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Dave Mathisen dresses as a storm trooper to attend Wizard Worlds first Minneapolis Comic Con at the Convention Center on Saturday. Mathisen traveled from Fargo, ND to attend.

Comic Con fans invade convention center

Published May 6, 2014

After setting up dozens of booths at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Friday morning, Matt Thompson and Terry Bick sat back, had a beer and counted the number of Indiana Jones impersonators passing...

Sagas in Panels #10

Published April 28, 2014

Comic books have spawned a significant portion of our modern mythological tapestry. Spandex-clad super beings are our demigods, gritty vigilantes our folk heroes and nerdy creators and producers our priests...

U objects to patent reform

Published April 21, 2014

As Congress considers sweeping patent reform, research universities across the country are raising objections. The push for reform comes in response to the increased activities of “patent trolls,”...

Storify: Dinkytown Riot

Published April 13, 2014

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Sagas in Panels #9

Published April 9, 2014

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” has broken April box office records, nearing the $100 million mark. Critics and fans alike have raved about the film, and with good reason. Aside from...

Biology society and environment sophomore Matthew Cohen, left, and fishers and wildlife junior Dan Dewey, right, study at the Veterans Transition Center in Johnston Hall on Friday, March 7, 2014. Both are veterans and go to the VTC to study and hang out with other student veterans.

Tracking millions

Published March 31, 2014

University of Minnesota student Zac Bair enlisted in the U.S. Army to help pay for college. After three deployments in Afghanistan with the 75th Ranger Regiment and his “fair share” of combat,...

Sagas in Panels #8: Happy Anniversary Batman!

Published March 30, 2014

Batman – the Caped Crusader, the Dark Knight, etc – celebrates his 75th anniversary today. All year long, Warner Bros. and DC will be celebrating in style, including art shows, the release...

Sagas in Panels #7

Published March 15, 2014

The comic book world’s television counterparts shared some big reveals these past few days. NBC’s “Constantine” has a lead in British actor Matt Ryan (gamers might know his voice...

Sagas in Panels #6

Published March 4, 2014

Let’s talk about the DC Animated Universe. While it’s extremely clear that Marvel rules the cinema box office with mega-hits like “Iron Man,” “Captain America” and “Avengers,”...

Sagas in Panels #5

Published February 27, 2014

Comparing digital comic subscriptions Confused about how, when and where to read comics? Uncertain of what titles to subscribe to? There are some digital solutions to deal with those conundrums and satiate...

Storify: Caucus gets take two at Coffman

Published February 20, 2014

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Sagas in Panels #4

Published February 19, 2014

The full version of Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy" trailer premiered last night during “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and it’s since dropped online. After months of waiting, we’re...

Sagas in Panels #3

Published February 11, 2014

Superhero Super Bowl spots “Captain American: The Winter Soldier” continues Marvel Studios’ Phase Two development and will be released April 4. The lengthy Super Bowl ad spot is the longest...

Storify: Fight ends caucus at Cedar-Riverside

Published February 5, 2014

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Sagas in Panels #2

Published February 4, 2014

Comics to read before you die It’s no surprise Internet is full of comic book fans and has no shortage of opinions. Therefore, it’s expected many different lists of comic suggestions exist...

Sagas in Panels #1

Published January 26, 2014

Comic books and their many adaptations are a hot commodity right now and have been the last several years. Films like Warner Bros.’ “The Dark Knight” trilogy (based on the company’s...

A Net Neutrality rundown

Published January 18, 2014

A U.S. appeals court struck down Net Neutrality rules governing online traffic Tuesday, raising concerns over the future of Internet access in the United States. The United States Court of Appeals for...

Daily Finals Issue Reactions

Published January 15, 2014

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Live Coverage: Minneapolis Election Day 2013

Published November 5, 2013

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Storify: Shots fired at Capitol

Published October 3, 2013

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Exploring Dinkytown

Published May 7, 2013

Read "A history of evolving" by Marion Renault to understand some of the ways Dinkytown has changed over the decades. This map is a work in progress to allow the interactive exploration of Dinkytown past...

Storify: Violence rocks Boston

Published April 19, 2013

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UPDATED: Several killed, 160 injured in Texas plant explosion

Published April 18, 2013

Note: a previous version of this blog post incorrectly reported the number of casualities from the explosion. Reports have been varied and conflicting, and the post has been updated to reflect that uncertainty...

Developments around the U

Published April 17, 2013

Luxury apartment developments have been springing up around the University with more being proposed. This map will track the locations, unit counts, unit price, projected completion dates and construction...

