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.

Lucy Pao and wind turbines

Inspired by palm trees, scientists develop hurricane-resilient wind turbines

June 15, 2022

New results from real-world tests of a downwind turbine could inform and improve the wind energy industry in a world with intensifying hurricanes and a greater demand for renewable energy.

Stacey Smith, co-author on the publication and associate professor of ecology and evolutionary biology, peels the skin off of a Lantana fruit.

Pigment or optical illusion? What makes this berry blue

June 13, 2022

The same visual trick, called 'structural color,' that makes peacock feathers green and butterfly wings blue gives these Colorado berries their brilliant hue, new research has found.

Researcher collects a sap sample from a plant

In the air, on the ground and everywhere in between

June 6, 2022

Among many interdisciplinary efforts, scientists are using the power and promise of remote sensing to help solve food supply, pollution and water scarcity problems around the globe.

Undergrad works with a mannequin for the project

Recent doctoral student, undergrads create drag-friendly garment that changes in real time

June 2, 2022

Sarah Aguasvivas Manzano and her team are working on a wearable item for drag queens that could also help address common problems in wearable technology.

Crystal structure of a layer of graphyne

Long-hypothesized ‘next generation wonder material’ created for first time

May 23, 2022

CU Boulder scientists have successfully synthesized graphyne, which has been theorized for decades but never successfully produced.

Rows of storage in a room holding computing technology.

CU Boulder to play leading role in $10 million cyberinfrastructure initiative

April 22, 2022

CU Boulder will lead a five-year, $10 million National Science Foundation-funded initiative to reimagine cyberinfrastructure user support services and delivery to keep pace with the evolving needs of academic scientific researchers.

silicon wafer center-finding improvement device

Mechanical engineering students aim to make silicon wafer inspections more efficient

April 21, 2022

The global shortage of semiconductors—the computer chips that products such as smartphones, laptops, cars and even washing machines rely on—are motivating engineers to improve the inspection of the silicon wafers from which semiconductors are fabricated. To help, students have built a silicon wafer center-finding improvement device.

A team takes a 3D scan of a Triceratops skull on display in a museum hall

CU Boulder’s beloved Triceratops returning home to Smithsonian

April 20, 2022

The fossil skull of a Triceratops has sat on display on campus since 1981. Now, the specimen is heading back to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, where paleontologists will continue to study it to answer new questions about this fan-favorite dinosaur species.

Dan Larremore

CU Boulder mathematician earns nation’s highest early-career award for COVID research

April 20, 2022

Dan Larremore has won the Alan T. Waterman Award for his instrumental research on COVID-19 vaccine distribution and rapid testing. The prestigious award is the National Science Foundation’s highest honor for early-career scientists.