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 […]

Photons do the twist, and scientists can now measure it

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Measurement of optical torque by scientists holds promise for industrial and consumer devices MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (09/26/16) — Researchers in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering have measured the twisting force, or torque, generated by light on a silicon chip. Their work holds promise for applications such as miniaturized gyroscopes and torsional […]

University of Minnesota named a Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research

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Biomedical engineering faculty to lead project exploring novel brain stimulation approaches MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (09/22/16) — The University of Minnesota has been named a Udall Center of Excellence in Parkinson’s Disease Research, joining eight other centers around the country. With that distinction, the University was awarded a grant totaling $9.07 million over the […]

Popular geosciences free mobile app adds 53 new field trip guides with 400 stops

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App upgrade unlocks huge amounts of data previously only available in print or PDF MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (09/21/16) — A popular geosciences mobile app, developed by the University of Minnesota, just received a major upgrade. The free Flyover Country app now includes 53 new field trip guides for Colorado and surrounding states, including almost […]

Lab tests structural strength against earthquakes, other natural forces

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University’s Multi-Axial Subassemblage Testing (MAST) Lab is one-of-a-kind lab In August 2016, a magnitude 6.2 earthquake devastated Central Italy, killing hundreds and injuring hundreds more. The quake also demolished many structures, destroying homes and buildings of historic and cultural importance. When it comes to earthquakes and other natural disasters, designing structures to be resilient […]

Two U of M startups with ties to CSE named among nation’s “Best University Startups”

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University launches record 17 startups in FY16 MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (08/30/16) — Two University of Minnesota startups with ties to the College of Science and Engineering (CSE) have been named among the nation’s “Best University Startups 2016” by the National Council of Entrepreneurial Tech Transfer (NCET2), an association of university startup officers. Innotronics […]