Researchers 3D print electronics and cells directly on skin

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Groundbreaking technology could help soldiers on the battlefield and people with skin disorders MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/25/2018) — In a groundbreaking new study, researchers at the University of Minnesota used a customized, low-cost 3D printer to print electronics on a real hand for the first time. The technology could be used by […]

Researchers uncover the farthest star ever seen

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University of Minnesota professor led the international research team MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/02/2018) — More than halfway across the universe, researchers have spotted an enormous blue star, nicknamed Icarus. It is the farthest individual star ever seen. Normally, it would be much too faint to view, even with the world’s largest […]

Magnetic attraction: Institute for Rock Magnetism

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For more than two decades, the IRM has studied everything from termites to Martian meteorites “Old rocks and sediments contain secrets,” said Joshua Feinberg, professor of earth sciences and associate director of the University of Minnesota’s Institute for Rock Magnetism (IRM). “Going back more than a billion years, they contain a record […]

New crowdsourcing project lets you transcribe U.S. Supreme Court justices’ handwritten notes

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Transcriptions provide unprecedented access to the justices’ conversations MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/13/2018) — If you have ever wanted to be a fly on the wall during deliberations by U.S. Supreme Court justices or travel back in time to witness Supreme Court decisions, a new crowdsourcing project led by researchers at the University […]

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 […]