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Ancient asteroid may have triggered global firestorm on Earth

A new look at conditions after a Manhattan-sized asteroid slammed into a region of Mexico in the dinosaur days indicates the event could have triggered a global firestorm that would have burned every twig, bush and tree on Earth and led to the extinction of 80 percent of all Earth’s species, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study.

Breaking ground: CU-Boulder environmental design students get real-world experience

In class one recent Monday, a group of CU-Boulder undergraduates in environmental design met with a city of Boulder official to review their building plans, soon to be constructed by the students at the local Admiral Burke Park. That’s when they learned of a hitch.

The student team can’t build on certain parts of the grounds—those that aren’t owned by the city, which is supporting the project.  

Flood siren testing begins April 1, launches flood awareness season

Boulder County and the City of Boulder will begin testing the countywide emergency sirens at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 1. The test is the first of the annual season of monthly emergency siren tests, and marks the beginning of flood awareness efforts countywide.

‘Sideline quasars’ helped to stifle early galaxy formation

University of Colorado Boulder astronomers targeting one of the brightest quasars glowing in the universe some 11 billion years ago say “sideline quasars” likely teamed up with it to heat abundant helium gas billions of years ago, preventing small galaxy formation.

A history of providing CU's top undergraduates the opportunity to lead

What does it take to lead — whether it’s a startup venture, a nonprofit, a global corporation or a community? Does our DNA contain a gene for leadership?

Some say leaders are made, not born. At CU-Boulder, top undergraduates have the opportunity to learn or enhance the necessary skills to invent, create, lead and manage in the Presidents Leadership Class (PLC).

Improve your social (media) on spring break

As you head out on spring break remember these words from Andrea Weckerle in her book "Civility in the Digital Age" - "Your digital footprint - the good, the bad, and the ugly - is used by others in decision making that impacts virtually every aspect of your life."

‘Tick, Tock, Poe’ stages lessons against violence

An intriguing mash-up of some of Edgar Allan Poe’s most famous suspenseful stories is at the heart of University of Colorado Boulder theatre graduate student Hadley Kamminga-Peck’s new stage adaptation, “Tick, Tock, Poe,” which has been playing at schools and community centers this spring.

Spring break in Costa Rica: Business students study coffee, tourism

As droves of CU-Boulder students leave campus to relax and play during spring break, a group of business students in the B3 Residential Academic Program (RAP) at the Leeds School of Business will be studying the sustainable coffee and tourism industries in Costa Rica.

While immersed in a tropical island location of pristine rain forests and verdant mountains, 26 freshmen will be doing fieldwork for course credit.

NASA’s next Mars mission invites public to come aboard with "Going to Mars" campaign

NASA’s next Mars mission is giving students and the public worldwide an opportunity to have a personal connection with space exploration through a new education and public outreach effort called the “Going to Mars” campaign. 

CU-Boulder student finds incubators have wildly varying magnetic fields

Lucas Portelli, a doctoral student in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering, wanted to know how electromagnetic fields affect living things.

To find the answer, he went about building experiments. He tried to test the impact of the fields on E. coli, on cancer cells, on fruit flies and even on mice. But he quickly ran into a problem: The magnetic fields in the biological incubators he was using weren’t consistent. In fact, they weren’t even close.

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