Sister Mary Nelle Gage reads to a crowd of people outdoors

62 nuns were buried in a historic Denver cemetery. This archaeologist is helping to move them

Aug. 10, 2022

Between 1898 and 1969, 62 nuns were buried in a historic cemetery in southwest Denver. This summer, Lauren Hosek is helping to move the remains to a new resting place.

Noreen Naseem Rodriguez stands in front of a mural

As schools become political battlegrounds, one educator sees room for hope

Aug. 2, 2022

States around the country are moving to limit how teachers can talk about issues like race and racism in the classroom. Noreen Naseem Rodríguez urges educators not to shrink away from having these “difficult conversations.”

A filament of ultra-hot, ionized gas, or "plasma," leaps off the surface of the sun.

These scientists watch the sun to better understand Earth

July 26, 2022

For decades, a community of "data stewards" has toiled behind the scenes to build records showing that humans, and not the sun, are responsible for driving the planet's climate into dangerous territory.

people playing with Tinycade cardboard controllers

How to turn throwaway cardboard into a DIY arcade game

July 20, 2022

With a project called Tinycade, graduate student Peter Gyory has set out to recreate that arcade parlor experience from childhood—entirely out of junk.

Image of clouds of interstellar gas and dust in the Carina Nebula

‘You ain’t seen nothing yet’: New space telescope gives first glimpses of universe

July 13, 2022

Astrophysicist John Bally takes a look at the first images from NASA's James Webb Space Telescope—an instrument that is gazing farther into space and time than anything ever built by humans.

The craggy surface of the asteroid Bennu as seen from space

Hopping space dust may influence the way asteroids look and move

July 11, 2022

When NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at the asteroid Bennu, scientists discovered something surprising: The asteroid's surface wasn't smooth like many were expecting but was covered in large boulders. Now, a team of physicists think they know why.

Patrick Kociolek standing on the shore of a lake

After 30-plus years working at museums, Patrick Kociolek still pinching himself

June 30, 2022

After 13 years, Patrick Kociolek will step down as director of the CU Museum of Natural History. To mark the milestone, he reflects on the unexpected beauty of microscopic life and why museums still have an important role to play in society, even in the digital age.

Jars of snail specimens sit on a shelf

These snails died during Prohibition. Researchers just identified their gut microbes

June 29, 2022

The gut microbiomes of long-dead animals could give researchers surprising insights into how climate change and other factors have shaped the Rocky Mountains over decades.

Margaret Murnane, U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse, Philip DiStefano and Todd Saliman inspect equipment in a lab

Colorado's quantum revolution turning state into new Silicon Valley

June 28, 2022

Quantum technologies, or tools inspired by a weird and wild branch of physics, are now becoming a reality—and they may soon transform your life.

People wave LGBTQ+ flags in front of the U.S. Capitol Building

From 'Don’t Say Gay' to bathrooms and sports: How debates over LGBTQ+ rights impact kids

June 20, 2022

Elizabeth Meyer has spent her career working with teachers and students to study how school policies can help or harm LGBTQ+ youth. In this Q&A, she weighs in on the wave of legislation around the country targeting the rights of transgender and nonbinary kids.