Understanding our ingrained behaviors when it comes to lines could affect everything from stock investing to medical treatments.

Turns out humans aren't the only ones that can't let it go

Mice, too, delay deciding, then can't shift gears even when better options emerge, University of Minnesota scientists report for first time.

Minneapolis VA boosts access to federal cancer trial

July 21, 2018
The Minneapolis VA was one of 11 veterans’ hospitals to join a program to expand access to clinical trials and enable the entire system to improve o
The prevalence of veterans with lung, prostate and bladder cancers makes it likely that the hospital will pursue studies in those areas, a VA doctor said.

Deep-sea sponges could be answer to finding new antibiotics

July 20, 2018
An inside look from the Johnson Sea Link submersible.
Scientists say deep-sea sponges may be answer to developing new medicines to fight antibiotic-resistant infections.
World
January 27
Workers on Monday caught a giant salamander that was reported to have escaped from a seafood market in Wuhan, China. The market was closed down becaus

Nations race to contain virus; 20 U.S. airports to add screening

China counts 106 virus deaths as screening to be added at 20 U.S. airports.
St. Paul
January 25
Arborist Tim Walsh used a wrench to remove bark from wood infected with emerald ash borer.

Processing wood infested by emerald ash borer into fuel or mulch has a cost

Emerald ash borer's toll keeps growing, but processing the tree waste into fuel or mulch carries a cost.
Science
January 25
5-mg pills of Oxycodone.

This is how the opioid crisis swept the nation

A deeper look at the broad trends of the three waves shows how each drug — pills, heroin and then fentanyl — prepared the way for the next.
Science
January 24
Flags over the Sydney Harbour Bridge flew at half-mast to honor three U.S. fire crew members killed in an air tanker crash.

Australia bush fires have nearly doubled country's annual greenhouse gas emissions

400M tons of carbon dioxide released so far.
World
January 24

London police increase surveillance with facial recognition technology

System will use real-time facial recognition tech.
Science
January 24

Health briefs: Zinc, folic acid don't boost men's fertility, study says

A U.S. government-led study found that zinc and folic acid supplements don’t boost men’s fertility. Previous studies on whether over-the-counter supplements might boost sperm health…
Science
January 24
This Jan. 9, 2020 photo provided by Galapagos National Park shows Diego the tortoise on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos, Ecuador. After fertilizing some

Giant tortoise is helping save his species from extinction

Since the program started, Diego and the two remaining Espanola males and their offspring have boosted their subspecies population to more than 2,000.
Science
January 24
Fourth-graders reached out to touch a freshly caught crab during their visit on the Learning Barge in Norfolk, Va. The program works to help engage ch

Empowering kids to learn how to respond to climate threats

Since 2015, NOAA's Environmental Literacy Program has awarded nearly $10 million to 22 resiliency programs across the country.
Science
January 24
Star Tribune reporter Randy Furst wrote about his heart surgery and rehab.

Reporter talks recovery at rock fundraiser

Concert, speaker series seek to raise awareness.
Science
January 24

Climate briefs: More companies, governments eye plans to help fight global warming

Japan, carmakers eye new EV battery system Japan and major automobile manufacturers are planning to establish a system to reuse batteries installed in electric vehicles…
Science
January 24
Scientists are rewriting what aging looks and feels like.

There's more than one way to age. Knowing how you're doing it may help you live healthier

Scientists are cataloging far subtler signs of biological aging: genes, cells, proteins, even bacteria.
Science
January 24
Preston Gorman survived Ebola, but then struggled with life after that. “No one said … ‘None of your family is gonna understand.”

Ebola patient treated in U.S. tells his story

Preston Gorman's life fell apart after he was wheeled out of the National Institutes of Health nearly five years ago.
National
January 23
FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2018, file photo, Cody Wilson, with Defense Distributed, holds a 3D-printed gun called the Liberator at his shop in Austin, Tex

Coalition of states sue over rules governing 3D-printed guns

Attorneys general in 20 states and the District of Columbia filed a lawsuit Thursday challenging a federal regulation that could allow blueprints for making guns on 3D printers to be posted on the internet.
Business
January 23
“We made space cookies and milk for Santa this year,” tweeted U.S. astronaut Christina Koch, with Italy’s Luca Parmitano.

First space-baked cookies took 2 hours in experimental oven

The results are finally in for the first chocolate chip cookie bake-off in space.
Nation
January 23
NASA releases video of first space-baked cookies

NASA releases video of first space-baked cookies

Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano used trial-and-error to bake five frozen cookies in the prototype zero-G oven.
Nation
January 23
FILE - In this July 29, 2019, file photo, a monarch butterfly rests on a plant at Abbott's Mill Nature Center in Milford, Del. The western monarch but

California's monarch butterflies critically low for 2nd year

The western monarch butterfly population wintering along California's coast remains critically low for the second year in a row, a count by an environmental group released Thursday showed.
World
January 22

US official: China steals 'massive amounts' of data in West

China is stealing "massive amounts" of data from Western companies and Iran has stolen data from some 200 universities, the top U.S. cybersecurity diplomat said Wednesday .
World
January 22
FILE - In this Dec. 14, 2017, file photo, Jeff Bezos attends the premiere of "The Post" at The Newseum in Washington. United Nations experts on Wednes

Saudi crown prince's WhatsApp linked to Bezos phone hack

The cellphone of Amazon founder and Washington Post owner Jeff Bezos was hacked in what appeared to be an attempt by Saudi Arabia's crown prince to "influence, if not silence" the newspaper's reporting on the kingdom, two U.N. human rights experts said Wednesday.
Nation
January 22
There were 64 confirmed unprovoked shark attacks worldwide last year. Shark trackers said there were another 41 provoked attacks around the world that

Unprovoked shark attacks drop worldwide, but not in the US

Unprovoked shark attacks around the world decreased last year, although they rose in the United States, according to researchers.
World
January 22
A badly malnourished lion rested in a zoo in Khartoum, Sudan.

Starving lions in Sudan spur global effort

The lions, held in cages in a park in the capital of Sudan, limp weakly in the photos and videos circulating on social media. Their…