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 awarded $3.7M to boost retention of underrepresented students in STEM

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Initiative essential to statewide efforts to close opportunity gaps MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (07/25/2017) — The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded a $3.7 million grant to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities to further efforts to increase the number of students of color and American Indian students pursuing science, technology, engineering and […]

Research study gives new insight into how cancer spreads

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Discovery could also benefit regenerative medicine therapies MINNEAPOLIS (06/06/2017) —  A research study led by University of Minnesota engineers gives new insight into how cancer cells move based on their ability to sense their environment. The discovery could have a major impact on therapies to prevent the spread of cancer. The research […]

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, […]

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 […]

3D-printed patch can help mend a ‘broken’ heart

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Discovery could lead to new treatments for patients after a heart attack MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/14/2017) — A team of biomedical engineering researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has created a revolutionary 3D-bioprinted patch that can help heal scarred heart tissue after a heart attack. The discovery is a major step forward in […]

Scientists need your help in first-ever census of Weddell seals

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New effort builds upon last summer’s successful pilot project MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (04/13/2017) — Scientists are asking for the public’s help to look through thousands of satellite images of Antarctica in the first-ever, comprehensive count of Weddell seals. Documenting the seals’ population trends over time will help scientists better understand the effects of climate […]

University of Minnesota geosciences app wins NSF and Popular Science ‘Vizzie’ Award

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Competition recognizes effective visualizations from science and engineering MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (03/30/17) — A geosciences outreach app developed by University of Minnesota researchers is a winner of the 15th Annual Vizzies, a national competition sponsored by Popular Science magazine and the National Science Foundation (NSF) celebrating the use of visual media to artfully and […]

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 […]