Cassini - Saturn

CU Boulder scientists ready for Cassini mission grand finale

Sept. 13, 2017

After a highly successful mission, the Cassini spacecraft will give up Saturn's last secrets to CU Boulder scientists before disintegrating in the planet's dense atmosphere Sept. 15.

Pink Flowers on Ridge

Researchers to create digital archive of Rocky Mountain plants

Sept. 13, 2017

CU Boulder researchers have been awarded $2.9 million from the NSF to create a comprehensive digital archive of native plants in the southern Rocky Mountain region.

trio

Environmental-studies undergrads publish graduate-level research

Sept. 1, 2017

Some undergraduate students "absolutely are at the same level as our graduate students," professor says.

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.

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