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.

Students in class

Climate change may impair cognition

By the year 2100, we may not be thinking too clearly.

Pool of water

CU Boulder brings expertise to new interdisciplinary Energy-Water Desalination Hub

CU Boulder is part of a new, $100 million interdisciplinary national partnership to address critical water security issues in the U.S.

Perovskite cell

Layered solar cell technology may create a brighter future for solar power

The future’s getting brighter for solar. CU Boulder researchers have created a low-cost solar cell with one of the highest power-conversion efficiencies to date.

strontium clock

New $25 million center to advance quantum science and engineering

CU Boulder has been selected to launch and lead a new science and engineering research center to explore the biggest challenges of the quantum world—from better understanding how the atoms in an atomic clock “tick” to how those processes can improve the science of measurement and probe for mysterious dark matter.

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?

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