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Thursday, April 17,2014

The cost of tilting at the 4/20 windmill

CU will once again spend more than $100,000 to keep campus closed on 4/20

By Caitlin Rockett
For the third consecutive year, the University of Colorado Boulder will spend upwards of $100,000 to close campus on April 20 in its effort to smother anything resembling a 4/20 marijuana smokeout, which the university says has become too disruptive. But only a small crowd of 1,000 or so students turned up for such an event in 2012. And, a year ago, because the pot-friendly date fell on a Saturday, no one even bothered to organize a 4/20 event on the campus.
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Thursday, April 10,2014

Short film, big message

High school students explore climate change and agriculture in award-winning short film

By Caitlin Rockett
there was more work than time to do it — the students of Damian Tate’s Career Digital Arts program and Heather Riffel’s Urban Agriculture program at Arapahoe Ridge High School had seven weeks, from Jan. 6 to Feb. 21, to make a short film about how climate change affects agriculture.
Thursday, April 3,2014

Bitchin’ brews

A bunch of people got totally tubular at last week’s ’80s-themed New Kids on the Block craft beer event

By Caitlin Rockett
This week’s beer tour takes us back to a time when pants could moonlight as parachutes and Frankie asked us to relax. (Full disclosure: I was born in 1985, so I’m not actually qualified to make any statements about life in the ’80s. Without Googling, I couldn’t tell you who Frankie was or why he wanted us to relax.
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.
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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

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.
Thursday, April 3,2014

Muzzled by Monsanto

Is Big Ag squelching research showing its new RNAi GMOs may be dangerous?

By Caitlin Rockett
What happened when a scientist discovered that the medical world needs genetically modified RNA to be assimilated by our bodies and the agricultural world needs the opposite to occur.
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