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Even when women outnumber men, gender bias persists among science undergrads

Increasing gender diversity has been a long-sought goal across many of the sciences, and interventions and programs to attract more women into fields like physics and math often happen at the undergraduate level.But is representation enough to improve gender diversity in science? In a new study, Colorado State University researchers say there's more to the story: They've found that even when undergraduate women outnumber men in science courses, women may still be experiencing gender biases from ...
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Using cellular networks to detect at-risk areas for spread of COVID-19

In the fight against COVID-19, researchers at Colorado State University have developed a new, non-invasive strategy to identify areas at greatest risk for spreading the disease. Led by Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Edwin Chong, the team is drawing on data from existing cellular wireless networks to pinpoint potential hotspots for increased viral transmission.
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Study: Planting new forests is part of but not the whole solution to climate change

The large-scale planting of new forests in previously tree-free areas, a practice known as afforestation, is hailed as an efficient way to remove excess carbon dioxide from the atmosphere -- a so-called natural climate solution. But a new study led by a Colorado State University biology researcher finds that the carbon-capture potential of afforestation may be overestimated.
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New technique takes 3D imaging an octave higher

A collaboration between Colorado State University and University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign resulted in a new, 3D imaging technique to visualize tissues and other biological samples on a microscopic scale, with potential to assist with cancer or other disease diagnoses.Their technique, which allows specimens to generate light at double the frequency, or half the wavelength, of the incident light, is referred to as harmonic optical tomography.
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Atmospheric scientists identify cleanest air on Earth in first-of-its-kind study

A research group at Colorado State University identified an atmospheric region unchanged by human-related activities in the first study to measure bioaerosol composition of the Southern Ocean south of 40 degrees south latitude.
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Using riboflavin, UV light reduces SARS-CoV-2 pathogens in plasma, whole blood

Researchers at Colorado State University used existing technologies to show that exposing the coronavirus to riboflavin and ultraviolet light reduces blood-borne pathogens in human plasma and whole-blood products.
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Beyond the garnish: Will a new type of produce get the microgreen light?

Microgreens. They're leafy green vegetables that are relatively new to the dining room, but a study by a Colorado State University team indicates that they will be welcome company at the table.
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New clues to predict the risks astronauts will face from space radiation on long missions

A team led by researchers at Colorado State University used a novel approach to test assumptions in a model used by NASA to predict health risks for astronauts.
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Damaging impacts of warming moderated by migration of rainfed crops

Many studies seek to estimate the adverse effects of climate change on crops, but most research assumes that the geographic distribution of crops will remain unchanged in the future.New research using 40 years of global data, led by Colorado State University, has found that exposure to rising high temperatures has been substantially moderated by the migration of rainfed corn, wheat and rice. Scientists said continued migration, however, may result in significant environmental costs.
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The microbes in your mouth, and a reminder to floss and go to the dentist

Most people know that good oral hygiene - brushing, flossing, and regular dental visits - is linked to good health. Colorado State University microbiome researchers offer fresh evidence to support that conventional wisdom, by taking a close look at invisible communities of microbes that live in every mouth. Their study found a correlation between people who did not visit the dentist regularly and increased presence of a pathogen that causes periodontal disease.
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Scientists reveal whole new world of chemistry by stepping indoors

Delphine Farmer and her team at Colorado State University have published their first major study, about bleach cleaning, from HOMEChem, a collaborative experiment with 13 universities that mapped the airborne chemistry of a typical home.
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Researchers discover new technique to test for viral infections

A team of researchers at Colorado State University has developed technology that can detect small amounts of antibodies in a person's blood.
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The West accepts its drought-ridden future, slashes water use

Out West, the future is dry. Amid an unprecedented 19-year drought in the expansive Colorado River Basin — which supplies water to 40 million Americans — seven Western states have acknowledged that the 21st century will only grow drier as temperatures continue to rise. And that means less water in the 1,450-mile Colorado River. On Tuesday, water managers from states including California, Utah, and New Mexico announced a drought plan (formally called a Drought Contingency Plan), which cuts their ...
Tags: Science, Congress, Colorado, California, Earth, West, Arizona, New Mexico, Southwest, Lake Mead, Colorado State University, Powell, Golden State, Colorado River, Bureau of Reclamation, Rick


Researchers rise to challenge of predicting hail, tornadoes three weeks in advance

A prediction lead time of about 2 to 5 weeks is sorely lacking in current forecasting capabilities for severe weather. In a new paper, Colorado State University atmospheric scientists demonstrate the ability to make skillful predictions of severe weather across the Plains and southeastern United States, including hail and tornadoes, in that coveted "subseasonal" time scale. To do it, they use a reliable tropical weather pattern called the Madden-Julian Oscillation, which can influence weather in...
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Jumpin' droplets! Researchers seek to improve efficiency of condensers

A team at Colorado State University has figured out how to keep condensed droplets from coalescing into a film, and to make the droplets jump high enough to move away from the condenser surface.
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Hear the eerily beautiful song of the Antarctic ice shelf

