Woman with dog

Sociologist does about-face on homeless people with pets

Oct. 1, 2012

Ten years ago, Leslie Irvine was on her high horse when it came to homeless people keeping companion animals. But Irvine began to think differently while working at an animal shelter.


Reproductive swell worsens beetle kill

March 1, 2012

Beetles emerging from trees so early that they are often able to produce two generations a year, rather than only one, as historically has been the case. That finding, believed to be the first confirmation of this reproductive explosion, helps to explain the staggering scope of the current pine-beetle epidemic. Because of the extra annual generation of beetles, there could be up to 60 times as many beetles attacking trees in any given year, their study found.

mothers of victims of the school siege walk to a court, holding portraits of their children, in Vladikavkaz, May 16, 2006. Prosecutors had called for the death penalty for Nur-Pasha Kulayev, who admitted participating in the attack on school in Beslan in 2004, but denied killing anybody. Posters read: “We demand justice!” (left) and “Kulayev and the like, be damned for all eternity!!!” (AP Photo/Sergei Grits)

After terrorist siege, Beslan hatred fueled peaceful protest

March 1, 2012

In Beslan, a city in the Russian Republic of North Ossetia, militants seized a school and took 1,200 hostages in 2004. In the end, 331 people died, and nearly 800 others were injured. Given the horrific violence and the fact that the hostage-takers were ethnic foes, observers expected a violent backlash along ethnic lines. But violent retribution was minimal, and victims largely responded with peaceful activism.

Smiling graduate

Want a longer life? Go to college

March 1, 2012

In the heat of the battle for the presidency, one candidate questioned the value of a higher education, suggesting that urging young people to go to college was the sign of a “snob.” But, it seems, more education translates directly into longer life.

Hubert Yin

Stopping cancer’s knock on the door

Dec. 1, 2011

As a self-proclaimed “science nerd” in a Beijing high school, Hubert Yin considered biochemistry to be the ultimate in cool. It was the only science, he felt, that was capable of explaining what he thought was the most complex, most beautiful thing on Earth–life at the molecular level.

West African men and women

Men, women migrate differently

Dec. 1, 2011

In West Africa, climate change is reported to have pushed men to migrate north to Europe, by boat, in search of work. In Nepal, logging has prompted some subsistence-farming women to migrate toward more-abundant firewood.

Via the mass media, experts and non-experts offer radically different perspectives, yielding unreasonable confusion and doubt, CU researcher contends

Who speaks for the climate?

Dec. 1, 2011

Via the mass media, experts and non-experts offer radically different perspectives, yielding unreasonable confusion and doubt, CU researcher contends

While about one-third of the world’s population depends to some degree on fresh water within the High Asia hydrological system, there’s little data on the resources now or projections for future

CU researchers examine water in Asia

Dec. 1, 2011

A University of Colorado Boulder team is partnering with the United States Agency for International Development to assess snow and glacier contributions to water resources originating in the high mountains of Asia that straddle 10 countries.

Steaphanie Mollborn

Kids facing hardship grow up faster, feel older

Dec. 1, 2011

When transition between adolescence and adulthood is missed, young adults can suffer preventable consequences, CU research suggests To most Americans of today, the idea of adolescence—that period of transition from childhood to adulthood bracketed by the teen years—is unremarkable. But scarcely more than a century ago, the idea was revolutionary,...

Students raising hands

@Maria, we've made #Malvolio look crazy! LOL!

Oct. 1, 2011

With the help of a smartphone and Twitter, university collaborators show kids how Shakespeare instructs us on school bullying The University of Colorado is pursuing a more-civil society with this simple recipe: Take one Shakespearean play, one group of youngsters and a mendacious tweet. Mix well. Add role-playing and discussion...