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Released: 5-Aug-2020 5:25 PM EDT
Waning attention to climate change amid pandemic could have lasting effects
University of Colorado Boulder

Attention to climate change has significantly declined in recent months, as the pandemic has monopolized news coverage. That's concerning, say study authors who found that simply directing one's attention to an environmental risk—even briefly and involuntarily—makes people more concerned about it and willing to take action.

Newswise: Exposure to ‘good bacteria’ during pregnancy buffers risk of autism-like syndrome in offspring
Released: 27-May-2020 5:30 PM EDT
Exposure to ‘good bacteria’ during pregnancy buffers risk of autism-like syndrome in offspring
University of Colorado Boulder

Inoculation with a beneficial microorganism during pregnancy fended off an autism-like syndrome in offspring, according to a new animal study. The paper is the latest to suggest that 'good bacteria' impacts the brain.

Newswise: ‘Nature’s antifreeze’ provides formula for more durable concrete
21-May-2020 8:00 AM EDT
‘Nature’s antifreeze’ provides formula for more durable concrete
University of Colorado Boulder

Secrets to cementing the sustainability of our future infrastructure may come from nature, such as proteins that keep plants and animals from freezing in extremely cold conditions. CU Boulder researchers have discovered that a synthetic molecule based on natural antifreeze proteins minimizes freeze-thaw damage and increases the strength and durability of concrete, improving the longevity of new infrastructure and decreasing carbon emissions over its lifetime.

Newswise: Absence makes the brain grow fonder, study shows
Released: 12-May-2020 4:05 PM EDT
Absence makes the brain grow fonder, study shows
University of Colorado Boulder

A new brain imaging study of prairie voles—which are among only about 5% of mammalian species besides humans who mate for life —found that when it comes to forming bonds, longing for one another may be as important as being together. The study also sheds light on why it's so hard to social distance.

Newswise: Scientists shed light on essential carbon-fixing machinery in bacteria
Released: 6-May-2020 2:40 PM EDT
Scientists shed light on essential carbon-fixing machinery in bacteria
University of Colorado Boulder

Scientists have been studying cyanobacteria and its many potential applications for decades, from cutting CO2 emissions to creating a substitute for oil-based plastics, but there wasn’t a deep understanding of the full life cycle and metabolism of specialized compartments within these common bacteria – until now.

Newswise: Ocean Acidification Prediction Now Possible Years in Advance
30-Apr-2020 4:55 PM EDT
Ocean Acidification Prediction Now Possible Years in Advance
University of Colorado Boulder

CU Boulder researchers have developed a method that could enable scientists to accurately forecast ocean acidity up to five years in advance. This would enable fisheries and communities that depend on seafood negatively affected by ocean acidification to adapt to changing conditions in real time, improving economic and food security in the next few decades.

Released: 30-Apr-2020 4:50 PM EDT
Obamacare buffering bankruptcy risk, new study shows
University of Colorado Boulder

A decade after President Barack Obama signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, more people are fully insured, fewer are uninsured and people who lose their insurance intermittently are no longer at greater risk of bankruptcy, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study.

Newswise: More Protections Needed to Safeguard Biodiversity in the Southern Ocean
21-Apr-2020 2:00 PM EDT
More Protections Needed to Safeguard Biodiversity in the Southern Ocean
University of Colorado Boulder

Current marine protected areas in the Southern Ocean need to be at least doubled to adequately safeguard the biodiversity of the Antarctic, according to a new CU Boulder study.

Newswise: Continued CO2 Emissions Will Impair Cognition
Released: 21-Apr-2020 8:00 AM EDT
Continued CO2 Emissions Will Impair Cognition
University of Colorado Boulder

New CU Boulder research finds that an anticipated rise in carbon dioxide concentrations in our indoor living and working spaces by the year 2100 could lead to impaired human cognition.

Newswise: With shrinking snowpack, drought predictability melting away
20-Apr-2020 8:20 AM EDT
With shrinking snowpack, drought predictability melting away
University of Colorado Boulder

New research from CU Boulder suggests that during the 21st century, our ability to predict drought using snow will literally melt away.

Newswise: To divide or not to divide? The mother cell may decide
Released: 3-Apr-2020 8:15 AM EDT
To divide or not to divide? The mother cell may decide
University of Colorado Boulder

Researchers at CU Boulder have found that it’s the mother cell that determines if its daughter cells will divide. The finding, explained in a new study out today in Science, sheds new light on the cell cycle using modern imaging technologies, and could have implications for cancer drug therapy treatments.

Newswise: Teen marijuana use boosts risk of adult insomnia
Released: 31-Mar-2020 5:40 PM EDT
Teen marijuana use boosts risk of adult insomnia
University of Colorado Boulder

A new study of more than 1,800 adult twins found that individuals who started using cannabis regularly before age 18 were far more likely to suffer insomnia and sleep fewer than six hours per night as adults.

