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Philosopher, scientists propose new way to categorize minerals

Dec. 21, 2020

CU Boulder philosopher and planetary scientists at Carnegie Institution for Science argue that existing system of mineral classification fails to account for ‘mineral evolution.'

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Scientists aim to fuse Earth data to help classify, map sea ice

Dec. 17, 2020

CU Boulder geographer leads colleagues from National Snow and Ice Data Center and CU Denver in effort to leverage artificial intelligence for harmonizing large earth observation datasets and mapping sea ice.

Carrie Mae Weems  The Kitchen Table Series, 1990. Gelatin silver print. Oakland Museum

Critic, essayist aims to bridge the art divide

Dec. 16, 2020

Newest member of the art and art history faculty, a New York Times critic and essayist, hopes to forge a path between the creator and the analyst.

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Prof seeks avalanche of ideas to help prevent disaster

Dec. 14, 2020

CU Boulder Natural Hazards Center calls for 1,000 letters to inform Biden transition team on how to respond to hazards, disasters.

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Impacts of COVID-19 emissions reductions remain murky in the oceans

Dec. 14, 2020

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in the first half of 2020, humans around the world stopped moving and making, resulting in a 9% drop in the greenhouse gas emissions at the root of climate change.

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How commercial vessels could become tsunami early-warning systems

Dec. 14, 2020

Scientists may have discovered a new ally in efforts to keep coastal communities in the Pacific Northwest safe from future tsunamis, according to a new study: Fleets of commercial shipping vessels.

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Who should get the first COVID-19 vaccines? Global study provides insights

Dec. 14, 2020

Should people who already had COVID-19 step aside and give their place in the vaccine line to someone else? In some cases, yes, suggests new University of Colorado Boulder research.

Parker Solar Probe circles in front of the sun in this artist rendering. (Credit: NASA, Johns Hopkins APL, Steve Gribben)

Researchers get a look at the sun's dusty environment

Dec. 14, 2020

Researchers from the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP) at the University of Colorado Boulder are diving into the dusty environment that surrounds the sun—a search that could help to reveal how planets like Earth come into being.


How a simple smell test could curb COVID-19 and help reopen the economy

Dec. 14, 2020

A simple, scratch-and-sniff test could play a key role in curbing the spread of COVID-19, at a fraction of the cost of high-tech tests that are difficult to scale and take longer to return results, new CU Boulder research suggests.

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Colorado mountains bouncing back from ‘acid rain’ impacts

Dec. 14, 2020

A long-term trend of ecological improvement is appearing in the mountains west of Boulder. Researchers from CU Boulder have found that Niwot Ridge—a high alpine area of the Rocky Mountains, east of the Continental Divide—is slowly recovering from increased acidity caused by vehicle emissions in Colorado’s Front Range.