When wind blows over the snow of Antarctica's Ross Ice Shelf, the surface vibrates and produces a beautiful and eery drone. Colorado State University researchers deployed seismometers to explore the subsurface of the ice shelf and were surprised to learn that their sensors recorded the natural song of the terrain. The frequencies are below the threshold of human hearing and are sped up for audibility in the video above. From the scientific paper: Ice shelves are the floating buttresses of la...
Tags: Video, Music, Science, News, Earth, Ice, Antarctica, Ross, Antarctic, Colorado State University, Ross Ice Shelf


Vibrating slab of Antarctic ice sounds like a horror movie

In the faraway realms at the bottom of the Earth, Antarctic scientists have unexpectedly recorded bizarre drone-like sounds. After burying 34 seismic monitors in the snow atop the Ross Ice Shelf in 2014 — which is a massive Texas-sized slab of ice that floats over the Southern Ocean — the instruments picked up near-constant "buzzing" noises.  While normally inaudible to the human ear, the researchers have made these ultra-low frequencies detectable to our limited hearing range. They posted the e...
Tags: Texas, Science, Antarctica, University Of Chicago, Ross, Antarctic, Colorado State University, Southern Ocean, Antartica, Geophysical Research Letters, Douglas MacAyeal, Julien Chaput


The Colorado River is evaporating, and climate change is largely to blame

An hour’s drive from Las Vegas stands America’s Hoover Dam, a commanding barrier of concrete holding back the trillions of gallons of Colorado River water held inside Lake Mead.  The dam is a proud place, built by thousands of hands and with 5 million barrels of concrete. Its golden elevator doors, Gotham-esque pillars, and stoic guardian angel statues line the lofty walkways atop the structure. A U.S. flag beating patriotically over the desert gets swapped out every few days, and then put out f...
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Infinitely Recyclable ‘Plastic’ Has Been Invented by Scientists

Scientists at Colorado State University have developed a new material that can be recycled over and over again, and could, one day, provide a sustainable alternative to plastics. Plastics are incredibly useful materials which are ubiquitous in modern society. Creating plastics which can be easily broken down into their constituent building blocks and reused without significant processing could help make recycling easier and stem the incessant tide of pollution.
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Unusual Magnetic Structure May Support Next-Generation Technology

Researchers from Colorado State University are using neutrons to study a material with an unusual magnetic structure. This research could both enhance their team's fundamental understanding of frustrated magnetism and lead to improvements in digital information storage.
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Laser-heated nanowires produce micro-scale nuclear fusion

Nuclear fusion, the process that powers our sun, happens when nuclear reactions between light elements produce heavier ones. It's also happening -- at a smaller scale -- in a Colorado State University laboratory.Using a compact but powerful laser to heat arrays of ordered nanowires, CSU scientists and collaborators have demonstrated micro-scale nuclear fusion in the lab. They have achieved record-setting efficiency for the generation of neutrons - chargeless sub-atomic particles resulting from t...
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Déjà vu and feelings of prediction: They're just feelings

Colorado State University psychologist Anne Cleary has a new paper in Psychological Science. It details how she and her team recreated déjà vu in human subjects in order to examine the feeling of premonition during the déjà vu state.
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How biofuels from plant fibers could combat global warming

A study from Colorado State University finds new promise for biofuels produced from switchgrass, a non-edible native grass that grows in many parts of North America.
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Warmer, wetter climate could mean stronger, more intense storms

How would today's weather patterns look in a warmer, wetter atmosphere -- an expected shift portended by climate change?In a new paper, Colorado State University researcher Kristen Rasmussen offers new insight into this question -- specifically, how thunderstorms would be different in a warmer world.
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Orphaned elephants' social lives substantially altered by poaching

Colorado State University researchers found that orphaned elephants have less access to mature, dominant individuals than non-orphaned elephants, whose dominant social partners are their mothers and aunts.
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Mount Sinai & Sema4 scientists identify biomarker for progression and drug response in brain cancer

Scientists at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Sema4, and collaborating institutions including Colorado State University and Fred Hutchinson Cancer Center reported results today from a glioblastoma study in which they validated a biomarker indicative of a patient's prognosis and likely response to specific therapies.
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SU Senior Turns Tornado Chaser During Summer Break

This summer, many of Alison Banks' classmates caught some beachside rays. The Salisbury University senior preferred cloudy days. She attended the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates program at Colorado State University, chasing tornadoes while pursuing her interest in atmospheric sciences.
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Colorado State University Joins International Phytobiomes Alliance

The International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research announced today that Colorado State University has joined the organization as a sponsoring partner.
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Small streams have a big influence on our lives

Small streams make up 70-80 percent of the total channel length of river networks, and they strongly influence downstream portions these networks. The role small streams -- known as headstreams -- play in retaining or transmitting sediment and nutrients, providing habitat and refuge for diverse aquatic and riparian organisms, creating migration corridors, and governing connectivity at the watershed-scale is the subject of a review by Ellen Wohl of Colorado State University in the US.
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Interdisciplinary Team Designs Gas Flow Cell to Analyze Catalytic Behavior

A team of researchers from ORNL and Colorado State University developed a U-tube gas flow cell to study catalysts and better understand how facilitate chemical reactions. With this cell integrated into a new sample environment, they can combine neutron diffraction and isotope analysis techniques to view catalytic behavior under realistic operating conditions.
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