Mushroom cloud from a nuclear explosion

Nuclear war would cause a global famine and kill billions, study finds

Aug. 15, 2022

Even a relatively small nuclear conflict would decimate crop production and result in widespread starvation, according to new research from an international team of scientists.

Researchers with CU Boulder and CSU signs at the Everest base camp

CU professor treks to the top of the world to share urgent wildlife and climate message 

Aug. 15, 2022

This past May, Joanna Lambert traveled around the globe, met with world leaders and hiked up the world’s highest mountain to speak about how climate change is increasing human and wildlife conflict around the world.

Sister Mary Nelle Gage reads to a crowd of people outdoors

62 nuns were buried in a historic Denver cemetery. This archaeologist is helping to move them

Aug. 10, 2022

Between 1898 and 1969, 62 nuns were buried in a historic cemetery in southwest Denver. This summer, Lauren Hosek is helping to move the remains to a new resting place.

Taiwan landscape and skyscrapers

How Pelosi’s visit to Taiwan impacts Chinese-American relations

Aug. 9, 2022

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's recent visit to Taiwan has fueled a mounting crisis between China and the United States. William Wei, professor of modern Chinese history, spoke about the significance of Pelosi’s visit and its implications on Chinese-American relations.

Prairie voles

Professor, postdoc, grad student teach cutting-edge science in Estonia

Aug. 8, 2022

CU Boulder neuroscientist Zoe Donaldson has found a new way to contribute to global science education. She and her team will spend much of August helping European high school students learn the finer points of gene manipulation in prairie voles.

The craggy surface of the asteroid Bennu as seen from space

Hopping space dust may influence the way asteroids look and move

July 11, 2022

When NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft arrived at the asteroid Bennu, scientists discovered something surprising: The asteroid's surface wasn't smooth like many were expecting but was covered in large boulders. Now, a team of physicists think they know why.

Researcher collects a sap sample from a plant

In the air, on the ground and everywhere in between

June 6, 2022

Among many interdisciplinary efforts, scientists are using the power and promise of remote sensing to help solve food supply, pollution and water scarcity problems around the globe.

A winding valley on the surface of the moon

Astronauts may one day drink water from ancient moon volcanoes

May 18, 2022

If any humans had been alive 2 to 4 billion years ago, they may have looked up and seen a sliver of frost on the moon's surface. Some of that ice may still be hiding in craters on the moon today.

Goats near a village

For East Africa’s pastoralists, climate change already fueling violence, hunger

May 10, 2022

For centuries, East African peoples like the Maasai and Turkana have survived by herding cattle, moving these animals across miles of wide-open grasslands to keep them fed. Now, worsening droughts and a host of other challenges are threatening that nomadic existence.

illustration of DNA

Multiple diagnoses are the norm with mental illness; new genetic study explains why

May 10, 2022

A new genetic analysis, using data from hundreds of thousands of people, sheds light on why more than half of people diagnosed with one psychiatric disorder will be diagnosed with a second or third in their lifetime.