Detail of paintings from a document called the Grolier Codex.

Solving the case of the lost Maya codex

April 6, 2020

An artifact discovered in 1965 may have been a long-rumored fourth Maya codex. It may also have been a forgery. Archaeologist Gerardo Gutiérrez and his colleagues were on the case.

Cells expressing a nuclear marker

To divide or not to divide? The mother cell may decide

April 2, 2020

Researchers at CU Boulder have found that it’s the mother cell that determines if its daughter cells will divide. The finding, explained in a new study out today in Science, sheds new light on the cell cycle using modern imaging technologies, and could have implications for cancer drug therapy treatments.

Rachel Sharpe conducts repairs on a 3D printer.

Labs use 3D printers to create face shield parts for health care workers

April 1, 2020

As coronavirus cases mount in Colorado, 3D printers are roaring back to life on campus to make much-needed equipment for hospitals.

A collage of chickadee images

Understanding evolution, one chickadee at a time

March 30, 2020

A CU Boulder researcher has received a $1.75 million NSF grant to study chickadee hybrids.

Individual cells in a cyanobacterial colony fluoresce

Even single-celled organisms need their space: Squished bacteria may shut down photosynthesis

March 23, 2020

Introverts take heart: When cells, like some people, get too squished, they can go into defense mode, even shutting down photosynthesis.

A stock image of people dancing in a parade

Parading crystals could usher in new generation of electronics

March 13, 2020

Researchers at CU Boulder found that when electricity is applied to "torons," they celebrate like they’re at Carnival.

Nick Conklin (kneeling) of 3D Printing Colorado captures a scan of a Triceratops skull.

3D scan sheds new light on Boulder’s own Triceratops

March 5, 2020

For more than 40 years, the Triceratops skull in the CU Museum of Natural History has wowed visitors of all ages. Now, that fossil is ready for its close-up.

Solar cells

Layered solar cell technology boosts efficiency, affordability

March 5, 2020

Researchers from CU Boulder have created a low-cost solar cell with one of the highest power-conversion efficiencies to date, by layering cells and using a unique combination of elements.

Sun shining on water.

Early Earth may have been a ‘waterworld’

March 2, 2020

Kevin Costner, eat your heart out. New research shows that the early Earth, home to some of our planet’s first lifeforms, may have been a real-life "waterworld."

A person slides a ballot into an electronic voting machine.

Study sheds light on how people make Super Tuesday or other tough choices

March 2, 2020

A new study taps into mathematics to probe how people make fraught choices, such as whom to vote for on election day.