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.
WASHINGTON — Scientists know how gravity works at big distances — the inter-planetary or inter-stellar range — but does it work the same way at the inter-atomic range?
A variety of tabletop experiments are trying to explore this issue. Already som
Find a public debate about the intersection of science and religion and you also can expect to find PZ Myers, a biology professor at the University of Minnesota Morris.
This month, Myers debated author Chris Mooney over questions of how far science
WASHINGTON — As the Chilean miners emerged Wednesday from their dark cave in protective sunglasses, they were swept into the arms of family and friends.
WASHINGTON — Everyone knows that sharks have an amazing sense of smell.
WASHINGTON — Physicists are hot on the trail of one of strangest theorized structures in the universe.
Many, many years ago, I took pains to avoid using the word “sustainable” in my stories about science, agriculture and urban development — for the same reason I didn’t use the jargon teachers and professors fling around in education-speak.
While environmental scientists continue to assess the full impact of genetically-modified crops, a new University of Minnesota study concludes they’ve seriously set back one insect: the European corn borer.
No Midwestern farmer will mourn this deve
Three scientists have been awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing tools that allow chemists to readily build complex carbon molecules from simpler ones — a key to fielding new classes of pharmaceuticals, materials, and new types of ultr
It’s not often that materials as humble as Scotch tape and the stuff of pencil lead yield a Nobel Prize in physics, but they play a key role in a discovery honored in the 2010 award, announced Tuesday in Stockholm.
Two Russian-born physicists at th
WASHINGTON — Astrophysics deals mostly with things that are so distant — thousands or billions of light years away — that we can’t ever hope to see them up close.
If you work at it, you can connect in some personal way with most of the scientific discoveries that lead to Nobel prizes.
Here are some upcoming science-related events.
Nobel focus on food
The annual Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College in St.
Hollywood could only envy the free publicity this film received after U of M Vice President Karen Himle moved to shut down the premiere and a scheduled TPT showing.
There is something so cool about seeing a “genius grant” go to a scientist who focuses on honeybees.
FRANKFURT — Angela Merkel’s German cabinet Tuesday ratified an ambitious blueprint for moving the country toward a low-emission energy future that calls for ending centuries of reliance on fossil fuels.
The plan calls for developing renewable energ
WASHINGTON — The United States’ ability to compete globally in science and technology is on a “perilous path,” said a new report delivered last week on Capitol Hill to a bipartisan group of policymakers, industry leaders, and academics.
WASHINGTON — Reality comes in layers.
Everything we see in the world around us, scientists tell us, is made of atoms and combinations of atoms called molecules. Atoms are themselves made of tiny particles — electrons, protons, and neutrons.
Here’s another rundown of upcoming local science-related events.
Grandfather of green
Germany’s “grandfather of green building” is coming to town to talk about eco-cities and designs that make a community healthy for the long haul
Actor Charlton Heston made an impressive-looking crossing guard on the wind-swept shore of the Red Sea in Cecil B.