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Monday, February 8, 2016

‘Our Natural World’ Archives

50 Years After ‘Silent Spring’

50 Years After ‘Silent Spring’

      Rachel Carson's Brave, Groundbreaking 'Silent Spring' at 50 Years       by Joseph J. Mangano and Janette D. Sherman Fifty years ago, a Johns Hopkins–educated zoologist did something that few at the time thought was possible. With the publication of one book, she started a national debate about the universally accepted use of synthetic pesticides, the irresponsibility of science, and the limits of technological promise. She also challenged the metastatic growth of the ... Full Story

The girl who silenced the world for five minutes

The girl who silenced the world for five minutes

        Thirteen-year old girl addresses United Nations meeting.  

Neanderthals were nifty at controlling fire

Neanderthals were nifty at controlling fire

Neanderthals were nifty at controlling fire, according to CU-Boulder researcher A new study involving the University of Colorado Boulder shows clear evidence of the continuous control of fire by Neanderthals in Europe dating back roughly 400,000 years, yet another indication that they weren’t dimwitted brutes as often portrayed. The conclusion comes from the study of scores of ancient archaeological research sites in Europe that show convincing evidence of long-term fire control by ... Full Story

Mix It Up With Colorado Millet

Mix It Up With Colorado Millet

LAKEWOOD, Colo. – Each month, the Colorado Department of Agriculture features a different commodity to highlight the variety and quality of products grown, raised or processed in the state. This month, Colorado millet is featured in our Millet Trail Mix recipe. Available Now…Millet What is Millet? Millet is a grain that is most often used for bird seed; however, it is gaining in popularity in the food industry because it is gluten-free. Colorado is the number one millet producing state in ... Full Story

In honor of Carl Sagan

In honor of Carl Sagan

The late Carl Sagan brought the science of the universe to millions of people. He described our existence as being on the shore of the cosmic ocean, where we are  just beginning to learn what lies beyond our present knowledge. In honor of Sagan’s birthday on November 9, it would have been his 76th, the SETI (Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence) Institute invited the public to submit essays inspired by Sagan’s imagery. Several essays are available on the SETI website and the winners ... Full Story

Moose near Johnson’s Corner on the Summer Solstice

Moose near Johnson’s Corner on the Summer Solstice

By Tyler Kennedy On my drive down I-25 to work this morning, I saw something you don’t regularly see on the plains, a bull and cow moose galloping alongside the interstate. Today is the summer solstice (the apex of sunlight during the year), and I knew something was special as I prepared iced tea and a game of Bocce Ball for our solstice party at the company where I work – Solstice Arts. As I was pulling off at the Johnstown exit near Johnson’s Corner, I noticed two dark figures ... Full Story

Cooking with insects

Cooking with insects

Insect Chef David George Gordon Appearing Live at the Butterfly Pavilion Denver, CO – Curious as to how Tempura Battered Mealworms or Scorpion Scaloppine taste? Find out on Saturday, April 10, when the “Martha Stewart” of insect cuisine, Chef David George Gordon, appears live for three very buggy cooking demonstrations at the Butterfly Pavilion. The special event is part of the Dr. Entomo’s Palace of Exotic Wonders opening day festivities. Dr. Entomo’s is the Pavilion’s newest ... Full Story

Those autumn leaves

Those autumn leaves

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder “Those falling leaves drift by your window, those autumn leaves of red and gold....” So goes the old song. Here in Colorado, those autumn leaves are mostly gold: aspens and cottonwoods. For red, maples are the best but there are none of those in our native flora. Nonetheless, few sights equal groves of golden aspens against crisp blue skies in our mountains. In any event, why the beautiful colors as autumn arrives? And, why are those leaves ... Full Story

The Amazing Fossils of Florissant

The Amazing Fossils of Florissant

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder The previous “Our Natural World” column covered the origin of the 34-million-year-old lake deposits at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument and the legislative struggle to have the site preserved for the public as part of the National Park system. This column provides some details about the fossils present in this unique area. Most prominent are enormous petrified trunks of prehistoric sequoia trees, relatives of the giant redwoods of California. They ... Full Story

Preserving a Paleontologic Treasure Chest

By Doug Nichols Berthoud Recorder Aug. 20, 2009, was the 40th anniversary of the establishment of Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument, a site maintained by the National Park Service for the preservation of spectacular plant and insect fossils, including huge petrified trunks of fossil sequoias, ancient relatives of the giant redwoods of California. The site is located west of Colorado Springs, just south of the town of Florissant, Colo. The efforts to save the site and its paleontologic ... Full Story

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