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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...

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...


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...

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...


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...

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.


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...

Stephen Graham Jones

AUDIO: Stephen Graham Jones talks about the Frankenstein novel

Jan. 26, 2018

Published 200 years ago, the Frankenstein novel by Mary Shelley is considered one of the classic novels of all time. What Shelley did was to write the first true science fiction-horror novel, says Stephen Graham Jones, a creative writing professor at CU Boulder and author of horror novels.

Climate Survey

AUDIO: Scott Adler on the political climate in Colorado

Jan. 24, 2018

Colorado voters firmly disapprove of President Trump, overwhelmingly dislike Congress, and give a sizable edge to Democrats in a generic 2018 Congressional election ballot. That’s according to the Colorado Political Climate survey conducted by CU Boulder’s political science department. The annual survey is designed to gauge the public’s political and...

Soft Robot

AUDIO: Engineering student Nicholas Kellaris on soft, self-sealing devices that mimic muscles

Jan. 3, 2018

When you think of robots you probably think of metallic droids. But at CU Boulder a group of researchers are creating the next generation of robots using low cost soft materials similar to what’s used for making potato chip bags. The goal is to create “soft robots” that mimic the...