Screen shot of Ryan's ToyReivew

Unboxing videos fueling kids’ tantrums, breeding consumerism

Dec. 3, 2019

Seventy-eight percent of children, ages 4 to 10, watch unboxing videos online—videos of people opening toys. The more they watch, the more likely they are to make purchase demands on parents and throw tantrums when they don't get what they want.

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Sleep, but not too much, to boost your heart health

Dec. 3, 2019

A new study is like the Goldilocks fable for sleep: “Just right” means at least six hours a night—but not more than nine—to minimize heart attack risk.

Assyrian artifacts

Climate may have helped crumble one of the ancient world’s most powerful civilizations

Nov. 18, 2019

New research suggests it was climate-related drought that built the foundation for the collapse of one of the most powerful civilizations in the ancient world—the Assyrian Empire, whose heartland was based in today’s northern Iraq.

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Editor’s choice podcast remix: Our best on politics, concussions and impeachment

Nov. 13, 2019

We’re going on a break. On this episode of the Brainwaves podcast, we take a look back at interviews we’ve done on politics, concussions and impeachment. We plan to be back early next year with fresh, big ideas!

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Want to know your mental health status? There’s an app for that

Nov. 12, 2019

CU Boulder researchers have developed a new mobile app that categorizes mental health status based on speech patterns. Ultimately, it could be used as an adjunct for in-person therapy or to help monitor patients from afar.

Karl Linden looks at a bacterial culture in his lab.

Engineering a world of safer water

Nov. 11, 2019

Karl Linden believes that wherever you are in the world, you should be able to turn on a tap and receive clean drinking water. He's working on new ways to make that happen.

Assistant Professor Sandra Ristovska takes photo of a stack of CD-ROMs

Video activism: How a picture really is worth 1,000 words

Nov. 5, 2019

Smartphone cameras and social media are fueling a new era of video activism, but how can journalists—and the public—be sure those images are real?

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Flagrant fouls: What Reddit’s basketball fans can tell us about online discourse

Nov. 4, 2019

New research dives deep into Reddit’s r/nba discussion platform, providing a new window on an enduring sports tradition: trash talk.

Principal Investigator Luis Zea working in the lab

Mold in space: NASA grant to study space station fungus

Nov. 1, 2019

The International Space Station has a problem with fungus and mold—and BioServe Space Technologies at CU Boulder is investigating potential fixes thanks to a new grant from NASA.

Rural American farm

CU Boulder research to focus on rural ‘landscape of despair’

Oct. 23, 2019

There’s a lot we don't know about America’s small places. Researchers are looking to develop the first systematic understanding of the sociodemographic and economic characteristics and patterns of change in small rural places over time.