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Coleraine Lab prepares for the future

July 9, 2019

Train tracks running through NRRI’s Coleraine labs are a daily reminder of a busy 100-year history. But the past is long gone.
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Collaborations bring global innovations to Minnesota

July 9, 2019

Even though Minnesota has ambitious renewable energy goals – and is well on its way to achieving them – there’s always more to learn.
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Biochar: The hot material you don't know about

June 11, 2019

You know charcoal. (Summer picnic, anyone?) But do you know about the economic and environmental benefits of its close cousin, biochar?
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Getting to the point with woodcock research

June 11, 2019

The quiet, brown speckled woodcock is difficult for scientists to find in the forest for research. Enter the pointing dog.
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Waste resources recycled into specialty soils

May 2, 2019

Soil is so much more than dirt. NRRI is seeking out local waste resources to produce soils for specific uses. 
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NRRI scientists name new algae species

May 2, 2019

When a tiny, single-celled enigma showed up in the Great Lakes it meant something big. And it led to the naming of a news species.
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Markets for recycled paper, reducing plastics

April 4, 2019

NRRI helps inventor develop compostable food trays using local recycled paper pulp to reduce food service plastics.
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Change is coming to the Northland

April 3, 2019

Climate change scenarios spur community-wide discussion of how Duluth can respond to impacts -- from infrastructure to economics.
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Online mapping tool provides information for decision-making

February 28, 2019

NE MN is now captured in an online Natural Resources Atlas to allow access to hundreds of layers of data.
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Prototype part helps engineer clean machine

February 28, 2019

NRRI's Prototype Lab has unique material to help UMD students build a cleaner snowmobile for international competition.


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