A team led by the University of Colorado Boulder has discovered an invisible shield some 7,200 miles above Earth that blocks so-called “killer electrons,” which whip around the planet at near-light speed and have been known to threaten astronauts, fry satellites and degrade space systems during intense solar storms.
Seated high in the Rocky Mountains west of Fort Collins, Zimmerman Lake was abuzz last week, and not just from the swarms of pesky mosquitos that had a heyday dive-bombing visitors.
Instead, scientists and students from the University of Colorado Boulder and fisheries biologists and managers from state and federal natural resource agencies were focused on the inhabitants of a water tank in the back of a Colorado Parks and Wildlife fish-stocking truck. Inside were hundreds of colorful trout known as greenback cutthroats, about to be released into their native river drainage after vanishing for decades.
Earlier this year, about 30 young Peruvian women walked as many as 10 hours to gather in Urubamba, a village located just south of the Incan sanctuary of Machu Picchu in Peru’s Sacred Valley.
The women, whose average age was 18, made the long journey to participate in the Visionary Leadership Institute, organized with the help of Abigale Stangl, a University of Colorado Boulder doctoral student.
During two days of intensive airborne measurements, oil and gas operations in Colorado’s Front Range leaked nearly three times as much methane, a greenhouse gas, as predicted based on inventory estimates, and seven times as much benzene, a regulated air toxic.
Feeling out of synch? The world’s most precise clock is now located on the CU-Boulder campus.
In a laboratory at JILA—a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology—researchers have developed a new strontium atomic clock that has set world records for both precision and stability. It “ticks” 430 trillion times per second.
A massive ejection of material from the sun initially traveling at over 7 million miles per hour that narrowly missed Earth last year is an event solar scientists hope will open the eyes of policymakers regarding the impacts and mitigation of severe space weather, says a University of Colorado Boulder professor.
In the first half of the nineteenth century, American settlers pushed westward into the Great Plains, lured to the prairies by the agricultural promise of their dark, rich soils.
Within a century, America’s tallgrass prairies—which once stretched across more than 150 million acres, from Minnesota south to Texas and from Illinois west to Nebraska—had all but vanished under settlers’ plows. The demise of the tallgrass prairie also meant the demise of dozens of species of grasses that could grow to the height of a man, hundreds of species of flowers and herds of roaming bison.
A $6 million University of Colorado Boulder instrument designed to study the behavior of lunar dust will be riding on a NASA mission to the moon now slated for launch on Friday, Sept. 6, from the agency’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia.
A University of Colorado Boulder faculty member will travel to Africa later this month to test a mobile smartphone technology developed by his team to rapidly detect and track natural carcinogens, including aflatoxin, which is estimated to contaminate up to 25 percent of the global food supply and cause severe illnesses in humans and animals.