Blinded By Science: September 19

By Roxann Elliott

If the bees go, they’re taking us with them. That’s why Bee Safe Boulder is urging Boulder residents to halt the use of pesticides that contain neonicotinoids. Two neighborhoods have now been certified “bee safe.” How many will follow?

The furor over fracking isn’t likely to die anytime soon, and recent research presents a new set of considerations. A paper released by Yale shows a greater incidence of respiratory and skin conditions reported by residents living near active fracking sites. However, they’ve found only correlation, not causation.

Mars is a planet of secrets, and the CU Boulder Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) is set to uncover one. The Mars Atmosphere and Volatile EvolutioN (MAVEN) satellite seeks to understand how and why Mars lost its atmosphere. LASP will broadcast MAVEN’s insertion into Mars orbit live on Sunday.

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