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Domestic terrorists, gang members have little in common, study shows

May 18, 2017

Domestic extremists in the U.S. are older, better educated, more affluent, more religious and more likely to be white than street gang members are, according to the first comprehensive study to compare the two groups.Read more »
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Diesels pollute more than tests detect; excess emissions kill 38,000 yearly

May 15, 2017

A new study co-authored by CU Boulder researchers has found diesel trucks, buses and cars emit 4.6-million tons more harmful nitrogen-oxide than standards permit. Higher standards and improved emissions tests could save lives, the authors say.Read more »
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What a baby hears while asleep matters more than previously thought

May 10, 2017

What an infant hears during sleep has an immediate and profound impact on his or her brain activity, potentially shaping language learning later in life, suggests a new University of Colorado Boulder study of slumbering babies. The research could result in better options for babies with hearing impairment.Read more »
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Long-term fate of tropical forests may not be so dire

April 28, 2017

Conventional wisdom has held that tropical forest growth will dramatically slow with increasing levels of rainfall. But CU Boulder researchers have turned that notion on its head with an unprecedented review of data concluding the opposite.Read more »
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When love hurts, a placebo can help

April 24, 2017

A new CU Boulder-led study of 40 recently brokenhearted men and women found that a placebo disguised as an emotionally soothing medicine eased their heartbreak and quieted areas of the brain related to rejection.Read more »
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CU Boulder chemist, biotech firm developing switch for turning genes on or off

April 18, 2017

Professor Robert Batey and biotech firm founder Alexandria Forbes are partnering to develop a genetic on/off "switch." The mechanism could someday reduce the number of injections or infusions of medication to patients, allowing less invasive treatments for serious conditions.Read more »
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Local efforts appear to be helping bumblebee populations

April 12, 2017

None of the 22 native species of bumblebees in Boulder County showed declines over a recent five-year period, according to a new CU Boulder study. Two species previously believed to be disappearing were present in several locations. "It shows that Boulder County is doing something right," the study authors say.Read more »
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Gang membership seldom originates in prison, new study suggests

March 22, 2017

A new study by CU Boulder criminologist David Pyrooz found that more juveniles leave gangs than join them while in jail or prison.Read more »
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Teens prone to drug experimentation won’t necessarily become addicted

March 16, 2017

A new study of hundreds of twins suggests that teens with poor executive function are more likely to take risks, including experimenting with drugs and alcohol, but are not more prone to addiction.Read more »
Lori Peek

Larger disasters 'inevitable,' says new Natural Hazards Center director

March 15, 2017

Having traveled the world studying the social impact catastrophes have on marginalized populations, CU Boulder alumna Lori Peek returned to her alma mater in January to become director of the Natural Hazards Center, the nation's clearinghouse for disaster research. She says vulnerable populations should be top of mind in disaster planning.Read more »

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