A cuttlefish at the Marine Biological Laboratory at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution. Cephalopods are picky eaters. They’re also sensitive t

Complex, rule-breaking octopuses may become next lab animal

Cephalopods ooze scientific appeal: They have complex bodies, unusual genetics, impressive spatial skills and intelligent minds.

Inside the hive mind: Bees can do basic math, new study finds

March 23
Bees from a hive in Hamburg, Minn.
They can add and subtract, placing one of the world's leading pollinators on the cognitive A-list of the animal kingdom.

Cosmic confusion over the ever-expanding universe

March 21
A spiral galaxy 130 million light-years away is one of the measurements used to determine the universe’s rate of expansion.
A discrepancy has intrigued astronomers, who think it might be revealing something new.
Local
March 23
For the lucky and patient observer, the northern lights can be a life-changing experience, dancing in the northern sky like an opening night show. Min

Saturday was the night for a good chance to see the northern lights in Minnesota

A geomagnetic storm means that there is stronger solar activity.
National
March 22
The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurrica

Watchdog: FEMA wrongly released personal data of victims

The Federal Emergency Management Agency wrongly released to a contractor the personal information of 2.3 million survivors of devastating 2017 hurricanes and wildfires, potentially exposing the victims to identity fraud and theft, a government watchdog reported Friday.
Nation
March 22
Caribou populations have been shrinking because of human development and predation by wolves and mountain lions.

America's reindeer have quietly gone extinct in the Lower 48

In January, wildlife managers in British Columbia captured the last caribou and put her in a pen to give her a better shot at survival.
Science
March 21

Health briefs: Heart-healthy diet when young may aid brain later

Eating a heart-healthy diet beginning in your 20s may provide brain benefits in middle age, research suggests. The study, in Neurology, ranked 2,621 people on…
Science
March 21
Yale pulmonary and critical care physician Dr. Jon Koff talks with Ella Balasa, 26, of Richmond, Va., after her treatment at the Winchester Chest Clin

Finding the next generation of antibiotics: Fighting one germ with another

At least 23,000 Americans die every year as a direct result of an antibiotic-resistant infection, and many more die from related complications.
Science
March 21
People participated in a yoga class at the Tin Whiskers Brewing Company in St. Paul. A new Mayo Clinic study suggests that people with osteoporosis sh

Yoga may increase spine fracture risk with osteoporosis

Feeling your age? Maybe skip the ashtanga class. A new Mayo Clinic study suggests that people with osteoporosis should avoid certain poses in yoga. According…
Science
March 21
Dr. Joseph Curry, right, and Robert Pugliese look at a 3D-printed model of the jaw of a Haitian woman with a disfiguring tumor.

Philadelphia surgeons use 3-D printing to help poverty-stricken Haiti

The concept is unusual even in the United States. For patients in Haiti, the high-tech advance was like something from another world.
Science
March 21

Can tardigrades reveal lifesaving secrets?

A team at Harvard Medical School is studying the creature no bigger than a speck of sand in hopes of finding medical treatments that halt tissue damage.
Science
March 21

First drug for postpartum depression is approved

The first drug for women suffering postpartum depression received federal approval, a move likely to pave the way for a wave of treatments to address…
Science
March 21

Science briefs: Japan to drop explosive on asteroid to collect underground samples

Japan’s space agency said its Hayabusa2 will follow up its touchdown on an asteroid with another risky mission — dropping an 4.4 pound explosive on…
Science
March 21

After 2,000 years in darkness, long-lost Roman library emerges

It may be the first such discovery of a library in the Roman Empire's northwestern regions.
St. Paul
March 21
“It smells like hot garbage with rotting meat products,” is how University of Minnesota grad student Shanta Hejmadi described the smell of the sch

U's stinky corpse flower blooms in all its nose-wrinkling wonder

The stinky corpse flower is in bloom and drawing visitors to U campus in St. Paul. But be quick.
TV & Media
March 21

Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees

Facebook left hundreds of millions of user passwords readable by its employees for years, the company acknowledged Thursday after a security researcher exposed the lapse .
Local
March 19

Minn. lawmakers aim to reduce salt runoff from sidewalks

Bills in the House and Senate would create a state program to certify the professionals who apply salt to sidewalks and parking lots, so they know how to best control ice without using excessive salt.
Nation
March 19
An investigation found beagles at Charles River Laboratories were force-fed a fungicide and were set to be euthanized.

Michigan lab stops controversial testing on beagles

The decision came less than a week after the Humane Society released the results of an undercover investigation of the Charles River Laboratories in Mattawan.
Local
March 19
A bumblebee in Susan Damon’s pollinator-friendly in St. Paul in 2014.

Pollinator-friendly yards could get help from the state of Minnesota

Legislature considers subsidies for homeowners who convert lawns to clover and wildflowers.
World
March 19
Britain is no stranger to rain, but as summers get hotter and drier, the demand for water could surpass the supply.

Britain could run short on water by 2050, official warns

Population growth and climate change are factors.
Variety
March 19
In June 2013, people sunbathe at Goose Lake in Anchorage, Alaska, as a heat wave continues across the state.

U.S. heat records falling twice as often as cold marks, review by AP finds

Since 1999, the ratio has been two warm records set or broken for every cold one.
Local
March 18
A harvester blows out chaff as it loads sugar cane into a cane cart.

'Wicked problems' mean 'sustainably' produced food may not always be so, U research finding

U researchers examined environmental standards for producing sugar.
Science
March 16
The exact physiological purpose of a yawn remains a mystery.

Why do we yawn? 'There are so many triggers,' scientists say

But the exact physiological purpose of a yawn remains a mystery.