Wed August 13, 2014

New Mushroom Species Discovered Near Fort Collins

The new species of mushroom, Cercopemyces crocodilians, discovered in Fort Collins' Soapstone Prairie Natural Area.
Ed Lubow

On a rainy day in late June 2009, Jack Jones and his wife Nora were wandering around Soapstone Prairie Natural Area, when something strange caught their eye.

"We were walking along this path, and saw this thing, and it looked funny to us. It was certainly nothing we've ever seen before -- and we've been doing this for 35 years," recalled Jack Jones.

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Sat August 9, 2014

Grant Money Approved For Flood Ravaged Watersheds

One of the hardest hit communities, the town of Lyons received $56,250 in new grant money.
Credit Kent Kanouse / Flickr - Creative Commons


Sat August 9, 2014

Earthquakes Taper Off At Greeley Injection Well

A seismograph near a Greeley injection well in early June 2014.
Jim Hill KUNC

A scientist monitoring earthquakes near a Weld County wastewater injection well said the tremors have decreased significantly in both number and intensity.

"Seismicity has been very low," since the well – which had been shut down for 20 days – was reopened, said Anne Sheehan, a geophysics professor at the University of Colorado Boulder. 

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Fri August 8, 2014

If A Water Main Isn't Broke, Don't Fix It (For 300 Years?)

Originally published on Sun August 10, 2014 4:22 pm

The UCLA campus was flooded last week after a 30-inch water main broke. The city of Los Angeles is on a 300-year replacement plan for its water system.
Mike Meadows AP

Most of us don't really give it a second thought: We turn on the tap, pour a glass of water and drink it down. But the U.S. has experienced a number of water-related problems this year, from the toxic algae bloom on Lake Erie to a massive water main break in Los Angeles that spilled 20 million gallons of water, and a chemical spill into West Virginia's Elk River that fouled the drinking water supply.

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Fri August 8, 2014

Butterfly Shifts From Shabby To Chic With A Tweak Of The Scales

Originally published on Fri August 8, 2014 4:57 pm

By selecting for a slightly different shape in the scales of the wing, scientists bred a population of brown butterflies into blueness.
Antonia Monteiro Yale University

Explore the soft, smooth-looking surface of a butterfly wing through an electron microscope and you'll see it's actually covered in rugged, textured scales that overlap like shingles on a roof.

Zoom in even more, to the nano scale, and you'll find a labyrinth of hard, transparent architecture — pillars, ridges, archways, and sometimes even spiral loop-the-loops, all made of chitin, the same material that makes crab shells so tough.

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