Comparing college resources

Published February 24, 2013

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Hackers release device information from a million Apple users

Published September 4, 2012

Hackers have released details from about a million Apple device users while alleging the FBI is tracking citizen data. Activist computer hackers from Antisec, a movement associated with the Anonymous...

@BarackObama does Reddit AMA

Published August 29, 2012

President Barack Obama has conducted a personal AMA (ask me anything) thread on Reddit. These threads are typically venues where the community can interview a celebrity or other person of interest, who...

Curiosity to attempt Mars landing

Published August 5, 2012

NASA's $2.5 billion mission to Mars culminates with the landing of its Curiosity rover early Monday morning. For seven tenuous minutes, the world will watch as Curiosity attempts to land safely on...

Daily Digest London: Brits without tickets celebrate, security roves, NBC criticism continues

Published July 29, 2012

On the second day of Olympic competition, China continues to lead medal rankings with 11 total, six of them gold. Team USA has risen to second place with eight, winning five of those medals in swimming...

Daily Digest London: The Games begin

Published July 28, 2012

Individual flames combined to form Stratford’s Olympic torch Friday evening, marking the end to director Danny Boyle’s open ceremonies and the athlete’s parade. Marry Poppins had slain...

Daily Digest London: Opening ceremonies imminent

Published July 27, 2012

The 2012 Olympic Games opening ceremonies will begin at 9:00 p.m. in London and 3:00 p.m. CST. Anticipation of Oscar-winning director Danny Boyle’s £27 million opening ceremony has built...

Daily Digest London: Olympic torch approaches Stratford

Published July 26, 2012

The Olympic torch takes some of its final routes through London today on approach to Stratford and Friday evening's opening ceremonies. The flame will be relayed through more than 50 runners today....

Daily Digest London: The city transforms, LIBOR scandal rages

Published July 16, 2012

London transforms as classes wind down Nearly 11 days remain until the Olympic opening ceremonies in London with the torch making its rounds through England. In the meantime, summer study abroad programs...

Daily Digest London: Life as a Londoner

Published July 9, 2012

Glass eyes of CCTV cameras reflected rising sunlight in England’s dawning hours. Roars from a skidding motorcycle breached the seventh floor window as metro police sirens approached. Before the cellphone...

Daily Digest London: 24 days remain

Published July 3, 2012

About 24 days remain before the Olympic Games begin and many foreign students leave London. Arcadia University and similar programs are set to finish by July 27 and the opening ceremonies. Part of the...

Daily Digest London: The low-hanging fruit of UK first class grades

Published June 21, 2012

LONDON – Students from overseas enrolled in classes at United Kingdom schools have experienced slight differences in academic grading levels and policies than what is often found in the United States. Those...

Daily Digest London: Olympic black market ticket scandal rocks the games

Published June 19, 2012

LONDON - About 27 senior Olympic representatives from 57 countries are accused of trying to sell thousands of coveted event tickets on the black market for inflated prices, following a breaking investigating...

Daily Digest London: Touring the Olympic Park for credit

Published June 18, 2012

LONDON – Student studying abroad in England through various programs have the opportunity learn about the impact of the Olympic Games and tour its facilities for credit. The two month course hosted...

Daily Digest London: UK students seek education abroad

Published June 14, 2012

LONDON - As students from the United States study abroad in London over the summer, residents of the United Kingdom are looking to escape high British education fees by obtaining degrees in mainland Europe,...

Daily Digest London: City braces for influx of spectators

Published June 13, 2012

LONDON - As the Olympics rapidly approach, citizens of the United Kingdom are preparing for an influx of tourists and event spectators.  The UK Border Force has promised to increase the number of...

Daily Digest London: Olympic equestrian field construction races for finish line

Published June 12, 2012

LONDON - The roughly 23,000-seat venue for Olympic equestrian events is still under construction with only about 45 days remaining before the opening ceremonies. Crews working in the royal village...

Daily Digest London: Study abroad, football rivalries and torch relays

Published June 11, 2012

LONDON - This is the first installment in a series of posts from London reporting on the Great British Summer, which includes a royal jubilee, high-profile international soccer matches, major concerts...

Daily Digest: Secret Service scandal spreads, Obama’s possible CISPA veto, PBS shows see cuts

Published April 26, 2012

  The budding U.S. Secret Service prostitution scandal has expanded to El Salvador, The Wall Street Journal reported. Agents on detail in the country in 2011 allegedly visited strip clubs and paid...

CISPA heads for House vote, draws fire

Published April 25, 2012

As the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act’s journey approaches a Friday House vote, opponents are aligning against the controversial legislation. Despite 44 privacy amendments proposed...

