Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" -- pumping massive amounts of water mixed with toxic chemicals into tight formations to extract oil and gas -- remains a sore subject among environmentalists, neighbors of drilling rigs and some lawmakers, even as energy industry boosters insist it's safe. ... More >>
Yesterday, Apple described and semi-launched its newest service, iCloud, an online storage locker that will automatically sync all of your Apple devices together with music, apps and books purchased through the iTunes store. What does that mean, exactly? Well, we break it down and compare its ... More >>
Location: Market Street Station at16th and Market. Number: Unknown. Status: Operable. Price: 50 cents for local calls. Photo Taken: 3:30 p.m. on May 10.
When it comes to Astronauts, Bruce McCandless II is a straight O.G. Selected by NASA in 1966, a mere eight years after the agency was founded, he got right down to business as the CAPCOM -- the astronaut NASA designates as a mission-control liaison to the astronauts in space -- of Apollo 11, ... More >>
This might be some of the weirdest copyright related news we've run across in a while. FilmOn founder Alki David has teamed up with a slew of musicians to file a lawsuit against CBS Interactive and CNET over CNET's distribution of LimeWire. Back in November, a federal judge had to issue a res ... More >>
Steven PierceLocation: Alameda light-rail station. Number: Unknown. Status: Operable. Price: 50 cents for local calls. Photo: Taken 3:30 p.m. on April 28.
Location: 27th and Welton. Number: (303) 299- 0027 Status: Operable. Cost: 50 cents for local calls. Photo Taken: 2:30p.m. on March 31.
Location: On 25th and Welton near the Kingdom of Glory Christian Center. Number: Unknown. Status: Operable. Price: 35 cents for local calls. Photo Taken: 2:20 p.m. on March 31.
Are there still people out there who oppose green energy initiatives? Hell yes there are. The American Tradition Institute, a think tank that espouses "free-market principles of stewardship" pertaining to environmental issues, has filed a complaint against the State of Colorado, arguing that ... More >>
steven pierceLocation: Next to Griff's Burger Bar at 742 South Broadway. Number: Unknown. Status: Operable. Price: $1 for four minutes Photo Taken: 1:30 p.m. on March 31.
When San Francisco food blogger Sabrina Modelle heard about the earthquake and tsunami devastation in Japan, she reacted the same way that most of us did: staring, dumbfounded, at the horrific images on the television screen, or listening in disbelief to the coverage on the radio. And it was ... More >>
"Gasland"Representatives Diane DeGette and Jared Polis are taking another run at tightening federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing, a natural gas drilling technique also known as fracking. Introduced this week by the Colorado twosome and fellow Democratic rep Maurice Hinchey from New Yor ... More >>
This morning, Peter Boyles spent part of his KHOW morning show wondering if we should be taking potassium iodide to protect ourselves against radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan. And at this writing, the main story on the CBS4 home page asks, "Could Japan's Radi ... More >>
File sharing site LimeWire is currently at the front lines of the battle over online media distribution. They've already lost the suit brought against them by thirteen record companies, the site is boarded up and now they're negotiating damages. This is where things get interesting for the ca ... More >>
Timing is everything. With gas prices going up, up, up due to the chaos in North Africa last month, suddenly a nuclear power plant started looking good to Pueblo County, where the commissioners are considering a proposal to make that county one of the spots in the country vying for a new nuke ... More >>
Music streaming services look more and more like they'll eventually do to MP3s what MP3s did to CDs, and what CDs did to tapes, and so on. We're still a long way from a paradigm shift, but as the popular European streaming service Spotify makes headway in its mission to invade America, Rhapso ... More >>
Gas well pads.A bill that sought to increase the reporting process for water-quality complaints related to oil and gas drilling in Colorado died quietly at the statehouse yesterday, with Republican lawmakers insisting that the industry's use of hydraulic fracturing fluids, or "fracking," pose ... More >>
News Corp. and Disney (who own Fox and ABC, respectively) are considering pulling their ad-based free streaming shows from Hulu -- remember that they are two of the three companies who founded Hulu back in 2008. Hulu has done incredibly well in terms of viewership, but its subscription-based ... More >>
In the past decade, the music industry has seen a lot of changes, but it has struggled to keep pace with technology, piracy and consumer demands. Already this year we've started to see a few more changes take shape, from crackdowns on piracy websites, a resurgence of interest in the currently ... More >>
Sorry, Aquarius. You're too late to get me. When I was about seventeen years old, a friend of my dad's who was into New Agey kind of stuff took the liberty of compiling an astrological chart for me. It was several pages long and went into great detail about what the day, hour and month of my ... More >>
It was not enormous, nor was it filled with flashing lights, giant monitors or masses of people. Instead, 360 MacDev's current incarnation was a smallish gathering of like-minded individuals of all ages (more on that later) interested in getting together, talking shop and discussing theory. W ... More >>
