Rows of trailor trucks

How efforts to make heavy trucks more efficient could hit a roadblock

July 18, 2024

A new study suggests that the U.S. government’s push to increase heavy-duty trucks’ energy efficiency could encourage more shipping by truck instead of rail, reducing the policies’ anticipated effectiveness by 20%.

a redpoll finch

The redpoll finch saga: How two bird species just became one

July 18, 2024

The American Ornithological Society reclassified two previously distinct species of finch as one, based on genetic research by CU Boulder scientists. The move knocks one name off birders’ “life list” and raises questions about what a species really is.

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Blockbuster science: Storm-chasing drone appears in ‘Twisters’

July 17, 2024

For years, CU Boulder engineers have helped to fly drones into the tumult of supercell thunderstorms across the United States' Tornado Alley. Now, their work will make an appearance in the summer blockbuster "Twisters."

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Ancient viruses fuel modern-day cancers

July 17, 2024

Tens of millions of years ago, ancient viruses infected our primate ancestors, leaving flecks of DNA that made their way into the human genome. A new study suggests these “endogenous retroviruses” may not be as harmless as once believed.

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Seeing what develops from an instantly iconic photo

July 16, 2024

Assistant Professor Ross Taylor discusses an Associated Press photo, taken by Evan Vucci, in the moments after Donald Trump was shot—and what about its composition makes the image stand out.

A person in a purple Rockies T-shirt sits in a stadium, one arm crossed and the other extended to scratch her head.

Loving the losing baseball team

July 16, 2024

With the baseball season well underway, CU Boulder history professor Martin Babicz offers thoughts on why some fans remain loyal to baseball’s perennial losers.

Nathan Elexander Moore

Dystopian ‘fissures of disaster’ intensify our own world

July 15, 2024

In a newly published story collection, The Rupture Files, Assistant Professor Nathan Alexander Moore explores identity and community in dystopian worlds.

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Searching for Colorado’s little-known fireflies

July 12, 2024

CU Boulder graduate student Owen Martin grew up in Colorado but had never seen a firefly in the state until three years ago. Now, he and his advisor Orit Peleg are trying to raise awareness of the Rocky Mountain region's glowing and "wonderous" insects.

Participants of the South, Southeast, and West Asia (SSEWA) 2024 Summer Workshop

Workshop taps into sports to energize history, social studies education

July 12, 2024

The Center for Asian Studies’ South, Southeast and West Asia Outreach Program recently hosted a summer workshop for teachers, focused on sports and colonialism, just in time for the Paris Olympics.

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‘Fly Me to the Moon’: Scholar weighs in on our fascination with conspiracy theories

July 11, 2024

In a new rom-com, Scarlett Johansson plays a PR maven hired to film a fake version of the moon landing. Media scholar Rick Stevens gives his take on why conspiracy theories around the moon landing have such staying power.