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Campus teams present innovative solutions to fight climate change, win funding

March 9, 2022

At the recent New Venture Challenge Climate Prize Night showcase in downtown Boulder, five teams with plans to tackle pressing climate change issues pitched their works-in-progress to a panel of judges, competing for a share of $20,000 in prize money.

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Expedition to highest active volcano unearths clues about life on other worlds

March 7, 2022

This past December, three CU Boulder researchers climbed up the side of the world’s highest active volcano, 22,615-foot Ojos del Salado, to understand how tiny organisms persist at one of the driest and highest points on the planet. This first-of-its-kind project may ultimately help inform the search for existing and extinct life on other planets.

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What the Wordle trend can teach us about language and technology

March 3, 2022

Computational linguist Alexis Palmer spoke with CU Boulder Today about the popular online word game, strategies to win and how Wordle offshoots could benefit lesser-known languages.

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Paris Climate Agreement goal still within reach, suggests new CU Boulder study

Feb. 11, 2022

A new study suggests some cautiously optimistic good news: the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement goal is still within reach, while apocalyptic, worst-case scenarios are no longer plausible.

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Spotify, Joe Rogan and managing misinformation on streaming services

Feb. 7, 2022

Recent events have prompted a lively discussion about if and how content on streaming platforms should be moderated. CU Boulder Today spoke with an expert in Colorado Law about Spotify, Joe Rogan and this new frontier in content moderation.

Ski pipe competition

Q&A with an expert: Winter Olympics in a warming world

Jan. 31, 2022

Outdoor events at the 2022 Winter Games in Beijing will rely almost entirely on artificial snow. Learn from an expert about the science of human-made snow, its use at the Olympics and how climate change may impact the future of snow sports.

Karl Linden examines a petri dish with students in the lab

Newest AAAS fellows honored for work on nuclear winter, water treatment, STEM education

Jan. 26, 2022

The American Association for the Advancement of Science, the world’s largest general scientific society, has announced that three CU Boulder researchers will join the ranks of its newest class of fellows.

Avery Hatch monitoring air quality in a home spared by the Marshall Fire

What the Marshall Fire can teach us as we prepare for future climate catastrophes

Jan. 25, 2022

CU Boulder researchers from across campus have pivoted to study the aftermath of the Marshall Fire, hoping to learn from a tragedy in their own backyard and help prepare the country for the next “climate fire.”

A scene from the Netflix move 'Don't Look Up'

How ‘Don’t Look Up’ plays with the portrayal of science in popular culture

Jan. 10, 2022

Adam McKay's new movie uses science fiction and comedy to explore elements of our current society—but it's not alone. Could we be in a new golden age of sci-fi entertainment? CU Boulder Today spoke with CMCI's Rick Stevens to find out.

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Climate change news coverage reached all-time high, language to describe it shifting

Dec. 21, 2021

Recent data reveal U.S. news coverage of climate change reached an all-time high in October and November. The language is also changing, with more intense words and phrases being used in the news to describe the phenomenon, such as “climate catastrophe” and “climate emergency.”