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animals

AUDIO: Christopher Lowry on how growing up with pets may boost mental health

May 11, 2018

Children raised in a rural environment, surrounded by animals and bacteria-laden dust, grow up to have more stress-resilient immune systems and might be at lower risk of mental illness than pet-free city dwellers, according to new research. The study adds to mounting evidence supporting the "hygiene hypothesis," which theorizes that... Read more »
marshmallow

AUDIO: Sabine Doebel on young children, self-control and marshmallows

April 25, 2018

What does a marshmallow have to do with self-control? If you’re a young child it can mean a lot. Researchers from CU Boulder, using the classic marshmallow test, found that children who identified with a “good” group of children were more likely to exercise self-control when given the choice of... Read more »
LBCI

AUDIO: Richard Wobbekind talks about Leeds business confidence index survey

March 29, 2018

Colorado business optimism is increasing for the third quarter in a row according to the latest Leeds Business Confidence Index from the Leeds Business Research Division at the University of Colorado. Business leaders are increasingly optimistic about most measures of the LBCI, says CU Boulder and Leeds economist Richard Wobbekind... Read more »
April Fool's Day

AUDIO: Peter McGraw on why April Fools' Day humor works

March 29, 2018

It’s that silly hoax-filled day again when friends and family try to make fools out of each other. That’s right - April Fools’ Day - a day when even lousy pranks seem to be funny. And there’s a reason for that, says Peter McGraw, an associate professor in marketing and... Read more »
Mop on hardwood floor

AUDIO: Randall O'Reilly on spring cleaning and its effects on the brain

March 28, 2018

If you want to know why it’s so difficult to tackle a big project like spring cleaning, blame your brain, says Randall O’Reilly, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at CU Boulder. O’Reilly can discuss the ways that the human brain helps or harms your efforts to tidy up come... Read more »
bracket

AUDIO: Mark Ablowitz on picking a perfect basketball bracket

March 13, 2018

The brackets are set for “March Madness” and millions of college basketball fans are probably wondering – how good is mine? Perfect, perhaps? Not to bust your bubble but if you dream of filling out that perfect, pick-every-winner bracket good luck. You’ll need it. That’s because the odds of filling... Read more »
Light at Night

AUDIO: Lameese Akacem on bright-light infant study

Feb. 23, 2018

Exposing preschoolers to an hour of bright light before bedtime is not a good idea, according to new CU Boulder study. It disrupts their sleep patterns, almost completely shuts down their production of the sleep-promoting hormone melatonin, keeping it suppressed for at least 50 minutes after light’s out, says lead... Read more »
Pine

AUDIO: Robert Andrus on lack of moisture impacting spruce and fir trees in Colorado's Front Range

Feb. 22, 2018

A new CU Boulder study finds that drier summers and a decline in average snowpack over the past 40 years have severely hampered the establishment of fir and spruce trees in subalpine regions of Colorado’s Front Range, suggesting that climate warming is already taking a toll on forest health in... Read more »
LA Smog

AUDIO: Brian McDonald on household products and urban pollution

Feb. 14, 2018

Household chemical products refined from petroleum, like cleaners, pesticides, paints and perfumes, now rival automobile emissions as the top source of urban air pollution, according to atmospheric scientist Brian McDonald, lead author of a CU Boulder-NOAA study.Read more »
Diabetes

AUDIO: Celine Vetter on frequent shift work and type 2 diabetes

Feb. 12, 2018

People who periodically work the night shift are significantly more likely to have Type 2 diabetes than workers who only work days, according to a new study by researchers from CU Boulder and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. Shift work, particularly night shifts, disrupts social and biological rhythms as... Read more »

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