—Photograph by Jeff Nelson
Thirty years ago, the life expectancy for those living with Down syndrome was 25. Today, for the approximately 400,000 Americans with the genetic condition, it’s 60. That’s due in part to medical advances, such as longer-lasting fixes for congenital heart defects, as well as cultural shifts in...
—Courtesy of Alliance for Sustainable Colorado
When Alliance for Sustainable Colorado debuted its newly renovated, LEED-certified digs in July, the 10-year-old nonprofit put more than just the latest in green building features—such as low-flow toilet and water fixtures, cork floors, and low-VOC paints and adhesives—on display. It also showcased...
—Courtesy of the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies
Like judging boxing, gymnastics, or ice-skating, scoring the health of a forest is subjective. And until recently, there wasn’t even a set of agreed-upon rules. This year, though, the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies (ACES) released a “grade book” for assessing arboreal fitness: the Forest...
—Courtesy of Sarah Boyum
For better or worse, 2014 may well be remembered as the year Coloradans began legally purchasing buds, joints, and marijuana-laced edibles for recreational use. Sure, the governor called this ballot decision “reckless,” but at least one number might suggest...
—Courtesy of HDR architecture, inc. in association with LV
Only 543 people have flown in space since the first human mission (by Russia) in 1961. But by next year, that figure could more than double. At last check, the wait list for a ride from Virgin Galactic’s New Mexico spaceport (ticket price: $250,000) topped 700. The demand for space tourism has...
—Courtesy of NASA
Eight years ago, when NASA awarded Colorado’s Lockheed Martin the contract to design and orchestrate the Orion project—America’s first manned deep-space mission since the Apollo’s 1972 moon landing—the entire state saw dollar signs. “The annual economic impact of Orion is projected to be more...
—Rendering Courtesy of Lockheed Martin
When Lockheed Martin’s Orion Exploration Flight Test 1 (EFT-1) takes off from Cape Canaveral on December 4, it will be one small step forward for the south Denver company and one giant leap toward putting mankind on the surface of Mars. The December launch represents the first of two unmanned test...
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John “Mr. Klean” Cranshaw, a veteran and member of the Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club, a group that rides in memory of the Buffalo Soldiers—African American military regiments that date back to the 1800s—shows us how to fold a flag.
^ With another person, hold the flag waist-...