Daniel Strain, science writer and beat contact, University of Colorado Boulder
Grasshopper-like material designed to leap 200 times its own thickness
The material developed by University of Colorado researchers uses elastic instability to store energy that can be released upon exposure to heat.
How fire ant rafts could help engineers design swarming robots
A study by CU Boulder researchers lays out the simple physics-based rules that govern how these ant rafts morph over time, which could help engineers design robots that work together in swarms.
Nanoscale discovery could help prevent overheating in electronics
Researchers at CU Boulder have learned why some nano sources cool when bunched together, which could help companies develop electronics that overheat less.
How AI can predict electronics failure
Engineers at CU Boulder have combined advanced computer simulations with artificial intelligence (AI) to try to predict how electronics, like the transistors in a cell phone, will fail.
Robot inspired by pufferfish could improve drone safety
A team of engineers have designed a robot called PufferBot, which blows up like a pufferfish and is designed to make flying drones safer.
Ultraviolet lasers used to examine tiny nanomaterials
CU Boulder researchers have used ultra-fast extreme ultraviolet lasers to measure the properties of materials just 5 nm thick, which they hope can help scientists design tinier and more efficient computer circuits, semiconductors and other technologies.