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New keen-sighted satellite will view distant stars, assist Webb telescope

June 8, 2023

The new mini-satellite, called MANTIS, will be designed and built by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics. It borrows its name from the mantis shrimp, an undersea creature with famously powerful eyesight.

Pride merchandise.

Amid culture wars, here’s how companies can cultivate authenticity in Pride Month and beyond

June 8, 2023

Pressure campaigns targeting major brands like Target and Bud Light are testing companies’ commitment to supporting the LGBTQ+ community. Smart organizations should double down, Sabrina Volpone explains in this Q&A.

Man riding motorbike in village.

‘Mobile money’ has been a game-changer in developing countries, but it may not be serving those who need it most

June 7, 2023

A new study exploring digital currency offerings in sub-Saharan Africa shows that as poverty gets more pervasive, a business model created to serve the poor breaks down.

Penguin in the Southern Ocean

As the Southern Ocean heats up, the race is on to protect Antarctica’s marine life

June 6, 2023

As Earth’s atmosphere continues to warm, biodiversity in the global ocean is increasingly at risk. In this Q&A with Cassandra Brooks, we explain the importance of protecting the Southern Ocean in particular as the world races to conserve biodiversity across the globe.

The HIV virus, a retrovirus, under the microscope

Remnants of ancient virus may fuel ALS in people

June 6, 2023

An ancient, virus-like protein best known for its essential role in placental development may, when over-expressed, fuel ALS—aka Lou Gehrig's disease—and other neurodegenerative diseases, according to new research. The discovery opens the door to a new class of potential treatments.

A fleet of electric vehicles being charged simultaneously.

Postdoc leads research into decarbonization of transportation sector

June 5, 2023

A paper recently submitted to Nature Scientific Reports explores a scenario in which a 100%-electrified fleet of vehicles must attend to both ride requests submitted by customers and charging requests sent by a utility company during a period of high renewable energy generation.

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Space tractor beams may not be the stuff of sci-fi for long

June 1, 2023

One day, small spacecraft could fly around Earth, using devices called electron beams to remove hulking, derelict spacecraft from orbit without ever having to touch. It may sound like science fiction, but aerospace engineers from CU Boulder say they could be ready to test the idea in space in just five to 10 years.

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Avoiding Armageddon: Researchers narrow down list of potentially hazardous asteroids

May 31, 2023

The asteroid 7482 (1994 PC1) measures about two-thirds of a mile across. It will also remain in Earth's vicinity for much of the next 1,000 years. CU Boulder aerospace engineer Oscar Fuentes-Muñoz says its important to study objects like this one to make sure they don't pose a risk to life on our planet.

Researcher holds artificial pancreas in her hand

Building a better ‘bionic pancreas’

May 31, 2023

Could technology like smart watches and mobile apps change how patients manage Type 1 diabetes? A $1.2 million grant is helping faculty explore ways to give patients a better quality of life.

Jody Jahn, center, in black

Research addresses burning questions on firefighter culture

May 31, 2023

For eight summers, Jody Jahn earned money for college working as a wildland firefighter on U.S. Forest Service crews. Now, instead of rappelling out of helicopters to fight fires, she's an associate professor of communication who studies the culture of wildland firefighting crews.