Rarely does a college professor get a call from a major Hollywood studio for advice. But that's exactly what happened to University of Minnesota physicist Jim Kakalios. Filmmakers for the highly anticipated superhero movie "Watchmen" heard about Kakalios through his book, "The Physics of Superheroes," and wanted him to be the film's science consultant.
There's no doubt that road salt helps travelers with slippery conditions, but what happens to the chemical when spring arrives? That's what University of Minnesota researchers asked and discovered that it's flowing into our lakes and rivers. Civil engineering professor Heinz Stefan says this will affect aquatic life and drinking water if nothing is done.
Since 1963, the University of Minnesota has seen nearly 3,700 people step forward as life saving kidney donors. Now university researchers are looking at the lives of those donors and have found that their health is very similar to, and in many cases better than, the general population. Lead author of the study Dr. Hassan Ibrahim explains.
For many people, searching through the rows and rows of flowers at the florist shop this Valentine's Day will be a challenge. But David Zlesak, assistant Extension professor and master gardener, has some tips on how to find the best blossoms for your special someone.