Colorado barn swallow pair in flight. Photo by Matthew R Wilkins.

Mate choices of barn swallows tied to diverging appearances

Aug. 15, 2016

If you are a male barn swallow in the United States or the Mediterranean with dark red breast feathers, you’re apt to wow potential mates. But if you have long outer tail feathers in the United States, or short ones in the Mediterranean, the females may not be so impressed.

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Deep look inside living cells reveals a key cancer process

Aug. 11, 2016

Telomerase, a powerful enzyme that acts at the ends of human chromosomes, can keep us healthy, but it can also promote cancer growth. Now, researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have used a process called single-molecule imaging to visualize the process that this enzyme uses to attach itself to the ends of chromosom

CU Boulder offers graduate certificate in Applied Shakespeare

CU Boulder offers graduate certificate in Applied Shakespeare

Aug. 9, 2016

Beginning in spring 2017, CU Boulder becomes the first university in the nation to offer a graduate certificate in Applied Shakespeare.

1967 solar storm nearly took U.S. to brink of war

1967 solar storm nearly took U.S. to brink of war

Aug. 9, 2016

A solar storm that jammed radar and radio communications at the height of the Cold War could have led to a disastrous military conflict if not for the U.S. Air Force’s budding efforts to monitor the sun’s activity, a new CU Boulder study finds.


Earlier snowmelt cuts forests’ ability to regulate atmospheric carbon

Aug. 3, 2016

Earlier snowmelt periods associated with a warming climate may hinder subalpine forest regulation of atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2), according to the results of a new University of Colorado Boulder study.


Staging Shakespeare in a war zone

Aug. 3, 2016

Shakespearean plays often include fight scenes, but they’re not usually produced in a war zone. Author Qais Akbar Omar has staged a play in Afghanistan and is coming to CU Boulder to talk about it.

Well head after all the hydraulic fracturing equipment has been taken off location. Photo by Joshua Doubek, Wikimedia Commons

Groundwater contamination from natural gas leakage unchanged

July 11, 2016

The rate of groundwater contamination due to natural gas leakage from oil and gas wells has remained largely unchanged in northeastern Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg Basin since 2001, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study based on public records and historical data.

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Electric bikes help sedentary people exercise

July 7, 2016

A new University of Colorado Boulder study shows that using an electrically-powered bicycle on a regular basis can provide riders with an effective workout while improving some aspects of cardiovascular health, especially for riders who previously had been sedentary.

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.