Kate Becker: Fact, fiction and the final frontier

08/16/2018 06:39 PM MDT
It's been a big month for the final frontier. First, Patrick Stewart announced that he would reprise his role as Star Trek's Captain Picard. 
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Peace Train: Might does not make right
08/16/2018 02:55 PM MDT - The U.S. claims that it supports democracy and human rights. "Unfriendly" nations that the U.S. claims are violating these desired norms risk being attacked or sanctioned. Full Story

Video games: 'Madden 19' adds finer control, tools, story mode sequel
08/15/2018 03:40 PM MDT - It seems like I just reviewed "Madden NFL 18," one of the most innovative installments in the series' long history. Full Story

Peace Train: Socialism is no longer a dirty word
08/09/2018 06:55 PM MDT - As peace and justice activists age, we tend to become somewhat pessimistic about the possibility of progressive economic and political change. Full Story

Kate Becker: Can we make Mars more like Earth?
08/03/2018 06:11 AM MDT - It's summer, and it's vacation time: Time to go away, and then — the best part — come back to a home that feels more like home than it did before you left. Full Story

Peace Train: Nuclear winter is the opposite of wonderland
08/02/2018 02:14 PM MDT - Two thousand years ago, Seneca the Younger said: "We are mad, not only individually, but nationally. We check manslaughter and isolated murders, but what of war and the much-vaunted crime of slaughtering whole peoples? Full Story

Peace Train: Plutonium is the problem
07/26/2018 01:17 PM MDT - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service intends to open Rocky Flats for public recreation on Sept. 15. Push pause! Full Story

The Visible Universe: A subatomic superhero from a supermassive black hole
07/20/2018 04:15 PM MDT - As superpowers go, invisibility is an anomaly. Super-strength, X-ray vision, walking through walls: These are all fun. Full Story

Chris Weidner: The greatest failure in mountaineering history
07/11/2018 05:59 AM MDT - "To be successful at alpine climbing you have to be super pushy," Jim Donini told me recently. "There are so many reasons you can come up with for bailing. You gotta push through that, but you can't push too far, obviously. And we almost pushed too far." Donini, 74, was talking about the most celebrated attempt in alpine climbing history: the 1978 near-miss on the still-unclimbed north ridge of Pakistan's Latok I (23,442 feet). Full Story

Peace Train: Media, corporate interests and empire
07/12/2018 06:39 PM MDT - The major influential U.S. media have long played an important role in shaping public opinion. For example, social concerns is one area that the media may eventually cover well. Full Story

The Visible Universe: Digging deep for ancient dark matter
07/06/2018 03:26 PM MDT - A long time ago — that is, in high school — I thought I would study either neuroscience or astrophysics. Full Story

Peace Train: 'The bombs bursting in air'
07/06/2018 02:11 PM MDT - "O say can you see, by the dawn's early light, What so proudly we hail'd at the twilight's last gleaming, Whose broad stripes and bright stars through the perilous fight O'er the ramparts we watch'd were so gallantly streaming? Full Story

Peace Train: Demonizing Russia is a trap
06/28/2018 01:45 PM MDT - The Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union ran from 1945 to 1989. Calm historical reflection shows that it was both unnecessary and profoundly tragic. Full Story

Fantz In Your Pants: Dancing with himself
06/27/2018 02:17 PM MDT - Dear Christy, I met this guy who is perfect on paper but horrible at dancing. At a club last weekend, it was so embarrassing, people were putting him on social media. Full Story

Peace Train: Keep children with their families and alive
06/21/2018 02:03 PM MDT - President Donald Trump's policy of separating immigrant children from their parents as they seek asylum here mocks the idea that we value families. Full Story

Peace Train: Rocky Flats must remain closed
06/14/2018 04:36 PM MDT - Because the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service plans to open the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge for public recreation this summer and because there is so much public, scientific evidence that the site is powdered with plutonium, the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center is launching a campaign to ask the public to help us keep Rocky Flats closed by requesting legislators and other officials to write a sign-on letter to the USFWS and Department of Energy Legacy Management asking them to keep Full Story

Kate Becker: Radio astronomers try to tune in exoplanets
06/07/2018 11:03 PM MDT - Looking for a planet orbiting an alien sun is like looking for a birthday candle flickering against a spotlight: The thing you're searching for gets lost in the glare. Full Story

Peace Train: Military interventions come back to haunt U.S.
06/07/2018 01:51 PM MDT - As we consider the ongoing wars and threats of war in 2018, we might step back and consider the results of military interventions from the past. Full Story

Peace Train: A series of flawed peace endeavors
05/31/2018 02:35 PM MDT - The likelihood of war depends heavily upon the structure of international relations (i.e. the rules that govern how states relate to each other). Full Story

Kate Becker: Quest for quiet could take radio astronomy to the moon
05/24/2018 06:32 PM MDT - As the parent of a 5-year-old and a 2-year-old, I consider myself something of an expert on noise. Full Story

Peace Train: Palestinians refuse to be ethnically cleansed
05/24/2018 03:05 PM MDT - Israel's recent massacre of unarmed Palestinians in Gaza has drawn much condemnation around the world.  Full Story

Peace Train: Nuke money should go to cleanup instead
05/17/2018 02:13 PM MDT - Five Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center activists will leave Saturday morning for Washington, D.C. Full Story

Peace Train: Hair-trigger alert invites accidents
05/10/2018 02:04 PM MDT - It is estimated that about 15,000 usable nuclear weapons currently exist. Ninety percent of these belong to Russia or the United States. Full Story

Kate Becker: Living on the edge at Laguna Caliente
05/10/2018 05:18 PM MDT - Laguna Caliente may not be the hottest lake on Earth. It may not be the most acidic, either. But the lake — a steaming turquoise menace near the summit of Costa Rica's Po├ís Volcano — is certainly among the world's most mercurial. Full Story

Peace Train: Media complicity in war
05/03/2018 08:40 PM MDT - Reflecting on our history, we can see that our media abetted the government in taking us into numerous unnecessary wars. Full Story

Kate Becker: Diamonds tell the story of a lost planet
04/26/2018 03:04 PM MDT - They repel bad dreams, intensify love, counteract poisons, cure disease, thwart enemies, ward off wild animals and prevent natural disasters. Full Story

Peace Train: 40 years of resistance
04/26/2018 12:44 PM MDT - Walking along Broadway in Boulder last Saturday, I passed excited people and families, some with guns, flags unfurling in the breeze, holding signs like "Don't Tread on Me." Full Story

Peace Train: Too close for comfort
04/19/2018 03:27 PM MDT - If nuclear weapons are so bad, why do we have them? And why do so many countries want to have them, too? Full Story

Kate Becker: New planet-hunting mission TESS is ready to launch
04/12/2018 07:35 PM MDT - Cue the music: It's the circle of life, spacecraft style. Just as the 9-year-old Kepler spacecraft is about to take its last sips of fuel and go dark forever, the brand new Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) spacecraft is prepped and ready for Monday's planned launch. Full Story

Peace Train: Syria and the chance of nuclear war
04/12/2018 12:08 PM MDT - No sane person wants a nuclear war. But in a world loaded with nuclear weapons, a nuclear war might happen anyway. 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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(Paul Aiken / Staff Photographer)
Second Story Garage: Gasoline Lollipops

The Boulder alt-country band gives its EPs names such as Death and Resurrection, and its songs bear the mark of hard truths and sin. But the punk energy behind the playing, and the sense that it's all in good fun, make it OK to dance to a song like "Death." Full Story