Student-created satellite during long-range field testing

How a student satellite solved a major space mystery

Dec. 13, 2017

A 60-year-old mystery regarding the source of energetic and potentially damaging particles in Earth's radiation belts is now solved, thanks to a satellite built and operated by students.Read more »
Total and Spectral Solar Irradiance Sensor (TSIS-1) instrument suite

CU Boulder solar instruments, experiments headed for space

Dec. 8, 2017

A solar instrument package designed to help monitor the planet's climate is now set for launch Dec. 12 aboard a SpaceX rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.Read more »
Ralph Jimenez of JILA

Lasers could lead to better understanding of neurodegenerative conditions

Dec. 1, 2017

Researchers are studying the progression of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's by using a new technique to measure neurons firing deep inside animal brains.Read more »
hot jupiter

Team set to study evaporating atmospheres of 'hot Jupiters'

Oct. 31, 2017

A CU Boulder team will build a tiny orbiting satellite to study the evaporating atmospheres of gigantic "hot Jupiters," gaseous planets orbiting scorchingly close to parent stars. Watch the video.Read more »
Jenny Nakai

Raton Basin earthquakes linked to oil and gas fluid injections

Oct. 24, 2017

A rash of earthquakes in Colorado and New Mexico between 2008 and 2010 was likely due to fluids pumped deep underground during oil and gas wastewater disposal, says a new study.Read more »
Illustration of two neutron stars just before colliding

When stars collide: CU Boulder professor explains this week's dense discovery

Oct. 17, 2017

The announcement yesterday that international scientists had discovered the first-ever evidence of the collision of two neutron stars rocked well beyond the science world. Watch the video.Read more »
MAVEN martian aurora

MAVEN observes large solar storm that sparked global aurora on Mars

Sept. 29, 2017

An unexpectedly strong blast from the Sun hit Mars this month, observed by NASA missions, including the Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution spacecraft.Read more »
Karen Chin excavates fossilized dinosaur feces at Utah’s Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument

Big herbivorous dinosaurs ate crustaceans as side dish

Sept. 21, 2017

A surprising CU Boulder study shows giant, plant-eating dinosaurs roaming present-day Utah snacked on crustaceans, a behavior that may have been tied to reproductive activities.Read more »
Rendering of Cassini diving into Saturn's rings

CU Boulder scientists ready for Cassini mission grand finale

Sept. 13, 2017

After a highly successful mission, the Cassini spacecraft will give up Saturn's last secrets to CU Boulder scientists before disintegrating in the planet's dense atmosphere Sept. 15.Read more »
Luis Zea and Louis Stodieck at BioServe Space Technologies

Why bacteria 'shapeshift' in space

Sept. 12, 2017

Bacteria cells treated with a common antibiotic on the International Space Station respond by shapeshifting, likely to improve their survival chances.Read more »

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