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Students give presentations in BIOL 3211 - Physiology of Humans and Other Animals in an active learning classroom in Bruininks Hall on Thursday, April 19, 2018.

Sitting with women in class may improve your GPA and confidence, UMN study says

April 23, 2018

Studying with women can improve grades in class, according to University of Minnesota researchers.  In a study published earlier this month, course grades and peer and self-evaluations improved as...

Environmental science policy management senior Eli Miller and strategic communications sophomore Jacob Van Blarcom sift trash from the Coffman Marketplace food court that wasn't already tossed into the correct recycling, compost or waste bin on Wednesday, April 18 outside Williamson Hall.

UMN student organization provides a hands-on approach to composting

April 19, 2018

A University of Minnesota student organization put on a large-scale trash audit on campus Wednesday, sorting through 780 pounds of waste. Minnesota Public Interest Research Group poured trash from the...

This image composite shows the discovery of the most distant known star using the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope.

UMN space discovery introduces detailed method for examining stars

April 16, 2018

A University of Minnesota-led research team spotted a star 9 billion light years away — the farthest star ever seen. The discovery of the star Icarus, published in the journal 'Nature Astronomy' earlier...

Environmental Health Sciences associate professor Matt Simcik poses for a portrait on Wednesday, April 11 in the Mayo Memorial Building on East Bank. Simcik is researching ways to combat contaminated drinking water in metropolitan areas, and his team just discovered a solution.

UMN researchers aim to contain water pollution below ground

April 12, 2018

A new development from University of Minnesota researchers could filter harmful chemicals from groundwater, preventing the compounds from reaching wildlife and humans. The process, which is set for field...

UMN research finds genetic link to brain aging

April 9, 2018

University of Minnesota researchers hope the recent discovery of a gene that prevents aging in the brain could help them develop better anti-aging drugs in the future.  The researchers identified...

Mice key to understanding the science of autism, UMN researchers say

April 4, 2018

Some University of Minnesota researchers are advocating for the increased use of mouse models to provide insight into the biology of autism. The findings of a study published last month shed light on the...

UMN study suggests interpersonal success is related to intelligence, not altruism

March 29, 2018

Intelligence may get people farther than altruism in situations involving cooperation, according to a new study published this month from the University of Minnesota. Researchers used games to assess traits...

UMN tech could help UTI sufferers with quicker diagnosis

March 28, 2018

People suffering from urinary tract infections may soon be able to buy affordable, at-home diagnosis tests from drugstores, with the help of a new technology from the University of Minnesota. A University...

Opioids might not treat pain better than Tylenol, UMN study says

March 19, 2018

Opioids may not treat long-term, chronic pain more effectively than non-opioid medication, according to a new study from the University of Minnesota. The study, published in the Journal of the American...

UMN staffer arrested on child porn charges

March 8, 2018

A University of Minnesota IT specialist was arrested for alleged possession of child pornography last week, according to the Minneapolis Police Department. Christopher Pfoff, 28, was arrested by Minneapolis...

Illustration by Harry Steffenhagen.

Climate change could impact biodiversity, study says

March 8, 2018

A new study from researchers at the University of Minnesota suggests changing climate conditions can influence both species distribution and the rate of evolution. The study, published in the Proceedings...

UMN research may benefit kids with cerebral palsy

March 5, 2018

Non-invasive brain stimulation combined with movement therapy could be a safe and effective intervention for children with cerebral palsy, according to new research from the University of Minnesota. The...

UMN research sheds light on gentrification concerns

February 28, 2018

University of Minnesota researchers presented results from two years of research on Twin Cities gentrification at a forum Friday. The first set of findings — presented in 2016 — showed gentrification...

UMN study looks at ties between gender and speech

February 28, 2018

Gender dysphoria may impact the way children learn speech patterns, according to new research from the University of Minnesota. The study, presented earlier this month at a meeting of the American Association...

Volcanos may have contributed to dinosaur extinction, UMN study says

February 19, 2018

Volcanic eruptions caused by the meteorite impact that killed the dinosaurs may have contributed to the mass extinction, according to new research from the University of Minnesota. The study, published...

UMN researcher aims to make MRIs faster, more precise

February 16, 2018

A University of Minnesota professor and researcher was named a McKnight Land-Grant Professor this month for his work to make MRIs faster and more precise. Mehmet Akçakaya, assistant professor in the Department...

#Lake365 project aims to track lake changes with social media

February 9, 2018

Every day, University of Minnesota biologist Lesley Knoll takes a photo of Lake Itasca from the same spot in her office and tweets it out with “#Lake365.” Knoll, an Itasca Biological Station and Laboratories...

UMN optimistic about reaching 2020 energy goals

February 5, 2018

Officials at the University of Minnesota hope new steps toward sustainability will help the school meet carbon emissions goals. In 2011, the University pledged to cut 50 percent of its carbon emissions...

UMN bioethics series to address opioid abuse

January 24, 2018

Amid a growing national crisis, the University of Minnesota Center for Bioethics is hosting a three-part educational series focused on the opioid epidemic starting this week. The Mini Bioethics Academy...

UMN team updating geoscience app amid growing popularity

January 22, 2018

A University of Minnesota geology team is looking to improve its in-flight education app as the project attracts national attention. The app designers say Flyover Country — a free mobile app that gives...

Utility worker Jeff Berry sorts plastic, aluminum and tin at the Como Recycling Facility in Minneapolis on Feb. 3, 2017.

UMN study sheds light on plastic sustainability

January 18, 2018

A study published this month by University of Minnesota researchers identified methods to recycle certain molecules found in plastics.  The researchers spent about a year searching for ways to convert...

Depression, stress impact meal prep, UMN study shows

December 4, 2017

Stress and depression impact the food parents serve their families, according to a University of Minnesota study published Nov. 22. Researchers set out to analyze the relationship between parents’ mood...