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Science
10:57 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Staring at the Sun, Looking for Answers and Awe

Image of 2008 eclipse showing the solar corona. Red and green lines show ionized iron being emitted into the solar atmosphere.
Credit NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center - flickr

The Aspen Ideas Fest kicked off its second day of heady talks and colloquia on Thursday. Attendees and speakers from all over gathered to discuss the most pressing issues of culture, media, and foreign policy facing us here on earth. But others were turning their backs, literally, on our planet to get a different viewpoint. Science reporter Ellis Robinson explains.

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Science
2:54 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

What Physics Teaches Us About Cells

Jennifer Ross, biophysicist at University of Massachusets-Amherst
Credit Jim Gipe / Pivot Media

Physics is often introduced to young minds by teaching them to calculate the trajectory of a baseball or the time it took the apple to drop from the tree and bonk Newton on the head. But maybe kids should learn how to calculate the speed at which nutrients zoom around our bodies, or the force of proteins building and tearing-down structures inside of cells. Now, the fundamental toolbelt of physics is being applied to better understand diseases like Alzheimer's and Lou Gehrig's, according to physicist Jennifer Ross.

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Science
8:07 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Best of the Best Nordic Skiers May Be at Higher Risk for Heartbeat Irregularities

Racers line up at the Vasaloppet starting line.
Credit mill56 - Flickr

The scientific community agrees: exercise does a body good. When comparing a sedentary lifestyle spent on the couch versus being an active cross-country skier, the recommendation from doctors is a no brainer: Go grab those skis! Which is a lesson Aspenites have long taken to heart. But a recent study from Sweden complicates the simplistic “exercise is good” mantra that we are used to hearing.

That's the sound of 15-thousand cross country skiers simultaneously embarking on a grueling 90 km course. This is the Vasaloppet in Sweden.

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Dust & Snowpack
10:07 am
Tue June 11, 2013

Digging for Dust Data

Credit Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies

If you’ve ventured out on a hot day wearing dark clothing you know that within a short time you're soaked with sweat. Similarly, when a blanket of dust settles on snow, it acts the same way - the snow sweats or melts. The result is a rapid melting of snow.  Aspen Public Radio’s Science Reporter Ellis Robinson has more.
 

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Aeronautics and Aviation
5:22 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Teaching the Nation's Future Engineers and Pilots

Greg Roark teaches aviation and aeronautics to a group of third and fourth grade students at Aspen Elementary School.
Marci Krivonen

  As schools across the country work to improve students’ comprehension of math and science, one district in the region is taking those lessons to the sky. A new after-school program at the Aspen School District is using hands-on learning to churn out a new generation of aerospace engineers and pilots. Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen has more. 

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