A quadcopter drone flies into an entrance at Edgar mine, an experimental facility at the Colorado School of Mines

Drones go underground in high-stakes competition

Feb. 5, 2020

Underground robots will soon become part of CU Boulder’s efforts to achieve new feats of spelunking as part of a high-stakes competition launched by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

A mushroom cloud erupts during the Castle Bravo nuclear weapon test at Bikini Atoll in 1954.

First-of-its-kind study examines toll of nuclear war on world’s oceans

Feb. 5, 2020

A new study finds that a nuclear war could throw the world's ocean chemistry for a loop—and coral reefs could pay the price.

A forest sinks into a thawed permafrost lake.

Arctic permafrost thaw plays greater role in climate change than previously estimated

Feb. 3, 2020

Abrupt thawing of permafrost will double previous estimates of potential carbon emissions from permafrost thaw in the Arctic and is already rapidly changing the landscape and ecology of the circumpolar north, a new CU Boulder-led study finds.

Phi Phi Island in Thailand packed with tourists

What’s Hollywood’s dirtiest secret? Its environmental toll

Jan. 27, 2020

From classics such as “Gone with the Wind” to modern films such as “Avatar,” the movie industry packs a serious, and often hidden, environmental cost, says film scholar Hunter Vaughan.

A judge's gavel sits next to stack of law books

Judges deny abortion care to teens

Jan. 16, 2020

Thirty-seven states, including Colorado, require minors to notify their parents or go before a judge before having an abortion. A new 18-year-study conducted in Texas shows judges deny minors' request up to 13% of the time and the judicial-bypass process is humiliating and traumatizing for some teens.

A block made from living building materials.

Building materials come alive with help from bacteria

Jan. 15, 2020

Buildings that can heal their own cracks, absorb toxins from the air or even glow on command? They may not be so far off, a new study suggests.

The creators of CU Experts Direct, the winners of the Innovation Buffs challenge

CU Experts Direct tops most recent Innovation Buffs cycle

Jan. 13, 2020

CU Experts Direct was named the Innovation Buffs awardee in late 2019 and has already begun its next steps for implementation.

CU Boulder Playback Ensemble rehearses for upcoming workshops in Paonia.

In the hands of these actors, theater builds bridges

Jan. 3, 2020

The CU Boulder Playback Ensemble is helping communities navigate divisive topics through a form of improvisational theater, and heads to Paonia this month.

Shot of Colorado capitol building.

Colorado business confidence rebounds to start 2020

Jan. 2, 2020

Colorado business leaders’ optimism improved in the latest edition of the CU Boulder’s Leeds Business Confidence Index (LBCI).

An illustration of cells inside a blood vessel

Fluid dynamics research could pave way for pill replacement to intravenous injections

Dec. 30, 2019

The way nutrients and drugs move within the body has more in common with space-bound rockets and jets than you might think.