Today in Rio, CU Boulder’s own Emma Coburn won the Bronze Medal in the Finals of the Steeplechase, a 3000 meter race over barriers and water. To complete the race, competitors run seven and a half laps on a standard 400 meter track. Each lap has five wooden barriers which, unlike hurtles, do not move when runners crash into them. The fourth barrier in each lap is followed by a water pit 12 feet long, and two and a quarter feet at its deepest. In a single race each runner encounters 35 barriers, including the 7 water pits.
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Think about the last time you held actual money in your hands – a crisp $20 fresh from the ATM, or a handful of coins jingling merrily in your pocket. Maybe you were driving on a cash-only toll road or had to pay back a friend. Although bills and coins are increasingly being replaced by cards or smartphone apps, our currency is still under attack by counterfeiters. Luckily, U.S. scientists have been continually inventing advanced anti-counterfeiting technologies as far back as Benjamin Franklin’s “nature prints,” which used actual leaves to create unique patterns on bills.
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At the Olympics opening ceremony today, we’ll see a lot of excitement, a lot of patriotism, and a lot of hope. What we won’t see are a lot of Russian track athletes.
If you somehow missed the news that Russian athletes and government officials are embroiled in a doping scandal bigger than one of Bilyal Makhov’s thighs, here are a few quick facts.
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Last summer, I unexpectedly spent a rainy afternoon devouring a heaping pile of raw lemons, limes, and grapefruit with a giddy smile. I was determined to have an adventure in the rugged Colorado wilderness, so I joined a group of friends at an isolated hut in the mountains, where we enjoyed a weekend of hiking to amazing views, vibrant shooting stars, and “flavor tripping.”
Never heard of flavor tripping? I hadn’t either – and I wasn’t entirely on board with the idea of any kind of “tripping.” (I am, after all, a nerdy scientist.) But after reading the packaging of the mysterious “miracle berries” we were about to consume, my anxiety abated. This was just science! Allow me to explain.
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In the world of microbiology, the microbial communities we harbor in and on us (our microbiomes) are considered increasingly interesting. In Boulder, Colorado, the dedicated detectives who investigate these complex communities are members of an elite squad known as the forensic microbiologists. These are their stories.
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