Photomontage of the evolution of a tornado

What’s with the recent wild tornadoes? Expert weighs in

May 3, 2024

In the past few weeks, multiple tornadoes have wreaked havoc in the central and southern U.S. Atmospheric scientist Andrew Winters says more may be on the way and offers tips to stay safe.

U.S. National Sled Hockey Team member participating in a research study at CU Boulder

The science of sled hockey: Team USA partners with CU Boulder physiologists

May 2, 2024

Members of the U.S. National Sled Hockey Team are working with CU researchers on a project that could ultimately improve performance and reduce injury for hockey players with lower-limb amputations or impairments.

Yellow sunflowers

Fighting infection with some help from bacteria

April 30, 2024

A CU Boulder-led study of sunflowers shows their genes relate to the abundance of bacteria associated with resistance against one of the pathogens that causes white mold.

Robot sits next to a hairy spider against a white background

Robots can’t outrun animals (yet). A new study explores why

April 29, 2024

Researchers examined data from dozens of studies and found that, in almost all cases, animals could beat their robot counterparts in a footrace. CU Boulder roboticist Kaushik Jayaram hopes the study will inspire engineers to learn how to build more adaptable robots.

Illustration of a ring of material around an orange star with a white star moving through

A new star is about to appear in the night sky. Here’s how to catch a glimpse

April 29, 2024

Nearly 3,000 light-years away, two stars dancing around each other are about to put on a beautiful show for people on Earth. Astrophysicist David Wilson gives his take on why this is an event you don't want to miss.

Iron oxides stain the bed of Upper East Mancos River in southwestern Colorado

Warming climate is putting more metals into Colorado’s mountain streams

April 25, 2024

Warming temperatures are causing a steady rise in copper, zinc and sulfate in the waters of Colorado mountain streams affected by acid rock drainage. Concentrations of these metals have roughly doubled over the past 30 years, a new study finds, presenting a concern for ecosystems, downstream water quality and mining remediation.

Offshore wind farm off the U.K. coast

How much energy can offshore wind farms in the US produce? New study sheds light

April 25, 2024

Proposed wind farms off the East Coast could meet 60% of the electricity demand of New England, even considering the wake effects, a new study shows.

Field of mustard plants

How spicy can mustard get? Depends on the soil

April 24, 2024

A new CU Boulder study finds microbes in soil may influence the flavor of mustard seeds, adding to our understanding of the many ways soil microbes can influence plants.

Members of the Game Changers take to the mic at a poetry slam

Teen ‘Game Changers’ confronting youth violence crisis head-on

April 24, 2024

CU Boulder's Youth Violence Prevention Center has enlisted the help of dozens of Denver youth to explore what's driving the nation's youth violence crisis and take concrete steps to confront it. This week, for Youth Violence Prevention Week, they'll screen a movie, host a conference and more.

Two women and a man walk arm-in-arm down the street

Why do we move slower the older we get? New study delivers answers

April 23, 2024

In lab experiments, engineers at CU Boulder asked groups of younger and older adults to complete a deceptively simple task: to reach for a target on a computer screen. The group's findings could one day help doctors diagnose a range of illnesses, from Parkinson's disease to mental health conditions like depression.