The tap water U.S. residents drink every day may be contaminated by harmful microplastics, according to new research by a recent University of Minnesota graduate. The study tested samples of beer, salts and tap water taken from across the world for traces of plastics, which can be harmful to human health. Ninety-four percent of samples from the U.S. contained the microplastics, according to the study released this month.
A new study from a University of Minnesota researcher aims to influence global conservation efforts by investigating some of the smallest parts of forests: leaves. Published in the September issue of Science magazine, Peter Reich’s research focuses on the environmental factors that determine leaf size, which some experts say is key to environmental protection.
Last month, a University of Minnesota researcher published an article about a protocol aiming to increase survival rates in patients who suffer cardiac arrest outside of a hospital. University researcher Demetri Yannopoulos started investigating a new procedure to save the lives of those who don’t respond to initial attempts to restart their hearts after cardiac arrest nearly two years ago. His process, adopted by several area hospitals, can increase survival rates by about 30 percent.
A University of Minnesota research reserve, known for its role in biodiversity studies, recently celebrated 75 years of work. Since the launch of the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve in 1942, researchers at the site have studied subjects ranging from controlled burns to tree disease, some of which have been vital to changing how scientists nationwide think about biodiversity.