Discovery & Innovation

CU method projected to meet DOE cost targets for solar thermal hydrogen fuel production

May 12, 2011

A report commissioned by the U.S. Department of Energy has concluded that a novel University of Colorado Boulder method of producing hydrogen fuel from sunlight is the only approach among eight competing technologies that is projected to meet future cost targets set by the federal agency.

CU student team leader for Space Dust Counter to receive doctorate May 6

May 04, 2011

After six years of helping operate NASA spacecraft and satellites, Andrew Poppe will receive his doctoral degree in physics from the University of Colorado Boulder on May 6.

Ancient bipedal hominid dubbed 'Nutcracker Man' preferred grass to nuts, new study finds

May 02, 2011

An ancient, bipedal hominid sporting a set of powerful jaws and huge molars that earned it the nickname "Nutcracker Man" likely didn't crack nuts at all, preferring instead to slurp up vast quantities of grasses and sedges, says a new study.

Who wants to deliberate with politicians? More than some expected, study finds

April 04, 2011

Conventional wisdom suggests that average citizens hate politics, loathe hyper-partisan gridlock, balk at voting even in presidential election years and are, incidentally, woefully ill-informed.

'Wicked Weed of the West' waning with effect of weevils, other nontoxic remedies, CU finds

March 30, 2011

It's not often that plants are described as diabolical, but spotted knapweed has that rare distinction. A 2004 issue of Smithsonian magazine, for instance, dubbed it the "wicked weed of the West," a "national menace" and a "weed of mass destruction."

Measurements of winter Arctic sea ice show continuing ice loss, says CU-Boulder study

March 23, 2011

The 2011 Arctic sea ice extent maximum that marks the beginning of the melt season appears to be tied for the lowest ever measured by satellites, say scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder's National Snow and Ice Data Center.

CU-Boulder space scientists ready for orbital insertion of Mercury spacecraft

March 15, 2011

NASA's MESSENGER mission, launched in 2004, is slated to slide into Mercury's orbit March 17 after a harrowing 4.7 billion mile journey that involved 15 loops around the sun and will bring relief and renewed excitement to the University of Colorado Boulder team that designed and a built an $8.7 million instrument onboard.

Neanderthals were nifty at controlling fire, according to CU-Boulder researcher

March 14, 2011

A new study involving the University of Colorado Boulder shows clear evidence of the continuous control of fire by Neanderthals in Europe dating back roughly 400,000 years, yet another indication that they weren't dimwitted brutes as often portrayed.

Gulf oil spill study sheds light on urban air pollution

March 10, 2011

When a team of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences raced to the scene of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill to assess the disaster's impact on air quality last year, they found more than they expected.

Natural variability main culprit of deadly Russian heat wave, study finds

March 09, 2011

The deadly Russian heat wave of 2010 was due to a natural atmospheric phenomenon often associated with weather extremes, according to a new study by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, or CIRES

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