New study shows federal labs injected $1.5 billion into state's economy and supported 16,000 jobs in 2010

March 31, 2011

The federal laboratories in Colorado together with their affiliates contributed $1.5 billion to the state economy in fiscal year 2010, and accounted for more than 16,000 direct and indirect jobs, a new survey shows.

NREL fellow honored for 'chemistry in the public interest'

March 30, 2011

Dr. Arthur J. Nozik, senior research fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), will be awarded the Gustavus John Esselen Award for Chemistry in the Public Interest, from the American Chemical Society's Northeastern Section at Harvard University on April 14.

'Wicked Weed of the West' waning with effect of weevils, other nontoxic remedies, CU finds

March 30, 2011

It's not often that plants are described as diabolical, but spotted knapweed has that rare distinction. A 2004 issue of Smithsonian magazine, for instance, dubbed it the "wicked weed of the West," a "national menace" and a "weed of mass destruction."

CU announces $3.5 million in gifts from ConocoPhillips to biotech building

March 29, 2011

Houston-based energy firm ConocoPhillips has made a major gift toward the University of Colorado Boulder's Jennie Smoly Caruthers Biotechnology Building to bring together world-class scientists and engineers working toward solutions in fields such as medicine and energy.

Measurements of winter Arctic sea ice show continuing ice loss, says CU-Boulder study

March 23, 2011

The 2011 Arctic sea ice extent maximum that marks the beginning of the melt season appears to be tied for the lowest ever measured by satellites, say scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder's National Snow and Ice Data Center.

CU-Boulder space scientists ready for orbital insertion of Mercury spacecraft

March 15, 2011

NASA's MESSENGER mission, launched in 2004, is slated to slide into Mercury's orbit March 17 after a harrowing 4.7 billion mile journey that involved 15 loops around the sun and will bring relief and renewed excitement to the University of Colorado Boulder team that designed and a built an $8.7 million instrument onboard.

CU-Boulder graduate programs earn national ranking

March 15, 2011

Graduate programs at the University of Colorado Boulder continue to earn national prominence based on the latest annual rankings from U.S. News & World Report. CU-Boulder schools and programs garnered 25 mentions in the 2012 edition of Best Graduate Schools, including five ranked in the top 10 of their fields.

Neanderthals were nifty at controlling fire, according to CU-Boulder researcher

March 14, 2011

A new study involving the University of Colorado Boulder shows clear evidence of the continuous control of fire by Neanderthals in Europe dating back roughly 400,000 years, yet another indication that they weren't dimwitted brutes as often portrayed.

Gulf oil spill study sheds light on urban air pollution

March 10, 2011

When a team of researchers from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences raced to the scene of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill to assess the disaster's impact on air quality last year, they found more than they expected.

Natural variability main culprit of deadly Russian heat wave, study finds

March 9, 2011

The deadly Russian heat wave of 2010 was due to a natural atmospheric phenomenon often associated with weather extremes, according to a new study by scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the University of Colorado Boulder's Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, or CIRES

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