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Psychology major Luka Krmpotich peers at the notes on his laptop during his statistics class last week in Anderson Hall. Krmpotich is blind in one eye and has 20/200 vision in the other.

A day through Luka’s eyes

October 13, 2011

Like many college students, Luka Krmpotich wakes up early so he can brew a pot of coffee before heading out to class. But unlike many of the 50,000 other students on campus, the psychology major is borderline...

Notable prisoners of Waseca Federal Prison

September 27, 2011

The Waseca Correctional Facility âÄì a low-security federal prison âÄì has attracted several notable individuals since it was opened in 1996 as an all-menâÄôs prison. Former president...

‘Contagion’ leads weekend box office

September 12, 2011

With a weekend box office total of $23.1 million, the new Steven Soderbergh film Contagion, led all movies at the box office this weekend after opening nationwide on Friday.  The film, with a star-studded...

Cedar-Riverside neighborhood featured in UK news report

September 11, 2011

A British television news station recently featured the Cedar-Riverside neighborhood, naming Minneapolis as a breeding ground for home-grown terrorists within the U.S. The largest domestic terrorism investigation...

Government looks to block AT&T merger with T-Mobile

August 31, 2011

The U.S. Department of Justice filed a compliant Wednesday morning in a federal court in Washington D.C. asking for a court order to prevent a blockbuster merger between AT&T and T-Mobile, according...

Obama to speak in downtown Minneapolis Tuesday

August 30, 2011

President Barack Obama's visit to Minneapolis Tuesday will be to address the members of the American Legion at their national convention. This is the second visit to the state in less than two weeks. Obama...

The Internet is still the Wild West

July 27, 2011

Just the other day, a close friend from high school sent me an e-mail from Missouri. The message was from a seemingly distressed stay-at-home mom whom my friend had interviewed for a local magazine several...

A new route to – and from – China

July 13, 2011

As a Chinese-born, naturalized American citizen who grew up in Ames, Iowa, Chinese traditions were as elusive to me as getting a full-ride scholarship to play football. I was the son of a Chinese international...

Restoring Riverside Plaza

June 29, 2011

Standing taller than a person, white candy-cane shaped metal pipes form an intricate centerpiece in the heart of a series of apartment complexes on the west bank of the Mississippi called Riverside Plaza. The...

The UMore sellout

June 15, 2011

Whenever I meet alumni of the University of Minnesota and we compare and contrast our experiences here, the air of our conversation always tilts toward the drastic changes ahead. I fill them in on the...

Let student-athletes cash in

June 1, 2011

ItâÄôs a running joke here at the Minnesota Daily that the cumulative grade point average of the newsroom is lower than that of the football team. I wouldnâÄôt be shocked if this were true....

U robotics team to head to St. Louis

March 31, 2011

If BattleBots is World Wrestling Entertainment in mechanical form, the University of MinnesotaâÄôs GO FIRST robotics team is robo-football, head robot designer and University student Danny Blau...

The ‘Limitless’ possibilities in movies

March 23, 2011

Eddie Morra didn’t immediately recognize the man in the chic suit. With the audacity of a rich man helping the poor, the man in the suit, who Morra soon recognizes as his ex-brother-in-law, forces a...

U’s Science Park seeks more federal funds, loans

March 22, 2011

The fate of the University of Minnesota Science Park âÄî a 32-acre site for research labs and offices âÄî remains in limbo as organizers look to the University to take the lead as they...

Black Friday everyday: shopping smart online

March 19, 2011

Where else can you find the Miracle Ab Roller for only $6 online? Dealnews.com is one of many websites that scan the Internet daily for the best bargins of the day. Today's hottest deal: national roundtrip...

ICANN gives green light to .xxx

March 19, 2011

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers approved the .xxx domain for adult websites, Friday. The top-level domain, the technical term for .com and .xxx portion of a URL, will be distributed...

Underground fire threatens U physics lab

March 18, 2011

The Soudan Underground Laboratory, operated by the University of Minnesota, is currently being threatened by a fire in a mine shaft above the actual lab. The fire, determined by the Department of Natural...

Graduate research assistant Joshua Fasching demotrates how the Xbox Kinect system works Tuesday at the Walter Library.

Researchers ‘Kinect’ data to make faster diagnoses

March 10, 2011

Nikolaos Papanikolopoulos admits laughing at the idea of purchasing an Xbox Kinect for his $4 million research experiment. The University of Minnesota computer science professor has saved more than $100,000...

