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Light pulses could boost space veggies’ nutrition

Light pulses could boost space veggies’ nutrition

BOULDER – University of Colorado researchers are studying the effects of light pulses on the growth and nutrition retention of plants to be consumed by astronauts during space flight.Specifically, the research group is using different methodologies to grow plants rapidly and trigger the retention of certain carotenoids, specifically...

Discoveries: Space sheep

Discoveries: Space sheep

Colorado State University, NASA and a herd of sheep have teamed up to make human space travel safer.The federal space agency hopes to send astronauts to Mars by 2030, but it needs more information about the impact of weightlessness on the body first. Christopher Puttlitz, associate professor of mechanical engineering and head of the CSU research...

Keep it simple: unlearning 'science speak`

Keep it simple: unlearning 'science speak`

FORT COLLINS – "Science speak" can plague experts and students alike, making it difficult to communicate ideas and studies in simple terms. Details may get lost and audience understanding foggy at best when scientists revert to complicated, discipline-oriented jargon to explain themselves.Twenty Colorado State University doctoral and...

Two methane studies reach different conclusions

Two methane studies reach different conclusions

As 2013 draws to a close, two studies have been released showing that federal estimates on methane production are both under and over what they should be.Methane is of particular concern because it is about 20 times more potent a greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide. Because methane is found in natural gas systems, some claim that methane released...

CSU team eyes synthetics for replacement heart valves

CSU team eyes synthetics for replacement heart valves

Three researchers at Colorado State University are on a mission to fix a broken heart.Led by Dr. Lakshmi Prasad Dasi, the research team is working to develop replacement heart valves with a synthetic material that would mimic the tissue composition of other organs in the body, minimizing negative side effects.In August, Dasi received a $1.8...

Federal labs and university research pump $3 billion into regional economy

Federal labs and university research pump $3 billion into regional economy

Federal laboratories and research universities provide an estimated $3 billion in money and jobs to the community annually in Colorado, a key economic driver in the region. Federal research funding makes up the largest chunk of the total, based on reports. About 30 federal laboratories in Colorado brought an estimated $2.3 billion into the state...

Tech-transfer offices harvest innovations for marketplace

Tech-transfer offices harvest innovations for marketplace

Commercialization often isn't on university researchers' minds. The reasons can be many.For one thing, spawning startup companies isn't what most faculty members were hired for. Often, they're doing science for the sake of science, simply pursuing better understanding of a process or topic. And even if one does wind up with a marketable discovery...

Clusters of innovation

Hundreds of researchers and others work at Colorado and Wyoming university research clusters or institutes.CU research institutesAlliance for Technology, Learning and Society — ATLAS is an initiative in education, research, creative work and outreach in which information and communication technology is "the enabling force."Biofrontiers...

UNC helps fund launch of business incubator

UNC helps fund launch of business incubator

GREELEY — The newest business incubator in Northern Colorado was launched in October at the University of Northern Colorado after half a year of preparation to serve students at UNC's Monfort College of Business and individuals trying to turn their new idea into a viable business.The program is headed by Ryan Speir, who was previously in...

Incubator turns up heat

Incubator turns up heat

Hatching an egg requires a safe nest and a good deal of motherly warmth. Businesses aren't so different and may require a safety net, loving attention and guidance with a pinch of helpful heat. Business incubators are there to do just that — provide a home while a business grows and develops and mother it into maturity."The important part...

UW innovation center combines research labs

UW innovation center combines research labs

The University of Wyoming has sharpened its scientific edge in the energy field with the help of the $25.4 million Energy Innovation Center. The building is home to the growing School of Energy Resources and is becoming home to firsts in the energy field.The building, which hosted a grand opening in September, is a product of cooperative evolution ...

Simplifying science speak

Simplifying science speak

"Science speak" can plague experts and students alike, making it difficult to communicate ideas and studies in simple terms. Details may get lost and audience understanding foggy at best when scientists revert to complicated, discipline-oriented jargon to explain themselves. Twenty Colorado State University doctoral and postdoctoral students have...

