Roman theater uncovered at base of Jerusalem's Western Wall

Roman theater uncovered at base of Jerusalem's Western Wall

Israeli archaeologists on Monday announced the discovery of the first known Roman-era theater in Jerusalem's Old City, a unique structure around 1,800 years old that abuts the Western Wall and may have been built during Roman Emperor Hadrian's reign.

Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl

October 17
Self-driving cars could ease traffic, but increase sprawl
A new study inspired by Boston's early experiments with self-driving cars finds that the technology could ease congestion, but might also lead to more cars on the road and further encourage urban sprawl.

Astronomers witness 'greatest fireworks show in the universe'

October 16
Science
October 14
John Moe is host of "The Hilarious World of Depression."

Depression, hilarious? MPR podcast seeks to lift the stigma

MPR uses comedians to open a conversation.
World
October 14

'Allah' is found on Viking funeral clothes, raising questions about Nordic identity

Characters spelling "Allah" found on funeral clothes.
Science
October 14
The small town of Mountain View, Ark., known for its crafts and music...

Rural hospitals struggle to stock costly, lifesaving drugs

How an obscure rule makes some medications more expensive at small facilities
Science
October 14

Archaeologists may have discovered St. Nick's bones

First the good news: Whoever told you that Santa Claus was an impostor with a fake beard collecting a Christmastime check at the mall or…
Science
October 14

Scientists are working to save America's favorite bananas

Thousands of plantation acres have been wiped out.
Science
October 13

Science briefs: Giant coconut-cracking rat is no longer a thing of legend

Locals living on the island of Vangunu in the Solomon Islands sing songs about vika, a giant, tree-dwelling rat that can crack open coconuts with…
Science
October 12

How Earth's birth deprived us of silver and gold

New paper suggests that much of it evaporated.
Science
October 12

Birds' feathers tell a story of pollution through the years

Dirtiness of plumage paints picture of social change, legislation
Science
October 12

Trump taps AccuWeather CEO to head NOAA, breaking with precedent of appointing scientists

Barry Myers, the chief executive of the private weather forecasting company AccuWeather, is President Donald Trump’s pick to run the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.…
Science
October 12

Health briefs: Saunas may be good for blood pressure

A Finnish study suggests that regular sauna visits can reduce the risk for high blood pressure. The study, in the American Journal of Hypertension, included…
Science
October 12

For your brain's sake, keep moving

Study holds theoretical implications for dementia.
Science
October 12

The never-ending battle against sport's hidden foe

Sports organizations from high school to the pros take aggressive measures to avoid MRSA.
St. Paul
October 11

A new bee 'sky rise' in Como Park offers home for pollinators

Researchers hope to learn what kind of man-made housing attracts bees.
Local
October 10
Livestock graze along the Chanarambie Creek in the city limits of Edgerton, Minn.

Clean water vs. farm profits at heart of fertilizer-rule debate

New strategy relies on farmers to minimize the impact on water, placing farmers' yields above groundwater protection.
Science
October 9

The marshmallow test, over 50 years, shows how kids' self-control has changed

You might be tempted to think it's gotten worse, given all the studies published about how electronic devices are frying kids' brains, crippling their ability to self-regulate. But you'd be wrong.
Science
October 7

Who's eating jellyfish? Penguins, that's who

That "penguins are specifically targeting gelatinous prey" is a surprising finding.
Business
October 7

New insect pest changing the way Minnesota fruit is grown

Scientists race to find fix as losses pile up for berry farms, wineries
Science
October 6

Health briefs: Breast cancer deaths down 40 percent since 1989

Breast cancer death rates declined almost 40 percent between 1989 and 2015, averting 322,600 deaths, the American Cancer Society reported. Breast cancer death rates increased…
Science
October 6

Science briefs: Ancient evolutionary event gave us modern-day pumpkins and squash

Dear watermelon, You’re light and sweet, and it’s been nice hanging out with you over the summer. But the seasons are changing,…
Science
October 6

In scare test, fish showed a little personality

According to the team's study, in the journal Functional Ecology, each fish demonstrated a unique response to stress.