Fri March 27, 2015

A Tragic Topic Handled Deftly In 'Emperor Of All Maladies'

Emily Whitehead with Dr. Grupp.
Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania

Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies is an astonishing achievement. It takes a complicated and frightening subject, gives it history and context, explains in clear language some difficult science, deals with the human complexities of scientific research – and doesn’t leave you banging your head on the wall or wanting to hide in a cave.

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Fri March 27, 2015

Research Flights Probe Why Some Oil & Gas Basins Pollute More Than Others

The NOAA P3 aircraft will be flying over oil and gas basins across the western United States.

Researchers from the University of Colorado and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in Boulder have begun a new study to measure air pollution from oil and gas fields across the West.

The scientists are flying a small airplane across numerous oil and gas basins, from North Dakota's Bakken oil field, through Wyoming, Colorado, and Utah, and all the way down to Texas. They will take measurements of methane as well as ozone precursors, and aim to answer the question: Why do some oil and natural gas production basins pollute more than others?

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Thu March 26, 2015

In County Rankings, NoCO Is Pretty Healthy, DougCO Ranks Number One

Colorado's 64 counties were ranked based on factors like high school graduation rates, tobacco use, access to healthy food as well as teen births and obesity.
Credit County Health Rankings / Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

People in Northern Colorado counties are healthier than in most other parts of the state.

That's the finding of an annual report which ranked Colorado’s 64 counties based on factors like high school graduation rates, tobacco use, access to healthy food as well as teen births and obesity. Broomfield County came in second and Boulder County ranked third. Larimer rose to 10th place from their 2014 position, while Weld County ranked 35th.

Douglas County ranked No. 1 in the health factors analysis, just as it was in the most recent Kids Count report. Denver was toward the bottom at 48th.

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Wed March 25, 2015

Testing Reform Remains In A Holding Pattern At The Legislature

Gov. John Hickenlooper touting SB 215 alongside Senate Pres. Bill Cadman, Speaker of the House Dickey Lee Hullinghorst, and Kelly Brough, the president of the Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce. The measure is now being reworked.
Bente Birkeland RMCR

On average students in Colorado classrooms take more than two-dozen assessments before they graduate, in some cases up to four times a year according to the Colorado Education Association. Critics say it actually means less time for overall learning.

A bipartisan measure aimed at reducing the number of tests Colorado public school students take remains in limbo at the state Legislature. The sponsors delayed the first hearing and don't know when it will be rescheduled – if at all.

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Wed March 25, 2015

Colorado Has Its Sights Set On Becoming The Silicon Valley Of Ag

Colorado research institutions are filing patents and publishing scientific papers on agricultural topics at a record pace.
Jessica "The Hun" Reeder Flickr - Creative Commons

Boulder and Denver have become hubs for tech start-ups, and the northern Colorado region is dotted with widely respected scientific research institutions. But a new report [.pdf] from Colorado State University takes the idea a bit further, with an agrarian twist.

Economists say the state's Front Range is at the forefront of agricultural innovation.

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