Wed April 11, 2012
The Two-Way

VIDEO: Texting Guy Barely Escapes Bumping Into Bear

As the bear turned right, Vaz Terdandenyan was about to come down the sidewalk toward it. He got a surprise.

If this doesn't make you want to put down that cellphone, we don't know what will.

Watch what happened as Los Angeles TV station KTLA was tracking a black bear as it wandered through a neighborhood in La Crescenta, Calif., Tuesday morning.

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Tue April 10, 2012

Reforming Our Aging Electrical Grid: A Case for ‘Top Down’ Change

Grace Hood

The future of the country’s aging electrical grid—which is inefficient and prone to blackouts—was front-and-center on Tuesday during a talk sponsored by Colorado State University and Fort Collins-based Rocky Mountain Innosphere.

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Tue April 10, 2012

Battling the Bark Beetle in Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

In all, the bark beetle has impacted more than three million acres of Colorado forests since the first signs of an outbreak in 1996. Park officials are spraying insecticides on thousands of trees to help mitigate the effects of a bark beetle outbreak.

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Sat April 7, 2012

Sunny Days Are Here Again — But Is That Good?

Originally published on Sat April 7, 2012 5:41 pm

A couple enjoy a sunny afternoon against the backdrop of the Midtown skyline from Piedmont Park in Atlanta in late March.
David Goldman AP

Across the country, more than 7,700 daily temperature records were broken last month, on the heels of the fourth warmest winter on record.

While it might be time to lie on a blanket in the park, climate scientists are worried. They say all these sunny days are actually an extreme weather event, one with local and global implications.

In Iowa, March was so hot — a record-breaking 84 degrees — that some crops there, like oats, are now running way ahead of schedule.

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Fri April 6, 2012

High Fire Danger Persists for Western Slope and Northern Plains

Colorado National Guard Battles Lower North Fork Fire
The National Guard