Kate Becker: New explanations for strange star don't require alien engineering

01/19/2017 03:05 PM MST
Everybody wants a love like Romeo and Juliet's: instant, passionate, dizzying love at-first-sight. 
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Peace Train: The rich thrive under neoliberal capitalism
01/19/2017 03:43 PM MST - Capitalism is an economic system in which a small social class owns and controls the productive facilities of society and uses these facilities to make profit. Full Story

Advice for Buffs: Have yourself a night and leave me the hell out of it
01/17/2017 12:12 PM MST - Life is pain, as we all know, and I don't expect this column to change that. You wanna know about the Boulder nightlife, baby? Full Story

Peace Train: MLK's courage and leadership
01/12/2017 03:25 PM MST - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was an outstanding and brave leader in his campaign for civil rights and for beginning a campaign for economic justice for people of all races. Full Story

Kate Becker: Astronomers track mysterious radio bursts to distant dwarf galaxy
01/06/2017 06:12 AM MST - It's like a celestial light show gone berserk. Tremendous bursts of radio waves popping off at random all over the sky, lightning-fast, blindingly bright. Full Story

Peace Train: Man's inability to control
01/05/2017 01:12 PM MST - How often do you drop what you are trying to hold on to? It happens to everyone. And one day in 1980, it happened to a guy who was part of a maintenance team at an underground missile silo in Arkansas, 46 miles from Little Rock. Full Story

Kate Becker: Cosmic gifts, no purchase required
12/23/2016 06:13 AM MST - It's Gift Guide time, when I get to window-shop the internet for astronomy-themed doodads to delight the star-lovers on your list. Full Story

Peace Train: Let there be peace on Earth
12/22/2016 12:20 PM MST - This column continues a focus on the Golden Rule, of treating others as we wish to be treated. Part one, which printed at the beginning of the month, focused on domestic concerns, whereas this continuation looks at the international arena. Full Story

Peace Train: Vow to bring an end to war
12/15/2016 05:27 PM MST - On the one hand, the world may be heading toward the Trumpian dream of profit and the planet be damned. Full Story

Kate Becker: Did a supernova spark the solar system?
12/08/2016 10:22 PM MST - And now, from the Department of Silver Linings, some good news about star death. Every star dies, eventually. The details of how and when depend on the mass of the star. Full Story

Peace Train: What is fascism?
12/08/2016 05:20 PM MST - Political dictatorships have existed throughout recorded history. But the fascist variety of dictatorship is a disease of modern economically developed capitalist societies. Full Story

Peace Train: Golden Rule and a wake-up call
12/01/2016 03:27 PM MST - People early on learn the Golden Rule, essentially to treat others (regardless of differences) as you wish to be treated. Full Story

Peace Train: How Adolf Hitler rose to power
11/17/2016 05:38 PM MST - Five things that seriously destabilized German society enabled Adolf Hitler to become the absolute dictator. Full Story

Peace Train: Heed Native American wisdom on the environment
11/10/2016 04:54 PM MST - During the Bill Clinton and Barack Obama administrations, the U.S. had leaders who expressed concern about climate change but who were unable to deliver strong actions to lessen its impact. Full Story

Peace Train: The people gotta get together
11/03/2016 02:02 PM MDT - In this time of mind-numbing national and international turmoil, something really wonderful has happened. Full Story

Peace Train: Is the United States a democracy?
10/27/2016 06:01 PM MDT - Almost all Americans believe that the United States is a democracy. One important condition of democracy is that the government be equally responsive to the policy preferences of all citizens. Full Story

Boulder County History: Hilma Skinner warned of 'sex deviate mecca'
10/24/2016 06:18 PM MDT - Skinner was a 55-year-old housewife in 1973 when she made her first run for Boulder City Council, opposing affirmative action, rent control and a proposed abortion clinic. Full Story

