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Planet-hunting satellite launches to search for alien worlds

At 6:51 p.m. on April 18, a rocket carrying NASA’s latest space satellite, called the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS), blasted off from Cape Canaveral. CU Boulder Assistant Professor Zach Berta-Thompson was there. He called the experience “terrifying but incredible.” Read more
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Professors honored for work in cell signals, ultrafast lasers

Two CU Boulder professors are among the latest group of scientists, politicians, artists and more elected to the American Academy of Arts and Science. The academy, which was founded in 1780, has claimed such luminaries as Albert Einstein and Margaret Mead as members. Read more

Program puts prehistoric sandals through the paces

An extensive collection of Southwestern prehistoric sandals is housed in the Museum of Natural History at the University of Colorado Boulder. Because the sandals are ancient artifacts, researchers can’t just strap them on to see how well they wear. Read more

Wave of good will and art helps heal flood-ravaged Jamestown

Artists, engineers, designers, chefs, elementary school students and teachers do not often work together. But Martha Russo, art instructor at the University of Colorado Boulder, has found a way to get all sorts of people involved in a public art project centered on building a picnic table. Read more

Novel antioxidant makes old blood vessels seem young again

Older adults who take a novel antioxidant that specifically targets cellular powerhouses, or mitochondria, see aging of their blood vessels reverse by the equivalent of 15 to 20 years within six weeks, according to new CU Boulder research. Read more

We live in the dawn of the Anthropocene

The Anthropocene epoch is a unit of geological time in which humans exert a dominant influence on climate and the environment, but we have not reached consensus on its starting point. Read more

Alum follows blind kayaker down the Grand Canyon

“The Weight of Water” follows the blind adventurer Erik Weihenmayer as he kayaks the Grand Canyon. And, for Michael Brown, the sound is a vital element of that experience. Read more

Black hole and stellar winds form giant butterfly and shut down star formation in galaxy

Researchers at CU Boulder have completed an unprecedented “dissection” of twin galaxies in the final stages of merging. Read more

Dancer takes a bite out of the Big Apple

Gesel Mason's performance of “No Boundaries: Dancing the Visions of Contemporary Black Choreographers” at the Billie Holiday Theater made The New York Times' top 10 list. Read more

Photographer discusses being 'In Search of Turkey’s Jews'

In his public lecture, “In Search of Turkey’s Jews,” Laurence Salzmann will explore the Sephardic communities of Turkey, using his extensive collection of photographs and notes about the people the Salzmanns met, places they visited, and lessons they learned along the way. Read more

Antiquity has much to say about imperialism and what it means to be human

Elspeth Dusinberre will deliver the 112th Distinguished Research Lecture at CU Boulder on Tuesday, May 1, at 4 p.m. in the UMC’s Glenn Miller Ballroom. Her talk is titled “Archaeology, Imperialism and What it Means to Be Human.” Read more

Next crime commission should focus on domestic-violence research, expert says

In the five decades since a landmark presidential commission on crime, cops and courts have begun taking domestic violence more seriously, but much work remains to be done, says Joanne Belknap, a University of Colorado Boulder professor of ethnic studies. Read more
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