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 […]

Groundbreaking technology successfully rewarms large-scale tissues preserved at very low temperatures

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Discovery is major step forward in increased availability of organs and tissues for transplantation MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL (03/01/17)  — A research team, led by the University of Minnesota, has discovered a groundbreaking process to successfully rewarm large-scale animal heart valves and blood vessels preserved at very low temperatures. The discovery is a major step forward […]

Dream of energy-collecting windows is one step closer to reality

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Discovery could lower cost and expand possibilities for building-integrated solar energy collection MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL (02/20/17) — Researchers at the University of Minnesota and University of Milano-Bicocca are bringing the dream of windows that can efficiently collect solar energy one step closer to reality thanks to high tech silicon nanoparticles. The researchers developed technology […]

Researchers invent a breakthrough process to produce renewable car tires from trees and grasses

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Discovery could have major impact on the multi-billion dollar tire industry MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL (02/08/17) – A team of researchers, led by the University of Minnesota, has invented a new technology to produce automobile tires from trees and grasses in a process that could shift the tire production industry toward using renewable resources found […]

Two U of M engineering faculty receive highest honor from U.S. government

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MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (01/09/2017)—University of Minnesota Department of Mechanical Engineering Associate Professor Michael McAlpine and Department of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics Adjunct Associate Professor Bérénice Mettler have been named as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The award is the highest honor bestowed by the U.S. government […]

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 […]

Landmark genetic interaction map reveals the networks of cellular life

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New map sheds light on the genetic roots of diseases MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (09/23/16) — A global genetic interaction map is revolutionizing how genes are being studied.  A new study, involving University of Minnesota researchers, is no longer looking at genes as loners, but instead as a social network of the body, interacting in […]

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 […]

University of Minnesota-led project releases 3-D elevation maps of Alaska for White House Arctic Initiative

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Publicly-available data provides new insight on climate change and land management MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (09/01/16) — Less than one year after President Barack Obama announced a White House Arctic Initiative that included better mapping of the area, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota Polar Geospatial Center released the first-ever publicly […]

Count seals in Antarctica from the comfort of your couch

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Citizen science project uses satellite images to get first-ever, comprehensive count of Weddell seals EDITOR’S NOTE: As of September 2016 this citizen science project has been completed. Thank you to everyone who helped out. We will be sharing results in the future. MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (07/26/16) — Scientists are asking the public to look […]