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Protestants and the pill: How US Christians helped make birth control mainstream

May 24, 2022

Conservative Christians have cheered restrictions on some birth control. But many decades ago, Christian leaders’ support helped contraceptives become acceptable in the first place. CU expert Samira Mehta shares on The Conversation.

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Grim drought outlook for western US offers warnings for the future

May 19, 2022

As climate change brings a hotter, thirstier atmosphere, much of the western U.S. has seen record-breaking wildfires, intense heat waves, low stream flows and dwindling water supplies. CIRES researcher Imtiaz Rangwala shares on The Conversation.

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Beyond honey: 4 essential reads about bees

May 11, 2022

Bees play an essential role pollinating plants, but scientists study bees to learn about their intricate social networks, learning patterns and adaptive behaviors. These four stories from The Conversation’s archive, featuring CU expert Orit Peleg, offer diverse views of life in the hive.

Anti-abortion protesters use bullhorns to counter abortion rights advocates outside the Supreme Court on May 3, 2022

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, there’s no guarantee people can get abortions in liberal states

May 5, 2022

Twenty-five states aren’t expected to ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. But limits on abortion in these places, too, make them uncertain refuges for people seeking abortions elsewhere. CU experts share on The Conversation.

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What’s at stake as Supreme Court appears intent on overturning Roe v. Wade

May 3, 2022

A draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito suggests a majority of the court may overturn the landmark 1973 ruling that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. Here are three essential reads on The Conversation.

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Should you wear a mask on a plane, bus or train when there’s no mandate? 4 essential reads

April 20, 2022

Despite the halt to the federal mask mandate for mass transit, people may still choose to protect themselves. For those who do, the type of mask and how well it fits matter. CU experts Sara Sawyer, Arturo Barbachano-Guerrero and Cody Warren share on The Conversation.

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How hypersonic missiles work and the unique threats they pose

April 15, 2022

Russia’s use of hypersonic missiles in Ukraine has put the weapons in the news. Next-generation versions under development could dramatically alter national and global security. Aerospace engineer Iain Boyd shares on The Conversation.

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How does the immune system mobilize in response to COVID-19? 5 essential reads

March 18, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought immunology terms that are typically relegated to textbooks into our everyday vernacular. Featuring three CU experts, look back at The Conversation stories that helped us make sense of the ever-evolving science.

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What teens see in closed online spaces such as the Discord app

March 16, 2022

Initially a service to let gamers voice and text chat while playing, most of Discord’s current users build and maintain online communities—though not always very big ones. CU expert Brianna Dym shares on The Conversation.

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Russian church leader blames invasion on those who flout ‘God’s law’

March 11, 2022

The head of the Russian Orthodox Church suggested the violation of “God’s law” provided divine license for the war against Ukraine. But CU expert and Bible scholar Sam Boyd says taking biblical law out of its historical context doesn’t work. Read on The Conversation.