An enterprising carpenter and a creative puppeteer teamed up on a do-it-yourself project to build a mechanical hand for a little boy. They created an inexpensive prosthetic and published their designs on the Internet. So far, over 100 children have been outfitted.

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On Spain’s Atlantic coast, the city of Santander has installed 12,000 sensors that measure everything from when streetlights need to be dimmed to when trash dumpsters are full — saving millions for cash-strapped public coffers. It’s becoming a model for cities worldwide.

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This Music Is Bananas (Really)

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Actually, it’s all kinds of fruits and vegetables. A circuit board called the MaKey MaKey is allowing musicians to play music on produce, to awesome effect. Watch the video.

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The Colorado legislature prints millions of pieces of paper each year, costing the state a hefty sum. But that could soon be a thing of the past. This year in an effort to cut down on costs, each of the 100 lawmakers received new iPads. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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Vestas wind energy company plans to hire more than 100 workers at its Pueblo plant…Pueblo County emergency officials are running a biennial survey in a continuous effort to improve the readiness of people who live there…The Colorado legislature prints millions of pieces of paper each year, costing the state a hefty sum. But that could soon be a thing of the past. This year in an effort to cut down on costs, each of the 100 lawmakers received new iPads.

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Pueblo’s City Council decides to vote October 9th on benefits for domestic partners…The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded $200-thousand dollar grant to conduct a feasibility study on locating a spaceport in Denver.

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Colorado Springs voters yesterday overwhelmingly approved plans to lease city-owned Memorial Health System to University of Colorado Health…Residents in and around the Waldo Canyon burn area looking to purchase flood insurance should do so before September 8th in order to take advantage of a waiting-period waiver…Lockheed Martin Space Systems in Littleton was recently chosen to build and operate the next Mars Spacecraft.

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Colorado wants to go “where no man has gone before”–by throwing its hat into the ring to try and become a hub of commercial space flight. The Colorado Spaceport is expected to be in place next year. But as Bente Birkeland reports, the journey is just beginning and Colorado does have competition.

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A team of specialists says firefighters underestimated how much unburned vegetation remained at the site of a prescribed burn blamed for triggering a deadly wildfire last month southwest of Denver…

A closure of all caves and abandoned mines throughout the west is up for review by the U.S. Forest Service…

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When people think about earthquakes, Colorado may not exactly be the first place that comes to mind. But in the past couple decades, the Trinidad region has experienced a surprising number of seismic events. Scientists and locals alike are wondering just what is causing them. KRCC’s Michelle Mercer reports.

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The state senate cleared a bill today that would create a smart phone app for locally owned businesses…Colorado Senate Democrats rejected a Republican attempt to allow businesses to use deadly force against suspected intruders…and, President Barack Obama will speak to graduating Air Force Academy cadets at the school’s commencement in May.

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You are not a Gadget: The Undiscovered Continents of Human Potential
Jaron Lanier, the man who pioneered the concept of virtual reality, presented this lecture last week on the CC campus exploring the possibilities, pitfalls, and potential of New Media.

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A Fort Carson soldier has been charged with the alleged murder of a fellow soldier found in her barracks in early January…Students at Trinidad High School staged a protest today as around 200 of them walked out of class for about 45 minutes…and, a Democratic bill that would pump money into universities to market [...]

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A new study highlights a lack of access to mental health care in many parts of Colorado…and, Colorado has applied to the Federal Aviation Administration for a federal spaceport designation.

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With the nuclear crisis in Fukushima on everyone’s mind, we remember a fire at the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons production facility just outside of Denver in 1969 that stands as one of the most horrifying near-misses in our history. As this excellent interative online gallery from the University of Colorado, recounts, enough [...]

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A Republican bill that aims to shed light on the new full body airport scanners and other security systems at court houses and sports venues faced a set back in the state senate today. As Bente Birkeland reports, some Democrats worry the measure is too broad.

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NASA is creating a pilot project in Colorado aimed at helping companies develop and manufacture new energy technologies. The space agency hopes to one day expand the program across the country. Bente Birkeland has more.

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Getting America’s fiscal house in order will come at a cost to most Coloradans….and, Colorado high tech firms are getting a boost from NASA to speed up manufacturing in hopes of providing 10,000 new jobs over the next five years.

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If the “green economy” seems like little more than an abstraction then you’ll want to take a peek inside the new Vestas Wind Tower Factory in Pueblo where KRCC reporter Shanna Lewis visited for this report and slide show from the KRCC Newsroom.

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Ovens, ranges, microwaves…all these are common in Colorado homes. Worldwide, most food gets heated over portable cookstoves that burn wood, dung or straw, often inefficiently, generating smoke that can lead to deadly respiratory disease. The United States has recently signed on to help clean up this pollution. Some leaders in solving the problem are [...]

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The number of foreclosures in El Paso County rose last month while its southern neighbor also saw a slight increase…and, a recent survey in Trinidad School District #1 shows parents still prefer the telephone as the primary means of communication with school officials.

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If one Internet year = about 10 pre-Internet years, then 1993 was about 170 years ago and it really feels that way when you listen to this very first public radio broadcast over the Internet for Science Friday. Remember 9600 bps dial-up terminals, electronic messages, graphical interfaces, the data superhighway, virtual multi-user dungeons (MUDs), and information anxiety? Hop aboard the public radio time machine!

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An internal investigation reveals faulty blood-alcohol tests in Colorado Springs DUI cases…Most Coloradans have access to broadband internet, with large gaps in rural areas…and, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Pueblo gets a new bishop.

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