Daily Archives: February 9, 2014


Minds at Mines: Would you rather it be below zero, or in triple digit temperatures?

The weather can never be perfect, and in a place like Golden, Colorado, it frequently oscillates between extremes, satisfying one sort of people while annoying the other sorts. The Front Range of Colorado experienced another cold spell last week, with temperatures in the single and negative digits Fahrenheit. A happy normal seems to lie somewhere in the double digit realm, but the low temps do occur, even if it hurts to breath. This week, Minds at Mines asked students, “Would you rather it be below zero, or in triple digit temperatures?”

What the hell is happening in Ukraine?

Some have probably seen the apocalyptic scenes of the Ukrainian protests. With smoke and fire in the background, people wearing gas masks or with bloodied faces, and the police with their shields and full body armor bracing for an angry crowd. What started as peaceful protests in late November escalated when police started using tear gas and batons to control the protesters as they seized government buildings, broke windows, and toppled a statue of Vladimir Lenin in Kiev. As the government took greater measures to stop the protesters, the protesters fought harder to be heard. On January 21, unknown men abducted Igor Lutsenko, a Ukrainian activist and journalist, along with Yuriy Verbytsky, a prominent protester known by the people, from a Kiev hospital. They left Lutsenko in a nearby forest to find his way back to the city while Verbytsky was found dead in a city suburb. Though there were also reports of protesters stabbing three police officers, one of which died later of his wounds, protesters have reported being tortured by the police. Elsewhere, security forces killed three more protesters as security forces moved against Ukrainian protest camps. Ukraine has begun to look like a war zone.

Scientific discoveries this week: 2/10/14

A major breakthrough made by researchers at Tel Aviv University may hold answers pertaining to the origin of the universe. When the first stars formed, the universe was filled with hydrogen atoms. This study suggests that the black holes that formed from these first stars heated the hydrogen gas that filled the universe later than previously estimated. According to Professor Rennan Barkana of Tel Aviv University, the discovery of the delayed heating of the universe results in a “new prediction of an early time at which the sky was uniformly filled with radio waves emitted by the hydrogen gas.”

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