tao tangles in the brain

How a tangled protein kills brain cells, promotes Alzheimer's

April 15, 2021

More than 70% of neurological diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and the concussion-related disorder CTE, are believed to be fueled by protein clusters called tau aggregates. A new study sheds light on how they damage brain cells and could ultimately lead to new therapies for such "tauopathies."

Evan Thomas

Podcast: How to tackle global poverty

April 15, 2021

This week's Buff Innovator Insights podcast features Evan Thomas, who is working with partners around the world to expand access to safe water, sanitation, energy, food, shelter and infrastructure.

Students talking

What’s in a word: New track explores the role of language in social life

April 14, 2021

Language is part of who we are and everything we do, but what we do has significantly changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chase Raymond, associate professor of linguistics, sheds some light on how linguistics applies to our everyday lives and how the way we communicate adapts to new challenges.

Model of an atom

Researchers unlock the proton’s asymmetrical secrets

April 13, 2021

Symmetry is all around us. And yet, protons—the tiny, positively charged particles at the center of every atom—are curiously asymmetrical, a fact that has long intrigued scientists. Researchers are exploring further.

The Iberá Seedeater, an endangered songbird, acting aggressively toward a fake bird as part of the behavioral experiment conducted by Sheela Turbek. (Photo provided)

Endangered songbird challenging assumptions about evolution

April 13, 2021

By looking at this newly emerged bird, a CU Boulder-led research team found an ‘evolutionary shortcut’ for speciation.

Illustration of a person being arrested

ProPublica’s Series on NYPD impunity wins 2021 Al Nakkula Award

April 12, 2021

ProPublica’s series The NYPD Files, a searing investigation into how the country’s largest police department maintains impunity from public oversight, is the winner of this year’s Al Nakkula Award for police reporting. The annual award is co-sponsored by The Denver Press Club and CU Boulder's College of Media, Communication and Information.

Students sit on the house

A house run on the sun: How a team of CU students SPARC-ed advances for modern mountain housing

April 12, 2021

A modest new house in Fraser, Colorado—considered the coldest town in the lower-48—is no ordinary home. With it, a team of Buffs will compete this week in the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon for the first time since 2007.

A Zoom class set up by CU Boulder dance graduate students

Dance grad students keep kids moving with virtual classes

April 9, 2021

When local students began learning remotely because of COVID-19, graduate students in the Department of Theatre & Dance partnered with Boulder Valley School District to help keep kids with a range of learning needs moving and engaged.

Two people wearing spacesuits walk through the Utah desert

Science, spacesuits, dehydrated food: Simulating Mars in the Utah desert

April 8, 2021

Graduate student Shayna Hume will get a taste of what life on Mars could be like during a two-week mission at the Mars Desert Research Station in Utah.

Sona Dimidjian

Buff Innovator Insights podcast: Sona Dimidjian on helping the young thrive

April 8, 2021

Hear how Sona Dimidjian, director of the Renée Crown Wellness Institute, is using the lessons of her life and early career to lead research, programs and courses to help ensure every young person has the opportunity to thrive, and more.