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Scientific Agenda

Upcoming science-related events in Minneapolis, St. Paul

Here are some local science-related events coming up within the next few days.
Learning from China’s food system
China faces the challenge of feeding 22 percent of the world’s population on 9 percent of its arable land.

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

Minnesota’s most famous mummy getting a CT scan

While many a mummy-costumed trick-or-treater heads to the streets this Halloween weekend, Minnesota’s most famous bona fide mummy is going to Children’s Hospital in St.

Indonesia tsunami and volcano: Why the region is so violent

Indonesians once again are having to cope with the hazards of living on a geologically restless archipelago.
A day after a magnitude 7.7 earthquake struck off the west coast of Indonesia’s island of Sumatra, generating a tsunami that relief officia

Astronaut coming to town and other science events

Upcoming science events include a visiting astronaut, a briefing on the public health implications of transporting animals and everyday solutions to problems with toxic water. 
Astronaut visit
Space shuttle astronaut Capt.

Astronomers build on a Hubble find, report light from oldest galaxy

Astronomers say they have captured for the first time the spectral signature of a galaxy as it appeared less than 600 million years after the big bang, making it the oldest, and most distant, galaxy ever observed.
The result helps open a previously

Minnesota study suggests climate may play role in evolving new species

Did you ever wonder why so many different life forms are so richly abundant in the tropics?
A new University of Minnesota study suggests that climate may play a role in determining how fast new species evolve.
New species may develop faster as the

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