Snow on mountains

Increased winter snowmelt threatens western water resources

April 5, 2021

More snow is melting during winter across the West, a concerning trend that could impact everything from ski conditions to fire danger and agriculture, according to a new CU Boulder analysis of 40 years of data.

Sampling station and manhole

Not a moment to waste: How a resource beneath our campus has been key during COVID-19

April 1, 2021

A dedicated team of faculty, staff and students has been working around the clock since the start of the fall semester to monitor the virus that causes COVID-19 in our campus wastewater. It's been critical to keeping campus safe during this pandemic, and systems like it could even help us catch the next one.

Researchers on a lake

Arctic was once lush and green, could be again, new research shows

March 17, 2021

Recent analysis of ancient DNA gathered from lake beds in the Arctic may not only be a glimpse of the past but a snapshot of our potential future.

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7 lessons about coronavirus that CU Boulder scientists helped discover

March 15, 2021

CU Boulder researchers have led the way in understanding the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to reveal how the coronavirus spreads through tiny droplets, the importance of flattening “the mental health curve” and a lot more.

Human Colon Cancer Cells

Velcro-like cellular proteins key to tissue strength

March 1, 2021

New findings that provide important clues to the long-standing mystery of where bodily tissues get their strength could also lead to more life-like artificial tissues and tumor busting drugs.

Rashid Johnson in front of a large painting

Celebrating a lineage of Black abstract art

Feb. 25, 2021

During Black History Month, learn from Assistant Professor Megan O’Grady, an art critic and essayist, about why it’s important to revisit art history, its movements and its artists.

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.