Damage from an earthquake

Earthquake reconnaissance: Students learn in Japan

June 22, 2016

Seeing the severe damage and massive loss of life from earthquakes led Jenny Ramírez into the field of geotechnical earthquake engineering. Ramirez, who was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, is a doctoral student in civil engineering at CU-Boulder. She now is doing numerical simulations of soil deposits subjected to earthquakes.Read more »
 Student presenting science experiment

Back to the future: High schoolers get hands-on experience at CU-Boulder

June 20, 2016

A group of Denver high school students who recently descended on the CU-Boulder campus rolled up their sleeves for a week of real-world engineering experience and the opportunity to earn $2,500 scholarships.Read more »
 Example of a short-faced bears that stood 12 feet tall and weighed nearly a ton.

Early humans, giant Patagonian beasts: Then they saw them, now we don’t

June 17, 2016

Some of the beasts living in Patagonia 13,000 years ago were an intimidating bunch: Fierce saber-toothed cats, elephant-sized sloths, ancient jaguars as big as today’s tigers and short-faced bears that stood 12 feet tall and weighed nearly a ton. But by 12,000 years ago, they had disappeared. What happened?Read more »
Ethane tanks

On the rise: ethane concentrations climbing again

June 14, 2016

Global emissions of ethane, an air pollutant and greenhouse gas, are on the uptick again. A team led by CU-Boulder found that a steady decline of global ethane emissions following a peak in about 1970 ended between 2005 and 2010 in most of the Northern Hemisphere and has since reversed. Between 2009 and 2014, ethane emissions in the Northern Hemisphere increased by about 400,000 tons annually, the bulk of it from North American oil and gas activity.Read more »
 Image of earth from space

Milky Way now hidden from one-third of humanity

June 10, 2016

The Milky Way, the brilliant river of stars that has dominated the night sky and human imaginations since time immemorial, is but a faded memory to one third of humanity and 80 percent of Americans, according to a new global atlas of light pollution produced by Italian and American scientists.Read more »

Some comets are like couples: They break up, then make up

June 1, 2016

For some comets, breaking up is not that hard to do. A new study led by Purdue University and CU-Boulder indicates the bodies of some periodic comets – objects that orbit the sun in less than 200 years – may regularly split in two, then reunite down the road.Read more »

A new window on energy savings

May 26, 2016

A CU-Boulder research team thinks the same type of liquid crystals you see in the display panel of your smart phone may be the key component in a new window coating that could lower energy costs in buildings across the nation.Read more »
Map graphic of comparison of net domestic migration in 2006 and 2014

CU-Boulder becomes Rocky Mountain region’s first federal social science data research hub

May 24, 2016

Social scientists and health researchers from across Colorado and neighboring states will soon have abundant U.S. Census and other federal statistical data available to them in a secure setting at the University of Colorado Boulder. The National Science Foundation this month awarded $300,000 over three years to CU-Boulder to create the Rocky Mountain Research Data Center (RMRDC), which will be housed in the Institute of Behavioral Science (IBS).Read more »
A prescribed fire at the Joseph W. Jones Ecological Research Center in Georgia.

Global data shows inverse relationship, shift in human use of fire

May 22, 2016

Humans use fire for heating, cooking, managing lands and, more recently, fueling industrial processes. Now, research from the University of Colorado has found that these various means of using fire are inversely related to one another, providing new insight into how people are changing the face of fire.Read more »
Christopher Lowry

Immunization with bacteria promotes stress resilience, coping behaviors in mice, CU-Boulder study finds

May 16, 2016

Injections of the soil bacterium "Mycobacterium vaccae" ("M. vaccae" NCTC 11659) promote stress resilience and improve coping behaviors in mice, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.Read more »