Illustration of the NASA Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or GRACE. Image courtesy of NASA.

India’s big gulp raising sea level and concern

Dec. 1, 2009

Illustration of the NASA Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment, or GRACE. Image courtesy of NASA. Northern India’s groundwater is being pumped onto farm fields faster than it can be replenished by monsoons, and the rate of loss is accelerating, a recent study co-authored by a University of Colorado researcher has...

A house is shown surrounded by coal fly ash after a retention pond near Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee overflowed.

Tons of sludge, tons of questions

Oct. 1, 2009

Just after midnight on Dec. 22, 2008, 5.4 million cubic yards of coal-fly ash overflowed a retention pond near the Kingston Fossil Plant in Tennessee. The event, which is still being sorted out, made for a perfect case study for Jill Litt's critical-thinking class.

A satellite image of the World Trade Center attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (Image courtesy: NASA)

If terrorists sow fear, they get a mixed harvest

Oct. 1, 2009

A satellite image of the World Trade Center attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (Image courtesy: NASA) Terrorism incites fear designed to coerce governments to act, according to definitions of “terrorism” in U.S. law, in U.N. resolutions and elsewhere. But terrorism often prompts as much anger and retaliation as fear and...

art

Seeing the art at last

Oct. 1, 2009

Keeping an extensive collection of great art in storage is like having Stokowski conduct Beethoven in an empty concert hall. It’s a missed opportunity. Soon, the University of Colorado will have the space to connect its great art with people who savor it. The CU Art Museum has an impressive...

Daniel Howrigan

Survival of the funniest

Oct. 1, 2009

Did humor evolve as a sign of mental fitness? Potential friends and mates flock to funny people. Many a grim, solitary soul can vouch for that. But the possibility that humor evolved in humans as a sign of mental fitness—and a way to increase reproductive success—finds support from a University...

Members and fans of the Cosmic Origins Spectrograph project watch the space shuttle Atlantis lift off at the COS launch party at a lab on CU-Boulder's East Campus.

A worthy COS

June 1, 2009

University helped design and build now-orbiting Cosmic Origins Spectrograph Feb. 1, 2003, changed everything. Not only was it a disastrous loss for the friends and family of the astronauts aboard the space shuttle Columbia, which disintegrated as it re-entered Earth’s atmosphere, but it also dramatically changed the course of NASA...

Hank Brown stands behind members of his class, donors and alums in the U.S. Capitol. The trip was part of the curriculum of the former CU president's political science course.

Mr. Brown goes back to Washington, this time to teach

June 1, 2009

After spending 16 years as a member of Congress (both in the House, and Senate), former University of Colorado President Hank Brown knows his way around Capitol Hill. It is that wealth of knowledge and experience that Brown brings to “Icons of the American Republic,” a course that was first...

Margaret Murnane and Henry Kapteyn

The lab with X-ray vision

March 1, 2009

Collaborating couple pursues next generation of lasers When the first functioning laser was unveiled in 1960, people had no idea it would be used for surgery, let alone in bar-code readers and CD players. Experts speculated that the new device might be used to peel potatoes or to erase typing...

Matthew Keller

An evolutionary paradox:

March 1, 2009

Genes increasing risk for mental disorders should have been weeded out of the gene pool. Why haven’t they been? Schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and other mental disorders usually appear by the time the sufferers are in their reproductive prime, and these people typically have fewer offspring (the currency of natural selection)...

Young goths, shown here in Australia, are known for their dark clothing and demeanor. Photo courtesy of Johnny Barker (http://www.flickr.com/photos/71086419@N00/)

Goth and Christian ‘intimacy talk’

March 1, 2009

Surprising similarities between divergent groups, but old stereotypes persist, researcher says Though they express their sexuality in starkly different ways, evangelical Christian men and goth men share a startling amount of common ground in their “intimacy talk,” which in both cases tends to emphasize intimacy, vulnerability and respect for women...

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