Science

5:40pm

Tue August 11, 2015
Business

Colorado Businesses Struggle As Toxic Waste Flows Through Animas River

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 12:04 pm

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5:27pm

Tue August 11, 2015
The Salt

Protein Goes Green: Can Algae Become The Next Soy?

Originally published on Thu August 13, 2015 2:19 pm

This microalgae powder is designed for use in cooking, baking and smoothies. Marketed under the name AlgaVia, the powder is starting to show up as an ingredient in grocery store items.
Solazyme

Could the next big thing in alternative proteins be a something tiny and green?

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4:42pm

Tue August 11, 2015
Environment

Coloradans Raise Environmental Concerns Of Proposed Reservoir Projects

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 12:04 pm

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12:04pm

Tue August 11, 2015
The Salt

Don't Fear The Wild Animals, Researchers Tell Salad-Makers

Originally published on Wed August 12, 2015 7:57 am

A clampdown on contamination in growing fields has pushed out wildlife and destroyed habitats.
Adam Cole NPR

For the past nine years, some of America's biggest producers of fresh salad greens and vegetables have been waging a quiet war on wildlife surrounding their fields, all in an effort to keep your veggies free of contamination from disease-causing bacteria.

Now, a fresh analysis of safety data suggests that the effort is mostly in vain. Clearing away wildlife habitat does not make food any safer.

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10:28am

Tue August 11, 2015
The Two-Way

Rivers Shut Down Over EPA's Spill Of 3 Million Gallons Of Toxic Water

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 2:14 pm

As it monitored the wastewater blowout that began Wednesday, the EPA took this photo of a sampling point near the source outside Silverton, Colo., on Sunday.
EPA

In Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, towns that are downstream from the old gold mine where contaminated wastewater spewed into a river have shut off their water supplies' connections to the spill. Two rivers will remain closed until at least Monday, officials say.

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9:06am

Tue August 11, 2015
13.7: Cosmos And Culture

'The Water Knife' Previews A Future Drought Scenario

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 3:53 pm

Chris Carlson AP

As I write this, California remains deep in its fourth year of drought.

One hundred percent of the state of Nevada is in drought — with 40 percent in the extreme drought category. Over to the southeast, 93 percent of Arizona's territory is in some form of drought. Even Washington state, far to the north, finds all of its territory in drought and 32 percent of its land in extreme doubt.

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5:33am

Tue August 11, 2015
Shots - Health News

Women In Combat Zones Can Have Trouble Getting Contraceptives

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 9:14 am

Rates of unintended pregnancy among young women in the military are about 50 percent higher than among young women in the general population, research suggests.
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Next year, the military will officially lift restrictions on women in combat, the end of a process that, according to the Government Accountability Office, may open up as many as 245,000 jobs that have been off-limits to women. But those who deploy overseas may continue to face obstacles in another area that can have a critical impact on their military experience: contraception.

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7:17pm

Mon August 10, 2015
The Two-Way

New Research Explores Why The Universe Is Dying

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 12:01 pm

A new study shows energy output from 200,000 galaxies is half what it was billions of years ago. It's further evidence the universe is slowly declining. This undated NASA Hubble Space Telescope image shows the spiral galaxy NGC 1512 captured in all wavelengths from ultraviolet to infrared.
Kevin Dietsch UPI/Landov

An international team of astronomers says new data show energy output measured across more than 200,000 galaxies is only about half as strong as it was 2 billion years ago. Scientists point to this latest study as further evidence that the universe is slowly dying.

The Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA) project presented the data at an international astronomical gathering in Hawaii.

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5:44pm

Mon August 10, 2015
The Salt

This Salad Is Outta This World: Astronauts Eat Greens Grown In Space

Originally published on Mon August 10, 2015 7:36 pm

It took astronauts 33 days to grow enough red romaine lettuce to make a small salad.
NASA

In space, food is freeze-dried, prepackaged, and frankly not always very tasty. But on Monday aboard the International Space Station, astronauts got a rare treat: fresh lettuce.

The red romaine lettuce was grown by NASA's Veggie project, which has one goal — to bring salad to space.

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5:27pm

Mon August 10, 2015
Goats and Soda

One Man's Quest To Combat Counterfeit Drugs — With A Suitcase

Originally published on Tue August 11, 2015 10:30 am

The PharmaChk is a bit like a litmus test for drugs: You pop in a pill at one end, and in 15 minutes, a number appears on a screen telling you the drug's potency.
Mahafreen H. Mistry/NPR

In a small house in rural Kenya, a young woman gives birth to a healthy little girl. Before anyone can celebrate, the mother starts bleeding. The woman will die soon if the bleeding doesn't stop.

Luckily, the midwife has a drug in front of her, called oxytocin. It can easily stop the postpartum bleeding and save the women's life. She takes the medication, but nothing happens. It doesn't work.

This story is fictitious. But the scenario is all too common.

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