Luis Zea and the 16 Psyche asteroid

CU Boulder explores mining in space with bacteria

Aug. 7, 2019

Luis Zea is investigating the possibility of mining metals from asteroids in space using an unlikely agent: bacteria. It may sound like science fiction, but so-called biomining is already a reality on Earth. Now, Zea, and his co-investigator Jesse Colangelo in the University of Colorado Boulder’s Department of Geological Sciences...

Micro-Indentation and Visualization system,

Soft material study could improve medical devices, other applications

Aug. 1, 2019

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed a new technique that can study friction between soft materials like those inside the body, paving the way for improvements to medical devices used by millions each year.

Brendan Heffernan adjusts optical components at a light table in the team's lab.

Sending doughnut-shaped beam through optical fiber may hold key to better brain imaging

July 31, 2019

PhD student demonstrates that the odd-shaped beam can be used to create a miniature stimulated emission depletion microscope capable of studying brain activity in freely behaving animals.

combustion study in Greg Rieker's lab

A bright future for combustion research, Rieker receives Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award

July 29, 2019

Associate Professor Greg Rieker has been awarded two of the top international awards in his field. After receiving the Peter Werle Early Career Scientist Award in September 2018, he was selected to receive the Hiroshi Tsuji Early Career Researcher Award in April 2019.

A mock-up of what a LunaSat might look like on the moon.

Students to send hundreds of leaf-sized spacecraft to the moon

July 24, 2019

Fifty years ago today, the command module of the Apollo 11 spacecraft splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, safely returning the first astronauts to set foot on the moon. Now, students from Colorado and across the world will continue that legacy of exploration via the Great Lunar Expedition for Everyone...

The Bowman family

Bowman gives back by founding new endowed faculty position

July 19, 2019

Distinguished Professor Chris Bowman is donating his lab's royalties from a patent toward the formation of a new endowed faculty position.

Eric Frew talking in his lab before deployment

Podcast: AES Professor Frew on drone based storm research, airborne scientists and the movie "Twister"

July 1, 2019

OnCue talked to Professor Eric Frew about how drones are contributing to cutting edge storm research, long travel days with the project, and expectation versus reality in the '90s classic tornado movie "Twister."

A phone showing the test presidential alert sent in 2018

National emergency alerts potentially vulnerable to attack

June 20, 2019

A team of researchers from the Department of Computer Science (CS), Department of Electrical, Computer and Energy Engineering (ECEE) and the Technology, Cybersecurity and Policy (TCP) program discovered a back door through which hackers might mimic presidential alerts.

Prashant working on a whiteboard

These nano-bugs eat CO2 and make eco-friendly fuel

June 12, 2019

CU Boulder researchers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of using airborne carbon dioxide and nitrogen to produce a variety of plastics and fuels, a promising first step toward low-cost carbon sequestration and eco-friendly manufacturing for chemicals.

John Mah

Aerospace faculty member earns two awards for teaching excellence

June 7, 2019

John Mah has earned two teaching awards in the past two months, and reading comments from his students, it’s not hard to see why. “He taught with such enthusiasm and expertise that even the most uninterested student would listen.” – Grace Edwards “Professor Mah is without a doubt the best...

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