World
October 2

European-Japanese space mission gets 1st glimpse of Mercury

A joint European-Japanese spacecraft got its first glimpse of Mercury as it swung by the solar system's innermost planet while on a mission to deliver two probes into orbit in 2025.
World
October 2
U.S. Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry attends a virtual Leaders Summit on Climate, at the White House in Washington, April 22, 2021.

US envoy says climate summit can yield 'enormous progress'

U.S. climate envoy John Kerry said Saturday he thinks "enormous progress" can be made at the upcoming U.N. climate talks in Scotland but more governments must come up with concrete commitments in the next 30 days.
Coronavirus
October 1
Seeds from the tropical Moringa oleifera tree contain proteins with antimicrobial properties that can fend off microorganisms like bacteria and viruse

University of Minnesota testing DIY coating out of seeds to improve masks

Antiviral properties of common tree extract are being studied as method to improve filtration of masks against the coronavirus that causes COVID-19.
Local
October 1
A gray wolf in a wooded area near Wisconsin Dells, Wis.

Federal judge sets hearing on blocking Wisconsin wolf hunt

A federal judge on Friday scheduled a hearing for later this month on whether to block Wisconsin's fall wolf hunt.
Curious Minnesota
October 1
People walking in front of a destroyed school building after the fires of 1918.

Historic wildfires once destroyed entire cities in northern Minnesota. Could it happen again?

More than a century after the deadly blazes of 1894 and 1918 killed hundreds of people, wildfires continue to threaten the North Woods.
Local
September 30
Alan Page (photo by Glen Stubbe)

Alan Page is verified on Twitter after rejection for not being 'notable' enough

The Vikings legend tweeted '#Boosted' on Thursday with a blue tick by his name.
Science
September 30
Excavations prove that some Norsemen came ashore in northern Newfoundland 1,000 years ago, but scholars have concluded the Vinland Map is not evidence

Scholars exploring Vinland Map say it's a fake

High levels of a titanium compound used in inks that were first produced in the 1920s were found.
Business
September 30
David Stringham of Provo, Utah, says a 2018 stem cell-like procedure for shoulder and elbow pain left him in more pain.

US stem cell clinics boomed while FDA paused crackdown

Hundreds of clinics pushing unproven stem cell procedures caught a big break from the U.S. government in 2017: They would have three years to show that their questionable treatments were safe and worked before regulators started cracking down.
Local
September 29
“Our Minnesota communities know that climate change is already here, having suffered through a drought and dangerous air quality as a result of unpr

New U partnership will study climate change and how to better manage wildlife, natural resources in Midwest

Designation comes with $4.5 million in operational funding.
Local
September 29
Monika Dipert looked through paperwork she has been collecting about the contaminated water in her home in Andover, Minn., on Thursday, September 23,

Andover residents with contaminated water frustrated with lack of answers

Residents frustrated in search for answers over well contamination.
Nation
September 29

Missing moon rock from Apollo 17 mission back in Louisiana

Louisiana has recovered a missing lunar rock gifted to the state to commemorate the last manned U.S. mission to the moon after it turned up in the hands of a man who recycles wooden plaques.
Business
September 29
This Saturday, May 22, 2021 image provided by Virgin Galactic shows the release of VSS Unity from VMS Eve and ignition of rocket motor over Spaceport

Virgin Galactic says FAA has cleared it for further flights

Virgin Galactic said Wednesday that the Federal Aviation Administration has cleared it to resume launches after an investigation into why its spaceship veered off course while descending during a July flight with founder Richard Branson aboard.
Business
September 29
YouTube on Wednesday, Sept. 29, 2021, announced immediate bans on false claims that vaccines are dangerous and cause health issues like autism, cancer

Fighting wave of misinfo, YouTube bans false vaccine claims

YouTube announced a sweeping crackdown of vaccine misinformation Wednesday that booted popular anti-vaccine influencers from its site and deleted false claims that have been made about a range of immunizations.
Business
September 28

US bans swimming with Hawaii's nocturnal spinner dolphins

U.S. regulators on Tuesday banned swimming with Hawaii's spinner dolphins to protect the nocturnal animals from people seeking close encounters with the playful species.
World
September 28
Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg, left, and Ugandan climate activist Vanessa Nakate share a word as they attend a Youth for Climate summit in M

Young activists decry climate inaction, demand more say

Youth climate activists Vanessa Nakate and Greta Thunberg chastized global leaders Tuesday for failing to meet funding pledges to help poor nations adapt to a warming Earth and for delivering too much "blah blah blah'' as climate change wreaks havoc around the world.
Business
September 27
DeeDee, a robot that runs food from the kitchen to tables and dirty plates back to the kitchen, is new on the job at Sawatdee Restaurant, where a labo

Robots now deliver food, bus tables at Sawatdee

The Thai restaurant is using robots to run between the dining room and kitchen at its locations in Minneapolis and Maple Grove.
September 25

Emergency team monitors La Palma lava destruction

Lava flows from a volcano in Spain's Canary Islands were continuing to cause fires and damage houses, farmland and infrastructure.
Local
September 25
Forest Carbon Works of Minneapolis offers landowners the opportunity to earn money through forest carbon offset systems in California and Quebec.

In conservation fight, forests are a weapon — and a potential paycheck

Minnesota company helps landowners get cash for carbon credits.
Agriculture
September 24
Farmer Gene Smallridge described the drought’s impacts on his Hastings farm to Gov. Tim Walz and Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen on Friday.

Gov. Walz announces $10M farm relief plan, but aid could get held up in political deadlock

Farmers say aid could help keep people afloat, and time is of the essence.
Local
September 24
Entrance to the campus of the University of Minnesota.

Under student pressure, U of Minn. to phase out fossil fuel investments

The school joins campuses across the country in fight against climate change.