Sea lamprey

Scientists identify gene family key to unlocking vertebrate evolution

Sept. 16, 2020

New CU Boulder-led research finds the traits that make vertebrates distinct from invertebrates were made possible by the emergence of a new set of genes 500 million years ago.

Forest stream

New grant supports interdisciplinary research on ‘the critical zone’ and the future of Western water

Sept. 2, 2020

Three CU Boulder faculty are principal investigators on a new five-year, $6.9 million National Science Foundation grant to study the “critical zone”—from Earth’s bedrock to tree canopy top—in the American West.

student wearing mask on campus outside

Even outdoors—why face coverings are important

Aug. 31, 2020

CU Boulder Today chatted with Jose-Luis Jimenez, chemistry professor and CIRES fellow, about why it’s so important to wear a face covering—even when you’re outdoors.

Researchers check on a sampling station

How sampling campus wastewater aims to keep COVID-19 in check

Aug. 27, 2020

Researchers have set up a network to monitor the wastewater leaving residence halls on campus as part of an effort to detect and intercept community spread of COVID-19.

John Crimaldi

Only the nose knows: New international network explores how odors lead to actions

Aug. 17, 2020

A groundbreaking new international research network led by CU Boulder is aimed at understanding how animals use information from odors in their environment to guide behavior, with far-ranging implications for our understanding of the human brain.

Tractor in field

Agriculture replaces fossil fuels as largest human source of sulfur in the environment

Aug. 10, 2020

New research identifies fertilizer and pesticide applications to croplands as the largest source of sulfur in the environment—up to 10 times higher than the peak sulfur load seen in the second half of the 20th century, during the days of acid rain.

Electric car being charged

New engineering research center aims to electrify transportation, expand education

Aug. 4, 2020

CU Boulder will play a major role in a new center focused on developing infrastructure and systems that facilitate the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.

Nares Strait

Increasing Arctic freshwater is driven by climate change

July 29, 2020

New, first-of-its-kind research shows that climate change is driving increasing amounts of freshwater in the Arctic Ocean, which could disrupt ocean currents and affect temperatures in northern Europe.


Native bees also facing novel pandemic

July 9, 2020

There is growing evidence that another “pandemic" has been infecting bees around the world for the past two decades and is spreading–a fungal pathogen known as Nosema.

Self-driving car

Leap in lidar could improve safety, security of new technology

July 6, 2020

CU Boulder researchers have developed a new silicon chip with major applications in lidar systems for self-driving cars and smart phones.