Wed July 4, 2012
Space Exploration

Colorado Designed Orion Spacecraft Delivered To NASA

Artist’s rendering of Orion during Exploration Flight Test-1, the first spaceflight of America’s next generation spacecraft.

Lockheed Martin has delivered the first space-bound Orion Spacecraft Crew Module to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. The module was designed at the company’s Littleton facility and will be NASA’s first orbital test flight outside of Earth’s atmosphere since the 60’s.

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Tue July 3, 2012
Krulwich Wonders...

Showing Vultures A Little Love

Originally published on Wed August 1, 2012 10:32 am

Think of a giraffe lying on the Serengeti plain. He has just died, maybe of disease, maybe he was killed by a pride of lions, but now he's a 19-foot-long, 4,000-pound mound of meat, which very soon is going to stink and rot and muck up the neighborhood.

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Tue July 3, 2012

When Ice Cream Attacks: The Mystery Of Brain Freeze

Originally published on Tue July 3, 2012 12:12 pm

NPR interns (from left) Angela Wong and Kevin Uhrmacher participate in an experiment to induce brain freeze.
Benjamin Morris NPR

If it hasn't happened to you, count yourself as lucky. For many people, eating ice cream or drinking an icy drink too fast can produce a really painful headache. It usually hits in the front of the brain, behind the forehead.

The technical name for this phenomenon is cold-stimulus headache, but people also refer to it as "ice cream headache" or "brain freeze."

The good news is that brain freeze is easy to prevent — just eat more slowly. The other bit of good news is these headaches don't last very long — a minute at the outside.

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Mon July 2, 2012

Ancient Teeth Reveal Surprisingly Crunchy Hominin Snacks

The skull of one of the two Australopithecus sediba skeletons.
Paul Sandberg University of Colorado-Boulder


Sun July 1, 2012

The Search For A Drug To Treat West Nile And Its Viral Cousins

Brian Geiss, a professor at Colorado State University, operating a computer that controls a plate reader used to speed along initial drug testing.
Jessica McDonald KUNC

With pools of mosquitoes confirmed to be carrying West Nile Virus across Colorado, West Nile season is officially here. If you get infected, though, don’t expect to run to the pharmacy. A pair of local researchers is trying to change that.

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