Large pics below.The still-bad economy has inspired a number of small-time metal thieves -- like Richard Goodface and Duane Brown, who allegedly swiped Denver storm grates in October. But according to the Colorado Springs Police Department, they're pikers in comparison with several suspects a ... More >>
Sexy?Some 400,000 years ago, the earliest ancestors of man as we know him migrated out of Africa and into the land that would later become the snootiest place on earth: Western Europe. But that area was not so fancy then; in fact, it was rugged and cruel, and an ice age came that isolated tha ... More >>
If you were there last night, thank you for coming to the first-ever Westword Web Awards party at Casselman's, 2620 Walnut Street. The room swelled (see full slideshow from the Web Awards) to about 400 bloggers, photographers, shameless self-promoters and artists, who tweeted about the thing ... More >>
Looking for WMAs of Third Eye Blind? You're going to have to look elsewhere. Effective immediately, LimeWire, the popular peer-to-peer file sharing service, has gone the way of pagers, payphones and the Walkman. In 2006, the music industry filed a suit against the service for a "massive sca ... More >>
The French government has revealed a plan to combat piracy that could either be the most brilliant gesture ever or the most monumental waste of government resources of all time (okay, maybe not all time, but close). The proposal: French residents can buy a 50-euro gift card with which they ... More >>
The Denver Art Museum's new mega-blockbuster exhibit "Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs," features more than a hundred artifacts associated with the celebrity pharaoh. But one thing you probably won't find anywhere is Tut's penis. That's because it's apparently missing, poss ... More >>
Occipital is a Boulder startup that just hit the big time. The company's just been acquired by eBay on the strength of its RedLaser app for iPhones, which scans barcodes, allowing users to compare prices on the go. As part of its big push into mobile shopping, eBay has reduced the price of R ... More >>
It'll look like this. Exciting, we knowFor 46 years, the National Center for Atmospheric Research has had a supercomputing center at its Mesa Laboratory headquarters in Boulder. This week, NCAR broke ground on a new facility. The center uses supercomputers -- which can process 76 trillion op ... More >>
They know each other by their blogs: The Beer Wench, 2 Beer Guys, Fermentally Challenged, Beer Goggins, and many, many others. Maybe they've run into each other a beer conference or tasting on one side of the country or another. But for the most part, these beer bloggers have never met in pe ... More >>
With the disintegration of Lala coming May 31st, we've been left with one less choice for downloading. Lala was one of the best digital music distributors in town, offering full album streaming and low prices for downloading. After the website was gobbled up by Apple in December of last ... More >>
The New RepublicDrill, baby, drill: Just what does additional offshore drilling add to the mix?In the wake of the worst American offshore oil disaster in decades, Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar is scrambling on several fronts to address the perception that his administration has been m ... More >>
"I have a feeling there's something phishy in Denver."In the not exactly thrilling 1995 cyber-thriller The Net, Sandra Bullock's character, Angela Bennett, reveals that she was raised in La Junta -- a community whose name she pronounces as if she were Hugo Chavez. Little did Bennett know, how ... More >>
Sometimes we have to wonder if folks that program for Apple's App Store are hell-bent on wasting people's time. We spent an evening with as many artist-specific iPhone apps we could get our hands on and found a few amazing things, a few interesting things and a plethora of pure and total cr ... More >>
Photo courtesy of Kanyewest.com Last week, Kanye christened his new web site with the above photo of his girlfriend, Amber Rose. Then, Thom Yorke announced the name of his latest band on the Radiohead blog. Which got us thinking about the other band blogs we have bookmarked. In our bitchin' ... More >>
May it rest in pieces.Mention Internet Explorer to most knowledgeable computer types and you're likely to prompt a flood of profanities that would even embarrass the cast of Jersey Shore. So don't expect such folks to mourn at the funeral for Internet Explorer 6, which takes place next week u ... More >>
Englewood's own DISH Network has launched a passionate, if long-shot, effort to stop the blockbuster merger of Comcast and NBC Universal. This morning, in letters addressed to U.S. reps Rick Boucher and Cliff Stearns, as well as to senators Herb Kohl and Orrin Hatch, DISH executive vice pres ... More >>
A photo of Ignacio, Colorado, home base of the Southern Ute tribe.In recent days, the New Mexico-based Jemez Pueblo tribe has gotten plenty of ink for its plan to build "the first utility-scale solar plant on tribal land." Turns out two Colorado tribes -- the Southern Utes and Ute Mountain Ut ... More >>
Ever wonder what it takes to manage the day-to-day affairs of 3OH!3? Wonder no more. Evidently, all it takes is a cellphone, a laptop outfitted with the latest Microsoft Office suite and an insatiable desire to work 362 days a year (hanging out with your parents, of course, on the three remaining ... More >>
"You want me to do WHAT?"Sexting: the latest teenage pastime designed to make adults lose their shit. But before you write off the response to the phenomenon as more middlebrow hysteria, grok the particulars of Geovany Alarcon, twenty, who earned a four-year prison jolt in Weld County Court t ... More >>