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Taking wood to the extreme

April 2, 2018

NRRI sends samples of thermally modified wood to the hot, wet environment of Hilo, Hawaii. Here's what we're learning.
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Every day is Earth Day at NRRI

April 2, 2018

Staff involvement in Sustainability@NRRI program keeps waste in check.
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NRRI's Mining and Water Innovation Initiative: A progress report

March 9, 2018

NRRI received $2.6M to fund five projects demonstrating promising technologies to enhance Minnesota's minerals industry. Here's a quick...
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Prototype Lab helps student help children

March 9, 2018

Sometimes “off-the-shelf” just won’t do. NRRI’s Rapid Prototype Lab helped a UMD senior undergraduate student make very special toys for a...
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NRRI turns up the heat on renewable energy

March 7, 2018

NRRI researches more biomass options for energy with new hydrothermal carbonization process at the Coleraine facility.
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UMD student gets peek at future career

February 21, 2018

It's often hard for college students to figure out their majors. But NRRI helped this graduate student with the right connections.
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Unprofitable lignin to become valuable plastic

February 5, 2018

NRRI collaborates to move innovative technologies to commercialization.
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NRRI prepares state for changes to mammal populations

February 5, 2018

NRRI documents changes to the environment that are impacting Minnesota's mammal species to understand and prepare.
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2017 Annual Report is available online

January 30, 2018

Research highlights, portfolio of projects, student workers experiences, staff accomplishments and more in our FY 2017 annual report.
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Keeping it cool for north shore trout

December 20, 2017

The need to better understand North Shore streams and which have the best chance of staying cool for trout elicited funding from the...

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