a galapagos tortoise

Studying the distant past in the Galápagos Islands

Dec. 20, 2016

A new study pinpoints when the Galápagos Islands developed their unique ecology.

satellite image showing arctic ice cover

Sea ice hit record lows in November

Dec. 6, 2016

Arctic autumn, Antarctic spring both see surprisingly little ice extent, new National Snow and Ice Data Center data shows.

Tin Tin Su

Lab’s fruit fly work yields patented cancer treatment

Nov. 28, 2016

Professor Tin Tin Su’s research, conducted with help of undergraduate students, resulted in startup company SuviCa. The company and CU Boulder recently received a patent for a promising chemical, SVC112, which helps prevent regrowth of cancer cells following radiation exposure.

Electron tomography reveals the three-dimensional structure of membrane contact sites (red) between endoplasmic reticulum tubules (green) and mitochondria (purple) in a yeast cell (right) or an endosome (yellow) in an animal cell (left). EM Tomography by Matthew West.

Putting the squeeze on mitochondria: The final cut

Oct. 31, 2016

With possible implications for a better understanding of cancer and neurodegenerative conditions, a new study for the first time shows the final stages of how mitochondria, found in nearly all living cells, divide and propagate.

CU Boulder geology students working in the field walk down a trail surrounded by mountain slopes, green grass, shrubs and trees.

No. 2 in geosciences in global rankings

Oct. 25, 2016

CU Boulder is No. 2 in geosciences in global rankings released today by U.S. News & World Report. The rankings represent the 1,000 best universities in the world across​ 65 countries.

Seismic measurement equipment set up on a wall in Turkey

Turkey's westward drift may provide clues to future earthquakes

Oct. 25, 2016

A new CIRES study shows how incremental activity along Turkey's North Anatolia fault may provide insight into future seismic events.

The team of grant recipients, five women from Mental Health Partners and CU Boulder, stand in a row and pose for a photo, smiling.

Treatment for trauma-affected children and families the focus of new grant

Oct. 24, 2016

Under a new $2 million grant, CU Boulder's Center for the Study and Prevention of Violence will work with Colorado-based Mental Health Partners to increase the capacity to identify children and families who have experienced trauma and provide evidence-based trauma-focused treatment. The project is expected to support more than 900 clinicians, and serve over 3,100 clients.

an image of MRI brain scans

Neural signature for fibromyalgia may aid diagnosis, treatment

Oct. 17, 2016

University of Colorado Boulder researchers have discovered a brain signature that identifies fibromyalgia sufferers with 93 percent accuracy, a potential breakthrough for future clinical diagnosis and treatment of the highly prevalent condition.

an illustration depicting a superradiant laser

Superradiant laser may boost atomic clocks, create ‘rulers’ for space

Oct. 14, 2016

JILA physicists have demonstrated a novel laser design that could be stable enough to improve atomic clock performance a hundredfold and even serve as a clock itself, while also advancing other scientific quests such as making accurate “rulers” for measuring astronomical distances.

Taylor Valley in the McMurdo Dry Valleys. Credit: Dave Haney, NSF

Season of intense melting in Antarctica offers insights into continent's future

Oct. 13, 2016

Scientists and students working with the National Science Foundation, including Associate Professor Michael Gooseff of environmental engineering and INSTAAR, have authored a series of papers on how a single season of intense melting in Antarctica in 2001-02 may affect the continent’s ecological future, including its potential impact on global climate change.