Peace Train: Beyond the pale
10/20/2016 02:49 PM MDT - You may have missed this important story due to the mainstream U.S. media's very limited coverage, but in mid-September, the boat Zaytouna-Oliva left Barcelona, Spain, sailing for Gaza. Full Story

Kate Becker: Space brain -- this is your brain on (the way to) Mars
10/14/2016 06:05 AM MDT - It sounds like the plot of a sci-fi thriller: A few months into their journey to Mars, a crew of astronauts realizes that something is wrong. They can't think straight. They keep forgetting things. They feel anxious all the time. They are slowly losing their minds — and the longer they are in space, the worse it gets. Full Story

Peace Train: Nuclear hell in a briefcase
10/13/2016 03:51 PM MDT - Is there really a nuclear button? As the U.S. approaches the presidential election and the U.S.-dominated NATO has expanded to Russia's borders, creating nuclear tension, more and more people seem to be talking about nuclear weapons and the whereabouts of the "nuclear button. Full Story

Peace Train: Flirting with Armageddon
10/06/2016 02:15 PM MDT - Today, hostility between the United States and Russia is more intense than any time since 1985, when Mikhail Gorbachev became leader of the Soviet Union. Likewise, the danger of nuclear war is now greater than ever experienced by any living person under 40. Full Story

Kate Becker: Will space dust sink spaceships?
09/30/2016 06:03 AM MDT - Back in college, a friend and I drove a second-hand Ford Ranger from Wisconsin to Tucson, Ariz. We planned a route that would take us past natural wonders like North Dakota's Badlands, but it was a lonesome ride: bare landscapes, dusty horizons, empty space. Full Story

Peace Train: Justice should be blind
09/29/2016 02:48 PM MDT - When I was growing up, I saw the image of the blindfolded Lady Justice holding the scale of justice in one hand and a sword in the other. Full Story

Peace Train: U.S. militarizes space
09/22/2016 11:18 PM MDT - Gazing at the stars recently, I mused on the fantasy that space should be the world's peaceful commons. Full Story

Peace Train: A tiny David takes on the giants
09/01/2016 04:12 PM MDT - "Those without a lot of wealth or a lot of power are getting absolutely killed in America today," according to Michael Snyder from "The American Dream," and the same could be said worldwide. Full Story

Kate Becker: Proxima b: The world next door
09/02/2016 06:17 AM MDT - So close, and yet so far. The old cliché has been ringing in my head since last week, when an international team of astronomers announced that they have found a planet circling around the sun's nearest stellar neighbor, Proxima Centauri — a planet that just might be a lot like Earth. Full Story

Boulder and the Beautiful: Back to school style
09/01/2016 02:42 PM MDT - For a mom, the first day of first grade is different than the first day of kindergarten. Full Story

Words of wisdom: Dear freshmen
08/21/2016 09:39 PM MDT - I won't presume to know what brought you, dear reader, to the University of Colorado. If I were to presume, I'd say that you're here because you like to smoke weed and play in the mountains, or because you're interested in studying science. Full Story

Peace Train: Will we never learn?
08/18/2016 05:48 PM MDT - I have a horrible sense of déjà vu. Recently, every four years, the Democratic and Republican parties nominate candidates who don't threaten the interests of the rich and powerful. Full Story

Peace Train: Nuclear weapons are an existential peril
08/11/2016 07:02 PM MDT - The U.S.-dominated NATO generals say, "first use of nuclear weapons must remain in the quiver of escalation," according to Ron Rosenbaum in his book "How the End Begins: The Road to a Nuclear World War III. Full Story

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College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

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College footballCU football: Buffs reeling from first blowout loss

Turnovers, sacks allowed pile up in defeats

After many of Colorado's Pac-12 losses over the years, there was a helpless feeling coming from the Buffaloes.

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Second Story Garage: Bandits

Boulder is pretty good at producing rock bands, and by "rock," we mean the in-your-face, guitar-heavy, leather-clad variety — you know, the good kind. For a prime example, look no farther than BANDITS. Full Story

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