University of Minnesota-Twin Cities mechanical engineering Professor David Y.H. Pui and civil, environmental and geo- engineering Professor Emmanuel Detournay have been elected to the National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Both are professors in the University’s College of Science and Engineering.
Researchers create synthetic biopathway to turn agriculture waste into ‘green’ products
Researchers at the University of Minnesota have engineered a new synthetic biopathway that can more efficiently and cost-effectively turn agricultural waste, like corn stover and orange peels, into a variety of useful products ranging from spandex to chicken feed.
Study: Secondary tropical forests absorb carbon at higher rate than old-growth forests
A large international team of forest ecologists including U of M ecologist Jennifer Powers and University of Minnesota graduate student Justin Becknell sought to answer that question by analyzing recovery of aboveground biomass using 1,500 forest plots and 45 sites across Latin America. The researchers found that carbon uptake in these new-growth tropical forests was surprisingly robust. Their findings will appear in the print edition of the journal Nature February 11.
Lithium battery material found to harm key soil microorganism
The material at the heart of the lithium ion batteries that power electric vehicles, laptop computers and smartphones has been shown to impair a key soil bacterium, according to new research published online in the journal Chemistry of Materials.
University of Minnesota senior wins prestigious science scholarship to Cambridge University
Water is essential to human well-being, yet reports of water shortages surface daily. Now, thanks to a team of global water experts, planning for water development and use just took a giant leap forward.
The Bell Museum will host Dr. Josh Cassada, NASA Astronaut and Lt. Commander for the U.S. Navy, on January 14 to present “The Road from Minnesota to the Space Station and Beyond.” Cassada is a White Bear Lake native, and will be visiting White Bear Lake Area High School with the Bell Museum’s ExploraDome team to discuss his experience working for NASA, space and science.
U of M Physics Circus brings large-scale stunts and physics fun to the public Jan. 14
A 3D drawing robot, Towers of Hanoi solver, a Connect 4 player, and a magnet juggler, will be among more than 200 machines on display at the U of M Robot Show 2:40-4:30 p.m. Dec. 14, in McNamara Alumni Center.