A ball of cotton candy floating in space

Behold the super-puffs: Planets as fluffy as cotton candy

Dec. 19, 2019

Researchers have taken the closest look yet at the Kepler 51 star system, home to the lowest-density planets ever discovered.

Skyline of Denver

Slowing Colorado economy still to outpace nation in 2020

Dec. 12, 2019

Colorado’s economy is still in a period of growth that is outpacing the nation, even as it looks to slow down in 2020.

An artist's rendering of Parker Solar Probe orbiting the sun

Daring space mission gets its first look at the sun

Dec. 5, 2019

NASA’s Parker Solar Probe has gotten closer to the sun than any other object designed and developed by humans—and CU Boulder scientists have been along for the ride.

Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica (Photo provided by British Antarctic Survey)

Thwaites Glacier: Antarctica’s wild card

Dec. 4, 2019

Nearly 100 scientists and staff from around the world, including CIRES scientist Ted Scambos, departed recently to conduct fieldwork in one of the most remote and inhospitable areas on Earth: Thwaites Glacier in West Antarctica.

Screen shot of Ryan's ToyReivew

Unboxing videos fueling kids’ tantrums, breeding consumerism

Dec. 3, 2019

Seventy-eight percent of children, ages 4 to 10, watch unboxing videos online—videos of people opening toys. The more they watch, the more likely they are to make purchase demands on parents and throw tantrums when they don't get what they want.

person sleeping in bed at night

Sleep, but not too much, to boost your heart health

Dec. 3, 2019

A new study is like the Goldilocks fable for sleep: “Just right” means at least six hours a night—but not more than nine—to minimize heart attack risk.

Stock photo of a woman and a baby.

Better breastfeeding experiences make for a more productive office

Dec. 3, 2019

Offices that create better access to breastfeeding facilities can perform better overall, according to new research CU Boulder’s Leeds School of Business contributed to.

Visualization of the structure of the FACT protein

Scientists now know what DNA’s chaperone looks like

Nov. 27, 2019

Researchers have discovered the structure of the FACT protein—a mysterious protein central to the functioning of DNA.

Paul Sanchez

Asteroid named for CU Boulder researcher

Nov. 25, 2019

Paul Sanchez, a scientist in aerospace engineering, is getting an asteroid named after him. And it's actually two asteroids: His namesake is a binary system made up of two rocky bodies orbiting around each other in space.

Reindeer nuzzling hand

Vanishing ice puts reindeer herders at risk

Nov. 20, 2019

Mongolia's Tsaatan reindeer herders depend on munkh mus, or eternal ice, for their livelihoods. Now, soaring global temperatures may be threatening that existence.

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