Daylight saving time: How the time switch could be killing you

Oct. 15, 2019

We fall back to standard time pretty soon, the first weekend of November. But time might be up for daylight saving time.

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Sub-2 hour marathon barrier broken

Oct. 10, 2019

Kenyan distance runner Eliud Kipchoge broke the fabled 2-hour marathon barrier in Vienna on Sunday, confirming a CU Boulder analysis of the course and conditions.


Halloween: Why we get joy from fear

Oct. 8, 2019

Why do we get such a kick out of jumping out of our skin? In this episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we talk to horror writer Stephen Graham Jones. Plus, we find out how the Halloween business works with Greg Reinke, a costume shop owner.

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Facial recognition software has a gender problem

Oct. 8, 2019

Facial analysis software is becoming increasingly prevalent for marketing and security, but new research shows it gets the gender of trans men wrong nearly 40% of the time and misgenders nonbinary individuals 100% of the time.

The U.S. Army tests a nuclear warhead off of Bikini Atoll in 1946.

An India-Pakistan nuclear war could kill millions, threaten global starvation

Oct. 2, 2019

Over the span of a week, a nuclear war between India and Pakistan could kill more people than died during all six years of World War II, according to new research.

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More discipline can lead kids to prison, new study finds

Oct. 1, 2019

Students in stricter middle schools are more likely to end up in jail or prison later in life, according to a new working paper from the Leeds School of Business.

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Race in America: How lawyers are defining racism, new maps tracking slavery in America and the legacy of slave music

Sept. 24, 2019

How do you define racism? How can new research help descendants of slaves better understand their family origins? We ask these questions and more on this episode of the Brainwaves podcast.

Aftermath of 2014 tornado in Vilonia, Arkansas

When natural disaster strikes, men and women respond differently

Sept. 19, 2019

Women take cover or prepare to evacuate more quickly but often have trouble convincing the men in their lives to do so, according to a study on how gender influences response to disaster. It also found traditional gender roles and power dynamics resurface, and female voices often go unheard.


The unexpected complexities of TERT, a key cancer driver

Sept. 11, 2019

Telomerase reverse transcriptase (TERT), an enzyme associated with nearly all malignant human cancers, is even more diverse and unconventional than previously realized.

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Mass shootings: What science says about an American epidemic

Sept. 10, 2019

In this week's episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we explore questions around mass shootings and also look at a new tool aimed at stopping a different kind of epidemic—firearm suicides.