Artist's depiction of astronaut standing on the surface of Mars

Help is a long way away: The challenges of sending humans to Mars

March 2, 2021

One day, Earth will send human astronauts to Mars. A team of aerospace engineers is studying how we can get them there—and back—safely.

Textured "skin" inspired by snake scales seen under a microscope

Snakeskin inspires new, friction-reducing material

March 2, 2021

The new technology, called SLIP, mimics the structure of snake scales to create an ultra-slick surface.

Artist's depiction of a robot laying out an antenna on the lunar surface.

NASA-funded project to explore one-of-a-kind lunar observatory

March 1, 2021

Scientists will probe whether the far side of the moon can become an unprecedented laboratory to study the early history of the universe.

Jack Chin standing on the wing of an airplane

Her father was a Tuskegee Airman. She's sharing his legacy

Feb. 25, 2021

Jack Chin, the father of Professor Karen Chin, was just 17 when he enrolled in the U.S. Army Air Forces as a member of the final class of Tuskegee Airmen.

A marmot standing on a rock pile

Small mammals climb higher to flee warming temperatures in the Rockies

Feb. 11, 2021

Since the 1980s, Colorado's small mammals have made an ominous trek—climbing, on average, 400 feet uphill in elevation to escape from climate change.

Hand with a thermoelectric wearable device worn like a ring

New wearable device turns the body into a battery

Feb. 10, 2021

A team of engineers has developed a new device that you can wear like a ring or bracelet and that harvests energy from your own body heat.

A gypsum crystal

New kinds of liquid crystals resemble solid crystals, could improve computer and TV displays

Feb. 10, 2021

New kinds of liquid crystals developed at CU Boulder resemble gypsum or lazulite crystals—except they flow like fluids.

Panorama of the Denver skyline at night

Colorado’s economy improving, but recovery may be slowing

Feb. 5, 2021

Colorado business continues to improve from its lows in March and April 2020 but the recovery may be slowing, according to a report released by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold and CU Boulder researchers.

A partially excavated horse skeleton lying in the dirt.

Horse remains reveal new insights into how Native peoples raised horses

Feb. 4, 2021

When a Utah couple dug up the remains of a horse near the city of Provo, researchers suspected that they may have discovered an animal that lived during the last Ice Age. New results suggest a different story.

The window of a GameStop store with signs advertising a sale

GameStop may not be the David and Goliath story you think, researcher says

Feb. 3, 2021

In this Q&A, Tony Cookson weighs in on the "irrational" stock market, and how everyday investors should approach the current volatile trading environment.

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