Nonprofit, independent journalism. Supported by readers.


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.

R136a1: Monster star too big to be true?

Astronomers say they have uncovered the most monstrous star yet seen — far more massive than some had thought possible — deep in the Tarantula Nebula, a brightly glowing region of hydrogen gas in a small companion galaxy to the Milky Way.

Tour de France records and doping

Every year the Tour de France intrigues scientists along with cyclists — raising questions such as how many calories the human body needs to ride 100+ miles a day and also pedal up the sides of steep mountains.

Shedding light on mysterious synchronized fireflies

WASHINGTON — For two weeks every June, busloads of visitors gather in the Smoky Mountains of eastern Tennessee for a sight that scientists once believed to be impossible: thousands of fireflies blinking in near-perfect unison, like strings of Christ

  1. Previous
  2. 3
  3. 4
  4. 5
  5. 6
  6. 7
  7. Next