Discovery & Innovation

JILA frequency comb helps evaluate novel biomedical decontamination method

June 15, 2012

NIST news release

Like many new measurement tools, the laser frequency comb seemed at first a curiosity but has found more practical uses than originally imagined. The technique for making extraordinarily precise measurements of frequency has now moved beyond physics and optics to advance biomedicine by helping researchers evaluate a novel instrument that kills harmful bacteria without the use of liquid chemicals or high temperatures.

Normal bacterial makeup of the body has huge implications for health, says CU-Boulder professor

June 13, 2012


For the first time, a consortium of researchers organized by the National Institutes of Health, including a University of Colorado Boulder professor, has mapped the normal microbial makeup of healthy humans.

CU-Boulder researchers catalog more than 635,000 Martian craters

June 11, 2012

It’s no secret that Mars is a beaten and battered planet -- astronomers have been peering for centuries at the violent impact craters created by cosmic buckshot pounding its surface over billions of years. But just how beat up is it?

CU-Boulder-led team finds microbes in extreme environment on South American volcanoes

June 08, 2012


A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder looking for organisms that eke out a living in some of the most inhospitable soils on Earth has found a hardy few.

A new DNA analysis of rocky soils in the Martian-like landscape on some volcanoes in South America has revealed a handful of bacteria, fungi and other rudimentary organisms called archaea, which seem to have a different way of converting energy than their cousins elsewhere in the world.

CU-Boulder physicists use ultrafast lasers to create first tabletop X-ray device

June 07, 2012


An international research team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has generated the first laser-like beams of X-rays from a tabletop device, paving the way for major advances in many fields including medicine, biology and nanotechnology development.

CU-Boulder students to help NASA develop plant food production for deep space

June 04, 2012


University of Colorado Boulder students and faculty have been selected to develop a remotely operable, robotic garden to support future astronauts in deep space.

The project is one of five university proposals selected to participate in the 2013 Exploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge led by NASA and the National Space Grant Foundation.

Andrew Hamilton - the man who hangs out in black holes

University of Colorado Boulder Professor Andrew Hamilton, doggedly determined to go where no man has gone before, continues to fascinate the public with his stunning and scientifically sound visualizations that take viewers into the guts of black holes.

Researchers do double-take on childhood learning

Nate and Zach Huey are identical, 15-year-old twins, who, like most twins, are somewhat dissimilar.

Nate runs cross country and track at Westminster High School. He specializes in mid-distance events like the two-mile run. Zach was a sprinter but suffered an injury that sidelined him.

Nate is learning the guitar but doesn’t read music. He plays by “tab” (drawings showing where to place fingers on the fretboard). Zach reads music and plays trombone in the band. He enjoys it but likes other instruments, too.

Richer parasite diversity leads to healthier frogs, says new CU study

May 21, 2012


Increases in the diversity of parasites that attack amphibians cause a decrease in the infection success rate of virulent parasites, including one that causes malformed limbs and premature death, says a new University of Colorado Boulder study.

New ‘Map of Life’ project aims to show distribution of all plants, animals on planet

A research team involving Yale University and the University of Colorado Boulder has developed a first public demonstration version of its “Map of Life,” an ambitious Web-based endeavor designed to show the distribution of all living plants and animals on the planet.


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