U invests in a ‘patent troll’

Published April 23, 2012

Research schools across the globe, including the University of Minnesota, are connected to a controversial patent firm some accuse of stifling innovation. While the University doesn’t sell its patents...

EU politicians signal rejection of ACTA

Published April 13, 2012

The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement could be rejected by European Parliament following widespread protests and delayed ratification by many of the union’s members. The parliament’s rapporteur,...

Iran to replace its Internet

Published April 10, 2012

Iran has claimed the top spot on the Enemies of the Internet list released by Reporters Without Borders. One reason is the country’s plan to replace its Internet with a “clean” version,...

CISPA replaces SOPA

Published April 5, 2012

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act is a bill similar to the Stop Online Piracy Act that’s gaining traction in the U.S. House of Representatives. H.R. 3532, similarly to SOPA, emphasizes...

Amateur octogenarian lands struggling plane in Wisconsin

Published April 3, 2012

An unidentified 80-year-old Wisconsin woman successfully landed a small plane after her pilot husband passed out and later died, USA Today reported. The woman was not a licensed pilot and said she knows...

Funeral director: no signs of struggle in Martin killing

Published March 30, 2012

A funeral director analyzing Trayvon Martin’s body said there were no signs of a violent struggle, NY Daily News reported. The director, Richard Kurtz, told CBS News there were no bruises, cuts...

Publisher draws researcher boycott

Published March 29, 2012

University of Minnesota researchers have joined an international boycott against a major scientific publisher. Since February, nearly 9,000 researchers worldwide have signed a petition protesting Elsevier,...

In launch, startups face hurdles attracting student users

Published March 28, 2012

  Nabbing the attention of college students is a challenge facing new startup companies each year. In recent months, new startups targeting University of Minnesota students and college-goers in general...

New details of Trayvon Martin shooting emerge

Published March 27, 2012

  New details about the Trayvon Martin case have trickled out, CBS reported. The unarmed 17-year-old had been suspended from school and was accused of attacking George Zimmerman, the man who shot...

U study: seat belt law saves lives

Published March 26, 2012

  A University of Minnesota study reveals the state’s seat belt law has saved lives since its 2009 passage, The Pioneer Press reported. The study, produced by the University’s Center for...

Supreme Court set to hear health care debate

Published March 26, 2012

The United States Supreme Court takes up the validity of President Barack Obama’s healthcare reform bill today, Reuters reported. Two years after the overhaul was signed into law, the Court will...

Senate committee advances voter ID; House passes measure 72-62

Published March 22, 2012

The Minnesota Senate’s rules committee advanced a proposed voter ID law to the full Senate hours after the House passed a companion measure Wednesday. The House passed its version of the constitutional...

Skyler Grammer, an atstrophysics graduate student, describes the process of modernizing the more than 100-year-old Tate observatory telescope. The telescope is estimated to weigh 500 pounds and is mostly used to view planets and galaxies.

U sky-gazing offers Friday night lights

Published March 22, 2012

  Despite warmer temperatures, University of Minnesota sky gazers still flock to a rusted green dome to feast their eyes upon the wonders of space. For about 30 years, the University’s Minnesota...

Minnesota Senate advances voter ID law

Published March 21, 2012

The Minnesota Senate’s rules committee approved the proposed voter ID law mere hours after the House passed a companion measure Wednesday. The House passed its version of the constitutional amendment...

Minnesota House approves voter ID law

Published March 21, 2012

After 9 hours of debate, the Minnesota House of Representatives approved the voter ID law in a 72-62 vote, sending it to the Senate where Republicans also hold a majority, Reuters reported. The state legislature...

Archaeologists using satellites to find ancient sites

Published March 21, 2012

Thousands of possible early human settlements have been discovered using computers and satellite images, the BBC reported. About 9,000 new sites were found in Syria by scanning satellite photos for soil...

Russian court upholds ban on Scientology literature

Published March 21, 2012

  A court in Moscow has upheld a decision banning books from the Church of Scientology as “extremist literature,” Radio Free Europe reported. Court representatives said it was proven that...

Bomb explodes outside Paris embassy

Published March 21, 2012

A bomb exploded outside the Indonesian embassy in Paris Wednesday morning, Reuters reported. There are no reported casualties at this time. Broken windows were among the only damage inflicted on the embassy...

TAL retracts story on Chinese Apple factories

Published March 20, 2012

Public Radio International set the record straight Friday on its previous report regarding working conditions in Apple, Inc.’s Chinese factories. PRI's “This American Life” news magazine...

