Scientists in Germany switch on nuclear fusion experiment

Scientists in Germany switch on nuclear fusion experiment

Scientists in Germany flipped the switch Wednesday on an experiment they hope will advance the quest for nuclear fusion, considered a clean and safe form of nuclear power.

Official: El Nino could signal easing of California drought

February 3
Official: El Nino could signal easing of California drought
In the strongest indication yet that the California drought could be easing, officials said strict water conservation orders could be dramatically scaled back or even ended if El Nino storms keep pummeling the state into the spring.

As Americans get older, fewer specialists are around to provide care

January 28
As Americans get older, fewer specialists are around to provide care
Geriatrics is one of the few medical specialties in the United States that is contracting even as the need increases.
Science
February 1

Pennsylvania man was brought back after being frozen for nearly 12 hours

Don Smith saw the boots first, just the toes, peeking out from a drift of snow along the side of the empty road. He stopped and peered through the half-light, searching for a sign of his son.
Local
January 31
George McMahon rolls a marijuana cigarettes during a break in a St. Pa...

What does pot use do to IQ? Minnesota twin study used to find out

Ever wonder what happens over time if one twin smokes pot and the other doesn’t? Josh Isen did, and his analysis of the Minnesota Twin…
World
January 30

The mosquito is the newest weapon in the fight against Zika

Biotech bugs could help win the battle between humans and insects
January 30

Obama wants $4B to help students learn computer science

President Barack Obama said Saturday he will ask Congress for billions of dollars to help students learn computer science skills and prepare for jobs in a changing economy.
Science
January 28

Health briefs: Why shoveling snow is so dangerous

Each approaching blizzard brings warnings about the dangers of shoveling snow, an activity that sends thousands of Americans to emergency rooms each winter. Don’t tackle…
Science
January 28
Breast tomosynthesis, also called 3-D mammograms, are gradually arrivi...

When should women stop having mammograms? Guidelines are unclear

WASHINGTON – Lost in the arguing over whether women should begin mammograms at age 40 or 50 or somewhere in between is the issue…
Science
January 28

Science briefs: Scientists spot water ice on surface of a comet

For the first time, scientists have spotted large patches of water ice on the surface of a comet, thanks to instruments aboard the European Space…
Science
January 28

Does breathing oxygen promote lung cancer? Numbers point that way

Epidemiologists have long been puzzled by a strange pattern in their data: People living at higher altitudes appear less likely to get lung cancer. Associations…
Science
January 28

Skeletal remains tell story of oldest hunter-gatherer massacre

On the banks of an ancient lagoon in Kenya, researchers have found evidence of what is thought to be the oldest massacre involving hunter-gatherers. The…
Science
January 28

Team rescues orangutans trapped by fire in Indonesia

SUNGAI MANGKUTUB, Indonesia – In a dense strip of peat swamp jungle along the banks of Mangkutub River in the heart of Borneo, a…
Science
January 28

Drones document coastline flooding, a snapshot of the future

The Nature Conservancy is asking tech junkies to capture the flooding and coastal erosion that come with El Nino.
Nation
January 28

30 years since Challenger: Teacher-in-Space finalists gather

Dozens of educators who competed alongside Christa McAuliffe to become the first teacher in space gathered Thursday to remember the seven astronauts who perished aboard Challenger 30 years ago.
Variety
January 27

Edina High School team earns trip to National Science Bowl

The Edina team was one of two from that school in a field of 32 that competed at Macalester College.
Nation
January 27

Challenger disaster: McAuliffe's students go on to teach

Thirty years after the Concord High School class of '86 watched social studies teacher Christa McAuliffe and six astronauts perish when the space shuttle Challenger broke apart on live TV, a number of them have gone into teaching — and some wonder if, indirectly, the tragedy affected them enough that they wanted to make a difference, as she did.
Local
January 23

Fond Du Lac tribe hopes to bring elk back to northeast Minnesota

Majestic wild elk once roamed most of Minnesota before hunters killed them off. Now the Fond du Lac Band of Ojibwe hopes to bring them back to the tribe's ancestral territory in northeastern Minnesota.
Science
January 23

Hollywood can now measure heart-pounding, hair-raising

Ever been told a movie is a heart-pounding thriller that'll have you on the edge of your seat? Thanks to wearable technology, Hollywood has the…
Science
January 22

Super-agers provide clues to a longer 'health span'

Researchers find clues to vigorous longevity in the 90-plus club
Science
January 22

Health briefs: NIH announces $240 million project to map 200,000 human genomes

The federal government is funding a monumental project to map 200,000 human genomes in an effort to understand the genetic causes of common diseases such…
Science
January 22
In this Dec. 22, 2015 photo, nurse Nicole Krahn, left, poses with near...

25 years later, nurses reunite, with roles reversed – 'a gift'

MILWAUKEE – Lynn Bartos always had a good feeling about the soft-spoken nurse who would greet her warmly at the Milwaukee-area infusion clinic where…
Science
January 22

Algal bloom toxins may cause Alzheimer's-like brain changes

Research may hold clue to treatment path for ALS.
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