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  • Brain changes suggest autism starts in the womb
    The symptoms of autism may not be obvious until a child is a toddler, but the disorder itself appears to begin well before birth. Brain tissue taken from children who died and also happened to have autism revealed patches of disorganization in the cortex, a thin sheet of cells that's critical for learning and memory, researchers report in the New England Journal of Medicine.March 27, 2014
  • A look at our changing climate
    Every Thursday, MPR meteorologist Paul Huttner joins The Daily Circuit to talk about the latest research on our changing climate and the consequences we're seeing here in Minnesota and worldwide.The Daily Circuit, March 27, 2014
  • Milky Way black hole to devour giant gas cloud
    Scientists look forward to viewing an upcoming space feast.The Daily Circuit, March 27, 2014
  • Sloppy skies today, wild temp swings ahead
    They say all weather is local. That's certainly true across Minnesota today. Our long anticipated Thursday winter/spring weather system is here. Take your pick of Minnesota weather today. Depending on where you are, there may be fog, rain, ice, snow, dryness, and thunder.March 27, 2014
  • Brain changes suggest autism starts in the womb
    The finding should bolster efforts to understand how genes control brain development and lead to autism. It also suggests that treatment should start early in childhood, when the brain is capable of rewiring to work around damaged areas.March 26, 2014
  • Minneapolis hopes open data project will lead to new apps, efficiency
    The city has more than 450 different electronic databases that track everything from budgets to crime statistics to street maintenance. Some staffers, elected officials and self-described hackers are working on a plan to put that information on the Internet for anyone to use.March 26, 2014
  • Most uninsured don't know health coverage deadline looms
    Next week is the last chance for most people without insurance to sign up for individual health coverage for the remainder of 2014.March 26, 2014
  • Why not just pipe water into White Bear Lake?
    Homeowners and businesses near the shrunken lake have sued the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, arguing it should not have been so free with allowing nearby cities to pull water from the ground, thereby sucking water away from the lake.March 26, 2014
  • Slop storm on the way for Thursday
    Don't like the weather? Just wait 15 minutes. The best read today on the forecast for the next week? In a word: change. Here's a breakdown of what looks like a rapidly changing weather scenario the next few days in Minnesota.March 26, 2014
  • Lead from bullets deadly for scavenging eagles
    The leftovers of deer hunting season can be deadly for eagles as they return to Minnesota in the next few weeks, the Department of Natural Resources warns.The Daily Circuit, March 26, 2014
  • 25 years after Exxon Valdez
    How have events of the past quarter-century changed America's energy future?The Daily Circuit, March 26, 2014
  • Food giants like McDonald's want 'sustainable' beef. What's that?
    McDonald's made a big green splash a few months ago by announcing that it will start buying "verified sustainable" beef in 2016. A chorus of voices responded, "What's 'verified sustainable' beef?" McDonald's, it turns out, is part of a group that's trying to come up with an answer. It's called the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, and its members include some of the biggest names in the beef industry as well as some environmental groups.March 26, 2014
  • Live video: First eaglet has hatched in DNR's webcam nest
    The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday that an eaglet has hatched in the nest of two Twin Cities eagles monitored by a live webcam. Watch the bird and its mother on the DNR's live camera.March 26, 2014
  • MNsure hits enrollment goal; most opt for government program
    With less than a week left in the open enrollment period, only about 26 percent of people securing coverage through MNsure have signed up for commercial health plans. That's well below the goal of 58 percent.March 26, 2014
  • 10 more bodies found in Washington mudslide; hundreds of rescue workers involved
    With search and cadaver dogs leading the way, rescuers using small bulldozers and their bare hands pushed through sludge strewn with splintered homes and twisted cars to find 10 more bodies in the debris of a Washington state mudslide, authorities said.March 26, 2014

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