Robotic claw demonstration

A robotic helping hand

Nov. 14, 2018

Daniel Szafir's work may pave the way for fleets of automated assistants that will one day help people carry out a range of tasks—from fighting wildfires to building craft projects in the home.

Fire ant

Fire ant colonies could inspire molecular machines, swarming robots

Nov. 5, 2018

Researchers have uncovered the statistical rules that govern how gigantic colonies of fire ants form bridges, ladders and floating rafts.

An array of radiative cooling modules on the CU Boulder campus.

Engineers scale up a low-cost, energy-saving cooling system

Oct. 26, 2018

CU Boulder engineers have successfully scaled up an innovative water-cooling system capable of providing continuous day-and-night radiative cooling for structures.


3D bioprinting technique could create artificial blood vessels, organ tissue

Oct. 22, 2018

A new 3D printing technique allows for localized control of an object's firmness, opening up new biomedical avenues that could one day include artificial arteries and organ tissue.

Wind turbine blades being installed

'Morphing' wind turbine goes up near Boulder

Oct. 8, 2018

CU Boulder's Lucy Pao and the National Renewable Energy Lab (NREL) are testing whether turbine blades inspired by palm trees can give wind power an edge.

Coal mine

CU researchers go deep, design drones for subterranean search and rescue

Oct. 2, 2018

The race is on: Researchers from CU Boulder, CU Denver and Scientific Systems Company Inc. have partnered to design drones that can explore underground environments such as subway tunnels, mines and caves.

Graphic of Earth's interior

A wrench in Earth's engine

Oct. 1, 2018

Researchers at CU Boulder report that they may have solved a geophysical mystery, pinning down the likely cause of a phenomenon that resembles a wrench in the engine of the planet.

Juliet Gopinath

CU Boulder to pursue new quantum chip

Sept. 26, 2018

With funding from the National Science Foundation, Juliet Gopinath will work to bring together engineers and physicists to design better tools for quantum computing.

Orit Peleg

How honeybee swarms could shape future building design

Sept. 18, 2018

New research by CU Boulder's Orit Peleg explores how clumps of hundreds of bees stay stable under strain.

Shape shifting material

Shape-shifting material can morph, reverse itself using heat, light

Aug. 24, 2018

A square peg in a round hole? No problem. New material developed by CU Boulder engineers can transform into complex, pre-programmed shapes via light and temperature stimuli, and back again.