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Tiny, shape-shifting robot can squish itself into tight spaces

Aug. 30, 2023

Imagine a robot that can wedge itself through the cracks in rubble to search for survivors trapped in the wreckage of a collapsed building. Engineers at CU Boulder are moving one step closer to that goal with CLARI, short for Compliant Legged Articulated Robotic Insect.

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Why breast cancer survivors don’t take their meds, and what can be done about it

Aug. 28, 2023

Hormone-blocking drugs can be life-saving for breast cancer survivors, reducing risk of recurrence by as much as 50%. Yet many patients stop taking them early or don’t take them as directed. A new CU Boulder study explores why, and what can be done about it.

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India just won the race to the moon’s South Pole. Here’s what comes next

Aug. 23, 2023

Marking the latest milestone in a new kind of space race, India's Chandrayaan-3 mission touched down safely on the moon. CU Boulder astrophysicist Jack Burns gives his take on why nations and companies are hurrying to parts of the moon that no Apollo craft ever visited.

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Tiny ‘ice mouse’ survived Arctic cold in the age of dinosaurs

Aug. 10, 2023

Roughly 73 million years ago, dinosaurs like tyrannosaurs and hadrosaurs lived among conifer trees in northern Alaska. The region was also home to a much smaller creature—a tiny mammal that weathered months of darkness and freezing temperatures in the winter.

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3D display could soon bring touch to the digital world

July 31, 2023

Engineers at CU Boulder have designed a new, shape-shifting display that can fit on a card table and allows users to draw 3D designs and more.

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Heat waves are more dangerous than you think. Here’s why, and how to stay safe

July 20, 2023

Large portions of the U.S., including parts of Colorado, are reeling this month from extreme temperatures. CU expert Colleen Reid, who studies the health impacts from natural disasters, says these events seem to disproportionately hurt communities where people have less access to air conditioning and green space.

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Weeks later, potentially harmful chemicals lingered in homes affected by Marshall Fire

July 6, 2023

In the wake of the devastating Marshall Fire, a team of chemists and engineers from CU Boulder undertook a first-of-its-kind study to explore homes that survived the blaze. Their results reveal the potential health hazards that wildfires can leave behind in buildings.

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To prevent the next major wildfire, we need a ‘Smokey Bear for the suburbs’

June 29, 2023

With the Fourth of July approaching and a thick green carpet of fuel covering much of the West after a rainy spring, CU Boulder fire ecologist Jennifer Balch is calling on people to do their part to prevent the next megafire.

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Scientists use exotic stars to tune into hum from cosmic symphony

June 28, 2023

An international collaboration, including researchers from CU Boulder, has for the first time uncovered compelling evidence of what scientists call the "gravitational wave background"—enormous undulations in the fabric of space and time.

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19 arts and humanities projects awarded grants for research, creative pursuits

June 27, 2023

A new Research & Innovation Office program is providing nearly $100K in combined funding to 19 projects that span disciplines, from music and art history to journalism, theater and dance.