Newswise: In politics and pandemics, Russian trolls use fear, anger to drive clicks
Released: 30-Mar-2020 12:00 PM EDT
In politics and pandemics, Russian trolls use fear, anger to drive clicks
University of Colorado Boulder

A new analysis of more than 2,500 fake ads posted by the Russian troll factory, the Internet Research Agency, shows fear and anger work remarkably well to draw clicks. With the 2020 election approaching and the COVID-19 pandemic wearing on, the trolls are at it again, the researches say.

Released: 20-Mar-2020 4:10 PM EDT
Autism rates declining among wealthy whites, while escalating among poor, minorities
University of Colorado Boulder

Wealthy, white California counties—once considered the nation’s hotbeds for autism spectrum disorder (ASD)—have seen prevalence flatten or fall in the last two decades, while rates among poor whites and minorities keep ticking up, new CU Boulder research has found.

Newswise: Increasingly mobile sea ice risks polluting Arctic neighbors
Released: 18-Mar-2020 1:30 PM EDT
Increasingly mobile sea ice risks polluting Arctic neighbors
University of Colorado Boulder

The movement of sea ice between Arctic countries is expected to significantly increase this century, raising the risk of more widely transporting pollutants like microplastics and oil, according to new research from CU Boulder.

Newswise: Can pollution make you gain weight?
Released: 11-Mar-2020 6:15 PM EDT
Can pollution make you gain weight?
University of Colorado Boulder

Pollution alters the human gut microbiome in ways that may boost risk of diabetes, obesity, inflammatory bowel disease and other chronic illnesses, according to a new study. Ozone is particularly harmful, the researchers found.

Newswise: Layered solar cell technology boosts efficiency, affordability
Released: 5-Mar-2020 2:25 PM EST
Layered solar cell technology boosts efficiency, affordability
University of Colorado Boulder

Researchers from CU Boulder have created a low-cost solar cell with one of the highest power-conversion efficiencies to date, by layering cells and using a unique combination of elements.

Released: 5-Mar-2020 1:10 PM EST
Better sleep? Prebiotics could help
University of Colorado Boulder

Dietary compounds called prebiotics, which are found in fibrous foods such as artichokes, onions, leeks and some whole grains, improve sleep and boost stress resilience, according to a new study

Newswise: Forests bouncing back from beetles, but elk and deer slowing recovery
Released: 14-Feb-2020 4:35 PM EST
Forests bouncing back from beetles, but elk and deer slowing recovery
University of Colorado Boulder

New research from the University of Colorado Boulder reveals that even simultaneous bark beetle outbreaks are not a death sentence to the state’s beloved forests. The study, published this month in the journal Ecology, found that high-elevation forests in the southern Rocky Mountains actually have a good chance of recovery, even after overlapping outbreaks with different kinds of beetles. One thing that is slowing their recovery down: Foraging elk and deer.

Released: 5-Feb-2020 5:55 PM EST
First-of-its-kind study examines toll of nuclear war on world’s oceans
University of Colorado Boulder

A new study finds that a nuclear war could throw the world's ocean chemistry for a loop—and coral reefs could pay the price.

Newswise:Video Embedded hollywood-s-dirtiest-secret-its-environmental-toll
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Released: 4-Feb-2020 6:40 PM EST
Hollywood's dirtiest secret? Its environmental toll
University of Colorado Boulder

Just in time for Academy Awards, new book sheds light on ecological impact of filmmaking

Released: 4-Feb-2020 6:25 PM EST
U.S. birth weights drop due to rise in cesarean births, inductions
University of Colorado Boulder

U.S. birth weights have fallen significantly in recent decades due to soaring rates of cesarean deliveries and inductions which have shortened the average pregnancy by about a week, new research shows.

Released: 4-Feb-2020 6:05 PM EST
‘Spring forward’ to daylight saving time brings surge in fatal car crashes
University of Colorado Boulder

A new analysis of nearly 733,000 fatal car accidents found they rise 6% in the week following the switch to daylight saving time. The authors say abolishing time changes would improve public health.

Newswise: Keeping up with the Curies: Husband-and-wife team wins prestigious physics award
Released: 27-Jan-2020 6:45 PM EST
Keeping up with the Curies: Husband-and-wife team wins prestigious physics award
University of Colorado Boulder

Henry Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane have won this year's Benjamin Franklin Medal.

Newswise:Video Embedded no-surprise-here-unboxing-videos-fueling-tantrums-breeding-consumerism
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Released: 5-Dec-2019 6:05 AM EST
No surprise here! Unboxing videos fueling tantrums, breeding consumerism
University of Colorado Boulder

Nearly 80% of kids age 4-10 regularly watch "unboxing videos" in which people, often children, open new presents online. The more they watch, the more likely they are to beg their parents for toys and throw a fit when the answer is no. Researchers are calling for more regulation and urging parents to talk to their kids about them.

