Science
September 5

Health briefs: More women may need cancer gene tests

More women may benefit from gene testing for hereditary breast or ovarian cancer, especially if they’ve already survived cancer, an influential health group recommended. At…
World
September 5
Dozens of phones charged at a refugee camp in Bangladesh. The government has now threatened to suspend cell service.

Bangladesh to cut off cellphone service to Rohingya refugees

The blackout is scheduled to take effect by Sunday.
Variety
September 5
This undated product image provide by Facebook shows screenshots of Facebook Dating, a mobile-only matchmaking service.

Friends with benefits: Can Facebook tackle your love life?

Facebook is tackling a new frontier: love.
West Metro
September 5
Archaeologist Kelly Wolf, left, with Blondo Consulting, took photos and notes as contractors used heavy machinery to dig up a trail on Coney Island of

Old ruins, ancient artifacts unearthed at Waconia park land

As Lake Waconia Regional Park takes shape, archaeologists unearth chips of pottery as well as weapons.
Business
September 3
Andrew Kaplan, 78, in Rancho Mirage, Calif., has lived a life full of adventure — which he may continue after he has died as one of the world’s fi

'Hey, Google! Let me talk to my departed father': New companies are creating a digital version of immortality

They're hawking and aiming for the opportunity to preserve one's legacy online forever.
Business
September 3

Apple widens circle of repair shops, offers parts and tools to smaller firms

Tech giant will sell official parts to independent service providers.
Local
September 3
University of Minnesota Medical Center Fairview.

U limits off-label use of drug championed by an anesthesiologist paid by its manufacturer

The announcement is a departure for the medical center under Dr. Jacob Hutchins, a medical director of the university's acute pain service. He not only encouraged the use of Exparel in "off-label" ways that the FDA hadn't approved, but at one point in a way the federal agency rejected.
Local
September 3
Using tap water as a basis for comparison, far left, Minnesota River basin samples showed a 50% reduction in sediment, second from left; average sedim

Workhorse Minnesota River needs $360 million cleanup, state report says

Regulators said Minnesota must find a way to cut the river's sediment levels in half.
North Metro
September 3
Sarah Stewart, from left, April Strzelczyk and Elena West sent up a camera to check on a nest of redheaded woodpeckers.

Anoka County oaks may hold clues to saving redheaded woodpeckers

Oak savannas may hold clues to saving the redheaded woodpecker.
East Metro
September 1
Mark McCabe, Ramsey County Parks Director, Aaron Mcfarlane, Army Corps biologist, Mike Goodnature Ramsey County Naturalist, and Nate Campbell Army Cor

At Pig's Eye Lake, officials split over using artificial islands to boost ecology

The shallow lake in St. Paul's remote southeast corner could get habitat restoration, but the public wants to know more.
Local
August 30
Fire consumes the Amazon rainforest in Altamira, Brazil, on Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. Fires across the Brazilian Amazon have sparked an international ou

How can Minnesotans help the Amazon rainforest amid fires? Local nonprofits offer some ideas

Events thousands of miles away can prompt action close to home, leaders of Twin Cities groups say.
World
August 30
A volunteer took a break from firefighting in Bolivia, which has seen more than 1 million acres of forest destroyed this year.

Trouble in the Amazon extends beyond Brazil

Bolivia, Peru have seen faster growth in fires.
National
August 29
President Donald Trump, and Vice President Mike Pence, watch as the U.S. Space Command flag is unfurled during a ceremony to establish the U.S. Space

Trump declares new Space Command key to American defense

Declaring space crucial to the nation's defense, President Donald Trump said Thursday the Pentagon has established U.S. Space Command to preserve American dominance on "the ultimate high ground."
Nation
August 29
FILE - In this Wednesday, July 15, 2015 file photo, a lesbian couple holds hands in Salt Lake City.

Largest study of its kind finds no single specific 'gay gene'

The largest study of its kind found new evidence that genes contribute to same-sex sexual behavior, but it echoes research that says there are no specific genes that make people gay.
Science
August 29
This microscope photo provided by Cheryl Hayashi of the American Museum of Natural History in New York shows the silk glands of a silver garden spider

Scientists seek to unwind secrets of spiders' silk

How spiders could lead to better pesticides, fishing lines and space gear.
Science
August 29
Those with more belly fat were 31% more likely to die prematurely from illnesses, such as cardiovascular disease and cancer, compared to those without

For women, body shape can be an added weight on health

Researchers found those with an apple shape, or a waist circumference of 35 inches or more, had an increased risk for health issues.
Science
August 29
In the course of her research on the effects of radiation, Dr. Liane Russell discovered that male mice carried the Y chromosome. MUST CREDIT: Photo co

Liane Russell fled Nazi Europe, then set scientific benchmark for the world

Russell changed what we know about X-rays, embryos, Y chromosome.
Science
August 29
he Minnesota Department of Health has required since 2015 that teenagers receive meningitis boosters, but enacted a grace period until fall 2020 befor

Grace period ending for meningitis shot in Minnesota

The Health Department has required since 2015 that teens receive meningitis boosters, but gave until fall 2020 before it started monitoring high school health records.
Science
August 29
In this Friday, July 26, 2019 photo, Leslie Siu poses for a portrait next to her cannabis spray products geared toward women on display in Groundswell

Study seeks to answer whether pot is safe to use during pregnancy

The National Institute on Drug Abuse is pressing for more solid evidence.
Science
August 29
One in 20 duodenoscopes were found to have retained disease-causing microbes like E. coli even after cleaning.

Critical medical scope has big flaw: cleanliness

Alarmed medical experts are urging the Food and Drug Administration to force the manufacturers to develop scopes that can be properly sterilized.