Man wearing blindfold holds up a camera on a walking stick to scan a shelf containing several different brands of cereal.

‘Smart’ walking stick could help visually impaired with groceries, finding a seat

Jan. 19, 2023

For people who are blind or visually impaired, finding the right products in a crowded grocery store can be difficult without help. A team of computer scientists at CU Boulder is trying to change that.

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Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat! New grasshopper-like material can leap 200 times its own thickness

Jan. 18, 2023

If you plop these thin wafers, made up of several layers of rubber-like material, onto a hot plate, they will begin to warp. Then, suddenly and explosively, they leap into the air.

A new microwave made out of copper

How to rebuild an atomic clock

Dec. 8, 2022

The National Institute of Standards and Technology laboratories have housed atomic clocks for decades—including the cesium atomic clock NIST-F1, which serves as the primary time and frequency standard in the U.S. Researchers continue to improve the clocks' accuracies, a process that sometimes has included rebuilding parts.

Aaron True, Postdoctoral Researcher (left) and John Crimaldi

CU scientists shine light on what comes up when you flush

Dec. 8, 2022

Germophobes, brace yourselves. A team of CU Boulder engineers has revealed how tiny water droplets, invisible to the naked eye, are rapidly ejected into the air when a public restroom toilet is flushed. The research also provides a methodology to help reduce this exposure risk.

Pangolin walks in the dirt

Learning from pangolins and peacocks: Researchers explore next-gen structural materials

Nov. 22, 2022

Scientists from three countries report that materials inspired by nature could one day help engineers design new kinds of solar panels, robots and even coatings for ultra-fast jets.

smoke stacks

Is the future of carbon-capture technology electrochemistry?

Nov. 21, 2022

Electrically activating chemicals could help remove carbon dioxide from the air, CU Boulder researchers have found.


International research team cracks chemical code on how iodine helps form clouds

Nov. 14, 2022

This molecular link within iodine’s atmospheric interactions can be added to global atmospheric and climate models to help scientists better understand its environmental impacts.

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Interdisciplinary team receives $1.8M for audacious robot-building project

Nov. 11, 2022

Robots help build cars, fly planes, fight wars and provide health care; they play a role in countless industries, but for the most part, they don't work in chemistry labs. A team of CU Boulder scientists plans to change that.

Johnny Hergert and Camila Uzcategui

$1.3M investment latest milestone for CU Boulder startup

Nov. 10, 2022

Vitro3D, a startup founded by CU Boulder doctoral students, just closed its first investment round of $1.3 million. The venture involves novel, high-speed volumetric 3D printing technology with potential applications in industries such as dental, medical and drug development.

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From #Freethebird to #Stayandfight: Expert talks the future of Twitter

Nov. 4, 2022

CU Boulder's Casey Fiesler weighs in on why Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter has raised alarm bells among some of the platform's users, and if there's anywhere for them to go.