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Tue June 30, 2015

Fracking's Water Impact Varies Across Colorado And Other Boom States

Trucks pump water, sand and chemicals down a well during the hydraulic fracturing process.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Opponents of hydraulic fracturing often comment on its high water use. Yet a comprehensive total of just how much water used during the process of hydraulic fracturing has been hard to come by.  

A new U.S. Geological Survey study tallied up the amount of water used in hydraulic fracturing -- the process where water is injected underground, along with a mix of sand and chemicals, to fracture rock and release hydrocarbons. The analysis found that certain types of wells, in specific production basins, used a lot more water than others.

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Tue June 30, 2015
Places Of Invention

The Quest For A Better Battery Has A Home In Fort Collins

Anita Kear, the chemistry technician at Prieto Battery, works on a model system the company uses to create battery prototypes.
Luke Runyon KUNC

Designing a rechargeable battery is a tradeoff: you can either have more power or faster charging speed. Amy Prieto, a researcher at Colorado State University, wants to make a battery where she doesn’t have to compromise.

Instead of choosing to focus on a battery with a longer life, more energy storage, or a shorter charging time, Prieto decided to tackle all three. And she’s not doing it in Silicon Valley or some other far-flung tech hub. She’s instead based her company in place that has an innate attraction to her research: Fort Collins, Colorado.

“It was just incredible to find this wealth of people who were interested in renewable energy,” says Prieto.

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Mon June 29, 2015
Arts & Life

Ag And Railroad Roots Earn Historic Designation For Downtown Loveland

The Loveland Feed & Grain is one of 45 downtown buildings considered 'contributors' to the historical and architectural significance of the district.
Stacy Nick KUNC

Downtown Loveland has been added to the National Register of Historic Places.

The National Historic District designation focuses on Loveland’s ties to agriculture and the railroad. Founded in 1877, the city was named after William Loveland, the president of the Colorado Central Railroad.

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Mon June 29, 2015
Places of Invention

Smithsonian Recognizes Fort Collins As A 'Place Of Invention'

Fort Collins is one of six communities featured in a new exhibition at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C.

Places of Invention explores the idea of how location can shape innovation, examining cities where a mix of resources, inventive people, and an inspiring environment have caused invention to flourish.

Defining a "place of invention" is a challenge, according to Joyce Bedi, Senior Historian with the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center, which has been studying the idea of invention for two decades.

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Sat June 27, 2015
marc on the blues

Johnny Shines Shouldn’t Be Mistaken For A Robert Johnson Clone

Johnny Shines has been misjudged by many as a mere imitation of Robert Johnson, but I don't hear it that way. I think it is easy to make out the originality of Shines in most all of his music and especially in his slide guitar work.

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