Jennifer Doudna stands on stage at a podium

Forum on gene editing draws hundreds, some with tough questions

May 25, 2023

A revolutionary technique for editing genomes, called CRISPR-Cas9, has already helped cure sickle cell disease in dozens of people. But it also raises ethical concerns, which a panel of preeminent scientists grappled with at an event on the CU Boulder campus.

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Musicians’ Wellness Program promotes peak performance, mental health

May 24, 2023

As we round out Mental Health Awareness Month, faculty from the Musicians’ Wellness Program in the College of Music discuss the importance of developing a strong physical and mental health foundation for music students to excel in their professional careers and beyond.

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These tiny, medical robots could one day travel through your body

May 24, 2023

CU Boulder engineers have designed a new class of "microrobots" several times smaller than the width of a human hair that may be able to treat human illnesses like interstitial cystitis—a painful bladder disease that affects millions of Americans.

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Newly discovered planet is the size of Earth, but may be covered in volcanoes

May 17, 2023

A team of astrophysicists, including two researchers from CU Boulder, have caught a glimpse of a new and rocky planet called LP 791-18d. There, temperatures on the dayside could climb to more than 250 degrees Fahrenheit, while volcanoes blast the planet's surface.

Ana Maria Rey in her office next to Gia Voeltz in her lab

New National Academy of Sciences members plumb the depths of cells, atoms and more

May 15, 2023

Cell biologist Gia Voeltz and theoretical physicist Ana Maria Rey are among the more than 140 scientists elected to the National Academy of Sciences in 2023.

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How 1,000 undergraduates helped solve an enduring mystery about the sun

May 9, 2023

For three years at the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, CU Boulder students enrolled in "Experimental Physics I" spent an estimated 56,000 hours analyzing the behavior of hundreds of solar flares. Their results could help astrophysicists understand how the sun's corona reaches temperatures of millions of degrees Fahrenheit.

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Kombucha chic: How one student uses microbes, and time, to grow her own clothes

May 4, 2023

Biodesign researcher Fiona Bell says that anyone, anywhere can grow their own clothing right from their kitchens. You start by brewing a batch of kombucha.

Artist's depiction of antennas in the FarView observatory criss-crossing over the surface of the moon.

Observatory on the far side of the moon could spy on universe’s ‘Dark Ages’

April 25, 2023

As early as 2030, engineers and robots from Earth could begin construction on an astronomical observatory that would expand over 77 square miles of the moon’s surface—almost entirely using materials mined from the moon itself.

A biodegradable "artificial muscle" made with material stamped with an image of a carrot

Grad student helps design ‘artificial muscles’ you can toss in the compost bin

April 20, 2023

Mechanical engineering student Ellen Rumley was part of a robotics club in high school, but she could never get over the clunkiness of rigid, metal machines. Now, she's designing soft robotic actuators that work like animal muscles. They're also completely biodegradable.

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5 lessons on improving US education—from high schools that beat the odds

April 12, 2023

Edited by a trio of CU Boulder researchers, a new book titled Schools of Opportunity: 10 Research-Based Models of Equity in Action tells the stories of nine U.S. high schools that flourished despite the odds—overcoming tough challenges to offer students from a wide range of backgrounds rich and even joyful educational experiences.