Discovery & Innovation

CU-NOAA study provides first direct evidence of heat-trapping effects of wildfire smoke particles

August 27, 2012

When the Fourmile Canyon Fire erupted west of Boulder in 2010, smoke from the wildfire poured into parts of the city including a site housing scientists from the University of Colorado Boulder’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Arctic sea ice reaches lowest extent ever recorded, says CU-Boulder research team

August 27, 2012


The blanket of sea ice floating on the Arctic Ocean melted to its lowest extent ever recorded since satellites began measuring it in 1979, according to the University of Colorado Boulder’s National Snow and Ice Data Center.

CU-Boulder ‘photo origami’ proposal wins $2 million NSF grant

August 27, 2012

The art of origami has inspired children and artists all over the world because of the amazing objects that can be created by folding a simple piece of paper.

Now an engineering research team at the University of Colorado Boulder has won a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation to develop a light-controlled approach for “self-assembly” mechanisms in advanced devices based on the same principles.

Analysis of election factors points to Romney win, University of Colorado study says

August 22, 2012

To see the most up-to-date analysis, announced in an Oct. 4 news release, click here.

A University of Colorado analysis of state-by-state factors leading to the Electoral College selection of every U.S. president since 1980 forecasts that the 2012 winner will be Mitt Romney.

Two CU-Boulder student rocket payloads set for launch on Aug. 23

August 21, 2012


A sounding rocket launching from NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia Aug. 23 will be carrying two University of Colorado Boulder student-built payloads and a pair of other payloads developed by students from Virginia Tech, Baylor University and the University of Puerto Rico.

CU-Boulder researchers gear up for NASA radiation belt space mission

August 20, 2012

The University of Colorado Boulder will play a key role in a NASA mission launching this week to study how space weather affects Earth’s two giant radiation belts known to be hazardous to satellites, astronauts and electronics systems on Earth.

New study involving CU-Boulder shows heroin, morphine addiction can be blocked

August 14, 2012


University of Adelaide news release

In a major breakthrough, an international team of scientists from the University of Adelaide and University of Colorado Boulder has proven that addiction to morphine and heroin can be blocked, while at the same time increasing pain relief.

The team has discovered the key mechanism in the body’s immune system that amplifies addiction to opioid drugs. Laboratory studies involving rats have shown that the drug (+)-naloxone will selectively block the immune-addiction response.

Earth still absorbing CO2 even as emissions rise

Despite sharp increases in carbon dioxide emissions by humans in recent decades that are warming the planet, Earth’s vegetation and oceans continue to soak up about half of them, according to a surprising new study led by CU-Boulder postdoctoral researcher Ashley Ballantyne.

CU-Boulder research attracts $380.7 million in sponsored funding

August 09, 2012

CU System news release

DENVER – Work by University of Colorado faculty garnered $815.3 million in sponsored research funding in fiscal year 2011-12, a rise of nearly $22 million over the previous fiscal year.

The preliminary figures indicate one of the highest research totals in CU history; the only higher total came in fiscal year 2009-10, when one-time federal stimulus dollars contributed to a final tally of $884.1 million. Last year’s total was $793.5 million.

CU-led team discovers new atmospheric compound tied to climate change and human health issues

August 08, 2012


An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Helsinki has discovered a surprising new chemical compound in Earth’s atmosphere that reacts with sulfur dioxide to form sulfuric acid, which is known to have significant impacts on climate and health.


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