Once a week, a snowmobile carries food, clean laundry, scientific instruments to Rocky Mountain Biological Lab workers and their famous friend Billy Barr
The life sciences industry is booming. Here’s how it affects the Denver metro.
The life science industry has thrived in Colorado for decades. But in the last year or two, more people are moving in and around Denver to research everything from diseases and medical devices to pharmaceuticals and drug discovery. That means there’s less space equipped with proper ventilation and technology and fewer labs available for research […]
Will massive Western wildfires leave more or less water in rivers?
Scientists at Colorado State University and elsewhere in the West are poking and prodding for clues into how wildfire impacts water supply.
Food grown for research once rotted in Colorado fields. Now, it’s feeding the hungry
GRAND JUNCTION — On a cloudy, mid-July morning, a small group of volunteers began picking more than a ton of watermelons, 330 pounds of cucumbers and roughly 25 pounds of tomatoes on land that for decades has been used to research crop varieties, increase yields and control pests and diseases. Not so long ago, some […]
A family connection to a legendary Colorado cowgirl sent an author on an exhaustive research roundup
Award-winning author and historian Diana Allen Kouris grew up a cowgirl along the famed Outlaw Trail in the region where Colorado, Wyoming, and Utah converge. Decades of research and writing have rendered Kouris an authority on the spellbinding history of the area. She’s authored three nonfiction books including “The Romantic and Notorious History of Brown’s […]
It’s not just your imagination: Miller moth population has increased in Colorado, study say
COLORADO SPRINGS — Experts have reported an abundant supply of miller moths in Colorado that could continue for the next few weeks, reversing a four-year trend of below-average population numbers. Colorado State University entomologists Whitney Cranshaw and Frank Peairs released a study attributing the increase in sightings to the lack of moisture in Colorado and […]
How a Colorado sci-fi and horror author found his way into the thriller genre with “The Extinction Agenda”
Michael Laurence studied biology and creative writing at the University of Colorado and holds multiple advanced certifications in medical imaging. Before becoming a full-time author, he worked as an X-ray/CT/MRI technologist and clinical instructor. He lives in suburban Denver with his wife, four children, and a couple of crazy Labrador Retrievers. The following is an […]
Inside the Colorado State University lab that is trying to develop the world’s first vaccine for COVID-19
FORT COLLINS — Here, nestled up against the foothills, there’s a bat colony living in the basement of a sleek white-and-glass Colorado State University building — which isn’t entirely relevant to this story except to set the tone for the peculiar work that takes place inside. Welcome to Colorado State University’s Research Innovation Center, where […]
Academic researchers in the U.S., including in Colorado, are on the front line of battle against Chinese theft
By Eric Tucker, The Associated Press WASHINGTON — As the U.S. warned allies around the world that Chinese tech giant Huawei was a security threat, the FBI was making the same point quietly to a Midwestern university. In an email to the associate vice chancellor for research at the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, an agent wanted […]
Colorado researchers are getting mice drunk to study alcoholism and genetics in humans
The two mice are the same amount of drunk, which is to say, a lot. Both are wobbly on their little legs, and both are moving slower than normal. But while one is feeling so sauced that it can’t turn itself over when a lab technician puts it on its back, the other is scurrying […]