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Ecological intelligence and why our brains ignore climate change
A program from the "Climate One" series produced by the Commonwealth Club of California. The speakers suggest that most Americans have "ecological systems blindness," because the human brain is designed for survival by responding to immediate danger, not to long-term risks. The moderator is Greg Da ...
With Amy Poehler’s help, Cambridge shakes off a blizzard
A couple of things here. First, tuition at Harvard is $58,607 a year. Second -- and really, more important -- remember all that chatter about how East Coast cities don't know what to do in blizzards. ...
Delta flight from Mpls. makes emergency landing with pilot locked out of cockpit
The cockpit door malfunctioned, forcing the co-pilot to land the plane with the pilot locked out. None of the 168 people aboard was injured. ...
Are winter’s coldest days behind us?
Don't look now, but we're turning the corner on the last third of winter. We're getting off relatively easy this winter compared to last year's full blown arctic assault. Polar Vortex? Not so much ...
19-year-old dies in collision with snowplow
A 19-year-old Brookston, Minn. man died in a head on crash with a snowplow Wednesday night. The driver of the snowplow was not seriously injured. ...
Minnesota man pleads guilty in Gambia coup attempt
Papa Faal admitted in court he bought semiautomatic rifles in Minnesota, broke them down, and hid them in barrels that were shipped to Gambia. ...
Senate OKs Keystone XL pipeline, setting up fight with Obama
The Senate in a bipartisan 62-to-36 vote approved Thursday the Keystone XL pipeline project, setting up a faceoff with the White House, which has threatened a presidential veto. ...
Pro-ISIS messages create dilemma for social media companies
Social media companies like Facebook and Twitter face complex criticism. The companies are being asked to do more to stop the terrorists, yet they are also being asked to let some of the propaganda remain to help officials track jihadis. ...
Food industry drags its heels on recyclable and compostable packaging
The majority of food packaging is ending up in landfills, or on the street as litter, where it may eventually get swept into the ocean. ...
Why don’t Americans believe what science tells them?
We might dismiss the need for science on the basis that many kids won't become scientists. But, in fact, we need science so that we can grow up to understand the complex threats that face us. ...
IBM job cuts clip Rochester, again
Several dozen Rochester jobs were lost in the company's latest round of cuts, an IBM workers group estimates. ...
Hibbing’s most wanted: Burglar with bad taste in beer
Do you know anyone who actually likes Keystone Beer? The Hibbing Police Department may want to talk to you. ...
Bakk envisions smaller bonding bill
The top Democrat in the Minnesota Senate is raising doubts about whether a big bonding bill is needed this session. ...
Fitch declines to testify, defense rests in cop killer trial
Accused of killing a Mendota Heights police officer, Brian Fitch on Thursday declined to take the stand on his own behalf. Closing arguments are expected Monday. ...
School bus runs over legs of student in Pelican Rapids
The elementary school student was exiting the bus Wednesday afternoon when he tripped and another bus that was coming to park ran over his legs. ...
Plan to transform downtown Rochester goes to city council
The Destination Medical Center project, which focuses on the Mayo Clinic's projected growth, is one step closer to final adoption. ...
TX lawmaker requires Muslim visitors to renounce terrorism
In Texas today, it's Muslim Capitol Day, an-every-other-year event whose sponsors call it 'an opportunity for community members to learn about the democratic political process and how to be an advocate for important issues.' They needn't call on Rep. Molly White. ...
Sen. McCain to protesters: ‘…you low-life scum’
It was old-timers day at the Capitol in Washington today when Sen. John McCain's Armed Services Committee held a hearing to hear from three former secretaries of state: Henry Kissinger, George Schultz, and Madeline Albright. ...
Portugal to offer citizenship to descendants of expelled Jews
Portugal's Jews were expelled, burned at the stake or forcibly converted to Christianity 500 years ago. The government wants says it wants to right a wrong. Spain approved a similar law last year. ...
Time to make public transit free?
In the wake of our discussion downstream about Gov. Mark Dayton's plan for tax and fee increases to solve Minnesota's transportation ills, CityLab has a well-timed article today: Why can't public transit be free? ...
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