An infestation of the vineyard pest phylloxera is affecting several vineyards in Colorado. Unlike most US vineyards, many locations in Colorado feature European grapevines, which are susceptible to the root-attacking insect.
A school district in Colorado is seeking to serve more locally produced foods in the cafeteria. About one-fifth of school food is from local and statewide sources, and the district spends about $500,000 on produce annually.
Forty cameras and 13 crash dummies were part of a NASA test using the shell of an old Marine helicopter to gauge survivability in a copter crash. The loaded contraption was mechanically swung into a dirt field, striking the ground at about 30 mph and mimicking what should have been a survivable accident. NASA hopes data collected from the crash will help improve aircraft safety.
Lawmakers in Colorado are considering legislation that would require schools to keep at least one extra epinephrine injector on hand in the event a student, staff member or someone else has an allergic reaction. Currently, parents supply the injectors, and school staff administer the shots and other first aid if a student has an allergic reaction to food. However, as food allergies become more common among students, some say the bill could save lives.
Cats that live in close proximity to their owners are more apt to mirror their own behaviors and routines to those of their human companions than animals that live primarily outside. Picking up on human eating and sleeping habits may play a role in obesity in cats, according to the study, which found mostly outdoor cats tended toward more independent, feral behaviors. Humans learn from cats, too, says veterinarian Jane Brunt, executive director of the CATalyst Council. "When they sit on our lap softly purring with rhythmic breathing and half-closed eyes, the sense of serenity and calm that comes over us is like a private lesson in inner peace and meditation," Dr. Brunt said.