Notes in the Margins: New UMN med device, private college tuition, heat to electricity

University of Minnesota startup to commercialize medical device for pulmonary hypertension The University of Minnesota has licensed technology to Aria CV, Inc., to develop and commercialize a medical device for the treatment of pulmonary hypertension. A devastating disease that often strikes in the prime of life, pulmonary hypertension is abnormally high blood pressure in the arteries of the lungs that can lead to heart failure. (UMN news service)

Private College Tuition Increases 4.5 Percent for 2010-11; Institutional Student Aid Up 6.8 Percent published tuition and fees at private, nonprofit colleges and universities is increasing an average of 4.5 percent for the 2010-11 academic year, while private colleges are increasing institutional student aid by an average of 6.8 percent. (NAICU)

New Alloy Can Convert Heat Directly Into Electricity A new alloy with unique properties can convert heat directly into electricity, according to researchers at the University of Minnesota. The alloy, a multiferroic composite of nickel, cobalt, manganese and tin, can be either non-magnetic and highly magnetic, depending on its temperature. (