North Metro
November 4, 2017
Anne Ciecko worked on extracting DNA from a sample at the Midwest Regional Forensic Laboratory in 2015.

'Game-changer' DNA software put to the test in Minnesota

The forensic software, designed to interpret tricky pieces of DNA evidence, recently confronted what's believed to be its first test in Minnesota.
Science
November 2, 2017

Health briefs: Underweight women at increased risk for early menopause

Underweight women are at increased risk for early menopause, a new study has found. The study, in Human Reproduction, followed 78,759 premenopausal women ages 25…
Science
November 2, 2017

Science briefs: Noise pollution may be causing oysters to close up

Like anyone with rowdy neighbors, oysters may be feeling stressed thanks to the growing problem of underwater noise pollution and are trying to filter out…
Nation
November 2, 2017
Miami’s peacock population is growing, to residents’ dismay.

Iowa could solve Miami's peacock problem

Miami is inundated and annoyed by the fowl.
World
November 2, 2017
FILE - In this Dec. 12, 2012 file photo, policemen are silhouetted against the Great Pyramid in Giza, Egypt.

Scientists discover hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid

Scientists say they have found a hidden chamber in Egypt's Great Pyramid of Giza, in what would be the first such discovery in the structure since the 19th century and one likely to spark a new surge of interest in the pharaohs.
Local
November 2, 2017
Deborah Swackhamer, a prominent Minnesota water chemist, was dumped as chair of a key science panel at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Minn. scientist demoted as Scott Pruitt reshuffles EPA advisory boards

Retired U Prof. Deborah Swackhamer says Trump administration is downgrading science.
East Metro
October 28, 2017
A survey of families found that 73 percent credited a White Bear Lake schools initiative called Bear Power for inspiring their kids to try healthier f

Jicama? White Bear Lake kids discovered they love it

In Michelle Selb-Sack’s household, nobody knew what jicama was until her kids were challenged at school to taste it. “They found out they just love…
Science
October 27, 2017

Health briefs: Panel recommends new shingles vaccine

U.S. regulators have approved a new, more effective vaccine to prevent painful shingles, which is caused by the chickenpox virus. GlaxoSmithKline’s vaccine will be the…
Science
October 27, 2017

Science briefs: Milky Way measured with radio waves

A collection of radio telescopes that spans thousands of miles and is remotely operated from central New Mexico has measured a span of 66,000 light-years…
Science
October 27, 2017

Stem cell infusions improved health in frail elderly, researchers say

Patients able to breathe easier and walk farther.
Variety
October 26, 2017
HCMC chief cardiologist Dr. Bradley Bart prepped to get a flu shot from Josh Gramling, head of employee occupational health.

Union suit: Essentia Health workers ordered to get flu shot or be fired

18 states require health care workers to get the shots; Minnesota does not.
Nation
October 24, 2017
The world’s largest radio telescope, seen from the air at Puerto Rico’s Arecibo Observatory, is assisting with hurricane recovery.

Puerto Rico's massive radio telescope is still guarding against killer asteroids

Hurricane Maria inflicted minor damage on Arecibo.
Science
October 19, 2017

Health briefs: Epidurals do not prolong labor, study shows

Many obstetricians resist giving epidural anesthesia during the late stage of delivery because they believe it lengthens the duration of labor. But a clinical trial…
Science
October 19, 2017

Science briefs: Mass die-off of Antarctic penguin chicks alarms researchers

Almost the entire cohort of chicks from an Adelie penguin colony in the eastern Antarctic was wiped out by starvation last summer in what scientists…
Science
October 19, 2017

South Dakota man has chest pain and wires in his stomach – but he's glad to be alive

Man with months to live got implant in September.
Local
October 18, 2017
Livestock graze along the Chanarambie Creek in the city limits of Edgerton, Minn.

Clean water vs. farm profits at heart of fertilizer-rule debate

New strategy relies on farmers to minimize the impact on water, placing farmers' yields above groundwater protection.
Science
October 14, 2017
John Moe is host of "The Hilarious World of Depression."

Depression, hilarious? MPR podcast seeks to lift the stigma

MPR uses comedians to open a conversation.
Science
October 14, 2017
The small town of Mountain View, Ark., known for its crafts and music scene, is about two hours north of Little Rock and nestled in the rolling Ozarks

Rural hospitals struggle to stock costly, lifesaving drugs

How an obscure rule makes some medications more expensive at small facilities
Science
October 13, 2017

Science briefs: Giant coconut-cracking rat is no longer a thing of legend

Locals living on the island of Vangunu in the Solomon Islands sing songs about vika, a giant, tree-dwelling rat that can crack open coconuts with…
Science
October 12, 2017

Health briefs: Saunas may be good for blood pressure

A Finnish study suggests that regular sauna visits can reduce the risk for high blood pressure. The study, in the American Journal of Hypertension, included…