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Obama announces climate change plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions

August 6, 2015

President Obama announced a plan on Monday to mandate reduced greenhouse gas emissions from the United States’ coal-burning power plants in an effort to combat climate change. "Today after working...

Corn Belt greenhouse gas emissions underestimated

August 5, 2015

University of Minnesota scientists found previous research may have underestimated greenhouse gas emissions in the Midwest’s Corn Belt by nearly 40 percent.    At the University’s...

Minnesota doctor pleads guilty to fraudulently obtaining prescription drugs

July 29, 2015

A 43-year-old doctor from Pelican Rapids pleaded guilty on Wednesday morning for stealing prescription drugs. According to WCCO, Blair Nelson pleaded guilty to writing and filling fraudulent prescriptions. “U.S....

A stalk of Mullein, an exotic species, grows at Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve on Friday, July 24. University researcher Eric Seabloom published a study last week about exotic species that explores how the origin of a plant predicts its response to nutrient enrichment and herbivores.

Study shows differences in exotic and native plants

July 29, 2015

Recent University of Minnesota research suggests the origin of a plant species can help predict its reaction to added nutrients.   A July 15 study found that adding nutrients to ecosystems makes exotic...

Dr. George Weiblen transfers samples of cannabis flowers to slides for future study in his lab on Friday, July 17. Weiblen recently published a study exhibiting the discovery of a single gene distinguishing hemp from marijuana, which could help lift narcotics regulations currently imposed on hemp producers.

Project may back hemp use

July 22, 2015

Twelve years of University of Minnesota plant biologist George WeiblenâÄôs research culminated in the discovery of a single gene that differentiates the genetic makeups of marijuana and hemp âÄî...

Minnesota salmonella cases linked to raw tuna

July 16, 2015

The Minnesota Department of Health reports two Minnesota residents were sickened with salmonellosis. The disease is linked to frozen raw tuna. The Minnesota residents are adults in their 30s who became...

Ran Blekhman poses in the Blekhman Lab on Friday. Blekhman, who studies genetic variations and the microbiome with fellow researchers in the lab, co-authored a study last month linking the gut microbiome and colon cancer.

Bacteria could improve cancer detection

July 15, 2015

Decked in long tubes and cable wires, the Blekhman lab on the University of MinnesotaâÄôs St. Paul campus is designed to collect data at lightning-fast speeds about human gut microbiomes âÄî...

Mosquitoes test positive for West Nile virus

July 8, 2015

The Metropolitan Mosquito Control District in Ramsey County announced that West Nile virus has returned to Minnesota. Samples of mosquitoes tested positive for the virus during the annual West Nile virus...

Parvakar Roy hands over drone to Graduate Student Nikolaos Stefas at University Arboretum on last Wednesday. A University group of undergraduates, graduates, and professors is in the process of developing a drone with the capability of aiding farmers by giving them information about their crops.

Agriculture’s high-tech future

July 8, 2015

At a field experiment last week, a drone leashed like a dog to a University of Minnesota graduate student slowly rotated, drifting mere feet above the group and capturing images of apple trees at the Minnesota...

Exhibit will explore future of cities

July 8, 2015

A new traveling exhibit will explore the past, present and future of major U.S. cities.   Patrick Hamilton, a resident fellow at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment and...

ACT no longer a requirement, as Lawmakers cut testing budgets

July 1, 2015

Funding for the ACT college entrance exam has been cut as it is no longer a requirement for juniors. The Legislature reduced test funding in the Minnesota Department of Education from $42 million to $22...

In wake of Charleston shooting, movement to rename Lake Calhoun resurfaces

June 25, 2015

A new petition aims to change the name of Minneapolis’ Lake Calhoun. After the recent shooting in Charleston allegedly perpetrated by a man with white supremacist beliefs, many are ready to rename...

Study: Cleaning air could save lives

June 24, 2015

Removing air pollutants can prevent disease and improve health in any location, even if the air is already relatively clean, according to a study released last week.    A team of environmental...

Target Corporate Offices in Minneapolis Lay Off 140 Employees

June 18, 2015

Minneapolis Target headquarters laid off around 140 employees Wednesday, reports the Star Tribune. According to the Star Tribune, “Most, but not all, the people who were laid off today were in jobs...

Coleman Iverson, Alexander Hambrock, Alexandra Feeken, and Nadya Nguyen pose in their workspace in Minneapolis on Saturday, June 13. They are four of five University alumni who have invented the HidrateMe water bottle.

Hydration and innovation

June 17, 2015

A glowing water bottle created by University of Minnesota alumni might be a solution to staying hydrated.   Syncing to smart phones, HidrateMe is a smart water bottle developed by University graduates...

E-cig rise linked to increasing nicotine poisonings

June 10, 2015

Minnesota health officials warned parents today  of increasing nicotine poisonings, linked to the rise of e-cigarettes, reports Minnesota Public Radio. 62 poisonings last year compared to 46 in 2013...

Muhammad Jiwa and Ruhel Islam speak outside of Gandhi Mahal Restaurant on Thursday afternoon. Members of Minnesota Interfaith Power & Light have been working with communities of many different religious backgrounds to discuss the topic of climate change.

Bridging faith and sustainability

June 10, 2015

Recent University of Minnesota graduate Muhammad Jiwa is using his religious beliefs this summer to spur conversation about sustainable living within the state’s Islamic community.   A member...

Prior Lake High School opts out of national school lunch program

June 4, 2015

The Star Tribune reports that Prior Lake High School has decided to opt out of the National School Meals Program. Losing $170k in funds, the school made the choice to opt out in order to better serve students’...

Twin Cities residents choose to bike

June 3, 2015

A recent University of Minnesota study found more Twin Cities residents are choosing to commute on two instead of four wheels than what a U.S. census report shows.   Road congestion, recreation and...

Fine raised for second texting while driving citation in Minnesota to $225

May 27, 2015

Gov. Dayton signed into law an increase in the fine for texting while driving violations after the first incidence to $225,  according to Fox9. “Gov. Mark Dayton signed a transportation...

New app makes fisheries research easier

New app makes fisheries research easier

May 27, 2015

Fishing enthusiasts now have a way to contribute to fisheries research in Minnesota and locate nearby lakes at the same time. iFish Forever, an add-on to a fishing app released earlier this month, allows...