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July 31, 2008

"Googling" Dead Man's Curve

Have you ever wondered if the "dead man's curve" on your daily commute really is dangerous? You can know for sure now that University of Minnesota researchers have created an innovative Web site that uses Google Maps to pinpoint traffic fatalities across the nation. Lee Munnich, director of the university's Center for Excellence in Rural Safety, explains how anyone can search the roads they travel.

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Posted by dswain at 3:58 PM

July 24, 2008

Action Today to Reduce the Greenhouse Gases of Tomorrow

Last year Minnesota lawmakers passed a bold measure to reduce the state's greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2015. But is that goal possible? University of Minnesota Center for Transportation Studies researcher Julian Marshall and his colleagues believe it is but, to get there, action must start now and other states must continue to pioneer their own efforts.

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Posted by dswain at 4:36 PM

July 21, 2008

Itchy Minnesota Lakes

As if sunburn, bug bites and poison ivy weren't enough for summer scratching sores, another skin irritation is emerging from Minnesota lakes - swimmer's itch. Barb Liukkonen, with the University of Minnesota Extension and Sea Grant Program, explains the pest behind the annoying condition.

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Posted by dswain at 2:57 PM

July 10, 2008

Gopher Football Coming to a County Near You

In the fall of 2009, the excitement of outdoor Gopher football will return to campus with the completion of TCF Bank Stadium. To recognize the entire state's support, the U of M is hitting the road with a tour of all 87 Minnesota counties. University associate athletics director David Crum explains the festivities.

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Posted by dswain at 4:56 PM

July 7, 2008

Looking to the Future atop an Economic Summit

Last week, universities from the Big Ten and the region came together with Midwestern business leaders at the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis for a summit on the role the region plays in the economic life of the nation. The University of Minnesota was there, and Provost Thomas Sullivan says universities, through research and development, have a substantial impact.

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Posted by dswain at 10:41 AM