Gregory Formosa inspects Endoculus

A robot may one day perform your colonoscopy

May 28, 2019

CU Boulder researchers are taking a page from “The Magic School Bus” and journeying inside the human body using a new, versatile robot to navigate the squishy and often-unpredictable terrain of the intestine.

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Why lack of sleep is bad for your heart

May 20, 2019

People who sleep fewer than seven hours per night have lower levels of gene-regulating molecules that are key for dampening down inflammation and keeping blood vessels healthy, a new study shows.

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Why dirt may be nature’s original stress-buster

Is dirt nature’s original stress vaccine? CU Boulder research suggests people raised on farms or who played in the dirt may be more physically and emotionally resilient than those who grow up in cities or without access to soil.

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Student-athlete alumni study aims to assess, improve health and wellness

May 8, 2019

With a $200,000 grant from the Pac-12, researchers are launching a first-of-its-kind study comparing the health and wellness of student-athlete alumni to those who didn't play sports in college.

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Life and death on social media: How to live a good life online

May 7, 2019

This week's episode of the Brainwaves podcast dives into the world of life after death on the internet. What happens to our social media profiles after we die?

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Engineering grads’ high-tech walker could keep seniors from falling

May 6, 2019

With a new prototype under their belts, four students are just getting started in their mission to bring the walker into the 21st century.

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How to manage your digital afterlife and why it matters

May 3, 2019

If you were to die tomorrow, what would happen to your Facebook page? A CU Boulder researcher says it’s critical to make decisions about how friends and foes can engage with you once you’re no longer here.

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In adolescence, a possible connection between Coke and coke

May 1, 2019

How does caffeine affect the growing brains and bodies of teens? New research suggests there is a connection between caffeine consumption during adolescence and cocaine use in adulthood.

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The new ‘runner’s high’? 80% of cannabis users mix weed, workouts

April 30, 2019

A new study of marijuana users in states where it’s legal defies the “couch-potato” stereotype associated with the drug, finding many people use cannabis to boost motivation for, enjoyment of and recovery from exercise.

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How society is redefining gender

April 16, 2019

As gender definitions shift, how are they shaping sports, politics and language? That and more on this episode of the Brainwaves podcast.