NASA astronaut services the Hubble Space Telescope from orbit in 1997

Understanding and addressing social justice and inequality

With a wide range of social justice concerns making headlines daily and the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbating many of them, CU Boulder researchers and perspectives informed and shaped deliberations about the most important issues of our times.

Lovell, Wyoming main street

Research sheds light on overlooked rural America

Among the burdens on rural America are significantly poorer public health, higher incidents of teen pregnancy, lower education levels and higher prescription rates for narcotics.

Pills and cash

Medicaid a savings shot-in-the-arm for low-income families

Access to Medicaid can boost a family’s savings, potentially offering new paths out of poverty, according to research from CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business.

Nicole Mansfield Wright

Literature as malware

Literature is often touted as creating a more just and empathetic world—but what happens when it doesn’t?

Mom holding baby with laptop in background

Collaboration examines impact of music on early childhood

In Spring 2020, an ambitious partnership brought together the College of Music’s Entrepreneurship Center for Music, CU Boulder’s Renée Crown Wellness Institute, Boulder Community Health, Children's Hospital of Colorado and Carnegie Hall.

Immigrant print by Hung Liu

Persuasive prints

Fifteenth-century woodcuts, Catholic Church plenary indulgences, a 3D characterization of a New York City subway.

Fossil skull of Triceratops

CU’s Triceratops is ready for its close-up

For more than 40 years, visitors have flocked to the CU Museum of Natural History to catch a glimpse of one big dinosaur specimen: the fossil skull of an ancient Triceratops that’s nearly the size of a Mini Cooper.

Cockroach and robot bug

Cockroach-inspired robot among smallest, fastest ever

Assistant Professor Kaushik Jayaram has developed a robot that can just about squeeze onto the surface of a penny and weighs far less than a paperclip while still being able to carry up to 10 times its own weight.

Fluffy planets: Kepler-51b, Kepler-51 c, Kepler-51 d. Planets: Earth, Neptune, Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter.

Planets as fluffy as cotton candy

Behold the “super-puff” worlds of the Kepler 51 star system.

A computer-generated image representing space debris as could be seen from high Earth orbit. (Image provided by NASA)

Economic incentives could reduce space junk

Aging satellites and space debris crowd low-Earth orbit, and launching new satellites adds to the collision risk.