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A fresh look at garbage: How it's made, and can be made into something better

Needless durability is the biggest problem with modern garbage, as authors Tom Szaky and Albe Zakes explain in fascinating depth.

PolyMet denies access for wetlands research by U of M scientist

The sampling was to be done on U.S. Forest Service land, and the project was given a green light by Superior National Forest officials. 

Bacterial contamination is widespread in ground beef, Consumer Reports finds

The legendary lab tested 300 samples from across the country and found every one contaminated, often with antibiotic-resistant "superbugs."

New grape breeds reduce the chill for northern U.S. vineyards
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New grape breeds reduce the chill for northern U.S. vineyards

The Northern Grapes Project is trying to grow wine grapes where summers are short and winters brutal. Scientists who are breeding the grapes say the wine is improving every year.

Human activity forces dolphins and whales to shout
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Human activity forces dolphins and whales to shout

The oceans are not silent. In fact, they are louder than ever. And that, scientists believe, is a problem.