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New research from the University of Colorado Boulder suggests rising global temperatures will have a greater impacts on crop yields than previously predicted. The reason: Bug populations are going to be bigger and hungrier.

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A diverse team of scientists led by Colorado State University will be on an aircraft conducting smoke observation flights in Boise, Idaho.

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The news that Cambridge Analytica used Facebook data to develop political ads has reignited a national discussion about expectations of privacy online. A new study from the University of Colorado Boulder turns the focus to another social media giant: Twitter. The study found that 62 percent of Twitter users were unaware their tweets are freely available to researchers.

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  Black holes tend to get a bad rap, often as giant, cosmic vacuum cleaners sucking up everything in range. But as researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder recently found, they’re actually a lot like toddlers.

CU astrophysicist Julie Comerford says black holes nap after meals. They’re also messy and somewhat picky eaters.

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A lot of parents may use a tablet, smartphone or other device to help their child get to sleep. What could be the harm in allowing a few minutes of playing a game or reading a picture book on a tablet? According to a sweeping review of research published in the journal Pediatrics, parents shouldn’t be in a hurry to get rid of paper books just yet.

Researchers have long documented that kids and teens who stare at their screens are more likely to experience sleep disruption.

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In 1977, NASA launched two space probes to explore deep space and expand our view of the solar system. 40 years later, Voyager 1 and 2 are still sending back images to the amazement of scientists -- including University of Colorado Boulder’s Fran Bagenal. She’s a professor at CU Boulder’s Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics, and

“It was completely nuts to see these new worlds for the first time,” says Bagenal. “And each time these new images would come up on the camera and you’d be going, ‘What are we seeing now?’”

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Colin Kaepernick still doesn’t have a team. While many are accusing the NFL of colluding against Kaepernick for his political beliefs -- highlighted when he took a knee during the national anthem last season -- two new studies suggest there may be more subtle forces at work.

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If you want to learn something about human history, DNA analysis can reveal a lot, including about migration patterns. Ancient humans moved around a lot; by studying their DNA, scientists can get an idea of where groups of people came from.

But when human DNA isn’t an option, where do scientists turn? For this group of researchers -- turkeys.

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As excitement over the Aug. 21 solar eclipse mounts, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder think back to the how another eclipse may have been memorialized -- 1,000 years ago.

In New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon, a petroglyph -- or rock carving -- by the early Pueblo people is believed to be their depiction of a total solar eclipse from the year 1097, said CU Boulder professor emeritus J. McKim “Kim” Malville. A solar physicist, Malville also researches archeoastronomy, which looks at how people in the past regarded events in the sky.

The carving, which was discovered in 1992 during a Chaco Canyon field school led by Malville and then-Fort Lewis College professor James Judge, features a circle with curvy lines protruding from it.

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At a recent job fair for prospective electricians in Northglenn, Colorado, one skilled out-of-state worker named Eduardo Havier was looking for a job.

“I’m from Puerto Rico, but I currently live in Louisiana. I came all the way here just to see what you guys had going on.”

Havier flew out from Louisiana for the day, just to attend the job fair. He’s 23 years old, and already has a degree in electrical engineering technology from a community college, but he can’t find employment where he lives.

“I spent so many years and effort trying to pass my classes, I want to work in the field I went to school for. The real situation is if you don’t know anybody at the workplace, you don’t get a job.”

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