Newswise: Sub-2 marathon record could be broken this weekend
Released: 10-Oct-2019 4:55 PM EDT
Sub-2 marathon record could be broken this weekend
University of Colorado Boulder

This weekend, Kenyan distance runner Eliud Kipchoge will attempt to break the fabled 2-hour marathon barrier. A new CU Boulder study shows the course is ideal to make it happen.

Released: 19-Sep-2019 5:05 PM EDT
When natural disasters hit, men and women respond differently
University of Colorado Boulder

Women tend to take cover or prepare for evacuations sooner, but often have trouble convincing the men in their lives to join them, according to a new study exploring how gender influences response to natural disasters

Newswise: Volcanic eruption may explain recent purple sunrises
Released: 12-Sep-2019 12:05 PM EDT
Volcanic eruption may explain recent purple sunrises
University of Colorado Boulder

Photographers and others with a keen eye have noticed that sunrises and sunsets have become a lot more purple in the U.S. New measurements from a high-altitude balloon could explain why.

Released: 28-Aug-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Autism rates increasing fastest among black and Hispanic children, new study shows
University of Colorado Boulder

Autism rates among black and Hispanic youth are not only catching up to those of whites, which have historically been higher, but surpassing them, according to a new study by researchers from University of Colorado Boulder and Rutgers New Jersey Medical School.

Newswise: Bringing Common-Sense Cannabis Education to the Masses
Released: 8-Jul-2019 3:05 PM EDT
Bringing Common-Sense Cannabis Education to the Masses
University of Colorado Boulder

A first-of-its kind online course series aims to educate clinicians, dispensary workers and patients about the latest research on the risks and benefits of medicinal marijuana use.

Newswise: Climate change will fuel more war, new study suggests
Released: 17-Jun-2019 11:05 AM EDT
Climate change will fuel more war, new study suggests
University of Colorado Boulder

Droughts, floods, natural disasters and other climatic shifts influenced between 3% and 20% of armed conflicts over the last century. By century’s end, one in four armed conflicts, including civil wars, will be a result of a changing climate.

Released: 25-Mar-2019 3:40 PM EDT
SpongeBob Is Not Why Your Child Likes Junk Food, New Study Shows
University of Colorado Boulder

Parents and lawmakers looking to cartoon characters as a reason children choose cookies over carrots may be looking in the wrong direction, according to a new report from CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business and Colorado State University’s College of Business. The researchers say children choose junk food over healthy food with or without cartoons on the packaging.

Released: 20-Mar-2019 1:05 PM EDT
Age-related shifts in gut bacteria drive heart disease
University of Colorado Boulder

Age-related changes in our gut bacteria play a key role in making arteries stiff, degrading blood vessels and boosting risk of heart attack and stroke as we get older, according to a new, first-of-its kind study.

Newswise:Video Embedded 5-minute-workout-improves-heart-health-may-boost-brain-function-and-sports-performance
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Released: 11-Mar-2019 4:45 PM EDT
5-Minute Workout Improves Heart Health, May Boost Brain Function and Sports Performance
University of Colorado Boulder

A novel breathing exercise called Inspiratory Muscle Strength Training (IMST) has been shown to improve blood pressure as much as exercise and more than some drugs. Now researchers are studying its impact on brain health and fitness.

Newswise: Paleontologists discover northernmost marsupial known to science
Released: 18-Feb-2019 5:05 PM EST
Paleontologists discover northernmost marsupial known to science
University of Colorado Boulder

Tiny, opossum-like animal lived alongside dinosaurs in Alaska's polar forests roughly 69 million years ago and faced months of winter darkness.

Newswise: Spinal Cord Injuries Throw Body Clocks Off Schedule, New Study Shows
Released: 12-Dec-2018 4:45 PM EST
Spinal Cord Injuries Throw Body Clocks Off Schedule, New Study Shows
University of Colorado Boulder

Following a spinal cord injury, the body’s internal clocks fall out of sync, impacting temperature, hormones and immunity, according to new research funded by the U.S. Department of Defense. The findings could lead to “chronotherapies” to reset clocks and improve recovery.

Newswise: Your Brain on Imagination: It Looks a Lot Like Your Brain on Reality
Released: 12-Dec-2018 4:05 PM EST
Your Brain on Imagination: It Looks a Lot Like Your Brain on Reality
University of Colorado Boulder

A new brain imaging study shows that when we imagine something we fear, it stimulates similar neural pathways as when we experience it. The findings suggest imagination can be a powerful therapeutic tool for helping people get over phobias or post traumatic stress.


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