Person taking a saliva test at CU Boulder

Dorm sewage, vials of saliva and a state-of-the-art new lab: Inside CU’s COVID-19 testing plan

Sept. 11, 2020

With millions of students returning in the fall, college and university administrators across the country faced an unprecedented challenge this summer: Devise a plan for controlling an airborne virus, easily spread by people with no symptoms, in an environment where thousands of socially active young adults live in close quarters.

Ash covers rooftops in the Indonesian city of Yogyakarta.

Volcanic ash may have a bigger impact on the climate than we thought

Sept. 10, 2020

Volcanic ash shuts down air traffic and can sicken people. But a new study suggests it may also be more important for Earth's climate than once thought.

Artist's depiction of the twin Janus spacecraft flying in formation through space.

Where no spacecraft has gone before: A close encounter with binary asteroids

Sept. 10, 2020

In a moment for twos, the Janus mission will launch two identical spacecraft to rendezvous with two asteroid pairs millions of miles from Earth.

Image of the asteroid Bennu with small bits of material jumping off into space.

How small particles could reshape Bennu and other asteroids

Sept. 9, 2020

NASA's OSIRIS-REx spacecraft observed tiny bits of material jumping off the surface of the asteroid Bennu. A new study tracks where those particles went.

Dust sticks to the boots of Apollo 14 astronaut Edgar Mitchell in 1971.

Researchers develop dustbuster for the moon

Aug. 31, 2020

Future moon astronauts may one day be able to step into an electric-beam shower to clean sticky dust off of their spacesuits and equipment.

Graduate student Megan Caruso monitors data from an eye-tracking program that can follow a subject's attention as they learn or

New $20 million center to bring artificial intelligence into the classroom

Aug. 26, 2020

A new effort will explore the role that artificial intelligence may play in the future of education and workforce development.

Norlin Library

Researching communication and social justice with the University Libraries

Aug. 17, 2020

In a recent CU Boulder Where You Are discussion, Lawrence Frey addressed how scholars can strive to make a difference—not just hope others will use their research to make a difference—in how we talk about social justice initiatives.

An abnormally bright spot in the nightglow just above Mars' equator.

A new look at Mars’ eerie, ultraviolet nighttime glow

Aug. 6, 2020

See the announcement from NASA Every night on Mars, when the sun sets and temperatures fall to minus 80 degrees Fahrenheit and below, an eerie phenomenon spreads across much of the planet’s sky: a soft glow created by chemical reactions occurring tens of miles above the surface. An astronaut standing...

A crowd tunes in for a televised debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump in 2016.

Twitter users may have changed their behavior after contact with Russian trolls

Aug. 5, 2020

The Internet Research Agency, a troll-farm based in St. Petersburg, reached out to thousands of Twitter users in the lead up to the 2016 presidential election. Afterward, some may have changed their behavior online.

Researchers drilling into Alaskan permafrost

Alaska is getting wetter; that’s bad news for permafrost and the climate

July 31, 2020

Alaska is getting wetter. A new study spells out what that means for the permafrost that underlies about 85 percent of the state, and the consequences for Earth’s global climate.

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