A new documentary on a plane crash 17 years ago must have the National Transportation Safety Board rattled, because the NTSB today announced an unusual background briefing next week in the crash of TWA Flight 800. “The TWA Flight 800 investigation remains one of the NTSB’s most extensive and exhaustive investigations; the final report includes Read more →
If you live in Minnesota or the rest of the Upper Midwest, this is the week to deliver payback to your friends who spend the winter in Arizona, and delight in sending e-mails in January that it’ll be so cold tonight — 75 — that they might have to put on a sweater.
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The next time you watch a baseball player throw a pitch, you can thank a hunter from two million years ago, apparently. If it weren’t for our ability to throw, we’d all be having lunch eating our front lawns today. The BBC reports on a study in Nature that traces the origins of humans’ ability Read more →
It’s getting increasingly hard for an old man, such as myself, to listen to the latest status reports on the state of the climate on terra firma and not think, “what do you want me to do about it?”, because there appears to be nothing I can do about it. The idea that the countries Read more →
What happened in Oklahoma City was real and tragic and on a scale that takes your breath away. But it does not in any fashion dwarf what happened in Hiroshima.
Space isn’t going to be anywhere near as interesting as it’s been for the last six months once Cmdr. Chris Hadfield returns from the International Space Station.
New research suggests that segregation — by both race and skill set — drags down economic growth of whole metropolitan areas.
Imidacloprid, the world’s most widely used insecticide, is decimating dragonflies, snails and other species not meant to be killed by the product.
A Florida teen, known among school staff for her stellar record at Bartow High School, was a little too curious on Monday morning.
Braedan McCluskey may well be the only Minnesotan able to muster a smile this week while surrounded by snow, ice, and clouds.
When should nature be left to take its course?
Chris Hadfield has made space cool again.
Maggie Koerth-Baker is going to be on MPR’s Daily Circuit tomorrow to talk about last evening’s tragic explosion of a fertilizer plant in Texas. But — spoiler alert — in her Boing Boing column today, she gets to the nuts and bolts about ammonium nitrate fertilizer. In fact, since the 1950s, ammonium nitrate-based explosives have Read more →
With many schools closed, it provides an opportunity to catch up on science studies, courtesy of NASA.