Like to take a nap? Science has your back

Like to take a nap? Science has your back

Studies show that plenty of sleep is good for health and productivity.

Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils

December 14
Los Angeles subway work uncovers array of Ice Age fossils
Paleontologists are on hand at California construction sites to unearth any ancient remains that a project may uncover

Space station microbes look a lot like ours

December 14
Space station microbes look a lot like ours
Business
December 17

Minnesota's solar garden program takes off in 2017

The number of plants has grown from 10 to 58, producing enough electricity to power 32,000 homes.
Nation
December 16
Fiona, a Nile hippopotamus played in her enclosure at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, in Cincinnati on Nov. 2. The zoo said Fiona will soon eat nothing but grown-up hippo food as she's weaned from her bottles of formula.

Zoo officials to take Fiona the hippo off bottle feeding

The Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden says Fiona the baby hippopotamus will soon eat nothing but grown-up hippo food as she's weaned from her bottles of formula.
Variety
December 16
Luis Elizondo, who led the Pentagon effort to investigate UFOs until October, when he resigned to protest what he characterized as excessive secrecy and internal opposition to the program, at McGarvey's Bar in Annapolis, Md., Dec. 7, 2017.

Glowing auras and 'black money': The Pentagon's mysterious UFO program

Defense Dept. acknowledges secret effort to investigate unidentified flying objects.
Science
December 16

Why use words? Emojis convey health just fine, Mayo finds

Yellow cartoon faces — and occasional brown poop icons — have become everyday forms of communication for many Americans, and now the Mayo Clinic is…
Science
December 14

Health briefs: Eating cheese every day might actually be healthy

A nibble of cheese a day keeps the heart disease away. A recent analysis of more than 200,000 people showed that those who ate a…
Science
December 14

Exercise could help make fat tissue healthier

Over time, this could boost metabolic health.
Science
December 14

Many modern contraceptives still linked to breast cancer, study finds

Modern contraceptives had been thought to be safer.
Science
December 14

Science briefs: Algorithm can sort through millions of dolphin clicks

Researchers have tried deploying underwater sensors to eavesdrop on the clicks dolphins use for echolocation, which can give clues about the aquatic mammals’ numbers, distributions…
Science
December 14

Hold the glitter on holiday crafts, it's bad for the environment

Some bad news has been making the rounds, just in time to ruin the holidays: Glitter is not good for the environment. Some scientists are…
Science
December 14

Weird, water-loving dinosaur has claws like a velociraptor and a neck like a goose

Scientists have discovered a flippered theropod dinosaur that appears to have spent much of its life in water.
Nation
December 14

Debating whether to choose a real or fake Christmas tree

Both versions have environmental costs.
Nation
December 14
This illustration made available by NASA shows a comparison of the pla...

Eighth planet found in faraway solar system, matching ours

A record-tying eighth planet has been found in a faraway solar system, matching our own in number.
Nation
December 13

Hurricane Harvey's deluge of Texas shows signs of human-caused climate change

Separate studies point to "clear human fingerprint."
World
December 12

Scientists warn Arctic is going through an 'unprecedented transition'

The region continues to warm at a pace roughly double that of the rest of the planet.
State + Local
December 12
Crews began installing rooftop solar panels on the Minnesota Senate Building at the Capitol complex.

Can Minnesota's government go green, and save big like others?

Gov. Dayton ordered all state agencies to hit aggressive and specific environmental goals in the next decade and a half.
Local
December 9
FILE - In this Feb. 24, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump gives...

Pesticide's reprieve met with relief from farmers, but fear on health front

Minnesota farmers depend on chlorpyrifos, but dozens of studies say it harms kids.
World
December 9
Egyptian excavation workers restore a mummy in a newly discovered tomb...

Archaeologists discover 2 ancient tombs in Egypt's Luxor

Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the southern city Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country's efforts to revive its ailing tourism sector.
Science
December 9

You can't outrun your past, U study says

The study looked at the hearts of men who had participated in at least 25 consecutive Twin Cities Marathons.
Science
December 9
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2016, file photo, Khloe Kardashian participates...

'Super vitamin' proves disruptive to medical tests, U study shows

A new University of Minnesota study and a federal advisory warn vitamin B7, or biotin, can throw off the results of important medical tests.
Business
December 8

Minnesota corn growers looking for innovation that protects the environment

Grants allow Minnesota farmers to field-test conservation ideas.