NREL teams with TetraSun on more efficient solar cell

NREL teams with TetraSun on more efficient solar cell

American innovators still have some cards to play when it comes to squeezing more efficiency and lower costs out of silicon, the workhorse of solar photovoltaic cells and modules worldwide. A recent breakthrough — the product of a partnership between manufacturer TetraSun and the Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory, or...

Tracking nuclear emissions

Tracking nuclear emissions

Ever since the nuclear power plant leak in Fukushima, Japan that began in 2011, nuclear energy has come under increased criticism from some camps as a dangerous power source. But now, two of Colorado's universities are poised to try and make nuclear energy a safer, more reliable energy option.The University of Colorado-Boulder and the Colorado...

Warming to the task

Warming to the task

BOULDER — If there were no data on the changing levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, deciding on the next steps in environmental protection would be based on a hunch.Considering the broad nature of implications and the expense for addressing the impact humans have on the climate, the data must be objective, accurate and thorough.For...

CU-Boulder researchers use climate model to better understand electricity in the air

CU-Boulder researchers use climate model to better understand electricity in the air

Electrical currents born from thunderstorms are able to flow through the atmosphere and around the globe, causing a detectable electrification of the air even in places with no thunderstorm activity. But until recently, scientists have not had a good understanding of how conductivity varies throughout the atmosphere and how that may affect the...

Pacific winds

Pacific winds

Why on earth would a warm patch of water in the Pacific Ocean influence whether there is fresh powder at Vail? That's the question that Klaus Wolter of the Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, or CIRES, has been working on for decades to answer. Equally as important is that Wolter simultaneously contributes his knowledge...

Battling the bugs

Battling the bugs

A team of scientists has toiled for eight years to develop treatments for mosquito-borne viruses that have plagued people in developing nations – and crept into Northern Colorado.    Scientists John Roehrig and Amanda Calvert at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s vector-borne diseases lab in Fort Collins...

Small but powerful

Small but powerful

The new chip-scale devices at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Boulder are as small as a grain of rice and almost as accurate as physics will allow.    Sure, NIST has always had cool toys. In fact, the NIST-F1 Cesium Fountain Atomic Clock keeps the official time and frequency standard for the United States. But...

Mending hearts

Mending hearts

FORT COLLINS — Colorado State University’s Lakshmi Prasad Dasi wants to find a solution.His work focuses on the human heart, something that most consider strictly biological in nature, but as a mechanical engineer, Dasi believes that the heart is a mechanical organ, and applying his field of study can help find solutions to the...

Big bang theory

Big bang theory

GREELEY — A quarter of children nationwide shoot guns, and three quarters of those children fire their first shot before age 10.University of Northern Colorado researchers Deanna Meinke and Donald Finan have one overarching concern with the popular use of firearms among youth: hearing loss.More than 60 percent of youth shooters in Colorado...

Ultracold, ultracool

Ultracold, ultracool

Debbie Jin wasn’t looking for chemical reactions in 2008 when she cooled a gas of potassium and rubidium molecules to extremely cold temperatures near absolute zero.But Jin — adjunct professor of physics at the University of Colorado-Boulder and fellow of the National Institute of Standards and Technology — couldn’t help...

A prof’s vision

A prof’s vision

AURORA – Jeff Bennett, an eye doctor and professor, has found a treatment that may be used in the future to fight a rare autoimmune disorder that can cause blindness.Cells in a person’s immune system attack themselves in people who have neuromyelitis optica, or Devic’s disease, as it is also known. Bennett has found a way to use...

NREL researcher honored with Hispanic STEM award

NREL researcher honored with Hispanic STEM award

GOLDEN — A national organization devoted to getting more Hispanics into the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, has honored a scientist at the Energy Department’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory with its annual Outstanding Technical Achievement Award.Santiago Carlos Grijalva is NREL’s new director...

'Discoveries' highlights important research

Welcome to our annual special section, Discoveries: Universities, Labs & the Economy.This section is a joint effort of the staffs at BizWest Media LLC's three publications — the Boulder County Business Report, Northern Colorado Business Report and Wyoming Business Report.It shines a spotlight on research at universities and federal...

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