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Revolutionary magic ink transforming tattoo artistry

Jan. 23, 2024

Global Cosmetics News—Tattoo artist Keith “Bang Bang” McCurdy, famous for working with celebrities, has created a company, Hyprskn, to launch a new product called “Magic Ink.” Developed with Professor Carson Bruns from CU Boulder, Magic Ink can be controlled with a special stylus, the “magic pen,” that uses two wavelengths of light to activate or deactivate the tattoo’s visibility.

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Quantum seed grants awarded to advance industry and university innovation projects in Colorado

Jan. 21, 2024

Research & Innovation Office (RIO)—CU Boulder announced seven winners of the 2023-2024 translational quantum research seed grants, incentivizing quantum science and technology innovations launched from the lab to accelerate them along the development path to new programs and businesses.

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Harnessing Technology and Innovation to Speed Drug Discovery

Dec. 15, 2023

CU Anschutz 360—CU Boulder plays a crucial role in fostering innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration, and technological advancement in drug discovery and development, particularly through its expertise in quantum computing and AI and its collaborative efforts with CU Anschutz and other institutions.

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State and university partner to award over $1.5 million in funding to University of Colorado innovations

Nov. 13, 2023

Sixteen teams of University of Colorado faculty, researchers and graduate student innovators competed for a combined $1.5 million in startup funding grants.

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BioLoomics raises $8.7M to drive directed evolution of target degrading antibodies using human cells

Sept. 28, 2023

Pulse 2.0—CU Boulder startup BioLoomics, the company pioneering the directed evolution of target degrading antibodies using human cells, recently announced it has raised $8.7 million in seed financing to advance its proprietary platform technology and antibody degrader programs.

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

Aug. 30, 2023

CU Boulder Today—The Compliant Legged Articulated Robotic Insect (CLARI) comes from a team of engineers at CU Boulder. The little, squishable robot that can passively change its shape to squeeze through narrow gaps—with a bit of inspiration from the world of bugs. Ultimately, the team wants to develop shape-changing robots that can move through a complex, natural space—in which the machines will need to bounce off obstacles like trees or even blades of grass or push through the cracks between rocks and keep going.

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CU Boulder develops new method to produce clean fuel

Aug. 28, 2023

Daily Camera—CU Boulder researchers have created a new method to produce clean fuel that could someday give consumers a more environmentally friendly option at the gas pump. In addition to transportation, the new method could open doors to clean and sustainable energy sources for industries, including steelmaking and ammonia production.

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Breakthrough prosthetic fingers revolutionize the lives of amputees

July 30, 2023

Cyberguy—CU Boulder startup Point Designs is working to help the healthcare industry through cutting-edge technology in the form of finger prosthetics. The team at Point Designs is combining clinical care with innovative additive manufacturing, or 3D printing, to give hope to people who have received medical denials in the past when it comes to missing fingers or hands.

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Physicist-turned-engineer earns international recognition for quantum contributions

July 13, 2023

College of Engineering and Applied Science—Svenja Knappe and her colleagues have developed a helmet that contains 128 sensors and is customizable for different sizes of the human head. Knappe founded the Boulder-based company FieldLine and has begun to bring these sensors to market. In the not-so-distant future, they could aid in the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of neurological conditions like epilepsy, autism and traumatic brain injuries.

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The future of recycling could one day mean dissolving plastic with electricity

July 5, 2023

CU Boulder Today—Chemists at CU Boulder have developed a new way to recycle a common type of plastic found in soda bottles and other packaging and are working with Venture Partners at CU Boulder to bring it to real-world applications. The team’s method relies on electricity and some nifty chemical reactions, and it’s simple enough that you can watch the plastic break apart in front of your eyes.