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 […]

Gravitational waves detected from second pair of colliding black holes

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U of M researchers comment on findings MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (6/15/16) — The two LIGO gravitational wave detectors in Hanford Washington and Livingston Louisiana have caught a second robust signal from two black holes in their final orbits and then their coalescence into a single black hole. This event, dubbed GW151226, was seen […]

Gravitational waves detected 100 years after Einstein’s prediction

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LIGO opens new window on the universe with observation of gravitational waves from colliding black holes MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (02/11/2016)—For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of […]

Researchers create synthetic biopathway to turn agriculture waste into ‘green’ products

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Process could enable biomanufacturing of 1 billion pounds of spandex each year MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/08/2015)—Researchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste, like corn stover and orange peels, into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex […]

Lithium battery material found to harm key soil microorganism

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Study is first ‘red flag’ about nanotechnology’s impact on the environment MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/04/2015)—The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium, according to new research published online in the journal Chemistry of […]

University of Minnesota receives materials science partnership award to broaden participation, strengthen research

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Award is part of National Science Foundation’s goal to invest in diversity MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (12/22/2015)—With an eye toward improving material science through increased diverse perspectives, the National Science Foundation (NSF) recently awarded the University of Minnesota Materials Research Science and Engineering Center and University of Texas Rio Grande Valley one […]

Researchers produce detailed image of gigantic galaxy-cluster collision

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Image captures region 800 million light years away MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (03/12/2015) — A University of Minnesota astrophysicist is part of a national team of researchers that has produced the most detailed image yet of a fascinating region where clusters of hundreds of galaxies are colliding, creating a rich variety of mysterious phenomena visible […]

Black phosphorus is new ‘wonder material’ for improving optical communication

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MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL (03/02/2015) — Phosphorus, a highly reactive element commonly found in match heads, tracer bullets, and fertilizers, can be turned into a stable crystalline form known as black phosphorus. In a new study, researchers from the University of Minnesota used an ultrathin black phosphorus film—only 20 layers of atoms—to demonstrate high-speed […]

University receives $17.8 million NSF grant for Materials Research Science and Engineering Center

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MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (02/19/2015) – The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering announced today that it has received $17.8 million in renewed funding over the next six years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the University’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). The University of Minnesota was […]