A scorpion robot

Toolkit allows broad audience to make artificial muscles

July 15, 2019

Researchers in Assistant Professor Christoph Keplinger’s lab released a toolkit to show scientists, hobbyists and entrepreneurs how to create their own artificial muscles. They hope this will bring researchers one step closer to developing wearable, surgical and collaborative robots that safely and effectively help humans.

Smead Scholar Alex Hirst, a graduate researcher, helps get a drone ready for launch.

The air up there: CU team deploys drones in tornado study

July 3, 2019

CU Boulder students, faculty and staff are taking part in TORUS—the largest and most ambitious drone-based investigation of severe thunderstorms ever.

computer generated graphic of string theory

Physicist finds loose thread of string theory puzzle

July 1, 2019

New research from a CU Boulder physicist might break open the mathematical puzzle that has stalled string theory research for decades.

Presidential emergency alert message

National emergency alerts potentially vulnerable to attack

June 20, 2019

New research shows that hackers, working with limited resources, could send fake emergency alerts to cell phones in a confined area like a sports stadium.

Prashant Nagpal

These nano-bugs eat CO2 and make eco-friendly fuel

June 11, 2019

Engineers have developed nanobio-hybrid organisms capable of producing a variety of plastics and fuels, a promising first step toward low-cost carbon sequestration and eco-friendly manufacturing for chemicals.

A family in Rwanda using a wood-burning cookstove as part of a large-scale delivery program

Engineers deliver water filters, cookstoves to improve health in Rwanda

June 3, 2019

A large-scale program to deliver water filters and portable biomass-burning cookstoves to Rwandan homes improved health among children, new research finds.

Researcher works with cyanobacteria, a green substance, in beaker

Futuristic ‘living’ buildings use bacteria, not bricks

What if buildings could “come alive” by being constructed with hybrid materials that could heal themselves rather than decay and reduce atmospheric carbon rather than contribute to it?

Microscopic view of light bending around a big atom

Scientists offer designer ‘big atoms’ on demand

May 29, 2019

Physicists report they can build and control particles that behave like tiny atoms with a precision never seen before.

Wil Srubar

It’s alive! ‘Frankenstein’ materials could revolutionize building construction

May 16, 2019

CU Boulder engineers are creating living hybrid building materials that exhibit both structural and biological function.

U.S. Army Rangers parachute from a plane

Students pitch ideas to thwart national security threats

May 10, 2019

At a recent event, students shared their ideas for how the U.S. Armed Forces can keep up with an increasingly connected world—from a strategy for resupplying ships using autonomous capsules to a device that detects GPS jamming signals.