Think fracking will make a lot of noise at the ballot box on November 4 -- and on TV and computer screens before that? Of all the initiatives vying for a place on the ballot, Initiative #48 could be the most controversial -- and expensive, with opponents (think Monsanto) prepared to fight, and fight ... More >>
Kirk Johnson, a paleontologist and fossil hunter who made science and history fun for the masses at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science for the past 22 years, has landed a job with the National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C. Johnson, the head curator and vice president of research ... More >>
To keep up with the world's exploding population, farmers will have to produce more food over the next fifty years than during the past 10,000 years combined. Given environmental issues and a scarcity of fossil resources, this daunting task seems almost impossible. But it's a problem 31-year-old Joh ... More >>
Look! Up in the air! It's a bird! It's a plane! No, it's a pterosaur! A what? When we think of prehistoric flying things, it's usually the more well-known feathered dinosaurs, such as archeopteryx, that we conjure in our minds. But the pterosaur, which reached unbelievable sizes and was related more ... More >>
The first thing you're going to want to do when you walk into the T. Rex Encounter exhibit at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science, which opens today, is run up to the gigantic, robotic Tyrannosaurus rex. The problem is, the second you do that, the T. rex will roar at you and despite the f ... More >>
Whoa...The author of six books on mushroom identification, cultivation and their many incredible uses, renowned mycologist Paul Stamets has studied fungi for over thirty years. We caught up with Stamets, who is the keynote speaker at this year's Telluride Mushroom Festival (known informally a ... More >>
Tomorrow evening brings the final entry in the Denver Museum of Nature and Science's Sci-Fi Film Series at the Phipps Theater, with Gattaca closing the sequence out with a biological bang. As we have been doing lately, we caught up with the DMNS' Curator and Department Chair of Health Science ... More >>
Lori Midson Mark DeNittis Il Mondo Vecchio 1174 South Cherokee Street 303-744-6328 mondovecchio.net I dig this job, and I'm having a blast," says Mark DeNittis, knocking back another swig from a bottle of Peroni, his beer of choice. In front of him is a plate of salumi, pulled from the mea ... More >>
Suzanne C. O'Neill, an assistant professor with the Cancer Control Program at Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center at Georgetown University, has co-authored a study whose finding is the non-surprising: We'll use any excuse we can. Her research found that the least healthy people surveyed exc ... More >>
Here comes... death!Oh, great -- another modern convenience that could be speeding us toward an early grave. Who knew that a shower without Norman Bates might be just as potentially lethal as one with him? According to a just-released study overseen by CU-Boulder prof Norman Pace, 30 percent ... More >>
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In the Dream of the Sea Life
As you may have read last week in "Denver Aquarium Unequipped to Handle Piranha Attacks or Reporter Queries," on a recent visit to the Downtown Aquarium I was disturbed to discover just how easy it would be to stick my hand into the open-top piranha tank -- and even more disturbed by my irrational d ... More >>
The Denver Museum of Nature & Science brings in an age-old exhibit.
Roxborough State Park becomes a classroom.
The bloom is on this putrid pond.
Gleaning lessons from the darkness, Herzog treks to Antarctica in Encounters at the End of the World.
Hike beneath the full moon at Barr Lake State Park.
Ray Troll and Kirk Johnson hunt for fossils.
Get up close and personal with fungus.
David Grinspoon is popularizing science, one alien joke at a time.
Biologist Rob Ramey isn't afraid of taking risks -- but taking on environmentalists may be his riskiest move.
Here's the Beef
DPD's crime lab makes TV reality.
The prehistoric World Tour arrives to rock Denver
Darwin in the Dreamtime probes the legacy of evolution theory.
The Real Deal
Brief sketches of what's happening in the Denver art scene.
From the week of October 31, 2002
Fungus Among Us
Florissant Fossil Quarry
The peregrine falcon is back -- and falconers want to get their hands on the bird.
As genetic testing pins down paternity issues, the definition of fatherhood gets murkier.
St. Cajetan Event Center
The Disney formula goes disturbingly awry in the off-putting Dinosaur.
Maybe Jasper Carlton is a radical -- or maybe he's ahead of his time.
State biologist Tom Beck wants hunters to think before they shoot. It's been a hard sell.