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Student-run impact ventures focused on solar-powered microgrids for rural India and environmentally friendly feminine hygiene products have been selected Gold Level winners of the 2015 Acara Challenge, a competition held by the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment in partnership with the College of Science and Engineering and the Carlson School of Management.

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Hibernation holds secrets for our health

March 3, 2015

Paul Iaizzo’s research partnership with Medtronic may lead to new treatments for heart failure, obesity, osteoporosis, and more.

Source: University of Minnesota Foundation

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Keeping teen drivers safe

March 3, 2015

Teen drivers are at an especially high risk of being involved in a crash. To help keep them safe on the road, U of M researchers have been refining the Teen Driver Support System.

Source: Center for Transportation Studies

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Replace petroleum with sugar?

March 3, 2015

Invented by Kechun Zhang and colleagues, a biodegradable polyester made from sugar could replace the environmentally damaging petroleum-based materials in common products.

Source: University of Minnesota on YouTube

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Phosphorus, a highly reactive element commonly found in match heads, tracer bullets, and fertilizers, can be turned into a stable crystalline form known as black phosphorus. In a new study, researchers from the University of Minnesota used an ultrathin black phosphorus film—only 20 layers of atoms—to demonstrate high-speed data communication on nanoscale optical circuits.

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WHO: 1,700 middle school students from nearly 20 schools; about 300 University of Minnesota science and engineering students
WHAT: College of Science and Engineering Expo featuring more than 30 exhibits by University of Minnesota science and engineering students aimed at engaging middle school students
WHEN: Tuesday, March 3; Exhibits—9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.; Raptor Show—12:45 p.m.
WHERE: Exhibits—Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. SE, Minneapolis; Raptor Show—Northrop, 84 Church St. SE, Minneapolis

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A first of its kind study conducted by researchers at the University of Minnesota and the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania has found that Republicans and Independents are more likely to disapprove of neuroscience-based legal reforms if the reforms are perceived as being too lenient on criminal defendants.

The finding is important because of the recent and extensive efforts to integrate neuroscience into the law in the new field of “neurolaw.”

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The University of Minnesota College of Science and Engineering announced today that it has received $17.8 million in renewed funding over the next six years from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for the University’s Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). The University of Minnesota was one of only 12 universities nationwide, including MIT, Harvard, Princeton and the University of Chicago, chosen to receive NSF funding this year for a materials research center.

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Looking to save money on your next shopping trip? Better eat something before you head to the mall. According to new research from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, hunger increases our intention to acquire not only food, but also nonfood objects.

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