St. Cloud State cancels 2011 Homecoming

March 5, 2011

There will be no St. Cloud State University Homecoming next fall, school officials said this week. Citing a lack of school spirit and involvement from the universityâÄôs alumni base, the school...

Another 6 inches of snow could hit the metro

March 4, 2011

After residents dug out of a snow storm that left more than a foot of snow across the metro, residents could again be digging out of another storm system with the potential of up to another six inches...

Water cooling towers operate to enable the plant to meet the surface water appropriations limit within 5 degree Fahrenheit of the river temperature during hot summer days.

Political Fission

March 3, 2011

ItâÄôs hard to ignore the white cloud of steam that streaks across the sky driving north on Highway 94 from the Twin Cities. Even on a clear day, the cloud hovers over the city of Monticello, a...

Google search engine makes big changes to combat SEO “cheaters”

February 27, 2011

A closely guarded secret, Google's mathematical formula that orders websites according to their content quality, has changed, according to a Google blog post Thursday. This is in response to recent criticism...

The men who stare at goats: Top U.S. Commander in Afghanistan accused of using mind tricks on Senators

February 26, 2011

While no goats we know of were harmed in this alleged operation, Lt. Col. Michael Holmes, the leader of the U.S. Army's psy-op "information operations" unit, told Rolling Stone that Lt. Gen. William Caldwell,...

Violent trespasser threatens police

February 23, 2011

A man arrested in Stadium View Apartments for trespassing Sunday afternoon became violent in a squad car and threatened Minneapolis police officers. The 20-year-old, identified as Anthony Fockler of Sioux...

Larissa Johnson shows the shooting range Tuesday afternoon at the Minnetonka Police Department. Johnson is an intern there and has been working on a 1973 cold case where a 22-year-old male was shot in the head and left in the woods. The case is Minnetonka’s only unsolved homicide.

Student plays detective in decades-old murder case

February 17, 2011

No detectives who worked on the 1973 homicide of a 22-year-old man are still with the Minnetonka Police Department. The case remains the only unsolved homicide in Minnetonka history. But with a fresh perspective...

New Dome roof coming in August

February 14, 2011

The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission approved an $18.3 million roof replacement for the Metrodome on Thursday. The roof will be completed by the beginning of August âÄî only weeks before...

The long and winding road ends for Guitar Hero

February 10, 2011

Activision Blizzard announced that they will be discontinuing the “Guitar Hero” series of video games. The company said they will be focusing more of their attention on battle games such as “Call...

Engineers: Replace Metrodome roof

February 10, 2011

 The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission will hear an evaluation from engineers about the condition of the Metrodome's collapsed roof on Thursday.  According to the Star Tribune, the engineers...

GPS pirates hunt treasure

GPS pirates hunt treasure

February 9, 2011

Sean Fehrman doesnâÄôt have a peg leg, and is he isnâÄôt sporting an eye patch. And unlike any pirate, he has the exact coordinates to his booty âÄî no treasure map needed. Equipped...

Facility director Andy Phelan stands before three massive tanks that hold liquid chemical waste collected from the university and schools across the state Friday at the Thompson Center for Environmental Management.  Liquid waste is stored in the tanks before being transported by a private company for disposal.

The purgatory of radioactivity

February 3, 2011

In an average week, more than five tons of waste from across the state is trucked into an unassuming, one-floor brick building on the edge of the University of MinnesotaâÄôs Minneapolis campus. The...

First year computer science student Derek Anderson plays computer games on Monday in his dorm room. The the U.S. army is currently looking to use the research to advance training for soldiers by using the teamwork aspect of MMORPG games to improve communication and work towards a common goal.

From EverQuest to Afghanistan: Army, U teach teamwork

January 26, 2011

When she started analyzing video games three years ago, Kyong Shim wasnâÄôt taken very seriously. People questioned the idea of learning from the games. Now the U.S. Army is on board and is one...

Will the Earth have two suns in 2012? One scientist thinks so

January 24, 2011

A physicist from the University of Southern Queensland believes the Earth will experience multiple days of constant daylight due to a dying star — even as soon as 2012. Is this a sign of the apocalypse? No,...

he headframe stands above the Soudan Underground Laboratory at the Soudan Underground Mine State Park. Physicists use the

Scanning for universe’s dark matter, 2,341 feet deep

January 24, 2011

Ears pop while descending a 110-year-old mine in an elevator the size of a small closet. The pitch-dark ride to the âÄú27th floorâÄù (actually 689 feet below sea level) of the Soudan Mine...

