Help astronomers find ‘baby’ galaxies that give birth to new stars

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Project is 100th project of Zooniverse citizen science platform MINNEAPOLIS (05/31/2017) — A new citizen science project, led by astronomers at the University of Minnesota, is asking volunteers to help them with web classifications of galaxy spectra to find “baby” galaxies that are giving birth to new stars. The project, named Galaxy Nurseries, […]

3D-printed ‘bionic skin’ could give robots the sense of touch

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Discovery could lead to electronics printed on real human skin MINNEAPOLIS (05/10/2017) — Engineering researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a revolutionary process for 3D printing stretchable electronic sensory devices that could give robots the ability to feel their environment. The discovery is also a major step forward in printing electronics […]

Discovery of new transparent thin film material could improve electronics and solar cells

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Conductivity is highest-ever for thin film oxide semiconductor material MINNEAPOLIS (05/05/2017) — A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, have discovered a new nano-scale thin film material with the highest-ever conductivity in its class. The new material could lead to smaller, faster, and more powerful electronics, as well as more […]

CSE Professor Marc Hillmyer receives Entrepreneurial Researcher Award

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University recognizes top inventors for entrepreneurial spirit MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (03/29/2017) — University of Minnesota Chemistry Professor Marc Hillmyer received the Entrepreneurial Researcher Award at the University’s Inventor Recognition Event for his pioneering research in developing environment-friendly materials from renewable sources. Hillmyer is one of four University researchers recognized for groundbreaking research and entrepreneurial spirit […]

Researchers flip magnetic memory cell with light pulse at record speed

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New discovery holds promise for development of systems that can both store and analyze a large amount of data simultaneously MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL (03/09/17) — University of Minnesota electrical and computer engineering researchers have created a magnetic tunnel junction that can be switched by a pulse of light lasting one trillionth of a second—a new […]

University ranked eighth among public research institutions

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Diversified approach to research paying dividends for U of M, state While University of Minnesota Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Jian-Ping Wang develops transformative technology using electron spin as the basis for computer logic and memory advances, his Center for Spintronic Materials, Interfaces and Novel Architectures (C-SPIN) continues to receive significant financial support […]

Help astronomers find elusive muons disguised as gamma rays

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New citizen science project needs public’s help categorizing ring patterns on observatory camera images MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL (03/03/17) — A new citizen science project, led by astronomers at the University of Minnesota, is asking for help from the public to identify and categorize hundreds of thousands of ring patterns within images produced by VERITAS gamma-ray […]

Caves in central China show history of natural flood patterns

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University of Minnesota researchers use cave structures to identify historical precipitation MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (01/19/2016) — Researchers at the University of Minnesota have found that major flooding and large amounts of precipitation occur on 500-year cycles in central China. These findings shed light on the forecasting of future floods and improve understanding of […]

Researchers propose low-mass supernova triggered formation of our solar system

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This supernova left forensic evidence in meteorites that formed at the birth of our solar system MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (11/28/2016) — A research team led by University of Minnesota School of Physics and Astronomy Professor Yong-Zhong Qian uses new models and evidence from meteorites to show that a low-mass supernova triggered […]

University of Minnesota receives major U.S. Department of Energy grant to study next generation of materials

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Research could improve important technologies such as data storage and power generation MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (10/18/16) — The University of Minnesota announced today that it will receive $2.6 million over the next three years from the U.S. Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The grant will be used to study materials at […]