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CIRES scientists look at the very big, the very small, and everything in between. 1 Viruses

Think very small—so small they can’t be seen with an optical microscope—the maximum size of a virus is about 300 nanometers. But fighting fire with fire, Bob Sievers’s team has developed tiny particles of vaccines that can be inhaled as a dry powder.

2 Microbes

CIRES’s Noah Fierer investigates one family of microbes—bacteria—that lives in our kitchens, bathrooms, and even on our keyboards. Still, compared to viruses, microbes are relative giants: If a virus were human-sized, a bacterium would be about as big as the Statue of Liberty.

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3 Rocks

Of all shapes and sizes. CIRES’s Lang Farmer helped compile a virtual rock database currently totaling 64,985 rock samples of volcanic rocks from western North America volcanic rocks.

4 Trees

Blown-down trees, burned trees, eatenby-beetle trees, and dead stumps. CIRES’s Carol Wessman studies them all.

Spheres: 45th Anniversary Edition  

A periodic magazine covering the broad range of research done at the Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of C...

Spheres: 45th Anniversary Edition  

A periodic magazine covering the broad range of research done at the Cooperative Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of C...

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