When students in more than 20 Denver Public Schools return to classrooms for the spring semester, they’ll be coming back to cleaner indoor air, thanks in part to work being done by CU Boulder environmental engineering researchers.
A CU Boulder study shows human emissions, including amino acids from sweat or acetone from breath, can chemically combine with bleach cleaners to form new airborne chemicals with unknown impacts to indoor air quality.
CU Boulder researchers have discovered a new compound capable of pushing past the defenses of antibiotic-resistant bacteria. It, and other recent discoveries from the lab, could lead to a new arsenal for combating the rising threat of superbugs.
A new neuroimaging study offers a first look at what happens in the brain when we try to stop thinking about one thing in order to make room for new ideas. The findings offer clues on how to be more productive when studying and working. They could also lead to new therapies for trauma and anxiety disorders.
A team from the Mortenson Center in Global Engineering recently published results from a pilot impact evaluation of trail bridges in rural Rwanda. They installed sensors to monitor use at 12 bridge sites constructed by Denver-based nonprofit Bridges to Prosperity.
With vaccines beginning to roll out, policymakers face tough decisions on whom to bring to the front of the line. New research shows prioritizing people older than 60 will save the most lives, but prioritizing young adults works best to reduce spread. And some regions may want to ask those who've already had the virus to offer up their place in line.
A new mathematical modeling study by CU Boulder scientists suggests a simple scratch-and-sniff test could play an important role in screening for COVID-19. An alumnus has already invented a 50-cent test that interfaces with a smartphone app, and more research is underway.
Unless urgent action is taken, climate change will increasingly threaten global health, disrupt lives and livelihoods, and overwhelm healthcare systems, according to the 2020 Report of the Lancet Countdown involving CU Boulder.