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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Thu March 12, 2015

Researchers Think There's A Warm Ocean On Enceladus

Originally published on Thu March 12, 2015 9:01 am

A new analysis suggests that Enceladus' ocean is being heated from the bottom up. That could explain plumes of ice seen at its south pole.

Saturn's moon Enceladus is a mystery. From Earth it looks tiny and cold, and yet it's not a dead hunk of rock. Passing spacecraft see trenches and ridges, similar to Earth's, and in 2005 NASA's Cassini mission spotted ice geysers streaming from its south pole.

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Fri March 6, 2015

Brakhage Symposium To Showcase The Avant-Garde Ken Jacobs

A still from Ken Jacobs' 'Razzle Dazzle: The Lost World.'
Courtesy Ken Jacobs Films

By its very nature, the avant-garde is not mainstream. Its purpose is to be unfamiliar, to challenge, to upset the apple cart. The avant-garde wants to perplex, to stymie, and most of all, it sets out to destroy complacency. Because film in particular is so pervasive and we're so settled in terms of how we look at it, the avant-garde has a particularly hard task.

This weekend on the CU-Boulder campus, March 6-8, 2015, there's a chance to meet one of the greatest avant-garde filmmakers and see a good selection of his work. The program is the annual Brakhage Center Symposium, named for monumental filmmaker Stan Brakhage, who spent much of his career in this area. The filmmaker is Ken Jacobs, who has been shaking up the world of cinema since 1955 and is still going strong.

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Mon February 16, 2015

Colorado Tech Start Ups Bet The Farm On Agricultural Drones

Farmers want to use drones to scope out problem spots in crops fields or check in on livestock.
Credit Luke Runyon / Harvest Public Media

A highly anticipated batch of federal laws governing the use of drones could change the regulatory landscape and lead to an explosion in drone use by farmers.

Farmers see drones as a way to get a birds-eye view of their fields to find problem patches with crops. That information can allow farmers to be more precise with fertilizers and pesticides and, ultimately, save them money. But getting them in the sky without running afoul of federal regulation is proving to be a challenge.

Commercial use of drones is still widely banned in the U.S., though some companies have secured exemptions. Other farmers have gone rogue, flying drones over their property without all the proper permissions, daring federal regulators to put a stop to it. But the new federal rules due out later this year are expected to usher in a new era of farm machinery.

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Fri February 6, 2015

Status Of Colorado's Front Range Fracking Bans In One Handy Chart

Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

The City of Fort Collins is set to file an opening brief in its appeal of a fracking moratorium struck down in 2014 by a state judge. The February 6 deadline for the filing marked an early step in a case whose final decision likely will not come for several months, said the city's attorney's office.

The Fort Collins case is just one of many bans or moratoriums passed, sued over, and struck down since 2012, when Longmont became the first Colorado town to institute a ban on hydraulic fracturing. As new bans are passed and lawsuits against those votes have wound their way through the courts, it's become a little difficult to keep track of the standing of various bans and moratoriums.

For reference, KUNC has put together a chart tracking the status of drilling or fracking bans or moratoriums in Northern Colorado.

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