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The complex science behind rocks, water and wood

June 22, 2016

Science is frustrating. The more we know, the more we realize how much we don’t know. Nothing is 100 percent. Answers change. One day Pluto...
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Biology of Great Lakes feels heat of climate change

June 15, 2016

Predictive modeling has shown that climate change could impact the organisms in the Great Lakes. Now we see that, indeed, it does.
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Governor approves $2.6M for NRRI mining, water research

June 6, 2016

DULUTH, Minn. – The Supplemental Budget approved by Governor Mark Dayton Wednesday included $2.6 million for the Natural Resources Research...
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Amazing birch bark gets boost

April 4, 2016

The healing powers in birch bark are well known. NRRI received a grant to increase production and lower the price of those valuable...
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IRRRB, University to fund study of ilmenite mining potential

February 23, 2016

DULUTH, Minn. -- It’s long been known that ilmenite – a high value iron-titanium oxide ore – is one of many valuable mineral deposits in...
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Energy and timber set for win-win

January 25, 2016

NRRI joins consortium to brainstorm how to turn excess biomass into fuelsOrganized in 2014, the group has already identified seven tasks to...
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NRRI adds research expertise

January 12, 2016

Research expertise in wood biomass conversion and geomicrobiology have been added to the diverse knowledge base of UMD’s Natural Resources...
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NRRI cultivates a renewable energy future

November 2, 2015

Solar and wind energy readily come to mind when talk turns to alternative energy options. But the renewable energy options are much broader...
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On the front line of the invasion

May 12, 2015

Duluth-Superior Harbor, at the most pristine end of the Great Lakes, is the freshwater port most heavily invaded with non-native species....
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Testing the timbers

April 1, 2015

Brian Brashaw recalls being under a wooden bridge years ago and seeing the cross beam squish down about four inches when a big gravel truck...


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