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Chido Govera, mushrooms and a vision

An interview with Zimbabwe native and mushroom expert, Chido Govera.

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Mushrooms abound in the Roaring Fork Valley

Colorado’s dry spring and early summer had local mushroom hunters worried there’d be no fungi to find this year. The recent rains have changed that.

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Courtesy Anda Rojs Smalls


Barefoot runners take to the road

August 7, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

Barefoot running has generated quite a following in the US. Runners are tossing out their high-tech sneakers and hitting the pavement au naturale.


DNA and the future of medicine

August 3, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

Your DNA is the instruction manual for building you. Scientists are hoping to page through that manual to figure out what causes diseases and then find new ways to treat them. But there may be clues from the genome that many doctors are missing.


Being generous could make you happier

July 31, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

With all the unrest and violence in the world, it might be surprising to hear humans are actually hard wired for kindness. Aspen Public Radio’s Ryder Diaz explains the science behind generosity and giving.


Moths swarm the valley

July 23, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

For the past few weeks, hordes of moths have become a common sight around light fixtures, windows, and homes in the Roaring Fork Valley. The moths are a regular summer visitor to the high country. But this year, dry conditions are causing moths to make their presence known.


Building a smarter brain

July 18, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

While robotics has excelled in producing specialized drones, creating robots that mimic the human brain has posed an exceptional challenge.


Hummingbirds missing flowers due to climate change

July 9, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

Scientists often look to alpine habitats to study the effects of climate change. As higher temperatures creep upslope, scientists can learn how organisms respond. New research out of the Rocky Mountain Biological Laboratory in Gothic, Colorado, is showing rising temperatures are causing a timing mismatch between alpine wildflowers and the hummingbirds that depend on them. Aspen Public Radio’s Ryder Diaz reports.


Wildfires adding to global warming

July 6, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

Wildfires in Colorado and the west are not only releasing large plumes of smoke into the air, these fires are also releasing carbon. The carbon dioxide created by forest fires can add to already high levels of greenhouse gases, having the potential to turn up the heat for the planet. Aspen Public Radio’s Ryder Diaz has this report.


Aspen physicists celebrate a new particle

July 5, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

Aspen’s Center for Physics is celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this summer and there are many physicists and scientists in town to participate.  Yesterday, its a safe bet that many of them missed the 4th of July festivities.  That’s because they were up most the previous night awaiting and then cheering news from the CERN Science Lab in Switzerlnd…news of course that there is the best evidence yet of the existence of the elusive Higgs boson – the particle proposed by physicists to bestow mass onto everything in the universe.  Search for the Higgs boson has been the object of some of the largest collaborative research in the world. Its discovery essentially upholds the so-called Standard Model – the model is how physicists understand the universe.


Wildfire smoke causes breathing problems

July 3, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

A haze of wildfire smoke covers much of the state, raising health concerns for the public. While air quality in the Roaring Fork Valley remains good, weather events or nearby fires have the potential to abruptly change air quality.


Changing climate driving wildfires

June 27, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

A trifecta of drought, wildfire, and beetle killed trees are changing Colorado forests as we know them.  Rising temperatures are driving these transformations worldwide, leading to more frequent wildfires and dramatically new landscapes.


Drought worries Colorado ranchers

June 25, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

Low snowpack and little rain have created dry and thirsty fields throughout Colorado. As ranchers exhaust their hay stocks, they worry about how they will feed their animals.


Colorado water users lease water rights to Not-for-Profit

June 21, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

Many Colorado streams are experiencing exceptionally low water levels this year. The Colorado Water Trust is trying to keep some of that water in the river by leasing short-term water rights from farmers and ranchers statewide. A handful of farmers and ranchers have signed on to the pilot program.

By Jeffrey Beall, via Wikimedia Commons


Wildfire smoke threatens health of firefighters and public

June 19, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

Earlier today the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it would tighten air quality standards, citing the health danger of small particles in air pollution. The particles come from activities ranging from vehicle emissions to wood burning… including the plumes of smoke sent up by wildfires. As firefighters continue to battle wildfires all over the Western United States, the serious health effects of breathing smoke could be long-lasting.

By Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Land Response Team


‘Wind shear’ alleged cause of airport crash

June 13, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

The pilot of last week’s plane crash at Aspen-Pitkin County airport blames the accident on wind shear. No one was injured when a corporate jet crashed during landing.

By Sidney Shapiro via Wikimedia Commons


Invasive mussels threaten Colorado waters

June 12, 2012 by Ryder Diaz

Two species of non-native  mussels are making their way into Colorado reservoirs and lakes.  While their damaging effects aren’t apparent yet,  scientists are warning of a looming threat they pose to native species.

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Courtesy Creative Commons


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