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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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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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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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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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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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Doctors have long been mystified as to why HIV-1 rapidly sickens some individuals, while in others the virus has difficulties gaining a foothold. Now, a study of genetic variation in HIV-1 and in the cells it infects reported, by University of Minnesota researchers in this week’s issue of PLOS Genetics, has uncovered a chink in HIV-1’s armor that may, at least in part, explain the puzzling difference — and potentially open the door to new treatments.

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Math plus science equals a day of fun and learning for the whole family at the University of Minnesota’s annual Math and Science Family Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 22, at the University’s Coffman Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis. The event is free and open to the public. Free U of M string backpacks will be given away to the first 1,000 kids while supplies last.

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After more than two years of construction, the University of Minnesota is ready to show off a new $30 million addition and renovation of Amundson Hall, home of the highly ranked University of Minnesota chemical engineering and materials science programs. The building is located near one of the busiest light rail stops in the Twin Cities.

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The outlook for feeding a growing global population in the coming decades may not be as gloomy as some fear, a new study by University of Minnesota researchers says.

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