Self-driving car

Leap in lidar could improve safety, security of new technology

July 6, 2020

CU Boulder researchers have developed a new silicon chip with major applications in lidar systems for self-driving cars and smart phones.

Microscopic view of a new phase of liquid crystal

After a century of searching, scientists find new liquid phase

June 10, 2020

Researchers have discovered an elusive phase of matter, first proposed more than 100 years ago and sought after ever since.

A visualization of land use in southwestern Ohio and central Indiana over time

Mapping 200 years of American development

June 9, 2020

New CU Boulder research provides an unprecedented opportunity to study the history and evolution of human land-use and development in the United States.

Professor Mike McGehee and students working in the lab. (Photo provided)

Research shows promising advances to lower-cost, durable smart window technology

June 8, 2020

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed an improved method for controlling smart tinting on windows that could make them cheaper, more effective and more durable than current options on the market.

Administering a vaccine

Why developing a successful COVID-19 vaccine is only half the battle

June 4, 2020

CU Boulder researchers and the CU spinoff VitriVax Inc. are focused on finding a way to get vaccines to 7.8 billion people.

HAMR-Jr poses with a cockroach

Cockroach-inspired robot among smallest, fastest ever

June 3, 2020

Say hello to HAMR-Jr, the little robot—inspired by insects—that can do incredible things. Its diameter is just about the size of a penny and it weighs far less than a paperclip.

Map of emissions

New atmospheric radiocarbon measurements pull back the veil on fossil fuels

June 2, 2020

Researchers from NOAA and CU Boulder have devised a breakthrough method for determining emissions of carbon dioxide from fossil fuel combustion, which will also lead to more accurate estimates of carbon exchange between the land and atmosphere.

Construction workers

'Nature’s antifreeze' provides formula for more durable concrete

May 27, 2020

CU Boulder researchers have discovered that a synthetic molecule based on natural antifreeze proteins minimizes freeze-thaw damage and increases the strength and durability of concrete, improving the longevity of new infrastructure and decreasing carbon emissions over its lifetime.

A prosthetic hand with fingertip sensors installed.

Now closer to reality: Prosthetics that can feel

May 21, 2020

Jacob Segil is working to bring back the sense of touch for amputees, including veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.


Scientists shed light on essential carbon-fixing machinery in bacteria

May 6, 2020

Scientists have been studying cyanobacteria and its many potential applications for decades, but there wasn’t a deep understanding of the full life cycle and metabolism of specialized compartments within these common bacteria – until now.