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.

A polar landscape

Warming at the poles will have global consequences

Dec. 4, 2019

The poles may be warming faster than anywhere else on Earth. A new study explores the consequences for these icy regions—and for the rest of the world.

NOAA’S Space Weather Prediction Center in Boulder, Colo. (Photo by Katie Palubicki/CIRES and NCEI)

Detecting solar flares and more in real time

Dec. 4, 2019

A new machine learning tool, developed by scientists at CIRES and NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), can improve space weather forecasts and understanding of solar data.

An Arctic ice storm affects the RV Polarstern

A ship frozen in the Arctic ice confronts the first big storm

Dec. 4, 2019

A powerful winter storm swept over the German RV Polarstern icebreaker recently, tearing new cracks in the ice floe next to the ship, sending ice-based instruments adrift and forcing a rescue-and-reconstruction process that could take weeks of work by CU Boulder and other scientists.

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.

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