A lone pine tree survived the plowing of this field south of Park Rapids, Minn., seen in a Jan. 28, 2015 photo. The mixed pine forests of central Minn

Potato irrigation project in Minnesota's Pineland Sands area faces another challenge

Environmental groups say an impact study is necessary.

Facebook takes down accounts tied to Roger Stone

July 8
Roger Stone, President Donald Trump's longtime friend and political adviser, leaves court in Washington, Feb. 21, 2019.
Facebook on Wednesday said it has removed dozens of accounts linked to the hate group Proud Boys, to President Donald Trump's longtime ally Roger Stone and to employees of Brazil's president, Jair Bolsonaro, among others.

Five takeaways from Facebook's civil rights audit

July 8
FILE - This March 29, 2018, file photo shows the Facebook logo on screens at the Nasdaq MarketSite, in New York's Times Square. Facebook, Google and o
especially by politicians — above other values has hurt its progress on other matters like discrimination, elections interference and protecting vulnerable users.
Nation
July 10
Comet Neowise on the horizon near the grand view lookout at the Colorado National Monument west of Grand Junction, Colo., Thursday, July 9, 2020.

New comet Neowise is streaking past Earth, providing a spectacular show

A newly discovered comet is streaking past Earth, providing a stunning nighttime show after buzzing the sun and expanding its tail.
Science
July 9
An image provided by the University of Salford in England shows an artist’s impression of a newly discovered species of a 25-million-year-old marsup

When 300-pound wombats roamed Australia

The hefty species is the newest member of a supersized menagerie.
Nation
July 9
This illustration provided by the American Museum of Natural History in July 2020 depicts a Kongonaphon kely, a newly described reptile near the ances

Fossils reveal dinosaur forerunner smaller than a cellphone

Kongonaphon kely, which predated dinosaurs and flying pterosaurs, was just shy of 4 inches, according to a new study.
Science
July 9
The trailblazer: Monica Coenraads navigated a new, complex world to spur research for her daughter Chelsea’s rare disease and has been a resource fo

Families travel long, hard road to find answers for rare diseases

Often they fight for answers alone and while racing against a clock.
Science
July 9
Working at a laptop in Guthrie, Okla., April 7, 2018. Sitting for hours on end could heighten someone’s risk of later dying from cancer, according t

Sitting all day might increase your risk of dying from cancer

Scientists also found adding exercise can lower risk of dying from the disease.
Science
July 9
This 2020 electron microscope made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention image shows the spherical coronavirus particles fr

DNA linked to COVID-19 came from Neanderthals

Scientists don't yet know why this segment increases the risk of severe illness from the coronavirus.
Science
July 9

Report finds rising trend of viruses jumping from animal hosts to humans

Further outbreaks will emerge unless governments take active measures to prevent other zoonotic diseases from crossing, officials warned.
Science
July 9

Warming waters endanger up to 60% of fish species

A study showed that each degree of warming in Celsius means more trouble fish stocks. But researchers said there is a chance to save many.
Science
July 9

Battle lines shift, pitting natural gas against renewable energy

Utilities say they need to keep using natural gas because the wind and the sun are too unreliable.
Science
July 9
In with the new, out with the old: Activists say Turkey was shortsighted when it submerged Hasankeyf for a hydroelectric dam, touted as the nation’s

Ancient relics get swallowed up in Turkey's push to go green

Turkey's government has forged ahead with hydroelectricity, but archaeologists say program swallowed national treasures.
Variety
July 7
FILE - In this Sunday, Dec. 22, 2019 photo made available by NASA, Boeing, NASA, and U.S. Army personnel work around the Boeing Starliner spacecraft s

NASA adds more safety fixes for Boeing's crew capsule

NASA has added more safety fixes for Boeing's space capsule before it can fly astronauts following a pair of close calls during last year's test flight.
TV & Media
July 7
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg met with a group of civil rights leaders, including the organizers of a growi

Civil rights groups denounce Facebook over hate speech

Facebook keeps telling critics that it is doing everything it can to rid its service of hate, abuse and misinformation. And the company's detractors keep…
Local
July 6
Northern waters, such as Lake Winnipeg, above, are warming, allowing harmful algae to bloom.

Airborne dust may spur toxic algae blooms on remote Minnesota lakes

Scientists are racing to find out how blue-green algae reaches the waters in Minnesota's pristine natural areas.
Nation
July 6
In this June 18, 2020, photo, patrons fill the Crow Bar in Sioux Falls, S.D. Authorities are closing honky tonks, bars and other drinking establishmen

239 experts with 1 big claim: The coronavirus is airborne

For months, many scientists have been saying the virus lingers inside. The WHO maintains that research is still inconclusive.
Variety
July 4
In this June 11, 2020, photo provided by Samuel Jones, his friend Zachary McCoy pauses on his bicycle in Gainesville, Fla. Local authorities considere

Geofence warrants to be tested in Virginia bank robbery case

It was a terrifying bank robbery: Demanding cash in a handwritten note, a man waved a gun, threatened to kill a teller's family, ordered employees and customers onto the floor and escaped with $195,000.
Science
July 2
An electron microscope image provided by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases shows SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, i

How the coronavirus short-circuits the immune system

The findings suggest that a popular treatment to tamp down the immune system in severely ill patients may help a few, but could harm many others.
Science
July 2
A photo from the U.S. Geological Survey shows Okmok erupting in 2008 on Alaska’s Aleutian Islands.

Ancient Rome was teetering. Then a volcano erupted 6,000 miles away

Scientists found evidence that the eruption changed the course of history.
Science
July 2
A 'cure for heart disease'? A single shot succeeds in monkeys

A 'cure for heart disease'? A single shot succeeds in monkeys

Humans carry the genes as well, and the experiment has raised hopes that a leading killer may one day be tamed.
Science
July 2
Viral venom: Vero E6 cells infected with SARS-CoV-2 virus produce protrusions (seen above as fingerlike projections) to enable the budding of viral pa

Inside the body, the coronavirus is even more sinister than scientists had realized

Coronavirus creates an army of zombie cells that appear to use filaments to bore into, overtake cells.
Science
July 2
A dumbo octopus was captured on camera by a remotely operated vehicle in the Coral Sea off Australia’s east coast.

Surprising discoveries found in deep waters off Australia

An expedition transformed unknown waters into carefully evaluated realms of wilderness.