A white wolf walks through trees

Will bringing wolves back change Colorado?

Feb. 24, 2021

In November 2020, Colorado citizens narrowly passed a ballot initiative to reintroduce gray wolves to the state by the end of 2023. What could Proposition 114 could mean in the next few years for the state? We spoke with our own ecological expert to find out.

Icy power lines

What went wrong with Texas’ power grid? A Q&A with CU Boulder experts

Feb. 22, 2021

Millions of residents lost heat and power as energy grids failed when sub-zero temperatures and snowfall swept across Texas. Energy grid experts Kyri Baker and Bri-Mathias Hodge discuss how this happened and how to prevent future disasters.

Man wearing two masks

Should I really wear 2 masks? Hear from an expert

Feb. 10, 2021

We spoke with Jose-Luis Jimenez, chemistry professor and CIRES fellow, about this new trend and why masks continue to be such an important tool in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic.

Forest in San Juan mountains

Combined bark beetle outbreaks and wildfire spell uncertain future for forests

Feb. 8, 2021

Bark beetle outbreaks and wildfire alone are not a death sentence for Colorado’s beloved forests—but when combined, their toll may become more permanent, new CU Boulder research shows.

Billboard art displaying three circles with doves in them

Denver billboard art installation draws attention to ‘stop hate’

Feb. 2, 2021

A new artwork on view near downtown Denver is designed to address hate as a response to events and movements from the past year.


Tune in: Short virtual plays bring science to life Jan. 21–24

Jan. 21, 2021

Four new short, science-based plays debut online this weekend, about everything from pikas and tsunamis to cannibalism.

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Soil degradation costs U.S. corn farmers a half-billion dollars every year

Jan. 12, 2021

Researchers have found that a whopping one-third of the fertilizer applied to grow corn in the U.S. each year simply compensates for the ongoing loss of soil fertility, costing farmers a half-billion dollars.

WHOTS buoy off the coast of Hawaii

Impacts of COVID-19 emissions reductions remain murky in the oceans

Dec. 10, 2020

While greenhouse gas emissions dropped significantly in the first half of 2020, new research finds ocean acidification remains unchanged—yet the world's oceans can respond quickly in other ways to reduced emissions.

Niwot Ridge

Colorado mountains bouncing back from ‘acid rain’ impacts

Dec. 8, 2020

Niwot Ridge in the Rocky Mountains is slowly recovering from increased acidity caused by vehicle emissions in Colorado’s Front Range, suggesting that alpine regions across the Mountain West may be recovering. This is good news for the wildlife and wildflowers of Rocky Mountain National Park and for water sources that supply the Front Range and the Mountain West.

Alejandra Abad and Román Anaya

Art flags aim to unite people, celebrate culture, spark hope

Nov. 30, 2020

Two CU Boulder artists saw a need for people to come together safely and celebrate the new year with hope. The result? One of the most colorful and inspiring local events this winter.