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Scientific Agenda

Scientific Agenda reports on important and interesting developments from the world of science in Minnesota and elsewhere. Coverage includes reports from MinnPost journalist Sharon Schmickle, Inside Science News Service, and other sources.

The next Cape Canaveral

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — A runway in an otherwise vast, empty stretch of desert in southern New Mexico will soon become the starting point of weekly sightseeing trips to space for anyone who can afford the $200,000 ticket, and with NASA retiring the Space

Scientific advisors meet at Vatican

VATICAN CITY — Some of the world’s top scientists gathered at the Vatican last week to discuss the scientific advances of the 20th century and their compatibility with religion.

Humongous sinkhole opens up in Germany

A huge sinkhole appeared this week in the central German town of Schmalkalden, swallowing a parked car and a garage door but causing no injuries.
The circular hole, which is about 98 feet across and 65 feet deep, appeared at around 3 a.m.

Your DNA may play a role in how you vote today

Here’s a provocative Election Day twist on the longstanding nature-nurture argument: Your DNA may play a role in determining whether you are politically liberal or conservative — whether, by extension, you’re inclined to vote for DFLer Mark Dayton o

Will Google wind power project harm wildlife?

NEW YORK — Before Google or any other groups invest in undersea transmission lines to bring wind power to the mid-Atlantic coast area, they might want to talk with the National Audubon Society.
While the Audubon Society supports the concept of clea

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