Alpine ecosystems struggle to recover from air pollution

Sept. 4, 2018

Degraded alpine ecosystems showed limited recovery years after long-term inputs of human-caused nitrogen air pollution.

E. coli

How to stop an antibiotic-resistant superbug

Sept. 3, 2018

A new genetic therapy could give scientists a crucial leg up in the ongoing battle against deadly superbugs.

Shape shifting material

Shape-shifting material can morph, reverse itself using heat, light

Aug. 24, 2018

A square peg in a round hole? No problem. New material developed by CU Boulder engineers can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli, and back again.

Oroville Dam

Rain-on-snow flood risk to increase in many U.S. mountain regions

Aug. 6, 2018

Flooding caused by rain falling on snowpack could more than double by the end of this century in some areas of the western U.S. and Canada due to climate change.

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This cat-borne parasite might just make you more entrepreneurial

July 25, 2018

Infection from the globally prevalent parasite Toxoplasma gondii may increase a person’s likelihood of pursuing entrepreneurial and business-related activities.


How wildfires contaminate drinking water sources

June 19, 2018

Wildfires can pollute streams and watersheds through the mobilization of sediments and other matter, straining the capabilities of downstream municipal treatment facilities.


The sunflower's rapid evolutionary transformation

June 11, 2018

A new study sheds light on the genetic mechanisms that allowed sunflowers to undergo a relatively rapid evolutionary transition from wild to domesticated in just over 5,000 years.


A new wrinkle to the limits of life on Earth

May 25, 2018

A new study of post-glacial environments upends previous ecological assumptions and could expand scientists’ understanding of the limits to life on Earth.

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Uncovering Boulder's forgotten apple tree legacy

May 22, 2018

CU Boulder students and researchers are studying Boulder's historical apple trees in the hopes of preserving one of the town's agricultural legacies.

Boulder Reservoir

Tracking airborne pollutants, ozone precursors in Boulder

May 14, 2018

An automated monitoring system found that wind direction is the strongest predictor of hourly air quality in Boulder.