PufferBot approaches a bystander with its shield extended.

Pufferfish-inspired robot could improve drone safety

Oct. 21, 2020

Drone crashes are becoming more common than ever before. Engineers at the ATLAS Institute have built a robot that comes with its own inflatable "airbag."

Artist's depiction of the SPRITE CubeSat orbiting Earth.

New CubeSat will observe the remnants of massive supernovas

Oct. 19, 2020

A new space mission will seek to better understand a time in the early universe when the first stars lived fast and hard, burning out and going supernova in the span of a few million years.

Acousto Thermal Shift Assay devices being assembled

New technology diagnoses sickle cell disease in record time

Oct. 19, 2020

Diseases of the blood, like sickle cell disease, have traditionally taken at least a full day, tedious lab work and expensive equipment to diagnose, but researchers have developed a way to diagnose these conditions with greater precision in only one minute.

A stock image of a man in a hazardous materials suit reading a newspaper.

Fake COVID-19 news makes you want to treat yourself on the cheap

Oct. 13, 2020

People exposed to fake news during the already uncertain COVID-19 era are simultaneously compelled to treat themselves and to try to save money, according to new research.

Artist's depiction of NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft swooping toward Bennu to collect a sample of material from the asteroid's surface.

Scientists peer inside an asteroid

Oct. 8, 2020

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft rendezvoused with the asteroid Bennu in late 2018. Now, researchers think they know what this chunk of space debris is like on the inside.

Artist's depiction of the DAPPER satellite in orbit around the moon.

A roadmap for science on the moon

Sept. 30, 2020

Scientists at CU Boulder have laid out a roadmap for a decade of scientific research at the moon. Teams from the university will participate in four upcoming or proposed space missions that seek to use the moon as a unique laboratory for peering back to the dawn of the cosmos.

Artist's depiction of a magnetar with magnetic field lines emerging from its surface.

Astrophysicist probes cosmic 'dark matter detector'

Sept. 29, 2020

CU Boulder's Jeremy Darling believes that a distant and powerful collapsed star could help scientists to unlock the secrets of dark matter.

Stock image of a 3-D image of cells

CU Boulder to become national center of cryoelectron tomography

Sept. 24, 2020

With a National Institutes of Health grant, CU Boulder will be a leader in cryoelectron tomography, a technology that helps visualize in 3-D the fine-structure of intact cells and tissues.

Stacked photo of fireflies flashing in a forest.

In the Smoky Mountains, thousands of fireflies flash in unison; researchers want to know how

Sept. 23, 2020

Ever wonder why some fireflies flash in harmony? New research sheds light on this beautiful phenomenon and strives to understand how relatively simple insects manage to coordinate such feats of synchronization.

The Slink Fire burning east of Modesto, California, in September 2020. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)

Humans behind almost all fires threatening homes

Sept. 15, 2020

People are starting almost all the wildfires that threaten U.S. homes, according to an innovative new analysis combining housing and wildfire data.

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