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.

Charlotte Bellerjeau holds two 3D printed components capable of absorbing and expelling gasses

CU researchers to explore 3D printing in reduced gravity with NASA grant

Feb. 17, 2020

Gregory Whiting and his research group are preparing for the thrill of a lifetime: two parabolic flights, each expected to provide around 10 minutes of reduced gravity to test and model how 3D printing of functional materials works in lunar gravity.

A quadcopter drone flies into an entrance at Edgar mine, an experimental facility at the Colorado School of Mines

Drones go underground in high-stakes competition

Feb. 5, 2020

Underground robots will soon become part of CU Boulder’s efforts to achieve new feats of spelunking as part of a high-stakes competition launched by the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Henry Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane in their lab at JILA

Keeping up with the Curies: Laser scientists win prestigious physics award

Jan. 27, 2020

Henry Kapteyn and Margaret Murnane, pioneers in the field of laser science, have won this year's prestigious Benjamin Franklin Medal in Physics.