New discovery could improve brain-like memory and computing

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University of Minnesota researchers demonstrate the existence of a new kind of magnetoresistance involving topological insulators MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (01/09/2018) — From various magnetic tapes, floppy disks and computer hard disk drives, magnetic materials have been storing our electronic information along with our valuable knowledge and memories for well over half of […]

Researchers steer the flow of electrical current with spinning light

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Discovery could improve microelectronics and optical communication MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (12/19/2017) — Light can generate an electrical current in semiconductor materials. This is how solar cells generate electricity from sunlight and how smart phone cameras can take photographs. To collect the generated electrical current, called photocurrent, an electric voltage is needed to […]

Scientists make first detection of gravitational waves produced by colliding neutron stars

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University of Minnesota astrophysicists involved in discovery observed in both gravitational waves and light MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/16/2017) — For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves—ripples in space and time—in addition to light from the spectacular collision of two neutron stars. This marks the first time that a cosmic […]

University of Minnesota secures $2.5 million grant to improve quality of life in cities

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National Science Foundation’s Smart and Connected Communities program includes outreach to K-12 teachers and students MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/12/2017) — The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced today that it has awarded a $2.5 million grant to a multi-disciplinary team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota for a new project to […]

University of Minnesota computer science professor researches successful smiles

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A goal of the research is to help people who have experienced facial paralysis MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (10/06/2017) — University of Minnesota computer science and engineering assistant professor Stephen Guy is part of a collaborative research team looking into what makes the perfect smile. In their study researchers used a computer-animated 3D facial […]

University of Minnesota completes $92.5 million renovation of historic Tate Hall

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Building includes new research labs, classrooms, offices, and public space for star-gazing MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (09/05/2017) — The University of Minnesota completed major construction on a $92.5 million renovation of historic Tate Hall that includes state-of-the-art research labs, classrooms, offices, and public space for stargazing with a rooftop space open to classes […]

U of M launches record 18 startup companies in FY17

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Eleven of the new startups based on research by CSE faculty, students, and alumni MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (08/15/2017) — The University of Minnesota announced today that it launched a record 18 startup companies in fiscal year 2017 based on discoveries and inventions by its researchers. Eleven of the 18 new startups […]

University of Minnesota to play key role in planned neutrino experiment

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Research provides new insight into the beginnings of the Universe MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (07/25/2017) — With the turning of a shovelful of earth a mile underground, a new era in international particle physics research officially has begun. University of Minnesota physicists will play an important role in the project. The international neutrino […]

$10 million in private support will fund new robotics labs

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Nine new labs will accommodate research on ground, water, and aerial robots MINNEAPOLIS (06/21/2017) — Robotics research at the University of Minnesota received a big boost, thanks to $10 million in private support to the University’s College of Science and Engineering. The donations will fund a renovation for robotics labs on the […]

U of M tech transfer ranks sixth among public universities

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MINNEAPOLIS (05/04/2017) —  The University of Minnesota has one of the leading technology commercialization enterprises among U.S. universities, according to a recent research report. The Milken Institute, a nonprofit think tank based in California, ranked the U’s Office for Technology Commercialization sixth among U.S. public research institutions and second in the Big […]