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Privacy isn’t in the Constitution—but it’s everywhere in constitutional law

June 15, 2022

The Supreme Court has found protections for people’s privacy in several constitutional amendments—and used it as a basis for some pretty fundamental protections. CU expert Scott Skinner-Thompson shares on The Conversation.

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Ukraine: Why most people refuse to compromise on territory

June 15, 2022

New research suggests Ukrainian public attitude toward perceived compromises—especially territorial concessions—is hardening, and willingness to make peace depends on the individual's war experiences. CU expert John O'Loughlin discusses on The Conversation.

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There is no one ‘religious view’ on abortion, scholar explains

June 13, 2022

Views on abortion differ not only among major religious traditions, but within each one. Samira Mehta, CU expert on religion, gender and sexuality, shares on The Conversation.

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Ice world: Antarctica’s riskiest glacier under assault, losing its grip

June 7, 2022

Thwaites Glacier’s ice shelf appears to be splintering, and scientists fear it could give way in the next few years. CU polar scientist Ted Scambos explains on The Conversation.

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Genetic mutations can be benign or cancerous—new identification method could lead to better treatments

May 26, 2022

Finding one cancer-driving mutation in a tumor is like finding a needle in a stack of needles, but the use of public DNA databases could lead to more targeted cancer treatments. CU computer scientist Ryan Layer shares on The Conversation.

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Protestants and the pill: How US Christians helped make birth control mainstream

May 24, 2022

Conservative Christians have cheered restrictions on some birth control. But many decades ago, Christian leaders’ support helped contraceptives become acceptable in the first place. CU expert Samira Mehta shares on The Conversation.

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Grim drought outlook for western US offers warnings for the future

May 19, 2022

As climate change brings a hotter, thirstier atmosphere, much of the western U.S. has seen record-breaking wildfires, intense heat waves, low stream flows and dwindling water supplies. CIRES researcher Imtiaz Rangwala shares on The Conversation.

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Beyond honey: 4 essential reads about bees

May 11, 2022

Bees play an essential role pollinating plants, but scientists study bees to learn about their intricate social networks, learning patterns and adaptive behaviors. These four stories from The Conversation’s archive, featuring CU expert Orit Peleg, offer diverse views of life in the hive.

Anti-abortion protesters use bullhorns to counter abortion rights advocates outside the Supreme Court on May 3, 2022

If Roe v. Wade is overturned, there’s no guarantee people can get abortions in liberal states

May 5, 2022

Twenty-five states aren’t expected to ban abortion if the Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade. But limits on abortion in these places, too, make them uncertain refuges for people seeking abortions elsewhere. CU experts share on The Conversation.

A woman cries while kneeling in front of the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington, D.C., on May 2

What’s at stake as Supreme Court appears intent on overturning Roe v. Wade

May 3, 2022

A draft opinion written by Justice Samuel Alito suggests a majority of the court may overturn the landmark 1973 ruling that guaranteed the constitutional right to abortion in the U.S. Here are three essential reads on The Conversation.