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A Wake Up Call

June 21st, 2017

Actress Carrie Fisher’s cause of death was released this week and it was revealed that sleep apnea was a contributing factor to her death.  Sleep disorders, including sleep apnea, have become a significant health issue in the United States. It is estimated that 22 million Americans suffer from sleep apnea, with 80% of the cases of moderate and severe  sleep apnea undiagnosed. Sleep apnea is a disorder characterized by pauses in breathing or periods of shallow breathing during sleep. Each pause can last from a few seconds to several minutes and can happen many times a night.  Chronic sleep... Read More

Liquid Sky, Summer Kick-Offs, and so much more

June 20th, 2017

From the weekly Farmer’s Market to First Day of Summer celebrations, Boulder has got you covered for events and outings around town this week. Dive below the ocean’s surface at Fiske Plentarium’s presentation of “Habitat Earth” and ‘Liquid Sky’ Shows, join the Capitol One Cafe and Peet’s coffee for their First Day of Summer BBQ, or head over to CU’s  Shakespeare Festival on campus. Whatever floats your boat, Boulder is sure to have something for everyone this week. Tuesday 6/20 Join the Fiske Planetarium on CU’s campus for a showing of “Habitat Earth.” Explore the unique... Read More

Mark Reynolds – Going Down Swinging

June 20th, 2017

The story is familiar. The powerful, young, first baseman reaches the major leagues by swinging for the fences on every pitch. The big league team sacrifices a high strikeout rate and low batting average for long term potential, and tape measure home runs. But Father Time catches up to the powerful first baseman as the strikeout rate continues to rise and his production declines. At 33 years of age, Mark Reynolds should probably be out of baseball, but instead, he may start at first base in the All-Star game as he is currently hitting .302 with 17 homers and 55 RBIs, and the Colorado Rockies... Read More

CIRES Camp: Understanding Climate Change From The Youth Perspective

June 18th, 2017

CU Boulder is attempting to change the conversation around climate change by inviting young students to showcase their talents on a larger scale. The Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences (CIRES) at the University of Colorado has invited 80 students, ranging in age from middle to high school, to participate in a new program called The Lens on Climate Change (LOCC). The LOCC program consists of multiple, week-long camps throughout the summer season. Working side-by-side in hands-on situations with CU Boulder science mentors, the young students will be given the opportunity... Read More

Mummy: Impossible

June 18th, 2017

There’s a strong possibility that, up to the end of my days, I’ll be into monster movies. I thoroughly enjoy watching supernatural beasties fold, spindle, rend and mutilate a group of hapless nincompoops. Is it a sign of emotional immaturity on my part? Yeah, probably, but it still doesn’t change the fact that I’ll willingly duel anyone who speaks ill of An American Werewolf in London. The cool thing is, monster movies don’t necessarily have to be scary. They can be comedic, like the beloved Tremors. They can be tragic, like King Kong. They can be action-oriented,... Read More

Enjoy Smoked Pork and Brews at Boulder Beer for Father’s Day!

June 16th, 2017

Don’t forget, Father’s Day is this weekend! There might still be enough time to get that card in the mail if you’re like me and procrastinated, right? Maybe. But, if you’re lucky enough to have your dad in Boulder with you this Father’s Day, there’s definitely still time to make some fun plans. My recommendation? Boulder Beer’s Father’s Day Pig Roast! You read that right, starting at 1 PM this Sunday, Boulder Beer is going to be smoking pork and feeding families BBQ style. It sounds like it’ll be best to come hungry too because one $14 plate comes with smoked pork, BBQ black beans,... Read More

Calling all bookworms, book hoarders, and bibliophiles!

