Archaeologist and paleoenvironmental researcher Isaac Hart of the University of Utah surveys a melting ice patch in western Mongolia. Peter Bittner, CC BY-ND

Melting Mongolian ice reveals fragile artifacts that provide clues about how past people lived

Aug. 11, 2021

As soaring heat exposes artifacts that provide insights into ancient climate resilience and other important scientific data, the ice loss itself is reducing humanity’s resilience for the years ahead.

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Western tiger swallowtails sip milkweed nectar and chew aspen leaves

Aug. 5, 2021

Monarch butterflies gained access to milkweeds after they evolved the metabolic trick of absorbing the cardiac glycosides by sequestering them in fat bodies.

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‘A relatively sleepy university morphed into a powerhouse’

July 27, 2021

Distinguished professor of chemistry notes rapid and positive changes during his 50 years on the CU Boulder faculty

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As field of linguistics burgeoned so did CU Boulder

July 27, 2021

'One of the most attractive features of my time in Boulder was the contact with colleagues and visitors in other disciplines. ... The intellectual importance of these contacts cannot be underestimated'

Raft of the Medusa

Rapid growth at CU Boulder has upsides and downsides

July 27, 2021

University’s standing has risen, but some spontaneity and bonhomie have been lost, art-history professor says

Putnam Cicadas

Cicadas plague Boulder

July 22, 2021

Mountain cicadas, Okanagana bella, are also found locally, and it is the only cicada common in the mountains.

Male White faced meadow hawk

White-faced meadowhawks have multiple color patterns

July 21, 2021

A mating wheel allows a precise comparison of the colors and patterns of males and females The little marsh swarmed with insects. Tiny moths popped up from the grass, darted a short distance and then disappeared back into the grass. Small wood nymph butterflies kept searching for the perfect spot...

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Low- and middle-income countries lack access to big data analysis – here’s how to fill the gap

July 20, 2021

As statistics continues to play an ever more important role in society, equal access to data resources in developing countries is becoming more essential.

Firework stand

Over 100 fire scientists urge the U.S. West: Skip the fireworks this record-dry 4th of July

June 30, 2021

With this combination of extreme drought, heat and dry vegetation, all it takes is a spark to ignite a wildfire.

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‘Wrong number? Let’s chat’ Maasai herders in East Africa use misdials to make connections

June 28, 2021

CU Boulder research suggests how Maasai in Tanzania use their phones shows us how technology, error and openess can bring diverse people together.

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