Neighbors concerned about pollution from the Water Gremlin plant in White Bear Township demonstrated outside MPCA headquarters Thursday.

White Bear Township residents sue state over handling of Water Gremlin violations

The MPCA has refused to release public records regarding the emissions, neighbors argue.

In new Facebook effort, humans will help curate top news stories

August 20
Facebook has been under pressure recently for spreading misinformation and disinformation to millions of its users.
Team of editors to work on top-news tab for company's mobile app.

Minnesota's ancient lake sturgeon could get endangered species protections

August 19
There were once an estimated 15 million sturgeon in the Great Lakes alone.
Listing fish as endangered could test new rules.
World
August 20

Sudden darkness over Sao Paulo baffles thousands

Blackened sky caused by smoke, clouds, cold front.
East Metro
August 20
Neighbors concerned about pollution from the Water Gremlin plant in White Bear Township demonstrated outside MPCA headquarters Thursday.

State of Minnesota seeks partial shutdown of east-metro factory linked to air and water pollution

Angry neighbors say the MPCA should do more to protect the community.
Science
August 17
Dr. Nurit Bublil runs a DNA testing lab at the Israel National Center of Forensic Medicine. MUST CREDIT: photo for The Washington Post by Corinna Kern

DNA helps identify Israeli American soldier missing for 37 years

TEL AVIV, Israel – For decades, Israel's National Center for Forensic Medicine has tested skeletal remains secreted across its northern border, checking whether the…
Science
August 16

Science briefs: As sand temps rise, more female turtles are born

With climate change turning up the heat, sea turtle gender balance is being thrown way out of whack. “It’s scary,” said Jeannette Wyneken of Florida…
Science
August 15

Doctors say insurance delays are curbing the care they can offer

Some doctors find they need more insurance approvals for routine things like medical scans or prescriptions, which can postpone care for days or weeks.
Pets
August 15
This tag helps residential building owners enforce requirements that pet owners pick up after their animals.

Eagan police credit poop-tracking dog tag with helping return lost purse to pet owner

Apartment resident's disdain for the tag, however, soon turned to appreciation.
World
August 15
A young boy cools his head off in a water fountain in Antwerp, Belgium, Thursday, July 25, 2019. Belgium experienced a code red, extreme heat warning,

Scientists confirm July set new global heat record

July was the hottest month measured on Earth since records began in 1880, the latest in a long line of peaks that scientists say backs up predictions for man-made climate change.
Nation
August 15
Virgin Galactic ground crew guide the company's carrier plane into the hangar at Spaceport America following a test flight over the desert near Upham,

Virgin Galactic reveals futuristic outpost for space tourism

Spaceport America is no longer just a shiny shell of hope that space tourism would one day launch from this remote spot in the New Mexico desert.
Nation
August 15

NASA scientists fly over Greenland to track melting ice

The fields of rippling ice 500 feet below the NASA plane give way to the blue-green of water dotted with irregular chunks of bleached-white ice, some the size of battleships, some as tall as 15-story buildings.
World
August 15

Same-sex penguin couple in Germany 'adopts' an egg

The prospect of two gay penguins adopting an egg and raising a chick has become a feel-good story.
Science
August 15
“Concierge clinics” give patients unlimited access to physicians and other providers for a monthly fee.

A growing model in Minnesota: Paying doctors like fitness clubs

Monthly fees for primary "concierge" care is growing in Minnesota.
Science
August 15
Carl Hodges holds a salicornia plant, a saltwater-tolerant species that he hopes will eventually be used to provide food and biofuel for millions of p

With Earth's food supply at risk, here are some things that could help

The way forward, researchers said, requires reducing emissions, removing carbon from the atmosphere, and changing diets, especially among the wealthy.
Science
August 15
An Air Force study said “pilots have greater environmental exposure to ultraviolet and ionizing radiation.”

Do fighter pilots have greater prostate cancer risk?

At the heart of the study was a question about extended exposure in the cockpit to radiation.
Science
August 15
Penguins walk up from the shore at dusk on Phillip Island, Australia, July 10, 2019. An Australian state restored a habitat for the world’s smallest

Australian state razes entire community to save world's smallest penguins

The radical move was made over economic concerns of environmental degradation.
Science
August 15
Researchers found women were increasingly likely to be seen as more compassionate and socially skilled than men.

Americans now say women, men are equally competent, smart

A scientific study published in the journal American Psychologist examined Americans' perceptions of women over the past 70 years.
Science
August 15

Health briefs: Statins provide heart benefits past age 75, study says

Statins are proven effective in reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease, but some studies suggests that after age 75, the risks outweigh the benefits. Now…
Science
August 15
A kiosk where many snacks bear the black warning logos denoting items high in sugar, salt, calories or saturated fat, in Santiago, Chile, Jan. 19, 201

Latin America's war on obesity could be model for U.S.

As economies grow, Western lifestyle factors such as high-fat diet, obesity and lack of exercise are emerging public health problems. So nations mobilized.
Science
August 15
Hospital often showcase ‘da Vinci robots in hernia screenings, but experts say there’s no firm evidence that it provides better outcomes for herni

As more hospitals offer hernia screenings, experts urge caution

Some experts say it may be prompting people to have unneeded surgeries.
World
August 14
Greta Thunberg, a 16-year-old climate activist, at the Mayflower Marina in Plymouth, England, Aug. 13, 2019. Thunberg is crossing the Atlantic by sail

Teen climate activist Greta Thunberg sets sail for New York

The voyage is part of an effort to highlight the urgency of cutting carbon emissions.
Minneapolis
August 14
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority put out a news release last week that the stadium had received a platinum LEED rating for environmental oper

Bird advocates question green award won by U.S. Bank Stadium

The stadium received a platinum LEED rating for environmental operations, but that recognition doesn't evaluate the building's wildlife conservation issues.