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Thursday, April 3,2014

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Going alone in the ice, snow and frigid waters, two Boulder-based 20-somethings will attempt this summer to complete an unsupported traverse the island of Iceland from its southern-most point to its northern-most point.
Thursday, April 3,2014

Not all who wander are lost

CWA panel on exploring in your 20s

By Caitlin Rockett
The panel “Wanderlust: Oh, the Places You’ll Go in Your 20s,” at the Conference on World Affairs, will bring together four diverse panelists — from career experts to graphic novelists to musicians — to talk about … well, whatever comes up.
Thursday, April 3,2014

Where’s the beef (coming from)?

Panelists discuss the world’s increasingly industrialized food supply at Conference on World Affairs

By Caitlin Rockett
The costs of dishing up mechanized meals by the plateful is on the table for some Conference of World Affairs panelists, whose panel on the industrialization of the food supply is expected to cover the human gains and environmental costs of the changes in how we grow our food.
Thursday, April 3,2014

eco-briefs

According to researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and the Joint BioEnergy Institute, improvements must still be made to the process if the high energy biofuel is to reach the potency where it could be used in place of petroleumbased fuel.
Thursday, April 3,2014

New Colorado wilderness held hostage in partisan congressional gridlock

New conservation PAC aims to tip the balance

By Bob Berwyn
After the budget battles of the last few years, it’s clear that Congress is fiscally dysfunctional, but our elected lawmakers also face challenges including finding the political will to support public land preservation bills, including several proposals in Colorado, where the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act, the San Juan Mountains Wilderness Act and the Browns Canyon National Monument and Wilderness Act are all stalled in the fog of partisan gridlock.
Thursday, April 3,2014

Deported to death

If returned to El Salvador, Jaime Leon Rivas fears he’s next ‘to get killed’

By Michael de Yoanna
I know that they will kill me if I am returned to Guatemala. They will kill me because I left their gang. They will kill me because I fled and did not pay them the money that they demanded
Thursday, April 3,2014

RNA definitions

By Caitlin Rockett
RNA (ribonucleic acid) – large biological molecules that perform vital roles in the coding, decoding, regulation and expression of genes.
Thursday, April 3,2014

Can RNAi technology save the honeybee?

By Caitlin Rockett
In 2006, professional beekeepers in the U.S. began to report mass die-offs of their honeybee colonies, between 30 and 90 percent. Since then, “Colony collapse disorder” hasn’t slowed down.
Thursday, April 3,2014

RNA interference technology as a pesticide

By Caitlin Rockett
In January, Monsanto released their annual Research and Development Pipeline Review, detailing future products, their estimated rollout dates and projected impact for the agriculture industry. One such product is called SmartStax PRO, aimed at killing the Western corn rootworm.
Thursday, April 3,2014

The science behind the hype

By Caitlin Rockett
To understand RNA, you have to understand DNA, deoxyribonucleic acid, those double-sided spring-like chains of genetic information that determine the color of a human’s hair or the hue of a flower’s petals. If DNA acts as a blueprint for living things, then RNA is the construction crew.
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