Tagged University of Minnesota

Scientists Gather in Minnesota to Foster Understanding of Genome Engineering Technology

When you hear the phrase genome engineering, your mind might instinctively go to a place of science fiction, conjuring up images of augmented superhumans like Khan from Star Trek. You might think of real-life history, such as the horrors of the eugenics movement. Or you might gravitate toward the present-day debates over ideas such as cloning and GMOs. Genome engineering is a wide-ranging topic encompassing many schools of thought, and it has continually fascinated scientists and creatives alike. Yet despite this,...

One Woman’s Journey from Refugee Camp to Minnesota Medical School

In August of this year, the University of Minnesota Medical School will welcome a new class of medical students. Among the individuals who were accepted into the school this year is a young woman by the name of Hodan Abdi. Abdi’s admission into one of the world’s top ranked medical schools is particularly notable as it was just five years ago that she and her family made their way to the United States from the Sheder refugee camp in Ethiopia....

University of Minnesota Researchers Discover a New Magnetic Element

In our day-to-day lives, it’s easy to take magnets for granted. We may not think about it, but so many important tools we use all the time use magnets to function, from computers and other consumer electronics to medical equipment. Despite this prevalence, only three natural elements have been shown to be macroscopically magnetic: iron (Fe), cobalt (Co), and nickel (Ni). Recently, however, a new study out of the University of Minnesota, in conjunction with researchers from the University of...

12 Local Ways to Honor Prince in This Thing Called Life

Many people remember where they were when they learned of Prince’s death on April 21st, 2016. It shook the lives of many music fans around the world, especially those in his home state of Minnesota. Tributes to Prince are already beginning to surface, as this month marks two years since his death. For example, Minnesota Public Radio station the Current has created a special livestream called “Purple Current” on their website. It promises a playlist of funk, jazz, hip-hop,...

Minnesota-Born Writer Marisa Tam on Creating Stories for The Blacklist

Marisa Tam was born and raised in the Twin Cities and graduated from the University of Minnesota before heading out to Los Angeles to pursue a career in TV writing. She completed UCLA’s inaugural Professional Program in TV Writing and was later selected for the 2015 CAPE New Writers Fellowship and the 2015–2016 class of NBC’s Writers on the Verge. She is now in her second season as a writer for The Blacklist, starring James Spader and Megan Boone....

Minnesota Researchers Use Lasers and Gold Nanotechnology to Advance Cryopreservation

From franchises such as Star Trek and Star Wars to films like Sleeper and Forever Young, cryonics—the preservation of individual life by freezing the body—is a fairly regular plot device in popular culture. But whereas large-scale cryonics is often seen as the stuff of science fiction, cryopreservation—the process of preserving biological tissue, cells, or organs by cooling them to very low temperatures—is actually a scientific reality and the subject of continuing research in numerous fields. Recently, a team of researchers from the University of...

When, Where, and How to See the 2017 Total Eclipse in Minnesota

Monday, August 21, will bring us the first coast-to-coast total solar eclipse in the United States in 99 years. While not incredibly uncommon generally—total solar eclipses can be seen from Earth every couple of years—this one is special to us, as it will cut diagonally across the entirety of the United States. Knowing the significance of this upcoming eclipse is one thing, but knowing the science behind it is another. For that, Twin Cities Geek turned to Evan Tyler, a...

Laverne Cox Brings Real Talk to the University of Minnesota

“Because she was a woman, he felt he had a right to catcall her and then demand she be the gender identity he wanted. When she wasn’t, he felt she deserved to die.” This is a quote that has stuck with me over the past week since Laverne Cox’s April 25 talk at the University of Minnesota’s Nothrop Auditorium. It was in reference to the murder of Islan Nettles, a trans woman who was killed by a man named...

Glitch’s Gamecraft Is a Digital Whirlwind of Minnesotan Game Creation

Over the weekend of January 20–22, 2017, over 200 artists, programmers, writers, and video-game fans gathered at Rapson Hall on the University of Minnesota campus. Their shared goal would propel them through sleepless nights and countless bottles of energy drinks and cups of coffee. They had signed up for Gamecraft, the local site for the 2017 Global Game Jam—an international festival of creativity that encourages creators to produce and prototype games in all media. According to the Global Game...

Have You Heard of Gamecraft Yet? Twin Cities Geek Can’t Wait to Tell You About It

Are you up for the challenge of helping create a video game? Global Game Jam is the world’s biggest game-creation event—“a hackathon focused on game development,” as its organizers say. Just like a group of musicians comes together for a jam session, Global Game Jam brings game-minded creators together with the goal of creating a game. The catch? Participants only have 48 hours to create the whole thing. Minnesota tech nonprofit Glitch is once again hosting an official GGJ...
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