Discovery & Innovation

CU students’ work makes it to the big screen

March 14, 2012

The work of a talented group of University of Colorado Boulder students and staff will be making it to the big screen this weekend. The really big screen -- in fact, a more than 20-meter dome.

Discovery of pine beetles breeding twice in a year helps explain increasing damage, CU researchers say

March 14, 2012

Long thought to produce only one generation of tree-killing offspring annually, some populations of mountain pine beetles now produce two generations per year, dramatically increasing the potential for the bugs to kill lodgepole and ponderosa pine trees, University of Colorado Boulder researchers have found.

CU and NIST scientists reveal inner workings of magnets, a finding that could lead to faster computers

March 14, 2012

Using the world’s fastest light source -- specialized X-ray lasers -- scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology have revealed the secret inner life of magnets, a finding that could lead to faster and “smarter” computers.

CU-NIST 'star comb' joins quest for Earth-like planets

If there is life on other planets, a laser frequency comb developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, or NIST, may help find it.

Such a comb -- a tool for precisely measuring frequencies, or colors, of light -- has for the first time been used to calibrate measurements of starlight from stars other than the Sun. The good results suggest combs will eventually fulfill their potential to boost the search for Earth-like planets to a new level.

CU and NREL get 10 more Toyota hybrids to plug into smart grid study

Ten plug-in hybrid vehicles, or PHVs, have been added to a University of Colorado Boulder study that has been examining user experiences and system interactions since September 2010 in the local smart-grid environment.

CU team’s efficient unmanned aircraft jetting toward commercialization

Propulsion by a novel jet engine is the crux of the innovation behind a University of Colorado Boulder-developed aircraft that’s accelerating toward commercialization.

CU team’s efficient unmanned aircraft jetting toward commercialization

February 23, 2012

Propulsion by a novel jet engine is the crux of the innovation behind a University of Colorado Boulder-developed aircraft that’s accelerating toward commercialization.

Jet engine technology can be small, fuel-efficient and cost-effective, at least with Assistant Professor Ryan Starkey’s design. The CU-Boulder aerospace engineer, with a team of students, has developed a first-of-its-kind supersonic unmanned aircraft vehicle, or UAV. The UAV, which is currently in a prototype state, is expected to fly farther and faster -- using less fuel -- than anything remotely similar to date.

CU and NREL get 10 more Toyota hybrids to plug into smart grid study

February 21, 2012

Ten plug-in hybrid vehicles, or PHVs, have been added to a University of Colorado Boulder study that has been examining user experiences and system interactions since September 2010 in the local smart-grid environment.

Scientists deploy lasers, GPS technology to improve snow measurements

February 13, 2012

NCAR news release

Equipped with specialized lasers and GPS technology, scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research are working with institutions including the University of Colorado Boulder to solve a critical wintertime weather mystery: how to accurately measure the amount of snow on the ground.

CU-Boulder professor elected to National Academy of Engineering

February 09, 2012

Diane McKnight, professor of civil, environmental and architectural engineering and a fellow of the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research at the University of Colorado Boulder, has been elected to the National Academy of Engineering.

McKnight is among 66 new members and 10 foreign associates of the academy announced today. She joins 16 other faculty from the campus who have been elected since the academy’s formation in 1962.

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