Elemental Arsenic

Trace arsenic linked with deteriorating health among American Indian elders

Aug. 25, 2017

Low levels of inorganic arsenic, thought safe, might be harming American Indian communities in the western United States.

Nambian Fairy Circle

Solving the ecological mystery of Africa’s fairy circles

Aug. 22, 2017

A team of CU Boulder scientists is working to unlock a longstanding ecological mystery: barren patches of ground in Africa's grasslands known as fairy circles.

Caterpillar

No microbes? No problem for caterpillars

Aug. 22, 2017

Caterpillars have far less bacteria and fungi inhabiting their guts than other organisms, making them an evolutionary oddity in the animal kingdom.

Asteroid Impact

Dinosaur-killing asteroid could have thrust Earth into 2 years of darkness

Aug. 22, 2017

Tremendous amounts of soot following a massive asteroid strike 66 million years ago would have plunged Earth into darkness for nearly two years, according to a news release from NCAR.

Fluorescent Bacteria

Bacteria have feelings, too

Aug. 14, 2017

For humans, our sense of touch is relayed to the brain via small electrical pulses. But new research shows that individual bacteria can feel their external environment in a similar way.

DNA Folding

Microbe may explain evolutionary origins of DNA folding

Aug. 10, 2017

A new study uncovers surprising similarities in the ways that multicellular organisms fold their DNA.

Mesa Verde

Ancient DNA used to track abandonment of Mesa Verde in 13th century

Aug. 10, 2017

Ancient DNA used to track the exodus of Pueblo people from Colorado's Mesa Verde region in the late 13th century indicates many wound up in the northern Rio Grande area of New Mexico.

Pace

2017 Massry Prize honors Norman Pace

Aug. 9, 2017

Distinguished Professor Emeritus Norman Pace of CU Boulder’s Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology has won the 2017 Massry Prize for his microbiome research.

Chaco

Chaco Canyon petroglyph may represent ancient total eclipse

Aug. 8, 2017

As the hullabaloo surrounding the Aug. 21 total eclipse of the sun swells by the day, a CU Boulder faculty member says a petroglyph in New Mexico’s Chaco Canyon may represent a total eclipse that occurred there a thousand years ago.

Rother

Forest regrowth tends to be thinner after wildfire

Aug. 7, 2017

Wildfires may be changing Colorado forests, thanks to shifting precipitation and temperatures driven in part by climate change, researchers find.

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