Senior Steven Wagner at his desk Tuesday at Maverick Software in Stadium Village.  Maverick is a software consulting firm that employs University computer science students.

Company ‘Ctrl+Os’ doors for students

January 19, 2011

In a one-room office above Gold Country in Stadium Village, about 30 University of Minnesota undergraduate students joke amid rows of computers and a pyramid of energy drinks âÄî they have everything...

Sports and alcohol: a risky cocktail

Sports and alcohol: a risky cocktail

January 18, 2011

Baseball, brats and booze. For some, itâÄôs tough to have one without the others, but new University of Minnesota research points to the comboâÄôs potential dangers. Eight percent of Americans...

Myspace eliminates half of workforce

January 12, 2011

Social networking dinosaur, Myspace, announced Tuesday that they will be laying off 500 employees – close to half the company’s workforce. “Today’s tough but necessary changes were taken in order...

Zomm is the “invisible” leash for your phone

December 15, 2010

Only slightly bigger than a half-dollar, the Zomm fits conveniently on my keychain, which makes me wish my cell phone could do the same.  The Zomm, an “invisible” leash for your phone, will drop...

For-profit colleges take fire from students, gov’t

For-profit colleges take fire from students, gov’t

December 13, 2010

Matt Austin first met a representative from the Arts Institute International Minnesota at an assembly when he was in high school. The for-profit college representative spoke to an assembly of all 60 students...

U to take cut of OTC patent revenues

December 13, 2010

The revenue stream from a blockbuster patent is quickly expiring, and the Office of Technology Commercialization at the University of Minnesota is scrambling to find new ways to stay on solid footing. OTC...

Regents approve OTC policy change

December 9, 2010

The University Of Minnesota Board Of Regents Thursday unanimously approved a 15 percent service fee for technologies licensed through the Office of Technology Commercialization. Originally, these costs...

U profs, students bolster particle collider efforts

December 7, 2010

Sitting in the cafeteria in CERN particle physics laboratory, Jeremiah Mans was just thinking about how smoothly everything leading up to the first scheduled run of the Large Hadron Collider had gone when...

Kurt McIntire stands next to a full scale version of a storm sewer with the SAFL baffle installed Tuesday afternoon at Saint Anthony Falls Lab.

U technology filters pollutants in rainwater to save lakes

December 2, 2010

The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles would have probably preferred cleaner storm sewers, and at the University of MinnesotaâÄôs St. Anthony Falls Laboratory, a group of researchers has found a solution. The...

Man charged in fatal hit-and-run

November 30, 2010

Christopher Allen Trautman faces 14 criminal charges, including three counts of criminal vehicular homicide, after being involved in a fatal hit-and-run over the weekend that left one University of Minnesota...

U student injured in fatal hit-and-run in Rochester

November 29, 2010

A University of Minnesota student was injured in one of two fatal hit-and-run incidents in Rochester over the weekend. Chemical engineering senior Chris Glenski of Rochester is in critical condition and...

Online deals fuel holiday shopping

November 29, 2010

Black Friday is over, but shoppers will soon scour the Internet for deals during the burgeoning Cyber Monday tradition. This year, nine out of 10 retailers will have deals online for Cyber Monday âÄî...

U professor finds way to fight against “superbug”

November 24, 2010

One of the most significant discoveries of the 20th century is quickly becoming obsolete. Antibiotics, which are among the most prescribed medications, are losing their value due to drug-resistant bacteria,...

U prof develops software to plan evacuations

November 22, 2010

A University of Minnesota professor is looking for buyers for his route evacuation planning software. The evacuation route planning and large event transportation software, funded by a National Science...

U prof’s research may hold energy answers

November 18, 2010

A University of Minnesota researcher is leading an international team that has shed new light on one of the most studied topics in history âÄî superconductivity. The research could potentially...

Mpls Somali community reacts to sex-ring scandal

Mpls Somali community reacts to sex-ring scandal

November 10, 2010

After the shocking arrest of 17 of their peers Monday, the Somali community of Minnesota is struggling to grasp the bust of a human trafficking sex ring that spanned three states. Federal and local law...

Dr. James Flaten, professor of Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics (AEM), shows off a demonstration of the mysteries of mirrors that will be on display on Saturday at the Math & Science Family Fun Fair.

U Math & Science Family Fun Fair this Saturday at CMU

November 10, 2010

Halloween is making an encore this Saturday at the Mystery Science Room as part of the Math & Science Family Fun Fair. The Mystery Science Room, a creation of aerospace engineering assistant professor...