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10 research discoveries from 2020 you won’t want to miss

Dec. 17, 2020

From diving Neanderthals to saliva-based COVID-19 tests, we remember the year in research at CU Boulder.

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Students can now access, study quantum science from wherever

Dec. 15, 2020

CU Boulder’s CUbit and ColdQuanta together have made the Bose-Einstein lab available on the cloud.

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How commercial vessels could become tsunami early-warning systems

Dec. 10, 2020

If a tsunami formed along the Cascadia Subduction Zone off the coast of Oregon, residents might have just 20 to 30 minutes to get to safety. Scientists have proposed a new forecasting system that could provide seaside towns with critical early warnings.

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Building artificial intelligence to study the sun

Dec. 9, 2020

CU Boulder researchers are leading a $496,000 grant to design an artificial intelligence system to better forecast solar magnetic eruptions on the sun.

Students study on the top floor of JILA, a joint research institute of CU Boulder and NIST.

Now hiring: The new quantum workforce

Nov. 30, 2020

Companies are eager to create and perfect new technologies, requiring training a new kind of workforce. Universities are adapting their curricula. But what exactly do jobs for this "second quantum revolution" require and what kind of work in this realm is out there?

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Scientists explore how to protect fisheries, food supply in event of nuclear war

Nov. 9, 2020

Well-managed, healthy fisheries could serve as an important source of food for people around the world in the event of a nuclear catastrophe, a new study finds.

An "electronic skin" device bends in a curve.

'Electronic skin' promises cheap and recyclable alternative to wearable devices

Nov. 6, 2020

Electronic skin has long been a staple of science fiction, from "The Terminator" to "Star Trek." A team at CU Boulder is working to make it a reality.

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Pufferfish-inspired robot could improve drone safety

Oct. 21, 2020

Drone crashes are becoming more common than ever before. Engineers at the ATLAS Institute have built a robot that comes with its own inflatable "airbag."

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New technology diagnoses sickle cell disease in record time

Oct. 19, 2020

Diseases of the blood, like sickle cell disease, have traditionally taken at least a full day, tedious lab work and expensive equipment to diagnose, but researchers have developed a way to diagnose these conditions with greater precision in only one minute.

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Remnants of ancient viruses could be shaping coronavirus response, says new Packard Fellow

Oct. 15, 2020

Ed Chuong, an assistant professor in the Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology, has been awarded a prestigious $875,000 Packard Fellowship to study how remnants of ancient viruses shape modern-day immune response.

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