person wearing mask at an outdoor playground

Why it took so long to recognize the airborne transmission of COVID-19

Sept. 12, 2022

Millions of people died of the coronavirus because institutions and people took too long to recognize it was primarily airborne, and a new study traces back that deadly resistance.

Flooding in eastern Kentucky on July 29, 2022.

7 takeaways about flooding, infrastructure and climate change

Sept. 8, 2022

Across the country this summer, flooding has damaged national parks, cities and communities—and left hundreds of thousands of people without clean water in Jackson, Mississippi. Two CU Boulder engineering experts discuss the state of our infrastructure and the impacts of climate change.

Chihuahuan meadowlark

Meet the Chihuahuan meadowlark

Sept. 1, 2022

A former CU Boulder undergraduate's honors thesis has led to the official recognition of the Chihuahuan meadowlark as a distinct species.

Engineer wearing a mask and cap working in cleanroom at COSINC

As US ramps up semiconductor production, engineers are probing new tiny electronics

Aug. 30, 2022

This month, President Joe Biden signed the CHIPS and Science Act into law. The bill is putting new focus on semiconductors—the tiny devices that are in everything from smartphones to laptops and even thermostats.

researcher collecting water from a stream

Researchers develop highly accurate sensor for E. coli risk detection

Aug. 16, 2022

Researchers at CU Boulder have developed and validated a new sensor for E. coli risk detection that features an impressive 83% accuracy rate when detecting contamination in surface waters.

Still image of the augmented reality experience for Minesweeper

Exploring trust between humans, robots with augmented reality Minesweeper

Aug. 1, 2022

Doctoral students Aaquib Tabrez and Matthew Luebbers, along with their advisor Bradley Hayes, used augmented reality Minesweeper to gain insight into a robot’s decision-making process. They were awarded runner-up for best student paper at an international conference.

people playing with Tinycade cardboard controllers

How to turn throwaway cardboard into a DIY arcade game

July 20, 2022

With a project called Tinycade, graduate student Peter Gyory has set out to recreate that arcade parlor experience from childhood—entirely out of junk.

An adult prairie rattlesnake, one of the focal species in the study, raised up in defensive posture near a den site in Colorado.

To keep up with evolving prey, rattlesnakes tap genetically diverse venom toolbox

July 18, 2022

A new study of rattlesnakes in the western U.S. sheds light on how the reptiles evolve over time to keep up with prey resistance to their venom.

Wil Srubar

Cities of the future may be built with algae-grown limestone

June 23, 2022

The Living Materials Laboratory is scaling up the manufacture of carbon-neutral cement as well as cement products, which can slowly pull carbon dioxide out of the atmosphere and store it.

Artist's depiction of an electro-optic transducer, an ultra-thin wafer that can read out the information from a superconducting qubit.

What quantum information and snowflakes have in common, and what we can do about it

June 15, 2022

Qubits, the basic building blocks of quantum computers, are as fragile as snowflakes. Now, researchers have come up with a new way of reading out the information from certain kinds of qubits with a light touch, potentially paving the way for a quantum internet.