“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.

Facebook left millions of passwords readable by employees

March 21
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 .

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

March 19
Legislature considers subsidies for homeowners who convert lawns to clover and wildflowers.
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.
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.
Nation
March 16
Recycling and garbage bins in Sunrise, Fla., which has decided to burn its recycling collections in a facility that turns waste into energy, March 15,

With costs up, more U.S. cities are no longer recycling

Plastics and paper are burned or sent to landfills.
Science
March 16
In the past five years, the emergency room at Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids has seen a 20 percent increase in people in mental health crises.

With suicides and ER visits on the rise, north metro group forms new collaboration

Leaders seek to address the lack of prevention programs and other services for mental health.
Nation
March 16

Purdue University blocks streaming services in academic buildings

The ban was driven by a desire to free up bandwidth for academic purposes.
Science
March 16
Genes involved in controlling drinking behavior act differently in heavy drinkers.

Binge drinking changes your DNA so you crave more, study finds

It's the latest in a growing body of evidence that alcohol and drug use causes genetic changes that can be passed down.
Science
March 16
Penn scientists are making implantable discs like the one held by biomedical engineer Sarah Gullbrand from synthetic materials and living cells.

To rebuild backs, synthetic replacements and living cells hold promise

A team at Penn has published a promising study of what they hope is a better option to deal with spinal discs that degenerate.
Local
March 15
Minnesota students left school and went to the Capitol in St. Paul to be part of an international climate change protest, joining hundreds of thousand

'We need to cause an uproar': Minn. students 'strike' in climate fight

Friday's rally in St. Paul was part of a wave of student demonstrations worldwide.
Science
March 15

Health briefs: 1 in 3 students with ADHD do not get support services at school

One in three students with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder does not receive any support services at school, said a national study of U.S. schoolchildren. The study…
Science
March 15
Kayleigh Lentz said of her NICU experience with her son, “Miracles happen there and the worst things in the world happen there.”

Early trauma, lasting toll

Parents whose babies are born prematurely or are medically fragile can face a relentless stress.
Science
March 15

Diabetes home tests may be waste of money

The waste is running into the billions of dollars and is throughout the health care system.
Science
March 15
The behaviors in groups of chimpanzees differ based on location, and diversity declines amid human activities, scientists say.

Varied cultures of chimpanzees matter for conservation, scientists say

As researchers learn more about Homo sapiens' closest living genetic relatives, they are also discovering more about the diversity of behaviors within chimpanzee groups.
Science
March 15
Stratocumulus clouds were photographed by crew members aboard the International Space Station as it flew above the Pacific.

How climate change may be altering our cloud cover

If those stratocumulus cloud decks vanish, that could intensify global warming.
Science
March 15

Science briefs: Space probes suggest Mars once had underground lakes

Scientists say images of craters taken by European and U.S. space probes show there likely once was a planet-wide system of underground lakes on Mars.…
East Metro
March 15
Minnesota considers banning TCE following emissions problem in White Bear Township

Minnesota considers banning TCE following emissions problem in White Bear Township

The hazardous industrial solvent remains in wide use despite high toxicity.
Business
March 15

Med-tech trade group launches online cybersecurity tool

AdvaMed said its communication tool will help the industry share insight on ongoing issues.