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NASA selects Maine’s first small research satellite for launch in next three years

Maine’s first CubeSat is one of 18 small research satellites selected by NASA to carry auxiliary payloads into space between 2021–23. It is part of NASA’s CubeSat Launch Initiative that provides opportunities for nanosatellite science and technology payloads built by universities, schools and nonprofit organizations to ride share on space launches.  Maine’s CubeSat, MESAT1, is […]

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University of Maine to offer online undergraduate business management degree

The University of Maine will offer its Bachelor of Science in Business Administration (BSBA) in Management degree fully online beginning in fall 2020. The program, developed as a collaboration between the Maine Business School and UMaineOnline, is the first online undergraduate business degree from Maine’s flagship university. “We are excited to offer our BSBA in […]

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Penobscot women and the tribal land tenure system in 19th-century Maine

In the 19th century, Penobscot grandmothers approved marriages, adjusted family disputes, sanctioned divorces and carried wampum. The tribe’s grandmothers’ council (nohkəməssizak mawebohwak, or the modern spelling, nohkomess potawasin) could veto a declaration of war by the chief and tribal council. Penobscot women had powerful and wide-ranging roles in their society, and their importance was embedded […]

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Artificial intelligence

UMaine AI: Enhancing human life and societal well-being in Maine and beyond

Artificial intelligence (AI) — the development of computer systems that perform tasks that normally require human intelligence; including visual perception, speech recognition, decision-making and language translation — once was considered to be a concept for science-fiction writing or a vision for the future of computing.  The University of Maine Artificial Intelligence Initiative (UMaine AI) is […]

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MIRTA 3.0 teams complete two-day boot camp

Four faculty-led innovation teams are in the third cohort of the Maine Innovation, Research and Technology Accelerator (MIRTA). The teams recently completed an immersive two-day boot camp designed to introduce them to all aspects of the commercialization process. The teams are: Salty Spoon, a smart spoon that can enhance flavor, led by Nimesha Ranasinghe, UMaine […]

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New report details economic impact of snowmobiling in Maine

Snowmobiling generated $459 million in direct spending to the Maine economy and supported 2,279 jobs in the state during the 2018–19 season, according to a new study by the University of Maine in collaboration with the Maine Snowmobile Association (MSA) and the state Snowmobile Program. Accounting for indirect and induced economic activity, the contribution of […]

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Cooperative Extension awarded $553,486 to develop hardy potato varieties

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture has awarded the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Potato Integrated Pest Management program $553,486 to conduct research on potato breeding in Maine.  The award will be used to develop new varieties of stress-tolerant, disease- and insect-resistant potatoes that display hardy qualities and are visually […]

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Tick lab research

Ticks found in all 16 counties of Maine; 39% of tested ticks had Lyme

Thirty-nine percent of deer ticks tested in 2019 by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Tick Lab were positive for Lyme disease, according to the Tick Surveillance Program Annual Report. A total of 2,697 ticks were submitted last year to the lab; samples came from each of the state’s 16 counties and from 358 towns. […]

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