Painting of army invading the Aztec city of Tenochtitlan

Across centuries and diseases, poverty, conflict and racism fuel pandemics

April 16, 2021

The current COVID-19 pandemic and other disease outbreaks aren't just biological phenomena, a team of archaeologists argue—these events are also shaped by the broader welfare of human societies.

View of storefronts in Breckenridge, Colorado.

Colorado business confidence rebounding to record levels

April 1, 2021

Business leaders around the state are feeling increasingly hopeful about Colorado's economy, a response to increasing COVID-19 vaccination rates and the easing of public health restrictions.

A cluster of bees seen up close

Bees form scent-driven phone tree to pass along messages

March 25, 2021

Think of it as a testament to a honeybee's love for its queen: Bees build what looks like a telecommunications network to pass messages, in the form of pheromones, from their queen to other members of a colony.

Image of the black hole M87*

Scientists dig deeper into subject of first-ever image of a black hole

March 24, 2021

Black holes are impossible to observe directly. But researchers like Jason Dexter are probing the hot and violent regions of space that circle these mysterious objects.

A sewer manhole cover

CU Boulder class goes into the sewers

March 16, 2021

CU Boulder students are studying microbes in sewage systems to uncover secrets in human ecology. They looked at viruses, bacteria and more.

saliva testing on campus

2% of people carry 90% of COVID-19 virus, and roommates are safer than you think

March 15, 2021

New research finds that only one in five college students who tested positive for COVID-19 while living in residence halls infected their roommates.

Stock image of a human skull

New wave technique allows for better understanding of the skull

March 10, 2021

Matteo Mazzotti is the first author on two new studies that measure the dynamic response of the human skull, potentially providing a new and non-invasive way to monitor the cranial bone and brain. Mazzotti is a research associate in the Paul M. Rady Department of Mechanical Engineering as part of Professor Massimo Ruzzene’s lab.

Image of the star Vega

A giant, scorching-hot planet may be orbiting the star Vega

March 8, 2021

Vega, one of the brightest stars in the night sky, may play host to a giant planet with average surface temperatures of 5,390 degrees Fahrenheit.

Textured "skin" inspired by snake scales seen under a microscope

Snakeskin inspires new, friction-reducing material

March 2, 2021

The new technology, called SLIP, mimics the structure of snake scales to create an ultra-slick surface.

People gathering water in urban Africa

Student explores assumptions in financing for urban water utilities in low-income countries

Feb. 16, 2021

Anna Libey, a doctoral student in environmental engineering at CU Boulder, is the lead author on a new paper that compares utilities around the world and advocates for more subsidization in utility operations to provide clean water.

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