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Late bedtimes, light at night could turn your kid into a ‘night owl’

Scientists in the University of Colorado Boulder Sleep and Development Laboratory recently found that 4- 5-year-olds who go to bed later and are exposed to brighter nighttime light experience delays in the timing of their brain’s central timekeeper—the biological clock. That, in turn, could lead to night-owl schedules that are associated with a host of health problems. Read more

Physics sheds new light on cellular biology

Turns out, it took a physicist to unlock some key findings about how cells actually divide, and Robert Blackwell, who recently received his PhD in biological physics from the University of Colorado Boulder, apparently stepped up to the plate in a big way. Read more

Dietary prebiotics improve sleep, buffer stress

A first-of-its kind study by University of Colorado Boulder scientists suggests that lesser-known gut-health promoters known as prebiotics – which serve as food for good bacteria inside the gut – can improve sleep and buffer the physiological impacts of stress Read more

Mother's milk changes with the seasons, influencing baby's well-being

Seasonally influenced changes in a mother’s environment and diet can have a profound impact on levels of beneficial sugars in her breast milk, in turn altering the bacterial makeup of her baby’s gut and shaping his or her health and growth. Read more

Common drugs similar to ibuprofen could help treat sepsis, study suggests

A potentially life-saving treatment for sepsis has been under our noses for decades in the non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) most people have in their medicine cabinets, a new University of Colorado Boulder study has found. Read more

Helping the homeless, one assessment at a time

Like many homeless people, Sheila’s challenges began when she was young. She dropped out of school after fourth grade at the age of 12, unable to add or subtract. Read more

Two distinguished profs recognized as top inventors

University of Colorado Boulder Distinguished Professors Leslie Leinwand and Chris Bowman have been named fellows of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Read more
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West words worth writing home about

Open to all CU Boulder students, Thompson Awards celebrate writing beyond the 100th meridian. Read more

The 2016 Elections: What Just Happened?

Four political scientists will offer their insights into the unexpected results of the 2016 elections, and what can we learn from them, in an event titled “The 2016 Elections: What Just Happened?” Read more

When does ‘na na na nah’ become poetry?

Paul McCartney spent three minutes singing “nah, nah, nah, na na na nah” in “Hey Jude.” Some might find that repetitious. Adam Bradley says it’s poetry. Read more

CU Boulder researchers develop brain model to quantify pain beyond sensory input

Pain is a signal of actual or potential damage to the body, so it is natural to think of it as a localized sensation: knee pain in the knee, back pain in the back and so on. Read more

Alter/Altar showcases CU grad student choreography

Arneshia Williams, an MFA candidate in dance at CU Boulder, didn’t get any formal training in her craft until adulthood. Before that, she learned everything she knew about dance from services on Sunday mornings. Read more
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