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Although the University of Colorado Buffaloes football team fell short during bowl season, another dynasty is afoot at the idyllic Boulder campus.

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  Virginia Tech’s VT Solar scored the highest in both the Architecture and Dwelling categories. The south, east, and west walls are constructed of two panels of thin translucent polycarbonate, which was filled with aerogel insulation. LEDs, which can display a range of millions of colors, light the panels from within.
    Virginia Tech’s VT Solar scored the highest in both the Architecture and Dwelling categories. The south, east, and west walls are constructed of two panels of thin translucent polycarbonate, which was filled with aerogel insulation. LEDs, which can display a range of millions of colors, light the panels from within.
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  Like all Solar Decathlon entries, the VT Solar is powered by an extensive battery array.
    Like all Solar Decathlon entries, the VT Solar is powered by an extensive battery array.
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  The University of Colorado’s BioS(h)IP is named for the team’s invention, a recycled wastepaper–and–soy insulation system called Bio-SIPs. After nine days of competition, it won first place.
    The University of Colorado’s BioS(h)IP is named for the team’s invention, a recycled wastepaper–and–soy insulation system called Bio-SIPs. After nine days of competition, it won first place.
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  A fleet of solar cars; the winner in this category, University of Colorado, set a record of over 300 miles—powered on energy garnered from a solar house.  Courtesy of: Photo by Stefano Paltera/Solar D
    A fleet of solar cars; the winner in this category, University of Colorado, set a record of over 300 miles—powered on energy garnered from a solar house.

    Courtesy of: Photo by Stefano Paltera/Solar D

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