The sun unleashed a powerful solar flare early Tuesday which is the largest in nearly five years. Scientists say the eruption took place on the side of the sun that was not facing earth so there will be little impact to satellites and communication systems. But the likelihood mass disruptions from the sun is a reality that several Boulder institutions face every day as they go about forecasting space weather. KUNC’s Melanie DeVries has more.
As Tropical Storm Emily heads toward Haiti, Colorado State University researchers are maintaining their 2011 forecast for an active hurricane season.
Bill Gray is Professor Emeritus in CSU’s Department of Atmospheric Science, and co-authored the annual seasonal forecast along with Philip Klotzbach. Overall, he expects the Atlantic to produce 16 named storms and 9 hurricanes.
“We’re looking forward to having this season to be about 175 percent of the average season between 1950 and 2000,” he said.
Scientists have wrapped up most of their excavations of rare, ice-age fossils at a reservoir near Snowmass Village, and most of the fossils have been transported to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science where they’ll be studied for the next several years.
Noise pollution may not be the only the concern for those living near airports. Scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder believe airplanes may be affecting the local weather.
German-based company Heidelberg Instruments has bought the patent for a process developed at the University of Colorado at Boulder that helps build computers on the nanoscale. The new technique makes nano-sized drawings, lines that are a thousand times thinner than a human hair in polymer. These etchings are used when making semiconductors, which are the processors found in laptops and cell phones.