Discoveries & Achievements

Stem Cell Transplants in Mice Produce Lifelong Enhancement of Muscle Mass

November 10, 2010

A University of Colorado at Boulder-led study shows that specific types of stem cells transplanted into the leg muscles of mice prevented the loss of muscle function and mass that normally occurs with aging, a finding with potential uses in treating humans with chronic, degenerative muscle diseases.

Two CU-Boulder Faculty Members Win National Science Foundation Career Awards

October 20, 2010

Two University of Colorado faculty members have received prestigious National Science Foundation Early Career Development, or CAREER awards.

Genetic Clues to Evolution of Jaws in Vertebrates Unearthed by CU-Led Team

September 23, 2010

A half-billion years ago, vertebrates lacked the ability to chew their food. They did not have jaws. Instead, their heads consisted of a flexible, fused basket of cartilage.

CU Students, Staff Help NASA Decommission Satellite Toting Failed Science Payload

August 31, 2010

University of Colorado at Boulder undergraduates, who have been helping to control five NASA satellites from campus, participated in the unusual decommissioning of a functioning satellite with a failed science payload in recent days, bringing the craft into Earth re-entry to burn up yesterday.

Study Shows Shrinking Atmospheric Layer Linked to Low Levels of Solar Radiation

August 26, 2010

Large changes in the sun's energy output may drive unexpectedly dramatic fluctuations in Earth's outer atmosphere, new research indicates. A study published today links a recent, temporary shrinking of a high atmospheric layer with a sharp drop in the sun's ultraviolet radiation levels.

New International Study Shows Some Asteroids Live in Own 'Little Worlds'

August 25, 2010

While the common perception of asteroids is that they are giant rocks lumbering about in orbit, a new study shows they actually are constantly changing "little worlds" that can give birth to smaller asteroids that split off to start their own lives as they circle around the sun.

New Study Shows How Tortoises, Alligators Thrived in High Arctic Some 50 Million Years Ago

August 24, 2010

A new study of the High Arctic climate roughly 50 million years ago led by the University of Colorado at Boulder helps to explain how ancient alligators and giant tortoises were able to thrive on Ellesmere Island well above the Arctic Circle, even as they endured six months of darkness each year.

Texas Petrochemical Emissions Down But Still Underestimated, Says Study

August 11, 2010

A thick blanket of yellow haze hovering over Houston as a result of chemical pollution produced by manufacturing petroleum products may be getting a little bit thinner, according to a new study.

Ice Core Drilling Effort Involving CU-Boulder Should Help Assess Abrupt Climate Change Risks

August 02, 2010

An international science team involving the University of Colorado at Boulder that is working on the North Greenland Eemian Ice Drilling project hit bedrock July 27 after two summers of work, drilling down more than 1.5 miles in an effort to help assess the risks of abrupt future climate change on Earth.

Study of Death Penalty in North Carolina Shows That 'Race Matters'

July 22, 2010

A new study examining death sentences in North Carolina over a 28-year period ending in 2007 shows that among similar homicides, the odds of a death sentence for those who are suspected of killing whites are approximately three times higher than the odds of a death sentence for those suspected of killing blacks.

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