a portrait of Loren Hough

Unlocking the secrets of a cellular shapeshifter

Oct. 27, 2016

Assistant Professor of Physics Loren Hough has earned a $1.8 million award from the National Institute of General Medical Science to study tubulin, a shape-shifting cellular protein that is quietly essential to many life processes.

Seismic measurement equipment set up on a wall in Turkey

Turkey's westward drift may provide clues to future earthquakes

Oct. 25, 2016

A new CIRES study shows how incremental activity along Turkey's North Anatolia fault may provide insight into future seismic events.

an illustration depicting a superradiant laser

Superradiant laser may boost atomic clocks, create ‘rulers’ for space

Oct. 14, 2016

JILA physicists have demonstrated a novel laser design that could be stable enough to improve atomic clock performance a hundredfold and even serve as a clock itself, while also advancing other scientific quests such as making accurate “rulers” for measuring astronomical distances.

Mallinda founders

CU Boulder-connected startup Mallinda pushes ahead on reusable carbon-fiber composite

Oct. 12, 2016

What’s one way to cut a car’s weight by 50 percent and improve fuel efficiency by up to 40 percent? Make it out of carbon fiber instead of steel. Alumnus Chris Kaffer, co-founder and CEO of Denver startup Mallinda, believes his company’s reusable carbon-fiber composite can play a vital role in making vehicles more efficient. Now, a $750,000 grant will help move the vision forward.

a researcher pours a liquid solution into a beaker

Turning brewery wastewater into battery power

Oct. 7, 2016

CU Boulder engineers have developed an innovative bio-manufacturing process that uses a fungus in brewery wastewater to create the carbon-based materials needed to make energy storage cells.

International Space Station

BioServe Space Technologies: CU Boulder's presence on the International Space Station

Sept. 28, 2016

If you gaze at the night sky from Earth in just the right place, you will see the International Space Station (ISS), a bright speck of light hurtling through space at 5 miles per second as it orbits 220 miles above the planet. And if you were an astronaut floating around inside the station, you would see high-tech hardware and experiments designed and built at CU Boulder.

margaret murnane and henry kapteyn standing in their lab

$24 million NSF grant to establish imaging science center at CU Boulder

Sept. 26, 2016

CU Boulder will expand its role as a national leader in imaging, materials, nano, bio and energy sciences as part of a collaborative partnership awarded $24 million by the National Science Foundation to launch a new center.

an adult boreal toad

Probiotic treatment protects endangered Colorado toads from lethal fungal infection

Sept. 21, 2016

A probiotic treatment has been shown to effectively inoculate endangered Colorado toads and protect them from a virulent fungus that has ravaged the population in recent decades, according to the results of new University of Colorado Boulder research.

CU Boulder taken by DigitalGlobe’s GeoEye-1 satellite

New partnership with DigitalGlobe advances research innovation locally, worldwide

Sept. 19, 2016

CU Boulder and DigitalGlobe Inc. are partnering to provide access to DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading high-resolution satellite imagery, data and analytics tools to the university’s Earth Lab initiative in order to advance earth and space science research.

researchers working on a glacier surface in the High Arctic

'False' biosignatures may complicate search for ancient life on Earth, other planets

Sept. 15, 2016

Self-assembling carbon microstructures created in a lab by University of Colorado Boulder researchers could provide new clues – and new cautions – in efforts to identify microbial life preserved in the fossil record, both on Earth and elsewhere in the solar system.

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