SARS-CoV-2, the cause of the pandemic, belongs to one of 6,828 named species of virus. Hundreds of thousands more species are known, with perhaps tril

Scientists change the ways they hunt the vast virosphere

They have uncovered hundreds of thousands of new species that have yet to be named. And they suspect millions still are waiting to be found.

Point a telescope at a black hole, and you see the whole universe

April 2
A visualization demonstrates the photo rings that make up the first image of the supermassive black hole at galaxy M87 in the Virgo constellation.
Light from an infinite array of distant stars and galaxies can wrap around the black hole like ribbons around a maypole

Scientist has spent a lifetime stalking her own killer

April 2
Dr. Nancy Wexler, a professor of neuropsychology at the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Columbia University, at her home in New York on Feb. 25,
For decades Nancy Wexler has studied Huntington's, leading breakthroughs for a disease that haunted her grandfather, her mother, now her.
Coronavirus
April 1
This early Friday, Aug. 16, 2019 file photo shows an aerial view of large Icebergs floating as the sun rises near Kulusuk, Greenland. The warming of t

Climate crisis takes the back burner in global pandemic

Advocates hope global resolve over the pandemic is a model for climate action.
World
April 1
FILE- In this Dec. 9, 2019 file photo, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet speaks at the COP25 Climate summit in Madrid, Spain.

UN climate summit postponed until 2021 because of COVID-19

This year's United Nations global climate summit is being postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, host country Britain said Wednesday,
Business
April 1
Ashley Bullard, left, sits on the porch of her family's rural home in North Sandwich, N.H., as her daughters Raven, center, a senior in high school, a

Those without fast internet struggle in a stuck-at-home nation

Online connections are keeping Americans in touch with vital institutions and each other. But that's not much of an option when fast internet service is hard to come by.
Nation
March 31

Strict social distancing slowing infections, data show

Data on fever levels show strict social distancing may be working.
Local
March 31
RoadCoach, an app developed by U of M researchers, gives senior drivers warnings when they engage in risky driving behaviors.

University of Minnesota develops app to help keep older drivers safe on the road

RoadCoach improves attention and reduces risky behaviors by those over 65, but speeding continues.
Variety
March 31
The Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland, Ore. The information taken may have included names, addresses, phone numbers, birthdays, loyalt

Marriott says new data breach affects 5.2 million guests

Marriott says guests’ names, loyalty account information and other personal details may have been accessed in the second major data breach to hit the company…
Business
March 29
Three Stanford scientists report they can rejuvenate human cells and hope to be able to help in the treatment of certain diseases.

Stanford researchers turn back the clock on aging cells

Researchers at Stanford University report that they can rejuvenate human cells by reprogramming them back to a youthful state. They hope that the technique will…
Coronavirus
March 28
A technician prepares COVID-19 coronavirus patient samples for testing at a laboratory in New York's Long Island. Widescale testing is a critical part

Minnesota virus sleuths looking for COVID-19's vulnerabilities

How the cause of the coronavirus disease has evolved to be particularly infectious.
Coronavirus
March 28
Business consultant Karen DeYoung held a video conference with her staff from her kitchen. She said she’s has connected with other small business ow

Some tips now that Minnesota is mostly a telecommuting state

Workers, businesses adapt to landscape of technology overload, isolation, child care demands and anxiety of the unknown.
Coronavirus
March 28
Lab workers log in specimen samples at the Mayo Clinic Superior Drive facility in Rochester in early March.

Mayo Clinic researchers join quest in getting COVID-19 vaccine on fast track

"I don't think it's likely that one vaccine alone is going to meet all the different needs we have," says Mayo's Dr. Gregory Poland.
Coronavirus
March 27
Minnesota’s emergency policy is tighter than the EPA’s, MPCA Assistant Commissioner Kirk Koudelka said in an interview Friday.

MPCA relaxes compliance with environmental rules amid coronavirus, but less than EPA

The new federal policy might not affect Minnesota as much as other states, because the state agency handles enforcement for the vast majority of federal regulations.
Science
March 27
Akinobu Ota is a visiting scientist from Nagoya City University in Japan working in a bio safety lab at UW's south Lake Union campus. He and other res

How disease detectives are unlocking secrets of coronavirus

High-tech sleuthing is unlocking secrets of viruses – how they're transmitted, how they evolve and how to stop them.
West Metro
March 26
Volunteer Larry Macht and archaeologist Kelly Wolf cleaned and bagged artifacts unearthed during trail construction on Coney Island in Lake Waconia.

Small artifacts on Coney Island in Lake Waconia hold ancient stories

They might not look like much, but the tiny fragments contain clues about life on the island 1,500 years ago.
National
March 26
A United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the AEHF-6 mission for the U.S. Space Force's Space and Missile Systems Center rolls to the launch pad at

Space Force launches its 1st mission with virus precautions

The newly established U.S. Space Force launched its first national security satellite Thursday with a leaner staff because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Duluth
March 25
Once work begins at PolyMet mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minnesota, this tailings basin will be put back into use.

Minnesota's high court will review PolyMet's blocked permits

The Minnesota Supreme Court said Wednesday that it will review a ruling by the state Court of Appeals that struck down three of PolyMet…
Duluth
March 22
Student researcher Katie Cassidy, top, retrieved a water sample from Lake Superior to test for salt contamination.

Finding alternatives to road salt as water contamination grows

Researchers look at alternatives to chloride to treat icy roads in effort to protect Lake Superior.
World
March 21
Facing thousands of canceled flights, airlines that were recently touting efforts to go carbon-neutral are now warning they will run out of cash witho

Global emissions will dip because of coronavirus, but it won't last

Moves to fight coronavirus good for environment, too, but history shows effects won't last
Variety
March 21
A gray wolf hunts near Chewelah, Wash.

Endangered gray wolf population on the rise in southwest US

There are more wolves in the wild than at any time since federal wildlife managers initiated efforts to conserve the animals decades ago.
Science
March 21
Eric Catalano offers paramedical tattoos free of charge. Clients have come to his studio from as far away as Ireland.

Paramedical tattoo artists heal scars more than skin deep

These artists pick up where doctors leave off, enabling patients to feel they blend in after life-altering injuries or surgeries.
Science
March 19
An Urban Carnivore Project trail camera near Seattle captured a coyote.

Urban coyotes eat human garbage, our pet cats

The California study focused on finding out what coyotes eat and learning the differences between urban coyotes and their country cousins.