Israel and Iran’s Facebook love-fest

Published March 19, 2012

  An Israeli Facebook page setup to express solidarity with Iran people has received a mutual response from Iranians, Haaretz reported. The Love and Peace Campaign is an Israeli initiative asking...

The Pirate Bay announces orbiting servers

Published March 19, 2012

Controversial file-sharing website The Pirate Bay announced it will start experimenting with sending GPS-controlled drones equipped with small computers into the sky to host its servers. The use of Low...

Dr. Massoud Amin, director at the Technological Leadership Institute, delivers an informational session about the Master of Science in Security Technologies degree.

U students get their masters in cyber security

Published March 19, 2012

  With cybersecurity threats projected to increase in the coming year, the University of Minnesota’s  Master of Science in security technologies program seeks to prepare graduates to combat...

U.S. soldier kills 16 Afghan civilians

Published March 11, 2012

At least 16 civilians are dead and five others wounded in Afghanistan after a U.S. soldier went door-to-door on a shooting spree, the BBC reported. Women and children are among those killed in the Afghan...

Daylight saving starts Sunday morning

Published March 10, 2012

Daylight Saving Time begins in the U.S. early Sunday morning as the nation switches its clocks forward an hour, according to the National Institute of Standards and Practices. DST starts on the second...

Anti-Kony campaign catches fire

Published March 9, 2012

The viral social media campaign waged against brutal Ugandan rebel leader Joseph Kony has raised criticism from the country’s citizens who claim the video misrepresents the country’s long-running...

Solar flares bombard Earth’s magnetic field

Published March 9, 2012

Scientists report few problems following a bombardment of the Earth's magnetic field by powerful solar flares, the Associated Press reported. Solar storms can sometimes create electronic interference,...

UMore Park used to be the site of the Gopher Ordinance Works which produced propellant for military ordinance during World War Two.  The University will eventually construct an eco-friendly community on the site.

Students, faculty propose UMore Smart Grid

Published March 8, 2012

  A 426-foot tall wind turbine buzzes distantly above fields of grass and thorns scattered with crumbling buildings about 25 miles outside Minneapolis. The Eolos Wind Research Station in Rosemount,...

Apple unveils new iPad, Apple TV upgrades

Published March 7, 2012

  Apple’s newest iPad will go on sale next Friday, the Associated Press reported. During an unveiling event in San Francisco today, Apple announced the device will be released Mar. 16 in the...

U invests in better software to fight against plagiarism

Published February 28, 2012

The University of Minnesota has replaced its anti-plagiarism software to battle against academic dishonesty in the digital age. The University will make Turnitin, a type of text analysis software, available...

Google adding do-not-track button to Chrome

Published February 24, 2012

Google has agreed to add a do-not-track button to its Chrome browser, JDJournal reported. Under intense scrutiny from privacy advocates over its new policies to be enacted Mar. 1, the company will allow...

Obama apologizes for burnt Korans

Published February 23, 2012

President Barack Obama apologized for the burning of several Korans on an Afghanistan U.S. airbase, following the deaths of Afghans and NATO troops during riots, Bloomberg Businessweek reported. The Afghan...

Daily Digest: Manning defers plea, Iraqi bombings continue and #thePopetweets4Lent

Published February 23, 2012

Here's your Daily Digest for Thursday, Feb. 23, 2012: Army Pfc. Bradley Manning deferred his plea to charges he gave more than 700,000 documents and video clips to WikiLeaks, USA Today reported. Manning...

Chinese court rejects iPad ban

Published February 23, 2012

  A Chinese court has blocked efforts to stop sales of Apple Inc.’s iPad in Shanghai due to a trademark dispute, The Wall Street Journal reported. The Pudong District People's Court rejected...

Obama reveals privacy bill of rights

Published February 23, 2012

  The Obama administration will unveil a legislative plan to protect people’s online privacy, CNET reported. The administration plans to work with Congress on the Consumer Privacy Bill...

Repairs on the Civil and Mineral Engineering Building to begin this summer

Published February 23, 2012

Students and experiments evicted from the Civil and Mineral Engineering Building by mold could return early next year. Repairs on the building are expected to start in July and finish by early 2013, said...

EU court to rule on ACTA

Published February 22, 2012

The European Union’s high court will rule on the legality of the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, the BBC reported. ACTA has come under international scrutiny and triggered widespread protests...

Rep. Lamar Smith’s online monitoring bill faces public scrunity

Published February 22, 2012

  Rep. Lamar Smith’s (R-Texas) Internet monitoring bill has come to public light following postponements to the Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT IP Act, the International Business Times reported. H.R....

