Discovery & Innovation

Older adults taking popular sleep medicine at risk for falls and cognitive impairment, study finds

January 13, 2011

Adults who take one of the world's most commonly prescribed sleep medications are significantly more at risk for nighttime falls and potential injury, according to a new study by the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Extent of corruption in countries around the world tied to earthquake fatalities

January 12, 2011

A new assessment of global earthquake fatalities over the past three decades indicates that 83 percent of all deaths caused by the collapse of buildings during earthquakes occurred in countries considered to be unusually corrupt.

Two CU-Boulder Faculty Members Elected 2010 AAAS Fellows

January 11, 2011

Two University of Colorado at Boulder faculty members have been elected 2010 fellows of the prestigious American Association for the Advancement of Science.

Bloggers' Word Choice Bares Their Personality Traits, Study by CU-Boulder Researcher Finds

January 10, 2011

Words convey meaning, but our choice of specific words also conveys details about our personalities, new research confirms. For example, extraverts are likely to use the word "mouth" frequently, and "open" personalities are likely to use words like "folk," "poetry" and "universe."

Men With Macho Faces Attractive to Fertile Women, Researchers Find

January 07, 2011

When their romantic partners are not quintessentially masculine, women in their fertile phase are more likely to fantasize about masculine-looking men than are women paired with George Clooney types.

Colorado Business Leaders Optimistic Going Into First Quarter, Says CU Leeds School Index

January 04, 2011

Colorado business leaders' confidence bounced back to pre-recession levels going into the first quarter of 2011, according to the most recent quarterly Leeds Business Confidence Index, or LBCI, released today by the University of Colorado Boulder's Leeds School of Business.

Study Shows Wind Turbines on Farmlands May Benefit Crops

December 16, 2010

Wind turbines in Midwestern farm fields may be doing more than churning out electricity. The giant turbine blades that generate renewable energy might also help corn and soybean crops stay cooler and drier, help them fend off fungal infestations and improve their ability to extract growth-enhancing carbon dioxide from the air and soil.

CU Sources on Earmarks, Health Care Law, Wal-Mart Lawsuit and Other Issues

December 15, 2010

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High-Tech Software and Unmanned Planes Allow Scientists to Keep Tabs on Arctic Seals

December 14, 2010

A novel project using cameras mounted on unmanned aircraft flying over the Arctic is serving double duty by assessing the characteristics of declining sea ice and using the same aerial photos to pinpoint seals that have hauled up on ice floes.

CU-Boulder Professor Waleed Abdalati Named Chief Scientist at NASA

December 13, 2010

NASA Administrator Charles F. Bolden has selected University of Colorado at Boulder faculty member Waleed Abdalati to serve as the agency's chief scientist effective Jan. 3 for a two-year appointment.

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