Blinded By Science: October 10

By Roxann Elliott

CU Boulder is in search of the answer to life, the universe, and everything. Spoiler: it’s probably not “42.” NASA has awarded $7 million to a team, lead by CU Boulder, studying the origins and evolution of life in the universe. Their research focuses on a process that could sustain life without sunlight.

A biomedical researcher at CU Boulder hopes to uncover the role zinc plays in the human diet. The National Institute of Health awarded a five-year, $3.7 million Director’s Pioneer Award to Associate Professor Amy Palmer who has been studying how various metals, particularly zinc, affect human health.

Many people are afraid of the dark, but the light may be more threatening than we suspect. Fiske Planetarium is hosting a presentation on October 13 to discuss how our constantly illuminated environs may be harming us. “What Happened to the Night?” begins at 7 p.m. and is free to current CU students.


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