I admit to having a minor phobia about blood-sucking insects and arachnids. I empathize with volunteers enlisted to drag sheets through fields to gather specimens in the pursuit of scientific research. As kids, my friends and I used to push our bikes across a dewy meadow at dusk and sneak into adjacent woods to watch Read more →
A cure for HIV. The words flow so easily, it’s possible not to grasp the meaning. A cure for HIV . For those who remember the fear that accompanied the realization that there was an insidious and unknown disease at work, the news that a child born with HIV has been cured — or at Read more →
I’m pretty sure there’s such a thing as climate change and I’m pretty sure humans are responsible for it. I also think it’s too late to do anything about it even if we were a country capable of discussing the question in a reasonably intellectual way. Read more →
A study out this week says deep-brain stimulation, intended as a treatment for obsessive compulsive disorder, leads to a greater appreciation of the music of Johnny Cash. Read more →
For a country that thumps its chest and talks tough every time its feelings get hurt, there’s been precious little reaction to the reality that the manned spaceflight program in the United States is in serious decline, and the country is becoming a second-rate space power. Read more →
In 1978, John Mercer at Ohio State University warned that rapid release of greenhouse gases posed the threat of disaster. He was right. Read more →
A report on climate change suggests that the Upper Midwest stands to benefit. For now. Read more →
A couple of knuckleheads tinkled into a reservoir that serves as Portland’s water supply so officials last week announced they’re going to drain 38 million gallons of water. You can’t have human urine in the water supply.
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Researchers today announced they’ve discovered the gravitational waves that traveled through space/time shortly after the Big Bang. It’s the first direct evidence of the rapid expansion at the beginning of the universe. Read more →
There’s been a brain drain in the non-commercial space program since we decided to leave manned spaceflight to other countries, and an ongoing debate about whether it suits our planetary needs anymore, but there’s no question that there’s still inspiration in the best and brightest who figured out solutions where no man has gone before.
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America wasn’t familiar with losing astronauts when Virgil “Gus” Grissom, Edward White and Roger Chaffee burned to death in their Apollo capsule on the launch pad during a 1967 test of their Saturn 1B rocket. We’d never lost an astronaut before Read more →
There are only two kinds of Minnesota drivers in winter: The ones who do this, and the ones who don’t. It is of questionable value and meaning. In freezing rain, theoretically, it could prevent breaking the wiper when pulling it out of the ice. This, however, requires an ice pack equal to or greater than Read more →
Maybe we should call it the Minnesota diet. Researchers say cold weather can make you thinner, Time.com is reporting today. Read more →
The old stove loses a pal, should marijuana be legalized in Minnesota, how Minnesota researchers starved people to learn about starvation, the sports-related discussion we really should be having, and the gift of sight for an elderly woman. Read more →
The older we get, the greater our chances of being the grateful rather than the hero.
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