Color change

Underwater creatures inspire shape-shifting, color-changing materials

March 5, 2019

New research from CU Boulder focuses on how light can manipulate the shape of man-made materials by emulating these amazing cephalopods.

Lights from space

Popular network theory debunked

March 4, 2019

A new study debunks a popular, two-decade-old theory about the shape of networks.

Senior Kenzy O'Neill makes an adjustment to his team's safecracking robot.

Safecracking class teaches engineering skills, ethical hacking

Dec. 17, 2018

Students in a new class offered by the ATLAS Institute are stretching their technological and design skills by taking on a challenge straight from a heist movie.

Carson Bruns holding up tech tattoo

'Chameleon' tattoos change color, may help diagnose illness

Dec. 4, 2018

Carson Bruns is working to put body art to use, designing high-tech inks that may one day signal your temperature or changes in blood chemistry.

A model hand with fingerprint sensors installed

New fingertip sensors to help veterans feel through their prosthetics

Nov. 19, 2018

Engineers are designing new sensors for a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs project to create prosthetic limbs with a sense of touch.

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.