University of Colorado (CU)

5:00am

Thu September 18, 2014
Outer Space

NASA Mars Mission, Led By CU-Boulder, Readies For Orbit

Artist rendition of the MAVEN spacecraft.
NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Four billion years ago, Mars may have looked completely different. Water could have flowed across the planet's surface. There might have been life. To support these conditions, the planet's atmosphere must have been very different.

A NASA mission to investigate that atmosphere – and why it changed – is about to enter orbit around the Red Planet. Led by scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder, the mission, called MAVEN (short for Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN), consists of a satellite that will orbit the planet.

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5:00am

Thu September 4, 2014
Energy

The Crux Of Determining Fracking's Safety

Green MEPs and anti-fracking activitists pose with fracking flavoured water outside the European Parliament.
Greensefa Flickr - Creative Commons

For people who live in close proximity to the current oil and gas boom, are there health risks?

It’s a question people are asking from Colorado to Texas and from Pennsylvania to North Dakota, as more and more communities find themselves in the midst of unprecedented energy development.

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5:00am

Tue August 19, 2014
Climate Change

What 13,000 Dead Grasshoppers Can Tell Us About Climate Change

Cesar Nufio shows red mites on a grasshopper found at one of his research sites. Nufio has surveyed and collected grasshoppers at these sites for nine years, replicating the work of Gordon Alexander.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

Cesar Nufio is holding a box of dead grasshoppers. The insects, precisely pinned, with miniscule labels affixed beneath them, march down the box in neat, dark lines.

The grasshoppers are just a sampling of a 50-year-old set of 13,000 grasshoppers that Nufio, an entomologist at the University of Colorado, is using to learn about climate change. Until the scientist happened upon them about a decade ago, this collection was nearly forgotten – stored in 250 wooden boxes atop a shelf. Ever since finding the collection, Nufio has been piecing together the story of the lost grasshoppers, and is using them to understand how the change in the area's climate is affecting the insects.

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5:00am

Thu August 14, 2014
Wildlife

Colorado Wildlife Officials Right Trout Wrong

CU-Boulder Professor Andrew Martin and Senior Research Associate Jessica Metcalf release endangered greenback cutthroat trout into Zimmerman Lake west of Fort Collins, Colo. on Aug 8.
Glenn Asakawa University of Colorado

A few years ago, wildlife biologists responsible for protecting and stocking a rare, native Colorado fish – the greenback cutthroat trout – learned they'd been saving the wrong fish.

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9:50am

Sat August 2, 2014
Wildfires

Colorado Homes Most Vulnerable To Wildfires

The Black Forest Fire was the most destructive in Colorado's history.
Credit USDA / inciweb.org

Colorado residents are more vulnerable than any other state in U.S. when it comes to potential damage or destruction from wildfires, with 83,174 homes located in areas with high-severity risk.

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