February 26, 2015
The Bell Museum of Natural History has brought together a local artist and University of Minnesota faculty to examine the reality of bird collisions with human-built structures. The exhibit highlights both the tragic loss of individual birds and the scientific analysis of whether this mortality affects overall bird populations.
February 19, 2015
This weekend marks the 10th anniversary of the premier of Minnesota: A History of the Land, the Emmy Award-winning documentary series produced by the University of Minnesota’s Bell Museum of Natural History and Twin Cities Public Television (TPT). The series vividly depicts how the land has shaped the people and how the people have shaped the land as it continues to inspire viewers to consider the future health of Minnesota’s environment.
February 9, 2015
Even at historically low natural gas prices, bioenergy may not be out of the running — it just may need a little help from the sun. A new study from researchers at the University of Minnesota examining the financial viability of solar-heated biomass gasification technologies that produce a natural gas substitute product concludes that combining these renewable resources can make economic sense.
February 3, 2015
Think of the last time you planned a visit to a lake. Why did you choose the lake you did? Did you consider the quality of the water? The answers to these questions are critical to understanding how lake users make decisions about their recreation choices and the value society places on water resources.
Using one of the largest supercomputers in the world, a team of researchers led by the University of Minnesota has identified potential materials that could improve the production of ethanol and petroleum products. The discovery could lead to major efficiencies and cost savings in these industries.
January 22, 2015
What impact will future climate change have on food supply? That depends in part on the extent to which variations in crop yield are attributable to variations in climate. A new report from researchers at the University of Minnesota Institute on the Environment has found that climate variability historically accounts for one-third of yield variability for maize, rice, wheat and soybeans worldwide — the equivalent of 36 million metric tons of food each year.
University of Minnesota researchers are part of a national team of scientists that has published a new paper showing for the first time that meltwater from the surface of an ice cap in northeastern Greenland can make its way beneath the ice and become trapped, refilling a subglacial lake. This meltwater provides heat to the bottom of the ice sheet.
January 20, 2015
Visitors to northern forests in coming decades probably will see a very different set of trees as the climate warms, a new University of Minnesota study shows.
January 16, 2015
A nationally recognized University of Minnesota fisheries professor and colleagues from other universities in the U.S. and Canada have completed an independent review of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources’ management of Mille Lacs Lake. They confirmed that low survival of young walleye is most likely responsible for the decline in the 132,000-acre lake’s walleye population.