Discovery & Innovation

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

Works of Stan Brakhage, film pioneer and longtime CU professor, preserved in new center

March 02, 2011

Stan Brakhage loved poetry and befriended poets but dubbed himself a failed poet. Many experts disagreed. He was, they said, a consummate poet -- one who spoke in the language of film and measured his meter in frames.

New CU study shows acupressure effective in helping to treat traumatic brain injury

February 28, 2011

A new University of Colorado Boulder study indicates an ancient form of complementary medicine may be effective in helping to treat people with mild traumatic brain injury, a finding that may have implications for some U.S. war veterans returning home.

Feb. 23 NASA mission to tote $28 million CU-Boulder instrument and tiny student satellite

February 22, 2011

A $28 million University of Colorado Boulder instrument developed to study changes in the sun's brightness and its impact on Earth's climate is one of two primary payloads on NASA's Glory mission set to launch from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on Feb. 23.

CU's Glenn Miller Archive acquires one of world's best Big Band Era collections

February 21, 2011

The Glenn Miller Archive at the University of Colorado Boulder American Music Research Center has acquired one of the world's most significant collections of Big Band Era recordings and memorabilia.

Stresses of unemployed spouse can hurt job performance of other spouse, study finds

February 21, 2011

Ignoring the stresses of an unemployed spouse's job search does not bode well for the employed spouse's job productivity or home life, says a University of Colorado Boulder professor.

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