Discovery & Innovation

CU-Boulder-Led Hubble Astronomy Team Uncovers Evidence of Early Heated Universe

October 07, 2010

If you think global warming is bad, 11 billion years ago the entire universe underwent what might be called universal warming. The consequence of that early heating was that fierce blasts of radiation from voracious black holes stunted the growth of some small galaxies for a stretch of 500 million years.

CU-Boulder-Led Mars Mission Given Green Light by NASA to Proceed to Development

October 05, 2010

NASA announced today that the University of Colorado at Boulder-led mission to Mars to investigate how the planet lost much of its atmosphere eons ago has been approved by the space agency to move into the development stage.

Genetic Clues to Evolution of Jaws in Vertebrates Unearthed by CU-Led Team

September 23, 2010

A half-billion years ago, vertebrates lacked the ability to chew their food. They did not have jaws. Instead, their heads consisted of a flexible, fused basket of cartilage.

Desert Dust Reduces Colorado River Flow, Says New Study

September 20, 2010

Dark-colored dust that settles on snow in the Upper Colorado River Basin makes the snow melt early and robs the Colorado River of about 5 percent of its water each year, says a new study co-authored by researchers from the University of Colorado at Boulder-based Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, or CIRES.

CU-NREL Energy Institute Launches Study of Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles in Boulder

September 14, 2010

The University of Colorado at Boulder's Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute, or RASEI -- a joint venture with the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory -- will partner with Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. Inc. in a field study of household experiences and the technical impacts of plug-in hybrid electric vehicles, or PHVs, in a "smart grid" environment.

New Hubble Observations of Supernova 1987A Reveal Composition of 'Star Guts' Pouring Out

September 02, 2010

Observations made with NASA's newly refurbished Hubble Space Telescope of a nearby supernova are allowing astronomers to measure the velocity and composition of "star guts" being ejected into space following the explosion, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder.

CU-Boulder, Montana State and Idaho State Receive $3.85 Million to Study Fire, Climate Change

September 01, 2010

Faculty at the University of Colorado at Boulder, Montana State University, the University of Idaho and collaborators at the U.S. Forest Service received a $3.85 million grant to study fire and climate change in sensitive forests in the United States, Australia and New Zealand.

CU Faculty Develop New 'Living Wall' Concept to Slash Energy Use

September 01, 2010

A multidisciplinary team of University of Colorado faculty has been awarded $1.97 million by the National Science Foundation to develop a "living wall" system based on biomimicry, or the imitation of nature, to slash energy use in buildings.

CU Students, Staff Help NASA Decommission Satellite Toting Failed Science Payload

August 31, 2010

University of Colorado at Boulder undergraduates, who have been helping to control five NASA satellites from campus, participated in the unusual decommissioning of a functioning satellite with a failed science payload in recent days, bringing the craft into Earth re-entry to burn up yesterday.

Study Shows Shrinking Atmospheric Layer Linked to Low Levels of Solar Radiation

August 26, 2010

Large changes in the sun's energy output may drive unexpectedly dramatic fluctuations in Earth's outer atmosphere, new research indicates. A study published today links a recent, temporary shrinking of a high atmospheric layer with a sharp drop in the sun's ultraviolet radiation levels.

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