Researcher in Inscripta Lab

Powered by CU Boulder innovations, CU system leaps to No. 20 in global university patent rankings

The University of Colorado jumped from No. 53 to No. 20 in a 2019 global ranking of the top 100 universities granted U.S. utility patents.

CU Boulder researchers walking across the arctic to study climate

A year in the ice

The Arctic is warming faster than any other region on the planet, with enormous implications for the future of global climate.

Water filters and people of Rwanda

Cleaner water and air for rural populations

Unsafe drinking water and household air pollution are deadly in the developing world, where an estimated 1.1 billion people lack safe drinking water and cook indoors with an open flame.

Shower head and bacteria graphic

Your showerhead slime Is alive

Every time you hop in the shower, you are in the company of millions of microorganisms, most of which probably won’t hurt you.

Mountain peaks

Climate adaptation center to benefit resource managers

Resource managers face mind-boggling challenges: How do you protect an endangered species when the climate is changing around it, or support resilient water management as temperatures rise?

Sensors monitoring indoor air quality from cooking

A secret pollution hot spot: your home

What’s in the air inside your home? More than you think.

CU Boulder Professor Lupita Montoya and undergraduate student standing behind bottles of nail polish

The hidden risk of nail salons

When CU Boulder Professor Lupita Montoya walked into a nail salon years ago, she was struck by the pungent smell of open chemicals used in gel and acrylic nail applications.

Professor Corrie Detweiler looking at bacteria

Kryptonite for superbugs?

With antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” infecting 2 million people per year, and a dearth of new medications in the pipeline to treat them, CU Boulder researchers are taking a novel approach to addressing the looming public health crisis.

Person using 5-minute workout device

A 5-minute workout that can strengthen your heart and brain

Working out 5 minutes a day, without lifting a weight or jogging a step, may be able to reduce your heart attack risk, improve your thinking and boost your sports performance, preliminary CU Boulder research suggests.

Researchers holding shape shifting material

Mighty morphin’ shape shifter

How can a square peg fit into a round hole? Pretty easily, thanks to a new shape-shifting material developed by CU Boulder engineers.