April 2009 Archives

Bio-Ethics of the Future

Doris Taylor and Patricia Simmons - April 16, 2009 - Biomedical research has led to significant improvements in the health of all Americans and increased human longevity over the past century. Join two leading doctors as they discuss the breakthrough therapies needed to prevent, treat, and, hopefully, one day cure, fatal ailments.

Solar Decathlon: Building a Greener Future

Ann M. Johnson - April 2, 2009 - Radiant heat from the sun has been harnessed by human ingenuity since the earliest times and sunlight has influenced building design throughout architectural history. Still only a fraction of available solar energy is being used in today's buildings, creating a burden on the environment. In 2002, the U.S. Department of Energy held its first Solar Decathlon, a challenge to college teams from around the globe to design, build, and operate an aesthetic and livable, fully solar-powered house. This biennial event helps accelerate academic research in renewable energy technologies and serves as a reminder to all of us to act responsibly when making energy decisions at home. This year the University of Minnesota was selected as one of twenty teams invited to compete in the 2009 Solar Decathlon in Washington, D.C., the first and only Minnesota team ever to participate in this unique international competition.

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