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 […]

Researchers capture first-ever videos showing how heat moves through materials at the nanoscale and speed of sound

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Groundbreaking observations could help develop better, more efficient materials for electronics and alternative energy MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/15/2016) – Using a state-of-the-art ultrafast electron microscope, University of Minnesota researchers have recorded the first-ever videos showing how heat moves through materials at the nanoscale traveling at the speed of sound. The research, published […]

University of Minnesota is part of new $317 million national initiative to develop ‘smart’ fabrics

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Public-private consortium will involve dozens of businesses, universities, agencies MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (04/01/2016) – The University of Minnesota is part of a $317 million public-private partnership to develop the next generation of “smart” fabrics and fibers that incorporate technology in new ways to improve (and even save) lives. The partnership was announced […]

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 […]

University of Minnesota partners with San Diego Zoo to test bird and window collisions

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U of M becomes the first site to test effectiveness of new UV window film The University of Minnesota is partnering with researchers at the San Diego Zoo to host the nation’s first real-world testing of an experimental window film aimed at reducing collisions between birds and windows. With support from the […]

Fossil teeth point to early exodus from Africa

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By Deane Morrison What are unequivocally modern human teeth, 80,000-120,000 years old, doing in a cave in southeastern China? They’re turning back the clock on modern humans’ exodus from the African cradle by at least 20,000 years, that’s what. They’re also bolstering the idea that some took a southern migration route to […]

U-designed UAV flight system, used at NASA, getting major upgrade

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By Kevin Coss For most people, testing out a computer system means pulling a chair up to a desk. For Brian Taylor, it means craning his neck upward and watching it soar through the skies. That’s because Taylor and his team of aerospace researchers at the University of Minnesota’s Uninhabited Aerial Vehicle […]

Research leads to record 16 startups in FY15

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Several innovations have ties to College of Science and Engineering Technology commercialization transforms the latest breakthroughs into everyday solutions that improve our health, environment and quality of life. At the University of Minnesota, researchers are developing inventions that aim to tackle some of society’s greatest challenges. In fiscal 2015, the Venture Center […]

Nature Biotech ranks U in top five for life sciences tech transfer

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By Kevin Coss Across the country, top universities are finding innovative ways to put their weight behind tech transfer, working to push cutting-edge research from the lab to the market. The University of Minnesota is one of the institutions leading the charge. A Nature Biotechnology report of U.S. tech transfer offices in 2013 […]

University of Minnesota solar car finishes second in cross-country race

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Contacts: Rhonda Zurn, College of Science and Engineering, rzurn@umn.edu, (612) 626-7959 Brooke Dillon, University News Service, bldillon@umn.edu, (612) 624-2801 MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (07/28/2014) —The University of Minnesota Solar Vehicle Project team finished second overall in the 2014 American Solar Challenge, an eight-day, 1,700-mile race that started in Austin, Texas on July […]