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Five female lions walk as a group on grassy ground, lit by a low sun.

How Lions Became Social

Behavioral scientists have puzzled over why lions, of all cats, should live in groups. A new study answers: The landscape did it.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
A row of purple loosestrife.

What Feeds (and Feeds on) Invasive Plants

A new study led by U researchers provides unprecedented insight into differences in the way native and invasive plant species operate.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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Disarming a Global Threat

The recent Ebola outbreak underscores the need for a well-trained, well-coordinated workforce to respond to the growing risk of pandemic diseases—and the U is on top of it.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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Infant Antibiotic Use Linked to Adult Diseases

A new study led by U of M researchers may lead to recommendations for reduced antibiotic use in children to prevent infectious diseases, allergies, and even obesity, later in life.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Math equations on a blackboard.

Cracking Medical Mysteries with Math

They are some of medicine’s hidden heroes, shedding light on complex biological processes and analyzing mountains of data to improve patient health.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Arrows point to irregular, grayish round dying tumor cells.

Cancer-killing Nanoparticles

In researcher Jayanth Panyam's promising new treatment, iron nanoparticles seek out and destroy lung cancer cells.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Abstract of light-reflecting fibers radiating from a central area like a flower, with unfocused droplets of blue, green, and pink.

Honoring Three U Innovators

Daniel Voytas found a way to correct defective genes and insert new ones with surgical precision. Robert Vince invented the anti-HIV drug Ziagen. Kechun Zhang invented a biodegradable polyester made from sugar.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
The Teen Driver Support System device on the dash of a car in motion.

Keeping Teen Drivers Safe

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.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Kechun Zhang in his lab, holding a large Erlenmeyer flask with a yellow liquid with foam at the top; this is a bacterial culture.

Replace Petroleum with Sugar?

Invented by Kechun Zhang and colleagues, a biodegradable polyester made from sugar could replace the environmentally damaging petroleum-based materials in plastic bags and other products.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
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A Rising Tide of Research

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.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities

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.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Section of Self Portrait (1889) by Vincent Van Gogh.

Organizing Chaos

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.
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities