NASA Van Allen belt

Shoebox-sized cube satellite to study Earth's inner radiation belt

March 14, 2018

A NASA-funded satellite will study the inner radiation belt of Earth's magnetosphere, providing insight into the energetic particles that can disrupt satellites and threaten spacewalking astronauts.Read more »
engelmann spruce at Pikie's Peak

Drier conditions could doom Colorado spruce and fir trees

Feb. 22, 2018

Drier summers and a decline in average snowpack over the past 40 years have severely hampered the establishment of spruce and fir trees in Colorado's Front Range.Read more »
Northern rock jasmine

Climate warming causes local extinction of Rocky Mountain wildflower species

Feb. 21, 2018

Increased temperatures caused localized extinction of a common Rocky Mountain flowering plant, a result that could serve as a herald of future population declines.Read more »

When it comes to genes, lichens embrace sharing economy

Feb. 8, 2018

The first-ever molecular evidence of obligate symbiosis in lichens could shed new light on how and why some multicellular organisms consolidate their genomes in order to co-exist.Read more »
The Moon

Fossilized feature records moon's slow retreat from Earth

Feb. 6, 2018

The moon's excessive equatorial bulge, frozen into place over 4 billion years ago, may contain secrets of Earth's early history.Read more »
West Antarctic ice sheet

North American ice sheet decay changed Antarctic climate

Feb. 5, 2018

The changing topography of ice sheets in the Northern Hemisphere during the last Ice Age forced changes in the climate of Antarctica, a previously undocumented inter-polar climate change mechanism.Read more »
Andromeda galaxy

Supermassive black holes can feast on one star per year

Feb. 1, 2018

During post-galactic merger periods, orbiting stars can be flung into supermassive black holes and destroyed at a rate of one per year.Read more »
two hands pressing down on grass and dirt

What lives in your dirt?

Jan. 18, 2018

Compiling the first global atlas of soil bacteria, researchers have identified a group of around 500 key species that are both common and abundant worldwide.Read more »
Ronggui Yang and Xiaobo Yin in greenhouse

Greenhouse technology could be the future of food

Jan. 17, 2018

Engineers are developing a scalable, cost-effective greenhouse material that splits sunlight into photosynthetically efficient light and repurposes inefficient infrared light to aid in water purification.Read more »

Decadal survey lays out key Earth science priorities

Jan. 5, 2018

CU Boulder researchers contributed to a new report that prioritizes Earth science research to reduce climate uncertainty, improve weather forecasts and more.Read more »