Solar powered house

University of Minnesota's award-winning solar-powered house to be available for purchase

Posted June 28, 2010

Have you ever wanted to own a home that was powered by nothing but the sun? The University of Minnesota’s entry into the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) 2009 Solar Decathlon will be available for purchase to the general public. A pre-proposal meeting and site visit will take place  at 1 p.m. March 29 in the U of M’s ReUse Center, 883 29th Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. Interested buyers are required to submit a purchase proposal by April 12.

Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment awards more than $5.1 million to 24 U of M energy projects

Posted June 28, 2010

The Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment (IREE) has awarded more than $5.1 million to 24 renewable energy research and demonstration projects at the University of Minnesota.

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Robots take over U of M sports arenas April 2-3

Posted June 28, 2010

Two arenas full of screaming fans and 126 high school teams from Minnesota and surrounding states are extending the Minnesota tournament frenzy another week at the Minnesota Regional FIRST Robotics Competitions 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday April 2-3 at the University of Minnesota’s Williams and Mariucci arenas, 1925 University Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The championship matches are 1:45-4:45 p.m., Saturday, April 3, when there will be non-stop robot action.

University of Minnesota to host world's largest medical devices conference April 13-15

Posted June 28, 2010

Medical device leaders from across the country, in both industry and academia, will converge next week at the University of Minnesota’s ninth annual Design of Medical Devices Conference (DMD) April 13-15 at the Radisson University Hotel, 615 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

Peace Corps partnering with University of Minnesota to offer new Master's International program in civil engineering

Posted June 25, 2010

Peace Corps welcomes a new University of Minnesota-Twin Cities graduate program to Master’s International. The program in the university’s Institute of Technology (College of Science and Engineering) will offer Peace Corps Master’s International students the opportunity to combine graduate studies with Peace Corps service abroad to a earn a master’s degree in civil engineering.

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University of Minnesota researchers clear major hurdle in road to high-efficiency solar cells

Posted June 23, 2010

A team of University of Minnesota-led researchers has cleared a major hurdle in the drive to build solar cells with potential efficiencies up to twice as high as current levels, which rarely exceed 30 percent.

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U of M research finds water movements can shape fish evolution

Posted April 23, 2010

Researchers from the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Technology have found that the hydrodynamic environment of fish can shape their physical form and swimming style. The research, available on the Journal of Experimental Biology Web site, was sponsored by the National Science Foundation’s National Center for Earth-surface Dynamics.

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Destructive alga uses toxins to become a vicious predator rather than helpless prey, university researchers say

Posted April 22, 2010

A team of researchers, including University of Minnesota aerospace engineering and mechanics faculty member Jian Sheng, have uncovered new information about a toxic alga that shows it to be a vicious, venom-producing predator rather than merely a helpless sun-loving microbe. The alga has been blamed for harmful algal blooms known as mahogany tides that have resulted in massive fish kills in Chesapeake Bay and other waterways worldwide.

U of M Physics Circus brings large-scale stunts and physics lessons to Northrop Auditorium

Posted April 21, 2010

If you’ve never seen a physicist drop 20 feet through thin air while his friend shoots a ball at him from a cannon, or grown men shooting streams of toilet paper over an audience with a leaf blower, the University of Minnesota Physics Force has a show for you.

Mathematician who uses 3-D graphics and games to explain the universe will speak at the U of M Nov. 12

Posted April 20, 2010

When we look out on a clear night, the universe seems infinite, yet this is an illusion, says Jeffrey Weeks, a freelance mathematician, who will speak at the University of Minnesota at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 12 in Willey Hall, Room 125, 225 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis. In fact, it is a multi-connected universe and the best way to explain it is through interactive 3D graphics and games that show several possible shapes for space, Weeks says.