Research, Physics and Astronomy

Weirdos of the Universe

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Like a secret hiding right under our noses, neutrinos fly through our bodies by the billions every second, carrying with them—physicists hope—clues to the biggest riddle of all: Why are we here?

 

People-Profiles

What’s in your backpack?

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“My laptop computer,” says Max Shinn, ’15. Both his backpack and laptop are soon to become world travelers, as they head with him to Cambridge University in England this fall. As one of 14 U.S. recipients of the prestigious Churchill Scholarship, Shinn will work toward a master’s degree in medical science in the university’s psychiatry department.

People-Profiles, People-Profiles, Physics and Astronomy

Super science

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How much energy would the Flash need to run as fast as he does? What would Wonder Woman’s bracelets need to be made of to deflect bullets? How did Krypton’s gravity help make Superman’s earthly powers possible?

K12 Outreach

CSP/4-H collaboration helps with K-8 curriculm development

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The Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) is collaborating with 4-H to develop physical science curriculum for young people in Minnesota, California, and New York.

Energy-Environment, Digital Technology, Computer Science and Engineering, People-Profiles

Featured Fellow: Roboticist Volkan Isler

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The Robotic Sensor Networks Lab is building robotic systems and deploying them in environmental applications.

MnDRIVE, Energy-Environment, Digital Technology, Research

Precision farming targets major threat to soybean crops

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Over the last 15 years, farmers across the U.S. have faced a daunting challenge. The soybean aphid, an invasive species first reported in the U.S. in 2000, has flourished on farms.

Digital Technology, Research

MSI Beta experiments with new technologies

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A key tenant of design thinking is rapid prototyping — the idea that testing a new idea early and often in an environment that supports and learns from failure is crucial to driving innovation forward.