The wreckage of a collapsed building in Turkey

What caused the tragic earthquake in Turkey and Syria, and is California next?

Feb. 14, 2023

A geologist and an engineer discuss what made the recent earthquake in Turkey and Syria so devastating, how the region shares similar geology with California and how lessons learned can help the world prepare for the next big one.

Female red squirrel forages for food

Squirrels roll the dice on their offspring

Feb. 1, 2023

A collaborative study, including CU Boulder associate professor Andrew McAdam, investigates how the risks and rewards of red squirrel reproduction are a microcosm of evolutionary patterns.

Kai Larsen

To better understand ChatGPT, expert puts it to work

Jan. 26, 2023

What happens when an expert on natural language processing asks a chatbot to write a children's book in the style of Dr. Seuss? Professor Kai Larsen put the question to the test.

Image of a brain in multiple colors

CU research team moves one step closer to printing models of life-like 3D organs

Jan. 26, 2023

A model of your very own kidney made entirely from soft and pliable polymers? Researchers at two CU campuses are on the cusp of 3D printing realistic replicas of human anatomy.

Man wearing blindfold holds up a camera on a walking stick to scan a shelf containing several different brands of cereal.

‘Smart’ walking stick could help visually impaired with groceries, finding a seat

Jan. 19, 2023

For people who are blind or visually impaired, finding the right products in a crowded grocery store can be difficult without help. A team of computer scientists at CU Boulder is trying to change that.

Grasshopper hangs on a twig

Jumpin’ Jehoshaphat! New grasshopper-like material can leap 200 times its own thickness

Jan. 18, 2023

If you plop these thin wafers, made up of several layers of rubber-like material, onto a hot plate, they will begin to warp. Then, suddenly and explosively, they leap into the air.

A new microwave made out of copper

How to rebuild an atomic clock

Dec. 8, 2022

The National Institute of Standards and Technology laboratories have housed atomic clocks for decades—including the cesium atomic clock NIST-F1, which serves as the primary time and frequency standard in the U.S. Researchers continue to improve the clocks' accuracies, a process that sometimes has included rebuilding parts.

Aaron True, Postdoctoral Researcher (left) and John Crimaldi

CU scientists shine light on what comes up when you flush

Dec. 8, 2022

Germophobes, brace yourselves. A team of CU Boulder engineers has revealed how tiny water droplets, invisible to the naked eye, are rapidly ejected into the air when a public restroom toilet is flushed. The research also provides a methodology to help reduce this exposure risk.

Pangolin walks in the dirt

Learning from pangolins and peacocks: Researchers explore next-gen structural materials

Nov. 22, 2022

Scientists from three countries report that materials inspired by nature could one day help engineers design new kinds of solar panels, robots and even coatings for ultra-fast jets.

smoke stacks

Is the future of carbon-capture technology electrochemistry?

Nov. 21, 2022

Electrically activating chemicals could help remove carbon dioxide from the air, CU Boulder researchers have found.