A dam surrounded by rocky terrain

Yida Zhang’s award targets role of tiny grains in dam failures

Sept. 21, 2023

With the construction of increasingly taller dams, Assistant Professor Yida Zhang is concerned about the potential effects of soil grain breakage caused by pressure. He recently received a prestigious CAREER award to fund his research on the evolution of grain sizes in dams.

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Interview with a hacker

Sept. 21, 2023

Assistant Professor Yueqi Chen says hacking can be ethical and is necessary to protect people. Learn more about his philosophy, journey and tips for starting on your own ethical hacking.

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Pioneering physics center gets $25M

Sept. 12, 2023

For nearly two decades, physicists at JILA have pioneered record-fast lasers that can fit on a table and have chilled clouds of atoms to just a fraction of a degree above absolute zero. With a new award, their work is just getting started.


Small but not simple, bacteria compute without thinking

Sept. 12, 2023

New CU Boulder research shows that bacteria harness physical laws to operate at the edge of chaos and use calcium to independently diversify and find a place to settle down.

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3D printing with coffee: Turning used grounds into caffeinated creations

Sept. 8, 2023

Coffee could be the key to reducing 3D printing waste, according to a new study. Researchers with the ATLAS Institute and Department of Computer Science developed a method for 3D printing using a paste made out of old coffee grounds.

laser equipment glows in the dark

CU Boulder will help explore new frontiers of sound through $30M center

Sept. 7, 2023

Researchers from CU Boulder will take part in a new $30 million center to examine the potential for sound to revolutionize computing, communications, sensing disease in human tissue and more.

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Tiny, shape-shifting robot can squish itself into tight spaces

Aug. 30, 2023

Imagine a robot that can wedge itself through the cracks in rubble to search for survivors trapped in the wreckage of a collapsed building. Engineers at CU Boulder are moving one step closer to that goal with CLARI, short for Compliant Legged Articulated Robotic Insect.

Assistant Professor Sanghamitra Neogi

CU Boulder to lead million-dollar microelectronics research

Aug. 22, 2023

Sanghamitra Neogi has earned a $1 million Department of Defense contract to tackle a big problem with tiny electronics: microchips crippled by heat.

illustration of C60 molecule

A new spin on ergodicity breaking

Aug. 18, 2023

Researchers led by JILA and NIST fellows Jun Ye and David Nesbitt along with scientists from other universities have observed novel ergodicity-breaking in C60, a highly symmetric molecule composed of 60 carbon atoms arranged on the vertices of a soccer ball pattern.

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Is it time for limits on artificial intelligence and the news?

Aug. 17, 2023

An expert from the College of Media, Communication and Information assesses the media landscape as The New York Times and the Associated Press chart different courses on generative artificial intelligence.