Cold fusion a hot idea for Minnesota research into sustainable energy A small company is gambling that a new line of scientific research could lead to development of a breakthrough alternative energy. Researchers with the Hunt Utilities Group are focused on a theoretical energy source once commonly known as cold fusion. They're asking new questions about the technology widely dismissed by the mainstream scientific community.7:20 a.m.
Hunt Utilities Group looks for new sources of sustainable energy A small company is gambling that a new line of scientific research could lead to development of a breakthrough alternative energy. In Pine River, the campus of the Hunt Utilities Group sits on 70-acres dotted with an eclectic mix of experimental buildings designed to promote sustainable living. Researchers here are focused on a theoretical energy source once commonly known as "cold fusion."7:25 a.m.
Doctors concerned about proposed gun legislation One bill being considered by the Legislature to fight gun violence would require that some people get a letter from a doctor or mental health care provider before they could buy a gun. Dr. Dave Thorson, Board Chair of the Minnesota Medical Association, discussed the proposed legislation with Morning Edition host Cathy Wurzer.7:45 a.m.
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Obama Suggests Short-Term Fix To Sequester
If Congress and the president don't act in the next three weeks, deep, across-the-board spending cuts will hit everything from the defense department to education programs. President Obama has proposed a short-term mix of budget cuts and tax hikes to replaced automatic spending cuts set to start March 1.
Cities Must Strategize To Boost Service Workers' Pay
Urban scholar Richard Florida has found a problem with the way our cities are evolving. He talks to Steve Inskeep about who wins and who loses as the highly skilled, creative class clusters around certain metro areas. Florida is the author of The Rise of the Creative Class.
Panel: Ireland Confined Young Women In Workhouses
Ireland has expressed regret that thousands of women and young girls held in workhouses run by Catholic nuns were stigmatized by the label "fallen women." But Prime Minister Enda Kenny did not apologize for the state's involvement in decades of harsh treatment for women held in 10 Magdalene Laundries. He was reacting to a report that concluded the government oversaw the workhouses.
Using 3-D Printers To Make Gun Parts Raises Alarms
Owners of 3-D printers can create all sorts of imaginative items — cups, tools, jewelry. All they need is a design and the printer. But now some gun parts are being produced with this technology, alarming some in the burgeoning 3-D printing industry.
Why You Love That Ikea Table, Even If It's Crooked
Building your own stuff boosts your feelings of pride and competence, and also signals to others that you are competent. As a result, most of us believe we labor on things we love. Now, psychologists are asking if it is the other way around — is it labor that leads to love?
Liberty Global To Buy Virgin Media
Liberty Global is the cable company owned by American media mogul John Malone. His company already operates in 14 countries. And now Liberty Global has reached a deal to buy the British cable company Virgin Media for about $16 billion.
Feds Bust Huge Credit Fraud Ring
Authorities say they've broken up one of the biggest credit card fraud rings in U.S. history. The group stole more than $200 million by creating fake identities and opening thousands of card accounts.
Is Online Gambling Legal If Bitcoins, Not Dollars, Are At Stake?
With no government ties, Bitcoin is used to buy everything from blogging services to Brooklyn-made cupcakes. Theoretically, millions of dollars are being kept in the digital currency. And it's increasingly being used by specialized websites to offer online gambling. But is Bitcoin gambling legal?
Texas Takes Aim At California's Business Climate
Texas Governor Rick Perry is airing a radio ad in California. In it, he tells listeners that he's heard it's tough to build a business in California. He suggests entrepreneurs check out Texas.