June 15th, 2017

I admit: I am an avid bookworm, book hoarder, and bibliophile. I never go anywhere without a book and I must read at least an hour each day to feel slightly normal. I frequently visit Trident Booksellers, a three-story bookstore located in the heart of Pearl Street, and romp through their aisles, enjoying being around people who (hopefully) share my mindset, my heart warm and fuzzy being surrounded by thousands of books just waiting to be read. Trident Booksellers was established in 1979, a place for friends and students to gather together to talk, study, read, and imbibe the myriad of classical... Read More

Cool It!

June 14th, 2017

Ayurveda, the ancient science of natural health, is based on the principle that, in order to  live well, you must find balance. So when things heat up in the summer, the key to perfect health is to find ways to cool down – mentally, emotionally and physically. The governing agents for Ayurveda are the doshas – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Summertime is Pitta season, and it affects metabolism, digestion and heat in the mind, body and environment. When Pitta becomes aggravated and overheated we get out of balance, affecting our emotions, body and behaviors. You may have noticed that, during hot... Read More

Five Free Agents That Would Fix the Nuggets

June 13th, 2017

If you are watching the NBA finals, it’s obvious that the Golden State Warriors are the best team in basketball, the Cleveland Cavaliers are a distant second, and the Denver Nuggets are not in the conversation. The current Nugget squad is talented, young, and well coached. The only problem is that they’re a perennial ninth seed. Beating Golden State seems like a reach, but we don’t have to be the Prom Queen, we simply want to be invited to the dance. Here are five free agents that could get the Nuggets to the playoffs. 1) The Nuggets need a big-time player and they need him fast. As far... Read More

This Week in Boulder: Dancing, Music, Comedy

June 12th, 2017

Monday June 12th Start the week off the right way and head to downtown Boulder’s Bandshell Boogie! Family friendly, casual, and a great place to meet members of the community, this weekly event takes place in Central Park Monday nights from 7:30pm-9pm and is free to attend. With music from across the board, ranging from funk to club to pop, Bandshell Boogie encourages self expression for all with various musical talents constantly providing new experiences. Get out and dance this summer, meet your neighbors, enjoy the long summer nights outside and moving. More information is available at Bandshell... Read More

Boulder Summers On A Budget

June 11th, 2017

When we think of the word “summer”, we are instantly drawn to the memories of running through sprinklers, jumping off diving boards, catching fireflies and walking barefoot on the beach. Summer was once a time of absolute freedom; a time when our biggest concern was the sunburn on our shoulders and the bug bites on our legs. As we’ve grown older, however, the liberation of Summer vacation is more of a fantasy than a reality. Jobs, internships and classes have taken up the time that was once spent blissfully doing nothing. Even though our summers may be busy now, that doesn’t mean we can’t... Read More

My Wife Will Never See This Movie

June 11th, 2017

I made it through three seasons of The Walking Dead before I tapped out. Don’t get me wrong, I love zombies. I love survivalism. I particularly love stories about societal breakdowns and how people thrive or fail in a nihilistic new environment. The problem with the aforementioned television series is that it’s got one of the most repetitive narratives I’ve ever seen.* Every season I’d seen was, thematically, exactly the same. Our plucky band of survivors searches for a safe haven and tries to avoid legions of cannibalistic ghouls. They inevitably encounter another group... Read More

Live Music and Beer: A Perfect Pairing

June 9th, 2017

Hiking and beer. Pilates and beer. Macaroni and cheese and beer. These are some of my favorite beer pairings this time of year (though mac and cheese with beer is more of a year-round delight). But there is one more pairing that I just can’t get enough of when the patios are open and corn hole is on the yard. That is live music and beer, particularly a little jazz, folk-rock, and bluegrass. Well, lucky for me and for you, Mountain Sun Pub & Brewery has a live band lined up for every Sunday night this summer as well as Monday nights at their Southern Sun location and Wednesday night open bluegrass... Read More

Tea Time!

