Nation
January 6
FILE — Research scientist Hong Xie holds a box of samples at a genome sequencing lab at the University of Washington in Seattle on April 15, 2020. W

Experts warn U.S. is blind to new virus variant

Scientists say that a national surveillance program would be able to determine just how widespread the new variant is.
Business
January 6
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019, file photo, a woman types on a keyboard in New York.

Justice Department, federal court system hit by Russian hack

The Justice Department and the federal court system disclosed on Wednesday that they were among the dozens of U.S. government agencies and private businesses compromised by a massive, months-long cyberespionage campaign that U.S. officials have linked to elite Russia hackers.
Nation
January 4
Geese fly past a smokestack at the Jeffery Energy Center coal power plant near Emmitt, Kan., in 2009. A new study says the amount of global warming al

Study: Warming already baked in will blow past climate goals

The amount of baked-in global warming, from carbon pollution already in the air, is enough to blow past international agreed upon goals to limit climate change, a new study finds.
Coronavirus
January 2
City Council President Lisa Bender took part Wednesday night in a livestreamed meeting on the 2021 budget that drew more than 400 people.

Online meetings spark greater civic engagement

The intent was to slow the spread of COVID-19. The result has been a surge in civic engagement, with unprecedented numbers of residents participating in…
Science
January 2
Climate change has damaged Nicaragua’s coffee-growing regions, hurting farmers. 

Climate change is devastating Central American coffee farms, and spurring migration

San Diego – Harvest season had just begun in Matagalpa, Nicaragua, and the coffee plants stood ripe and ready. But there was no one working…
Science
January 1
An undated photo made available by the Pompeii Archeological park press office shows the thermopolium in the Pompeii archeological park, near Naples,

Savory new finds at Pompeii: Snail, fish and sheep soup

ROME – Wine turned white with crushed fava beans. A soupy concoction of snails, sheep and fish.They appear to have been all the rage in…
Science
January 1
A photo provided by Menno Hoogland/Leiden University, of Taíno ceramic vessels from eastern Dominican Republic, circa A.D. 1400. Ancient DNA shows hu

Ancient DNA shows humans settled Caribbean in 2 distinct waves

When Dr. Juan Aviles went to school in Puerto Rico, teachers taught him that the original people of the island, the Taino, vanished soon after…
Science
January 1
Patients undergoing surgery who listen to soothing talk and music while under anesthesia may wake up feeling less pain and require less pain medicine.

Patients who listen to soothing music feel less pain after their surgery

Patients undergoing surgery who listen to soothing talk and music while under anesthesia may wake up feeling less pain and require less pain medicine.German researchers…
Nation
January 1
The White House repeatedly attempted to thwart a key U.S. climate document. In 2019, President Trump clashed with forecasters when he used a marker to

Why Trump failed to derail the National Climate Assessment

The National Climate Assessment, America's premier contribution to climate knowledge, stands out for many reasons. Hundreds of scientists across the federal government and academia join…
Local
January 1
A 2007 aerial view of widespread damage in tamaracks from an outbreak of larch beetle near Big Falls in northern Minnesota. The bugs, native to Minnes

New uses for dead ash, fir and tamarack trees could help restore Minnesota's forests

To foil pest outbreaks, researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth alter properties of undesired woods.
Local
January 1
A rusty patched bumblebee on Joe Pye weed in 2014.

In push to save Minnesota's state bee, environmental groups, regulators disagree over habitat protections

Environmentalists seek special rules on plants and insecticides.
World
January 1
A customer receives his order of fried plantains, served on a non-biodegradable disposable plate along with a plastic fork, from a street vendor in ce

Mexico City ban on single-use plastics takes effect

A broad ban on single-use containers, forks, straws and other ubiquitous items takes effect in Mexico's capital, one of the world's largest cities, after more than a year of preparation.
Local
December 31, 2020
The DNR is paying the public $85/bushel for black spruce pine cones, saying its cupboard is bare after a few poor years for the cones. In this picture

Minnesota DNR wants black spruce cones, and has upped the price per bushel

Some people have tracked cone-caching squirrels, but main method is picking them off the tops off harvested trees.
East Metro
December 31, 2020
A drone used for police operations in Chula Vista, Calif., on Nov. 11, 2020. Minnesota drone trainer and salesman Logan Noess said he’s seen a rapid

Woodbury to join cities flying drones

The devices are increasingly popular among law enforcers.
Local
December 30, 2020
“The fact that we will see justice in some of [the cases] in the future because of this ruling is such great news,” said Rep. John Lesch, DFL-St.

State Supreme Court: 'Revenge porn' not protected free speech

The Minnesota Supreme Court ruled that the law is narrowly written to avoid violating other speech.
Local
December 26, 2020
Bison once helped keep grasses in check. Their absence, along with the overuse of fertilizers, wreaks ecological havoc.

As fertilizers spread worldwide, U researchers find herbivores can't keep up with excess grasses

In much of the world, animals can't keep up, U researchers found.
Science
December 25, 2020
World’s resource: Margaret Elkins, a stockkeeper, stacked trays after packing fruit flies at the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center. In 2019, the c

Fruit flies and the people who care for them

The rooms that make up the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center at Indiana University are lined wall to wall with identical shelves.The tens of thousands of…
Science
December 25, 2020
Making a path: Sherene Chou, a dietitian in Los Angeles, shopped at the Hong Kong Supermarket in Monterey Park, Calif. She organized a letter to the A

Is U.S. dietetics a white-bread world? These dietitians think so

Dietitians decry outdated dismissal of non-Western food, diets, lives.
Science
December 25, 2020
When William the Silent, Prince of Orange was killed in 1584, his physician rushed to embalm his body, to preserve it for eight to 10 years. A researc

What does history smell like?

Capturing the scents of our victories, our wars, our childhoods for posterity.
Local
December 25, 2020
Bison roamed the prairie at Minneopa State Park in Mankato. The last wild bison disappeared from Minnesota 150 years ago.

Minnesota's bison herd expands in Olmsted County

It will mingle with three females at Zollman Zoo.