AI-generated image of Mickey Mouse robbing a steamboat at gunpoint

The mouse is out and running loose on AI

Jan. 9, 2024

Generative artificial intelligence tools and copyright law are intersecting in the 1928 “Steamboat Willie” cartoon featuring Mickey Mouse. Associate Professor Casey Fiesler, an expert in tech ethics, says it’s just the start.

A study participant on the treadmill in the CHANGE lab

Study: Cannabis can make workouts more fun, but it’s no performance-enhancer

Jan. 3, 2024

A first-of-a-kind laboratory study of runners shows that using cannabis before training can boost motivation and mood. However, if the THC content is high, it can also make exercise feel harder, potentially sabotaging performance.


‘The end of an era of fossil fuel consumption’: A CU prof’s take on COP28

Dec. 19, 2023

Just back from the United Nations climate summit in Dubai, Environmental Studies Professor Max Boykoff reflects on the historic pledge countries made to cut planet-warming fossil fuels—and where the agreement falls short.

Power wind farm

US utilities on track to be 100% renewable by 2060

Dec. 19, 2023

A CU Boulder study led by undergraduate Grace Kroeger found in states with and without aggressive goals, utilities plan to drop fossil fuels.

Man holding pole crouches in stream

How an overlooked study over a century ago helped fuel the Colorado River crisis

Dec. 14, 2023

At the start of World War I, a scientist named Eugene Clyde La Rue hiked the American West to estimate how much water flows down the Colorado River. His findings were ignored, but leaders today don't have to make the same mistake, says CU Boulder hydrologist Shemin Ge.

JILA's three-dimensional quantum gas atomic clock

‘Tabletop’ physics experiments receive major funding, with Jun Ye leading key project

Dec. 14, 2023

In an exciting turn for physics research, four major foundations have announced a collaborative funding effort for 11 pioneering experiments. The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, the Simons Foundation, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the John Templeton Foundation have come together, committing a total of $30 million.


Breast milk shown to boost baby’s brain and gut health

Dec. 13, 2023

A new study of compounds found in baby poop suggests breast milk, including milk supplemented with formula, improves infant gut health in ways that benefit brain development and could impact test scores. The findings could also be used to improve formula.

Earth from outer space

Center for National Security Initiatives formalizes partnership with Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory

Dec. 13, 2023

CU Boulder and the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory have signed a master research agreement, broadening a partnership between the two institutions and opening new collaboration pathways.


Study suggests boosting beaver populations could have toxic consequences

Dec. 12, 2023

Researchers caution, while they also come with benefits, large-scale beaver reintroduction efforts could inadvertently spread mercury-containing neurotoxins in the environment and food chains.

Example of the mixed reality trajectory software.

Doctoral student designing augmented reality for space missions

Dec. 12, 2023

Dezell Turner loves orbital design, a critical step in planning any space mission, and he is plotting out a way to streamline the complex process with an interactive, augmented reality tool.