than 40 years ago.

No Pain, No Gain: Nighthawk swoops to conquer in difficult times

The No Pain, No Gain portfolio has suffered a number of uncomfortable reverses since the bottom fell out of the small-cap end of the stock market. So perhaps I can be forgiven for singing the praise of Nighthawk Energy, an AIM-traded group recruited last summer.

Zion raid: The ranch has not yet revealed all its secrets...

Despite rescuing hundreds of children from a sect, police are still in the dark. Andrew Gumbel reports

No Pain, No Gain: Much pain, few gains after relentless hammering

It's been a bruising few months for the No Pain, No Gain portfolio. Profits have again been whittled away as the onslaught on the stock-market undercard has continued.

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