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Dr. Melanie Martin

Faculty of Science

Meet Dr. Melanie Martin, recipient of the Faculty of Science Honoured Alumni Award 2017

January 29, 2017 — 
Dr. Martin has become a visionary physicist who has pioneered the development of microscopic MRI techniques, applying them to the physiological changes in living tissues – work that has the potential to speed up and improve the diagnosis and treatment of nervous system disorders like Alzheimer’s disease, Multiple Sclerosis and Schizophrenia.

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Top research stories of 2016

December 22, 2016 — 
From bee houses and gravitational waves, to brain lasers and artificial sweeteners... we report on some great research from 2016

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Tina Greenfield is among the archaeologists racing to excavate and document relics and rarities at sites that could be the next target of militant group ISIS. // PHOTO BY KATIE CHALMERS-BROOKS

Some of our favourite stories of 2016

December 21, 2016 — 
Through the course of the year over 1,500 stories were shared with the U of M community and these are some of our favourites

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Winter Campus

The math and physics of snowflakes

December 15, 2016 — 
What snow is―really


Artist impression of the heart of galaxy NGC 1068. Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF; D. Berry / Skyworks

Black hole hidden within its own exhaust

September 15, 2016 — 
“Think of a black hole as an engine. It’s fueled by material falling in on it from a flattened disk of dust and gas. But like any engine, a black hole can also emit exhaust,”

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Faculty of Science

John Page’s Recipe for Good Ramen Calls for a Serving of Science

September 2, 2016 — 
John Page of the Department of Physics and Astronomy has paired with the Department of Food Science to come up with a technique to improve the production of ramen noodles

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Figure 1 Tycho’s supernova remnant in a molecular cloud bubble. Grey: molecular gas traced by carbon monoxide emission observed with IRAM 30m telescope (credit: P. Zhou); color: X-ray emission observed with the Chandra X-ray Observatory (credit: NASA/CXC/Rutgers/J.Warren & J.Hughes et al.)

Expanding molecular bubble unveils the mysterious origin of Tycho’s supernova

July 19, 2016 — 
A team of international scientists has determined the origin of a famous cosmic 'mileage marker'


A rendering of the Astronomical Observation Satellites X-ray Astronomy Satellite "Hitomi" (ASTRO-H) // Image courtesy of the Japanese Aerospace Exploration Agency Akihiro Ikeshita

Opening new windows into our universe

July 7, 2016 — 
'Looking at this amazing science data is truly bittersweet.'

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Faculty of Science

Black Hole Weather Report Calls for Clouds and Cold Intergalactic ‘Rain’

June 10, 2016 — 
Theoretical prediction is confirmed by new observations of clumps of cold gas feeding a black hole

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Deep in the heart of the Abell 2597 Brightest Cluster Galaxy, astronomers see a small cluster of giant gas clouds raining in on the central black hole. They were revealed by the billion light-year-long shadows they cast toward Earth. These ALMA data present the first observational evidence for predicted "chaotic, cold" accretion on a supermassive black hole. Credit: NRAO/AUI/NSF; Dana Berry / SkyWorks; ALMA (ESO/NAOJ/NRAO)

Black hole weather report calls for clouds and cold intergalactic ‘rain’

June 8, 2016 — 
U of M faculty are part of an international team of astronomers that witnessed a never-before-seen cosmic weather event


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