The Juno mission entered orbit around Jupiter in July 2016.

CU-Boulder faculty, students primed for Juno arrival at Jupiter

June 23, 2016

A group of University of Colorado Boulder faculty and students are anxiously awaiting the arrival of NASA’s Juno spacecraft at Jupiter July 4, a mission expected to reveal the hidden interior of the gas giant as well as keys to how our solar system formed.

Two mitochondria from mammalian lung tissue displaying their matrix and membranes as shown by electron microscopy. Photo: Louisa Thomas / Wikipedia

Researchers unlock longstanding mitochondrial mystery

June 23, 2016

A new study, published today in the journal Science and led by University of Colorado Boulder researchers, sheds new light on a longstanding biological mystery. Mitochondria are crucial to cellular processes, providing respiratory and metabolic functions that power a cell.

Restoration of the extinct short-faced bear (Arctodus simus). Photo courtesy of Wikipedia.

Climate big player in Patagonian ice age mammal extinction 12,000 years ago

June 17, 2016

A study led by the University of Adelaide and including the University of Colorado Boulder indicates giant ice age-era mammals that roamed Patagonia until about 12,300 years ago were finally felled by a rapidly warming climate, not by a sudden onslaught of the first human hunters.

Empathy for others’ pain rooted in cognition rather than sensation

Empathy for others’ pain rooted in cognition rather than sensation

June 14, 2016

The ability to understand and empathize with others’ pain is grounded in cognitive neural processes rather than sensory ones, according to the results of a new study led by University of Colorado Boulder researchers.

Light pollution now blots out the Milky Way

Milky Way now hidden from one-third of humanity

June 10, 2016

The Milky Way, the brilliant river of stars that has dominated the night sky and human imaginations since time immemorial, is but a faded memory to one third of humanity and 80 percent of Americans, according to a new global atlas of light pollution produced by Italian and American scientists.


Narcotic painkillers prolong pain in rats

May 31, 2016

Opioids like morphine have now been shown to paradoxically cause an increase in chronic pain in lab rats, findings that could have far-reaching implications for humans, says a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.

Federal Data Hub

CU becomes region’s first federal data research hub

May 24, 2016

Social scientists and health researchers from across Colorado and neighboring states will soon have abundant U.S. Census and other federal statistical data available to them in a secure setting at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Honey Bee

Honeybees regulate hive temp better in groups

May 9, 2016

Honeybees use their wings to cool down their hives when temperatures rise, but new University of Colorado Boulder research shows that this intriguing behavior may be linked to both the rate of heating and the size of a honeybee group.

Biblical scholar explores the power of Babel

Biblical scholar explores the power of Babel

April 27, 2016

Modern readers of the Holy Bible often say that context is critical. Samuel Boyd, assistant professor of religious studies, heartily agrees. And he should know. He has no fewer than 23 ancient NearEast tongues at his disposal.

History of Coyote Valley zeroes in on RMNP ecology

History of Coyote Valley zeroes in on RMNP ecology

April 27, 2016

Andrews’ ‘accidental’ book paints history of little known corner of Colorado’s high country When Ben Bobowski, chief of resource stewardship at Rocky Mountain National Park, went looking for someone to write a detailed report of the Kawuneeche, or Coyote, Valley, in the less-visited western reaches of the park, Thomas G...