Irene Francino Urdaniz works on her spike protein research at the University of Colorado Boulder.

Mutation-mapping tool could yield stronger COVID boosters, universal vaccines

Aug. 10, 2021

Researchers have developed a platform that can quickly identify common mutations of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which could inform the development of more effective booster vaccines and tailored antibody treatments for patients with COVID-19.

Kaushik Jayaram

Kaushik Jayaram discusses bio-inspired engineering

Aug. 4, 2021

Inspired by the natural world, Kaushik Jayaram's research group aims to develop robotic devices that benefit and enhance human capabilities in the areas of search and rescue, inspection and maintenance, personal assistance and environmental monitoring.

Aerial photo of a neighborhood

International research partnership aims to reduce residential energy consumption

July 27, 2021

Researchers at CU Boulder are working with colleagues in Ireland to help policymakers and other stakeholders reduce residential energy consumption and the related greenhouse gas emissions that come from it.

Electriflow butterfly flaps its wings

Origami comes to life with new shape-changing materials

July 20, 2021

Researchers have created butterflies that flap their wings, flower petals that wiggle with the touch of a button and self-folding origami drawing on new advances in soft robotics.

Cyclist Mark Cavendish riding in the Tour de France

Why elite cyclists dance with their bikes

July 15, 2021

A new CU Boulder study shows that rising up out of the saddle and gently swaying the bike side-to-side, known in French as "en danseuse," can significantly boost performance.

Panorama of Coors Field during game

It’s outta here: The physics of baseball at a mile high

July 7, 2021

In 1998, the last time Major League Baseball's All-Star Game was held in Colorado, teams scored a record 21 runs. Engineer Peter Hamlington breaks down why we can expect balls to fly faster and farther at this year's All-Star Game at Coors Field.

Litter on beach

Speedy nanorobots could someday clean up soil and water, deliver drugs

June 29, 2021

CU Boulder researchers have discovered that minuscule, self-propelled particles called “nanoswimmers” can escape from mazes as much as 20 times faster than other passive particles, paving the way for their use in everything from industrial clean-ups to medication delivery.

Hyena cub

Cat-borne parasite Toxoplasma induces fatally bold behavior in hyena cubs

June 23, 2021

New research finds that the same parasite found in house cats (and often in their guardians) prompts hyena cubs in the wild to act dangerously bold near lions, often resulting in their death.

A close-up of a computer chip.

AI may soon predict how electronics fail

June 21, 2021

"Hotspots," or tiny defects in the components that make up your phone and many other devices, can cause electronics to break down. Engineers are using machine learning techniques to predict ahead of time where they might pop up.

3D renderings of post-natal kidneys

Research paves way for new kidney treatment, potential synthetic transplant options

June 17, 2021

A new lab at CU Boulder is exploring how the extracellular matrix—a network of proteins that surrounds cells and provides structural and mechanical cues in the body—specifically impacts kidney growth, development and function.