Scientists build working transistor from single atom

Published February 20, 2012

Physicists have designed a functional transistor from a single phosphorus atom and a silicon crystal, The New York Times reported. Scientists at the University of South Wales and Purdue University...

2011 marked by high numbers of patents, spinoffs and declining revenues at U

Published February 20, 2012

Virtual teeth, nanotechnology and vehicle tracking systems are among the University of Minnesota’s newest patents. In the 2011 fiscal year, the University filed the highest number of new patents...

Prize-winning journalist Anthony Shadid dead at 43

Published February 17, 2012

  Pulitzer Prize winning New York Times journalist Anthony Shadid died Thursday in Syria while covering the country's uprising, his paper reported. He was 43.   His career was characterized...

The digital anti-piracy laws: a breakdown

Published February 16, 2012

Amid worldwide protests and crumbling support, the fates of digital anti-piracy measures remain uncertain. Saturday, thousands across Europe protested the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, a multinational...

Hundreds killed in Honduras prison fire

Published February 15, 2012

At least 300 inmates were killed Wednesday in a fire that swept through their Honduras prison, the Associated Press reported. About 356 prisoners are unaccounted for, out of 852, and most could be dead,...

Google: Gmail and YouTube blocked in Iran

Published February 14, 2012

Google has confirmed its search functions, Google Video, YouTube and Gmail has been blocked in Iran since Feb. 10, Bloomberg reported. About 30 million Iranian users have been unable to access Google's...

Bombs target Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia

Published February 13, 2012

Four people were wounded in the wake of bombs targing Israeli diplomats in India and Georgia Monday, Reuters reported. A bomb attached to a diplomatic vehicle in New Dehli wounded the driver and three...

CSE Dean’s List explodes

Published February 13, 2012

  Luke Balhorn was delighted to make the Dean’s List in the University of Minnesota’s College of Science and Engineering. He was far from alone. Balhorn, a materials science freshman,...

Anti-ACTA protests sweep globe

Published February 12, 2012

Today was the scheduled date for worldwide protests against the Anti-Countfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which attracted what some are reporting as hundreds-of-thousands of protesters in more 200...

U’s Google contract shields school from new privacy measures

Published February 9, 2012

  As Google makes sweeping changes to its privacy policy, the University of MinnesotaâÄôs accounts are shielded from the new rules. Google recently announced it will track user activity across...

Hackers demanded $50,000 for stolen Symantec code

Published February 7, 2012

Hackers who stole the source code for Symantec's antivirus source code demanded $50,000 from the company, Reuters reported. Symantec had previously confirmed hackers from the Lords of Dharmaraja, a Mumbai-based...

U to make website more user-friendly

Published February 6, 2012

  A digital helper will wade through millions of lines of code to make the University of MinnesotaâÄôs websites more user-friendly. The goal is to fix various coding problems that make the...

Romney decisively wins Nevada caucus

Published February 5, 2012

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney won the Nevada caucus Saturday with a commanding 17-point victory over his closest rival, CNN reported. Newt Gingrich finished with 25 percent of the vote,...

Feds seize sports websites ahead of Super Sunday

Published February 3, 2012

In the days before the Super Bowl, authorities have seized websites streaming live sporting events and have charged a Michigan man with copyright infringement, Reuters reported. Yonjo Quiroa faces a single...

Groundhog: 6 more weeks of “winter”

Published February 2, 2012

Punxsutawney Phil, Pennsylvania's famous groundhog, emerged on Gobbler's Knob Thursday and saw his shadow, thus predicting six more weeks of winter, the Associated Press reported. The annual Groundhog's...

Facebook files for $5 billion public offering

Published February 2, 2012

Facebook continued its journey to a stock-market debut by filing a $5 billion Initial Public Offering (IPO) Wednesday with the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ars Technica reported. Expectations that...

Target representative Kirk Ingram talks with mechanical engineering student Kristen Huber at the CSE job fair in the TCF Stadium Tuesday afternoon.

A student’s quest for employment

Published February 2, 2012

  Dressed in business attire, Catherine Reeves walked to the TCF Bank Stadium Tuesday morning. As she crossed University Avenue, she faced a line winding from the College of Science and EngineeringâÄôs...

OTC assists in path to startups

Published February 2, 2012

University of Minnesota researchers no longer have to launch startup companies entirely on their own steam. A new Office for Technology Commercialization program will partner the University with faculty...

Colleges caught manipulating data to climb in rankings

Published February 1, 2012

Several colleges have been caught trying to manipulate test scores to game national school rankings, The New York Times reported. Schools such as Claremont Kenna, Iona College, Baylor Universityand others...