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A new study by an international team of researchers shows for the first time that people may inherit some of the intestinal bacteria that cause Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, collectively know as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The study, recently published in Genome Medicine, also confirmed that antibiotics could worsen the imbalance in the gut microbes.

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Driving vehicles that use electricity from renewable energy instead of gasoline could reduce the resulting deaths due to air pollution by 70 percent. This finding comes from a new life cycle analysis of conventional and alternative vehicles and their air pollution-related public health impacts, published Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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University of Minnesota researchers are doing about twice as well as expected in competing for available federal funds and a record number of start up companies were launched in FY2014, according to the University’s annual research report.

The U’s Board of Regents discussed the report today. The report represents one of the many performance and accountability measures the institution uses to track progress.

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A project aimed at developing magnets that don’t require the use of rare earth elements captured the $10,000 top prize in a Dow Sustainability Innovation Student Challenge Award (SISCA) competition held Dec. 4 at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment in St. Paul.

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By improving graduation rates, granting more degrees, decreasing administrative costs and increasing invention disclosures, the University of Minnesota has already exceeded all performance measures set forth by the Minnesota Legislature for fiscal year 2014.

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Minneapolis (December 4, 2014)—As California finally experiences the arrival of a rain-bearing Pineapple Express weather pattern this week, two climate scientists from the University of Minnesota and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution have shown that the drought of 2012-2014 has been the worst in 1,200 years.

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University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler commented on the November Minnesota Management & Budget and Economic Forecast, released Thursday, Dec. 4:

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During a thunderstorm, we all know that it is common to hear thunder after we see the lightning. That’s because sound travels much slower (768 miles per hour) than light (670,000,000 miles per hour).

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Select U of M-related events are listed below. For the full U of M events calendar, click here.

Thursday, December 4 – Eyes on the Universe gallery tour
Graduate student Melanie Galloway will discuss the relationship between black holes and the characteristics of their host galaxies. Thousands of citizen scientists have helped advance her research—learn how you can help.

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Join the University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering (CSE) during the first two weekends in December for a dazzling light show designed by students. The high-tech light show is bigger and better this year featuring more than 100,000 LED lights and laser projection set to music, some of which is written and recorded by University of Minnesota students.

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