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Help CU Boulder researchers test a 'fitness tracker' for the brain

Sept. 7, 2016

Ever caught yourself daydreaming of your next vacation or an old memory? Do you wonder what your idle thoughts throughout the day actually mean? If so, scientists at the University of Colorado Boulder have a free smartphone app that might help shed more light on how and why the mind wanders.Read more »
Graduate students install and monitor a seismometer

Preventing human-caused earthquakes

Aug. 25, 2016

While the earthquake that rumbled below Colorado’s eastern plains May 31, 2014, did no major damage, its occurrence surprised both Greeley residents and local seismologists. To some Greeley residents, the magnitude-3.2 earthquake felt like a large truck hitting the house.Read more »
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Digital textbook scribbles, highlights could give students a learning leg up

Aug. 23, 2016

New software being developed by CU Boulder together with Rice University and the University of California San Diego will allow for the development of digital textbooks that students can annotate, giving a window into a particular learner’s state of mind and grasp of subject matter.Read more »
Barn swallow in flight

Barn swallows given “makeovers” increase reproductive success

Aug. 15, 2016

If you are a male barn swallow in the United States or the Mediterranean with dark red breast feathers, you’re apt to wow potential mates. But if you have long outer tail feathers in the United States, or short ones in the Mediterranean, the females may not be so impressed... Read more »
Thomas Cech

A deep look inside living cells reveals a key cancer process

Aug. 11, 2016

Researchers at the University of Colorado Boulder have used a process called single-molecule imaging to visualize the process that telomerase, a powerful enzyme that can promote cancer growth, uses to attach itself to the ends of chromosomes.Read more »
Solar flair

1967 solar storm nearly took US to brink of war

Aug. 9, 2016

A solar storm that jammed radar and radio communications at the height of the Cold War could have led to a disastrous military conflict if not for the U.S. Air Force’s budding efforts to monitor the sun’s activity, a new study finds.Read more »
Aerial photo of Camp Century in Greenland from 1959

Melting ice sheet could release frozen Cold War-era waste

Aug. 4, 2016

Climate change could remobilize abandoned hazardous waste thought to be buried forever beneath the Greenland Ice Sheet, new research finds.Read more »

$1 million gift to BioFrontiers Institute to aid graduate students

July 29, 2016

The University of Colorado’s BioFrontiers Institute has received a $1 million gift from John F. Milligan and Kathryn Bradford-Milligan of Hillsborough, California to establish a fund for graduate students participating in an interdisciplinary bioscience program.Read more »
Electrical student working on project

CU Boulder-CMU add civil engineering to partnership

July 19, 2016

Colorado Mesa University and CU Boulder announced the expansion of their engineering program partnership to allow students to earn a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from CU Boulder by taking classes delivered at Colorado Mesa.Read more »
 Oil well

Studying natural gas leakage in Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg Basin

July 11, 2016

The rate of groundwater contamination due to natural gas leakage from oil and gas wells has remained largely unchanged in northeastern Colorado’s Denver-Julesburg Basin since 2001, according to a new University of Colorado Boulder study based on public records and historical data.Read more »