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Members of the British royal family follow behind the coffin of Queen Elizabeth II as it is carried out of Westminster Abbey

Despite emphasis on tradition, many British royal ceremonies aren’t so old

Sept. 21, 2022

Westminster Abbey has witnessed nearly a millennium of British history—but many rituals, like those at royal funerals, are by no means ancient. How has the ornate church and its significance to the monarchy changed over centuries? CU historian Paul Hammer shares on The Conversation.

Volunteers distributed bottled water after Jackson, Mississippi’s water treatment plant failed

Intense heat waves, flooding are battering America’s aging infrastructure

Sept. 7, 2022

A heat wave that pushed California’s power grid to the limit and the water system failure in Mississippi are just two examples of how a growing maintenance backlog and increasing climate change are creating a golden age of infrastructure failure. CU expert Paul Chinowsky shares on The Conversation.

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Tiny algae could help fix concrete industry’s dirty little climate secret

Sept. 7, 2022

Concrete is strong, durable, affordable and accessible. But the global concrete industry is responsible for more than 8% of greenhouse gas emissions—more than three times the emissions associated with aviation—and demand is rising. CU expert Wil Srubar shares on The Conversation: four innovative ways to clean up this notoriously hard to decarbonize industry.

NASA spacecraft

Artemis 1 mission sets the stage for routine space exploration beyond Earth’s orbit

Aug. 29, 2022

NASA is going back to the Moon (sans crew). The mission will mark a key step in bringing humans back to Earth’s dusty sidekick after a half-century hiatus. CU expert Jack Burns discusses what to expect on The Conversation.

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Does turning the air conditioning off when you’re not home actually save energy?

Aug. 22, 2022

New energy modeling software provides insight into whether letting your air conditioner relax while you’re gone all day will save you energy—and money. Three CU Boulder engineers share on The Conversation.

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What’s dynamic pricing? An operations management scholar explains

Aug. 11, 2022

Whether you’re booking a plane ticket at the last minute or looking to go to a lackluster football game, you might encounter dynamic pricing, or adjusting prices in response to demand. CU expert Ovunc Yilmaz shares on The Conversation.

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Illuminating the brain one neuron and synapse at a time—5 essential reads

Aug. 4, 2022

From figuring out where memories are stored to how sensory information translates to behavior, new technologies are helping neuroscientists better understand how the brain works. Hear from several experts, including CU’s John Crimaldi, on The Conversation.

laser beam

Russians reportedly building satellite-blinding laser; CU expert explains the technology

July 26, 2022

Build a powerful enough laser, and you can shine it into space. Aim it well, and you can blind satellites. Aerospace engineering professor Iain Boyd discusses on The Conversation.

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Privacy isn’t in the Constitution—but it’s everywhere in constitutional law

June 15, 2022

The Supreme Court has found protections for people’s privacy in several constitutional amendments—and used it as a basis for some pretty fundamental protections. CU expert Scott Skinner-Thompson shares on The Conversation.

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Ukraine: Why most people refuse to compromise on territory

June 15, 2022

New research suggests Ukrainian public attitude toward perceived compromises—especially territorial concessions—is hardening, and willingness to make peace depends on the individual's war experiences. CU expert John O'Loughlin discusses on The Conversation.