Researchers in the field

Expedition to highest active volcano unearths clues about life on other worlds

March 7, 2022

This past December, three CU Boulder researchers climbed up the side of the world’s highest active volcano, 22,615-foot Ojos del Salado, to understand how tiny organisms persist at one of the driest and highest points on the planet. This first-of-its-kind project may ultimately help inform the search for existing and extinct life on other planets.

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What the Wordle trend can teach us about language and technology

March 3, 2022

Computational linguist Alexis Palmer spoke with CU Boulder Today about the popular online word game, strategies to win and how Wordle offshoots could benefit lesser-known languages.

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The physics of fire ant rafts could help engineers design swarming robots

March 2, 2022

Fire ants survive floods by forming rafts made up of thousands of wriggling insects. New research reveals how these creepy-crawly lifeboats change shape over time.

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New research paves the way for atomic clocks 50 times more precise

Feb. 16, 2022

Physicists have shown that two tiny atomic clocks, separated by just a millimeter or the width of a sharp pencil tip, tick at different rates—a powerful test of Albert Einstein's 1915 theory of general relativity.

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How the CU community tackled COVID-19 on campus and beyond

Feb. 16, 2022

CU Boulder's researchers reflect on an unprecedented year for research amid a devastating pandemic.

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Robots help kids tell stories—with a little help from stuffed animals

Feb. 15, 2022

“I goed to school, and my friends were not listening.” Layne Hubbard, who earned her doctorate from CU Boulder in 2021, is developing new technology to help young kids take charge of their own stories.

Members of the GEER team watch a drone take off from a snowy driveway

Engineers deploy drones to survey Marshall Fire, gather lessons for future disasters

Feb. 14, 2022

Just after first responders extinguished the flames of the Marshall Fire, a team of engineers from across the country hit the ground in an urgent effort: to collect data on the disaster before it disappears for good.

Researchers in the field

Novice to expert: Immersive undergraduate research transforms students

Feb. 7, 2022

After nine weeks immersed in a research experience at CU Boulder, undergraduate students could analyze scientific papers and graphs more like experts, according to a new CIRES-led study.

Engineering building

Researchers explore intersections of language, education and artificial intelligence

Jan. 26, 2022

Researchers at CU Boulder are using artificial intelligence to develop digital models representing children who learn one language at home early in life and then begin learning another language in preschool.

Blake Leeper runs in gym

World’s fastest blade runner gets no competitive advantage from prostheses, study shows

Jan. 5, 2022

A new, long-awaited study shows amputee sprinters using running prostheses, or blades, have no clear competitive advantage at the 400-meter distance compared to sprinters with biological legs. The research puts into question sports governing body policies that limit the height of prostheses.