Samuel Ramsey dons a beekeeper suit to remove a sample of honeycomb

‘You can’t be what you can’t see’

Sept. 26, 2023

Samuel “Dr. Sammy” Ramsey shares how embracing all sides of himself, from his skin color and whom he loves to his beliefs and background, helped him fight to save the honeybee—and prove the naysayers wrong.

Researchers on skis collect snow measurements near the Continental Divide in Colorado

Earlier snowpack melt in the West could bring summer water scarcity

May 22, 2023

Snow is melting earlier, and more rain is falling instead of snow in the mountain ranges of the Western U.S. and Canada, leading to a leaner snowpack that could impact agriculture, wildfire risk and municipal water supplies come summer, according to a new CU Boulder analysis.

A scene from the TV show Extrapolations

Fact or fiction? New sci-fi series Extrapolations explores a climate-changed future

May 3, 2023

Black Mirror meets Don’t Look Up in Apple TV’s dystopian drama about living through climate change impacts. Not for the faint of heart, Extrapolations depicts a future with rising temperatures, sea levels and global tensions—all mostly within the realm of possibility, according to CU experts.

Abel Campos, majoring in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, examines a fossil in the Invertebrate Paleontology department at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History. (Photo by Casey A. Cass/University of Colorado)

Chili peppers more deeply rooted in Colorado than previously thought

April 20, 2023

Recently identified chili pepper fossils from Boulder and Denver museums challenge 50 million years of global evolutionary history. Now, that’s some spicy science!

Globe map with push pins

World’s largest grammar database reveals accelerating loss of language diversity

April 19, 2023

A new grammatical database documents the enormous diversity of current languages on the planet, which ones are at risk and why they're worth saving.

First place team CLD-9 poses for a photo

5 startups poised to make pitches a reality, thanks to annual New Venture Challenge

April 14, 2023

What if improving one’s athletic performance through supplements was simpler and more affordable? What if instead of producing emissions, airplanes could take carbon out of the air? And what if learning a new language was as fun as listening to music? New Venture Challenge judges awarded $100,000 to help see these innovations through.

Scene from This Is Their Land

Tribal language in film speaks history out loud

April 14, 2023

Joseph Dupris, a visiting assistant professor at CU Boulder, is a linguist and “maqlaqsyals” user who helped integrate the Modoc language into the short film This Is Their Land. It was recently screened on campus, and a 150th anniversary remembrance is set to be held in Tulelake, California.

The Brooks Range in Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska

As rising temperatures affect Alaskan rivers, effects ripple through Indigenous communities

April 11, 2023

Six decades of river data in Alaska highlight the cumulative and consequential impacts of climate change for local communities and ecosystems in the Arctic.

Climate protest

Latest international climate report calls for adaptation, rapid action

March 22, 2023

A report released this week by the United Nations’ Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change warns the world of dire consequences if rapid action to reduce emissions and adaptation are not prioritized. A CU expert shares his take on economic and political impacts of this latest report.

near Mount Everest

When someone sneezes on Everest, their germs can last for centuries

March 14, 2023

Thanks to technological advances in microbial DNA analysis, CU researchers have discovered that mountaineers’ boots aren’t the only things leaving footprints on the world’s tallest mountain.