Business
March 28
In an Aug. 21, 2017 photo, workers make sure that each section of the replacement Line 3 that is joined passes muster. Enbridge already has started bu

Greenhouse gases from Line 3 pipeline raise questions about meeting Minnesota's goals for cutting emissions

One ruling says project will add 193B tons of carbon; PUC says pipeline isn't the cause.
Business
March 27
Minnesota researchers unexpectedly discovered the nation’s first case of the Brazilian variant called P.1.

How Minnesota confirmed the nation's first Brazilian COVID-19 variant case

Minnesota researchers' surprise discovery highlights importance of whole genome sequencing.
Science
March 25

Snowflakes as you've never seen them before

Different methods to photograph tiny masterpieces.
Science
March 25
Emerging cases: Ivan Agerton, above, is an example of a phenomenon doctors are increasingly reporting: psychosis after COVID.

First COVID, then 'I'm losing my mind'

Doctors are increasingly reporting psychotic symptoms emerging weeks after coronavirus infection in some people with no previous mental illness.
Science
March 25
In a photo provided by A. Aguilera-Castrejon et al., a mouse embryo develops inside its glass vial. Scientists reported on Wednesday, March 17, that m

A 'breakthrough' artificial womb

It may help understand development, mutations.
Business
March 25
Citigroup, one of the world’s largest banks, is trying to start a new end-of-week tradition: Zoom-free Fridays.

Company's 'Zoom-free Fridays' aim to de-stress

Citigroup executives hoping new initiative catches on.
Local
March 25
The view looking north towards downtown Minneapolis from the 35th St. bridge in June 2020. JEFF WHEELER • jeff.wheeler@startribune.com

Fight against climate change could include goal to reduce driving in Minn.

Lawmakers consider putting a concrete driving reduction goal into statute; MnDOT says it's adopting one too.
Coronavirus
March 25
A worker in protective overalls and carrying disinfecting equipment outside the Wuhan Central Hospital on Feb. 6, 2021. Li Wenliang, the whistleblower

1 report, 4 theories: Scientists mull clues on virus' origin

A team of international and Chinese scientists is poised to report on its joint search for the origins of the coronavirus that sparked a pandemic after it was first detected in China over a year ago — with four theories being considered, and one the clear frontrunner, according to experts.
Nation
March 24
Bob Worth plants soybeans on the family farm in 2018 in Lake Benton, Minn. In a blunt memo this month, one senior Biden appointee said political tampe

EPA will review attacks on science

Agency to carry out a public accounting of political interference.
Business
March 24
Hackers in China used fake Facebook accounts and impostor websites to try to break into the computers and smartphones of Uyghur Muslims, the social ne

Facebook finds Chinese hacking operation targeting Uyghurs

Hackers in China used fake Facebook accounts and impostor websites to try to break into the computers and smartphones of Uyghur Muslims, the social network said Wednesday.
Nation
March 23
FILE - This illustration made available by NASA depicts the Ingenuity helicopter on Mars which was attached to the bottom of the Perseverance rover, b

Part of Wright brothers' 1st airplane on NASA's Mars chopper

A piece of the Wright brothers' first airplane is on Mars.
Business
March 23
Facebook has allowed groups, many tied to QAnon and militia movements, to glorify violence during the 2020 election, a new report has found.

Report: Extremist groups thrive on Facebook despite bans

many tied to QAnon, boogaloo and militia movements — to glorify violence during the 2020 election and in the weeks leading up to the deadly riots on the U.S. Capitol in January.
Local
March 21
Monarch butterfly numbers have fallen 80% in Minnesota since the 1990s.

Minnesota cities seek power to ban certain pesticides amid pollinator collapse

Bees, butterflies have seen their natural habitats plummet.
Coronavirus
March 21
A lab tech prepared specimens for the analyzer during COVID-19 testing in the lab at Memorial Regional South in Hollywood, Fla., on May 6, 2020. The F

Options are expanding for rapid at-home COVID testing

Minnesota is one of 10 states getting federal shipments of the Cue Health test, which delivers results in minutes. But it's not free.
Local
March 19
Kicker here Minnesota is one of a dozen states that allow commercial turtle trapping, and one of just six that put no limits on the number of turtles

Minnesota lawmakers may end commercial turtle harvest

About 10,000 painted and snapping turtles are captured and sold each year.
Business
March 19
This file photo shows a tailings basin that will be put back into use once work begins at PolyMet mine near Hoyt Lakes, Minn. GLEN STUBBE • glen.stu

U.S. Army Corps suspends wetlands permit for PolyMet copper mine

Asserting Indigenous water quality standards, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa breaks new ground.
Business
March 19
Yemi Adewunmi, Damola Ogundipe and Shawntera Hardy are co-founders of Civic Eagle, a Twin Cities-based software platform company feature in Google’s

Google says its economic impact on Minnesota businesses grew 12% last year

The search and advertising giant is still considering a site near Becker for a data center, a utility executive says.
Science
March 18

Lessons for the next pandemic

How to prepare for next pandemicScientists, public health experts and health advocates talk about mistakes, missed chances, oversights — and how to prepare for a…
Science
March 18
Medical knowledge has progressed since the Spanish flu, but lessons endure. Maj. George A. Soper, who identified Typhoid Mary, said the overarching ch

A lesson of the pandemic: The limits of science

Pandemic reveals that science needs help from individuals.
Local
March 12
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture found lead in a little more than 7% of venison donated in the last decade to food pantries and shelters across

Lead contamination found in 7% of donated Minnesota venison

Fragments were found in 7% of carcasses since 2008, or 6,700 pounds of meat in past decade.