June 8th, 2017

I recently visited the Dashunbe Tea House in Boulder, an ornate and pristine Tea House located at the base of the Rocky Mountains and next to Boulder creek. The tea house is filled with authentic Asian sculptures, design, and art work and sells a wide variety of teas for any taste. The place has a substantial history behind it, having first been built in Dashubne, Tajikistan, Boulder’s sister city. It was constructed in Dashunbe in the 1990’s, then dissembled, crated up, and shipped to Boulder, where they rebuilt the building. This was performed as a symbol of friendship and cultural exploration,... Read More

Summer Sun Tips

June 7th, 2017

Summer is almost here!  While we in Colorado should use sun protection year round, due to the altitude and our storied 300 days of sunshine, it is particularly important during the long summer days. While American culture says that a tan equals healthy, there is no such thing as a healthy tan! The increase in skin pigment, called melanin, which causes the color change in your skin is a sign of damage. Once skin is exposed to UV radiation, it increases the production of melanin in an attempt to protect the skin from further damage. Ultraviolet A (UVA) rays can do lasting damage. They penetrate... Read More

Starting at Third Base – I Don’t Know

June 6th, 2017

Starting at Third Base – I Don’t Know It was known as the classic Abbott and Costello comedy sketch, confusingly funny as the ballplayers included names like Who at first, What on second, and I Don’t Know at third base. But as the Rockies enter the month of June in second place in the NL West, life seems to be imitating (comedic) art. I recently took an informal poll of my friends and relatives, all with decent baseball knowledge, and asked the simple question. Who plays third base for the Colorado Rockies? The response included many wrong names, plenty of mispronunciations, and lots... Read More

Dead & Co., Folk Dancing, Band on the Bricks, and MORE

June 5th, 2017

This week in Boulder we have music from John Mayer and Dead & Co, Folk Dancing in Central Park, and much more. In anticipation for Saturday’s Dead & Co show at Folsom Field, the Boulder Theater will be hosting a Grateful Dead listening party in the lounge on Tuesday June 6th as well as a late night “post Dead” party on June 9th at 10pm. The Boulder Farmer’s Market will once again take place on Wednesday evenings from 4pm-8pm and Saturday’s from 8am-2pm on 13th St. The Boulder Reservoir will be the place for “BAM Open Water Swims,” where you can spend the day on and in the... Read More

Power

June 4th, 2017

You know what the real difference is between the characters of Marvel and DC? Presentation. Marvel’s heroes have feet of clay. They’re flawed and relatable. Peter Parker constantly worries about money. Tony Stark is essentially a functional alcoholic. If I gained fantastic powers or a power ring fueled by willpower, I’d still make lots of stupid mistakes and be plagued with self-doubt. DC’s heroes, on the other hand, are mythic. Like the Greek pantheon, they have their flaws, yet everything about them is writ large. They’re icons, and to be really effective, they... Read More

New Additions To Campus: Norlin’s Digital Scholarship Center

June 3rd, 2017

CU recently announced the newest addition to Norlin Library: The Center For Research Data and Digital Scholarship (CRDDS), set to open this Thursday, June 8. As digital information and analytics become more and more prevalent within academic research practices, CU Boulder recognized the growing need for this addition. The center is designed to aid CU Boulder students as well as faculty to manage and secure their digital data.  “The Center will make it easier to re-use, re-purpose and generally share data across disciplines,” stated Andrew Johnson, the director of research data management for... Read More

Oak Aging and Brettanomyces Help This Brewery Stand Out From the Crowd

June 2nd, 2017

Even in a saturated craft beer market, there are still niches to be filled. Cellar West Artisan Ales found one for themselves in creating oak barrel fermented ales using a particular blend of wild yeast—Brettanomyces. This particular yeast can be intimidating to work with, as it can be aggressive and overpowering, but Cellar West has made an art of the challenge. Each beer is forged in a small batch and released in 500 ml bottles. That’s right, no six packs from this experimental little brewery. That doesn’t mean you’ll be left wanting, though because these brews pack smooth, fulfilling... Read More

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