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How a ‘rag tag team’ of scientists joined forces to fight COVID-19 on campus

March 16, 2021

For nearly one year, a group of scientists and volunteers from across the university has met seven days a week, often sleeping just a few hours a night, to bring students back to campus safely.

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CU Boulder class goes into the sewers

March 16, 2021

CU Boulder students are studying microbes in sewage systems to uncover secrets in human ecology. They looked at viruses, bacteria and more.

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7 lessons about coronavirus that CU Boulder scientists helped discover

March 15, 2021

CU Boulder researchers have led the way in understanding the COVID-19 pandemic, helping to reveal how the coronavirus spreads through tiny droplets, the importance of flattening “the mental health curve” and a lot more.

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New wave technique allows for better understanding of the skull

March 10, 2021

Matteo Mazzotti is the first author on two new studies that measure the dynamic response of the human skull, potentially providing a new and non-invasive way to monitor the cranial bone and brain. Mazzotti is a research associate in the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering as part of Professor Massimo Ruzzene’s lab.

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Researchers probe cell nucleus response with needle-tip technique

March 10, 2021

Kaitlin McCreery is the coauthor of a new paper that deals with diagnosing diseases such as osteoarthritis in soft tissue. McCreery is a doctoral student in the Neu Lab, where she studies the biophysical relationship between cells and tissues to gain insights about tissue development and pathology.

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Scientists uncover blueprints for avian plumage

March 9, 2021

New research sheds light on the genetic underpinnings of plumage for a prominent Eurasian bird.

Textured "skin" inspired by snake scales seen under a microscope

Snakeskin inspires new, friction-reducing material

March 2, 2021

The new technology, called SLIP, mimics the structure of snake scales to create an ultra-slick surface.

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Velcro-like cellular proteins key to tissue strength

March 1, 2021

New findings that provide important clues to the long-standing mystery of where bodily tissues get their strength could also lead to more life-like artificial tissues and tumor busting drugs.

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What went wrong with Texas’ power grid? A Q&A with CU Boulder experts

Feb. 22, 2021

Millions of residents lost heat and power as energy grids failed when sub-zero temperatures and snowfall swept across Texas. Energy grid experts Kyri Baker and Bri-Mathias Hodge discuss how this happened and how to prevent future disasters.

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Getting to the bottom of the internet’s carbon footprint

Feb. 18, 2021

Department of Media Studies Scholar-in-Residence Hunter Vaughan, along with an international team, is working to track and help decarbonize the subsea cable network.