Shoppers lined up for identification checks outside the Kashgar Bazaar in the Xinjiang region of China in 2018. China’s leaders are investing billio

How China uses high-tech surveillance to track minorities

Government invests in sophisticated surveillance to monitor citizens.

Officials: Last slave ship from Africa ID'd on Alabama coast

May 22
This aerial photo taken Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2018, in Mobile County, Ala., shows the remains of a ship that could be the Clotilda, the last slave ship doc
Researchers working in the murky waters of the northern Gulf Coast have located the wreck of the last ship known to bring enslaved people from Africa to the United States, historical officials said Wednesday.

Remote island awash in plastic garbage, researchers find

May 22
Roughly 25% of what researchers found was single-use plastics. Some 60% was microplastics.
World
May 22

Study pinpoints the source of banned gas that's harmful to the ozone layer

Emissions of CFC-11 came from provinces in China.
Business
May 21
Packages travel on a conveyor belt for sorting at the main post office in Omaha, Neb. For the first time, the Postal Service has contracted with a pro

Self-driving trucks will carry mail in U.S. for the first time

Self-driving trucks could save hundreds of millions of dollars by eliminating human drivers and the hours-of-service rules that keep them from driving round the clock.
Nation
May 20
FILE-- Steam billows from the coal-powered Huntington Power Plant in Huntington, Utah, Feb. 7, 2019. The Environmental Protection Agency plans to adop

EPA plans to change risk assessment to predict fewer pollution deaths

To defend rollback of protections, agency to change the way it calculates health risk.
Local
May 20
Vendors showed off electric cars, e-bikes, an e-school bus and rooftop solar systems at the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s electric vehicle sh

Beyond the grid: Minnesota drivers start journey toward zero carbon

Transportation is now the leading source of carbon emissions in the state, and mile by mile, Minnesotans who worry about climate change are focusing on it as the way to cut greenhouse gases.
South Metro
May 18
Students competed Saturday in a drone-racing tournament. St. Louis Park took home the team trophy. An Apple Valley student won the individual race.

Game of drones is Minnesota high school tourney first

Physics and engineering contest is a first for Minnesota high schoolers.
Science
May 18
Skipping breakfast might increase your risk for cardiovascular disease.

Skipping breakfast may increase stroke, heart risks

Breakfast skippers had a 59% increased risk of developing heart disease, and more than triple the risk of stroke.
Science
May 17
Nancy Nahory, radiographer, University of Maryland Medical Center, talks with Timothy Clanton before he is treated for pain with ultrasound. Clanton i

A new answer for pain: Burning it away

Medical trial singes brain tissue to prevent neurons from overreacting and triggering pain.
Nation
May 17
Researchers who looked at the data suggested the prevalence of social media could be a factor in the increasing suicide rate.

Surging suicide rate among girls raises questions about role of social media

Rates among girls and boys ages 10 to 19 have increased since 2007.
Science
May 16

Science briefs: Study reveals Nazis came closer to building nuclear weapon than thought

A cube of uranium. A Nazi plan to build a nuclear bomb. A search for the fate of the remaining pieces of an experiment that…
Science
May 16
FILE -- Plastic debris, washed up on the beach in Yalangbarra, Australia, July 5, 2018. Microplastics are known to cause ocean pollution, but a new st

Microplastics travel by air, bringing ill effects far from population centers

Researchers said they found microplastic particles raining down on a secluded spot in the Pyrenees, 75 miles from the nearest city. The study in the…
Science
May 16
Steam billows from the cooling towers of the Yallourn coal-fired power station in the Latrobe Valley, Australia, on Wednesday, April 29, 2015. MUST CR

New wave of satellites could pinpoint greenhouse gas offenders

A wave of satellites set to orbit Earth will be able to pinpoint producers of greenhouse gases, down to an individual leak at an oil…
Science
May 16
The Xiahe mandible, shown in a virtual reconstruction, is the largest piece of Denisovan discovered to date, researchers said.

Discovery of first Denisovan jaw reveals secrets of human evolution

The world's collection of Denisovan fossils — several teeth, a bit of skull and bone splinters — could fit in a cereal bowl.
Science
May 16
Trees are giant organic recording devices, offering rich details about climate, civilizations and even galactic events from thousands of years ago.

Tree rings offer rich historical picture of climate change

In those rings live information about precipitation, temperature and other data about that year.
Science
May 16

Health briefs: Statins may cut risk of glaucoma, long-term study finds

Cholesterol-lowering statin drugs might reduce the risk for glaucoma. Previous studies of the link produced conflicting results. Now a large study in JAMA Ophthalmology offers…
Science
May 16
Dr. Karen Pierce, Ph.D., co-director of the UC San Diego Autism Center, and Associate Professor, Department of Neurosciences. UCSD is one of 200 insti

Autism can be diagnosed as young as 14 months, study says

Earlier detection means earlier treatment, which should improve outcomes, a leading researcher said.
Science
May 16
Charles Marmar is a professor and chair of the psychiatry department at the New York University School of Medicine.

AI tool can detect PTSD from patient voices

An objective test could remove the barriers to diagnosis and treatment.
Science
May 16
The Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

U medical student's research renews focus on Gulf War illness

Dr. Nicole Baldwin will present her findings at the Minneapolis VA on Thursday.
Science
May 16
Musician Sara Henya said Tourette’s “is kind of precious to me.”

For women, Tourette's syndrome means added burdens

Diagnosis rates may be especially low in girls and women, partly because clinicians aren't used to looking for it.
Science
May 16
Elaine Deboe, with father Roy Phillips, has inflammatory breast cancer, a relatively rare form that presents with atypical symptoms.

Rare form of breast cancer gets increased attention

A particularly insidious form of breast cancer that presents not as a lump embedded deeply in tissue but as an anomaly on the surface.
Business
May 16
FILE - In this May 17, 2018, file photo, new graduates line up before the start of the Bergen Community College commencement at MetLife Stadium in Eas

Job prospects bright for the technically minded

The Class of 2019 is joining the workforce during an economic upswing, complete with historically low unemployment and rising wages.