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Monday, June 23,2014

Float tank therapy

Exploring the world of sensory deprivation

By James Dziezynski
Float Tank Therapy is an evolution of principals first espoused by neuro-psychiatrist John C. Lilly. He sought to create an environment that reduced as much sensory input as possible to unburden the mind from the constant stimulation that must be filtered in order to function. In 1954 he created his first isolation tanks.
Monday, June 23,2014

Playing hurt

Why ignoring injuries leads to more trouble

By James Dziezynski
Many people identify strongly with their favorite sports. Because of that passion — or obsession — we get used to playing hurt. It’s not unusual to see people scaling the walls at the climbing gym with a soft cast on their leg or watching runners zip around trails with their arm in a sling.
Monday, June 23,2014

One man’s trash is another man’s business venture

New state legislation aims to clean up and close Colorado’s tire dumps while stimulating the market for recycling

By Scott Fromberg
Northeast of Denver in the small town of Hudson lies the largest tire dump in the U.S., known by many as Tire Mountain. Immediately south of Colorado Springs sits the nation’s second largest tire dump. Combined, the Rubber Manufacturing Association says, Colorado’s tire dumps, known as monofills, accounted for 40 percent of the nation’s waste tires in 2011 — an estimated 60 million tires.
Monday, June 23,2014

A community mission

The Second Kitchen food co-op expands fast without forgetting why they started in the first place

By Mallane Dressel
Boulder’s first food co-op, The Second Kitchen, is trying to make a bigger difference when it comes to quality and sustainability of food distribution, while not forgetting their humble beginnings. The organization’s name is a tribute to those humble begins, when co-founder Sara Brody once used the second kitchen of her duplex to house large sacks of grains and other products for it’s first few years as a buy-in club.
Monday, June 23,2014

Nothing but net-zero

One Boulder County residence just took energy efficiency to a new level

By Haley Gray
Boulder County’s most energy efficient home sits at 6712 Jay Road. The residence, to be completed within a year, is expected to produce 29 percent more energy than it consumes using a combination of solar, wind and geothermal systems.
Monday, June 23,2014

Reinventing the toilet

University of Colorado team uses the power of the sun to turn human waste into fuel

By Steven Kreimendahl
Karl Linden and his research team are not reinventing the wheel, but they are trying to reinvent the toilet. It began several years ago for Linden, a professor of environmental engineering at the University of Colorado Boulder, in a class he taught about water sanitation and hygiene. He gave a short assignment about potential global health initiatives.
Monday, June 23,2014

Corporate gardening for a sustainable world

Making a difference on your lunch break with CorpCROP

By Andrea Neville
CorpCROP is on a mission to get you off your chair and out into the sunlight. With the rise in health issues due to sitting behind a desk all day, people like Jennifer Klafin, founder and managing director of CorpCROP, are figuring out ways to help keep office workers happier and healthier.
Monday, June 23,2014

Green your grill

Your charcoal grill is bad for the environment and your health, but making it more environmentally friendly is easy to do

By Caitlin Rockett
It’s a tradition that’s quintessential to summer. It just doesn’t quite feel like summer until you’ve tossed a few burgers (maybe a couple portabella caps for the veggie crowd) on the grill, a cold beer in one hand and tongs in the other. But few of us ever stop to think about the environmental impact of our summer barbeques.
Monday, June 23,2014

New hydropower could ease transition from fossil fuels

New study suggests the U.S. could add enough hydropower to provide electricity for up to 65 million homes

By Bob Berwyn
If you’ve ever spent time around one of Colorado’s rivers or streams during spring and summer runoff, you’ve had a taste of nature at its best. Supercharged, ionized air, forest and wildflowers, and, above all, massive torrents of water sweeping from the high Rockies out into the plains, or through sandstone canyons toward the distant Pacific.
Monday, June 23,2014

Ash borers? You can blame Marco Polo’s camels

With limited treatment options, arborists emphasize replanting with different species

By Bob Berwyn
The story of invasive species goes all the way back to the earliest stages of human development, when bands of hominids dispersing from Africa carried with them the crumbs, seeds and eggs of whatever ecosystems they happened to be passing through. And you can be sure that, along with silk and spices, Marco Polo’s camels transported disease-ridden fleas between Europe and Asia.
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