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A Rising Tide of Research

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The University of Minnesota just got a report card on its research enterprise—the engine that drives much of the state economy. A new ranking places the U of M in the top 25 public universities, and one of only nine that fulfilled all its research-related criteria.

Reducing Greenhouse Gases and Utility Bills

Working with low-income neighborhoods, U of M experts are designing affordable homes that produce as much energy as they use.

Organizing Chaos

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Psychology graduate student Rachael Grazioplene is pursuing the question of how creative people and those with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder can share several key genes, yet be so different. The differences may hold clues to how many creative people keep mentally healthy.

Censoring (Bacterial) Speech

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Some bacteria “lie low” until they sense their numbers are high enough to launch an infection. By identifying and blocking a sensing mechanism, U of M researchers reduced rats’ infection severity and death rate from pneumonia-causing bacteria.

Switching to Vehicles Powered by Electricity from Renewables Could Save Lives

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A study compares projected air quality impacts on human health of 10 alternatives to conventional gasoline vehicles, estimating the total emissions in the fuel supply chain. Vehicles powered by electricity from natural gas or wind, water, or solar power came out most beneficial.

Stopping Pandemics

The U of M is bringing together experts across disciplines, politics, tribes, and borders to stop global outbreaks before they start.

Birth of the New Medicine

With innovative therapies that enable the body to heal itself, U of M researchers are looking for cures for everything from diabetes to dementia.