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Research participant Cameron Slavens shaking robotic hands with CSE Professor Zhi Yang
Medical-Health Technology, Research

University of Minnesota technology allows amputees to control a robotic arm with their mind

Posted May 17, 2022

A team of biomedical engineering researchers and industry collaborators have developed a way to tap into a patient’s brain signals through a neural chip implanted in the arm, effectively reading the patient’s mind and opening the door for less invasive alternatives to brain surgeries.

illustration of aluminum and tungsten periodic table images
Research

Energy researchers invent chameleon metal that acts like many others

Posted May 8, 2022

A team of energy researchers led by the University of Minnesota Twin Cities have invented a groundbreaking device that electronically converts one metal into behaving like another to use as a catalyst for speeding chemical reactions.

CSE Professor Larry Que
Awards-Grants

CSE professor Larry Que elected to the National Academy of Sciences

Posted May 4, 2022

Larry Que is a Regents and Distinguished University Teaching Professor in the University of Minnesota Twin Cities Department of Chemistry who has made a tremendous impact in the field of bioinorganic chemistry.

Satellite image of Amalia Glacier in Patagonia
Energy-Environment, Research

Study finds that landslides can have a major impact on glacier melt and movement

Posted May 2, 2022

Using satellite imagery to study the effects of a 2019 landslide on the Amalia Glacier in Patagonia, a University of Minnesota-led research team found the landslide helped stabilize the glacier and caused it to grow by about 1,000 meters over the last three years.

A hand holding a phone with a wifi signal
Medical-Health Technology, Research

Researchers develop smartphone-powered microchip for at-home medical diagnostic testing

Posted April 28, 2022

A University of Minnesota Twin Cities research team has developed a new microfluidic chip for diagnosing diseases that uses a minimal number of components and can be powered wirelessly by a smartphone. The innovation opens the door for faster and more affordable at-home medical testing.

High tech agriculture
Energy-Environment

New study could help reduce agricultural greenhouse gas emissions

Posted April 27, 2022

A team of researchers has significantly improved the performance of numerical predictions for agricultural nitrous oxide emissions that could significantly reduce greenhouse gases from agriculture.

Paige Novak and Justin Revenaugh portraits
People-Profiles

Professors Novak and Revenaugh chosen as new department heads

Posted April 6, 2022

Professor Paige Novak was named the new head of the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering. Professor Justin Revenaugh was named the new head of the Winchell School of Earth and Environmental Sciences. Both begin duties on July 1.

Premature baby with breathing tube
Medical-Health Technology, Research

Study discovers molecular properties of lung surfactants that could lead to better treatments for respiratory illnesses

Posted April 5, 2022

A University of Minnesota-led research team analyzed the fundamental properties and structures of the naturally occurring substances that help human lungs expand and contract, providing insight into how the substances help us breathe.

Two examples of erosion impact on granular sand (left) versus hard plaster (right)
Research

New study solves mystery of how soft liquid droplets erode hard surfaces

Posted March 28, 2022

A new study led by University of Minnesota Twin Cities researchers shows why liquid droplets have the ability to erode hard surfaces, a discovery that could help engineers design more erosion-resistant materials.

A visualization of bacteria swimming through fluid containing solid particles
Research

New study of how bacteria swim could help prevent the spread of disease and improve medical treatments

Posted March 24, 2022

A University of Minnesota Twin Cities-led research team studied how bacteria swim in complex fluids, providing insight into how the microorganisms move through different environments, such as their natural habitats or inside the human body.