CU astronaut-alumnus Scott Carpenter looks back at 50th anniversary of Aurora 7 mission

May 21, 2012

On May 24, 1962, University of Colorado Boulder alumnus Scott Carpenter lifted off from Earth in NASA’s Aurora 7 space capsule mounted atop a Mercury-Atlas rocket at Cape Canaveral, Fla., swiftly climbing to roughly 165 miles in altitude.

CU to host eclipse-viewing event in Folsom Field

May 18, 2012

On Sunday, May 20, Coloradans will see a “bite” taken out of the sun as the moon moves across the sun causing a partial solar eclipse. The eclipse starts at 6:22 p.m. with maximum eclipse at 7:30 p.m. and the sun will set at 7:50 p.m. Watch live this Sunday:

Overfed black holes shut down galactic star-making, says new study involving CU-Boulder

May 9, 2012

Galaxies with the most powerful, active black holes at their cores produce fewer stars than galaxies with less active black holes, according to a new study involving the University of Colorado Boulder using the Herschel Space Observatory.

JILA, site of Nobel Prize-winning research, expands into new wing on CU-Boulder campus

April 10, 2012

JILA, a joint institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology that has produced three Nobel Prize winners since 2001, has opened a new wing with advanced laboratories for its world-renowned science.

JILA spinoff companies

April 9, 2012

JILA, a joint institute of the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has generated many spinoff companies, including 11 companies in the Colorado Front Range area. The Colorado companies have created more than 140 jobs and a variety of high-tech products used around the world. These contributions to U.S. industry have been made by current and former staff from both JILA partners. Companies Winters Electro Optics, founded 1993

JILA through the years

April 9, 2012

JILA was founded as a joint institute between the University of Colorado Boulder and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in 1962 and will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. It is located on the CU-Boulder campus. The new X-wing provides advanced laboratories that will support JILA's next 50 years of research breakthroughs, and further encourage training and interdisciplinary research. Like JILA overall, the X-wing is a collaboration between CU and NIST, with each organization sharing in the costs of the $32.7 million building.

NASA’s Kepler planet-hunting mission controlled by CU-Boulder students is extended for 4 years

April 5, 2012

University of Colorado Boulder students will have another four years at the controls of NASA’s Kepler mission, launched in 2009 to hunt down Earth-like rocky planets in other solar systems and which has succeeded in spectacular fashion.

JILA team demonstrates ‘a new way of lasing,’ a ‘superradiant’ laser

April 4, 2012

NIST news release Physicists at JILA have demonstrated a novel “superradiant” laser design, which has the potential to be 100 to 1,000 times more stable than the best conventional visible lasers. This type of laser could boost the performance of the most advanced atomic clocks and related technologies, such as communications and navigation systems as well as space-based astronomical instruments.

CU students’ work makes it to the big screen

March 23, 2012

The work of a talented group of University of Colorado Boulder students and staff has made it to the big screen. The really big screen -- in fact, a more than 20-meter dome.

Ultracold matter technology from CU and SRI International licensed to Boulder’s ColdQuanta

March 19, 2012

ColdQuanta Inc. of Boulder and the University of Colorado have finalized an agreement allowing ColdQuanta to commercialize cutting-edge physics research developed by CU-Boulder and SRI International. The licensed technology centers on Bose-Einstein Condensate, or BEC, a new form of matter created just above absolute zero.