NASA, Partner Establish New Research Group for Mars Sample Return Program – NASA Mars Exploration

Mars Sample Retrieval Lander Concept Illustration: This illustration shows a concept for a proposed NASA Sample Retrieval Lander that would carry a small rocket (about 10 feet, or 3 meters, tall) called the Mars Ascent Vehicle to the Martian surface. Credits: NASA / JPL-Caltech. Download image › Sixteen scientists from the US, Europe, Canada, … Read more

Editorial Counterpoint: A few more facts for the mining debate

I am a conservationist, an environmentalist, a homeowner in Ely and I work for Twin Metals Minnesota. And I absolutely agree with the headline on the Star Tribune’s May 29 editorial, “Yes, use facts in BWCA debate.” Indeed, facts should be the foundation of any discussion about mining. But given the Editorial Board’s omission of … Read more

5 Surprising Facts About the Planet Venus

A newly processed image of Venus compiled using data from the Mariner 10 spacecraft in 1974. Credit: NASA / JPL-Caltech How much do you know about the planet[{” attribute=””>Venus? Venus resembles the planet earth so much they’re called sister planets because of similarity of size and density, although Venus is 20% smaller in mass. Because … Read more

Severe Hepatitis Spike in Children ‘Linked’ to Dogs, But Here Are The Facts

The recent spike in cases of sudden, severe hepatitis in children around the world has been widely reported. Recently, several news outlets have highlighted a possible link between cases and contacts with pet dogs. However, the data suggesting this link is extremely weak – in fact, probably a lot weaker than most of the alternative … Read more

It’s hard to ignore some facts about the largest hog Confined Animal Feed Operation in Wisconsin

After the so-called Roth II hog factory in the town of Marietta, Crawford County, was granted a Wisconsin Pollution Elimination Discharge Permit by the Department of Natural Resources, Forest Jahnke, a longtime opponent of such giant operations told me, “To me, it says a CAFO of any type and size can be sited anywhere in … Read more