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A co-worker’s death, coincidence and imperfect societal safety nets converged to inspire a novel

Author Wendy J. Fox chose the mid-2000s for much of the setting for "If the Ice Had Held" in spite of -- and in some ways because of -- its dated technology

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How Colorado lined up child care for 1,000 essential workers in one week

As frontline workers step up to care for coronavirus patients, child care providers are stepping up to care for their children.


Writing a term paper on a cell phone? For Colorado college students forced off campus by coronavirus, that may be the best option.

As Colorado universities shift to online classes to shield themselves from COVID-19, students lacking computers and internet access may have to get creative


Tech startups come to the Mountain West, but can they grow?

The news is not all good. There’s still a growing gap between available STEM jobs and people to fill them.


In mostly rural Colorado, the four-day school week has taken hold. But what do communities do with “Fifth Day”?

Districts, nonprofits and even individual families have gotten creative with ways to keep students engaged. Could that spark innovative solutions to other issues?


Farmers are turning to tech as the Colorado River faces increasing distress and water wars come down to the drop

The U.S. Department of Agriculture station outside Greeley and other sites across the Southwest are experimenting with drones, specialized cameras and other technology to squeeze the most out of every drop of water in the Colorado River


Hey Google, you can’t ski Everest with your Epic Pass

A satirical piece from a ski film company ended up on real search results for Vail's Epic Pass, highlighting flaws in Google's fight against fake news


“Whose dog is this?” and other odd questions fielded by Denver’s resourceful 311 agents

Denver's help line — and companion app — have reduced wait times from 8 minutes to 28 seconds since 2017


Resorts, desperate to stem crushing traffic, bet on a new ridesharing app that splits lifts to the lifts

RIDE -- shorthand for Reduce Individual Driving for the Environment -- offers simple but compelling rewards to drivers and riders who carpool


To help students improve inside the classroom, Manitou Springs Middle School is taking them outside

The Growth-based Alternative Learning and Leadership Opportunity Program -- or GALLOP -- uses work with animals and gardening to help students build skills


Computer science isn’t required in Colorado schools. But enough people think it should be that the state is training teachers for free.

Teaching Colorado kids computer science in elementary school sets them up to be critical thinkers and prepares them for a computer-forward economy


Building something real on the blockchain comes down to collaboration, better tech and pizza

EthDenver conference heats up local community during the Crypto Winter


What is 10G internet? The next generation of cable tech, developed right here in Colorado

10G has nothing to do with 5G internet that mobile companies are launching. The two G's don't even stand for the same thing. Confused?


Here’s what Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said in Aurora about startups, AI, Facebook and Tesla

The tech guy behind Apple loves Colorado (of course!) and also thinks you should consult a psychologist when building teams


How a Colorado family launched a Christmas toy hack-a-thon for children with disabilities that has gone global

Santa’s Little Hackers started small, but now hundreds of volunteers gather for a 21st-century workshop that adapts toys -- and changes lives

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