Invasive species may be key to understanding death of hundreds of loons Loons will soon begin their migration back to the north woods. The birds are a cultural and natural icon, not only in Minnesota but across the Great Lakes states. But last fall, nearly 900 loons died while migrating south across Lake Michigan. Scientists are not sure what killed the loons, but they suspect that invasive species may be to blame.6:20 a.m.
GOP senator breaks ranks to support a same-sex marriage bill Committees in both the Minnesota Senate and House are expected to take up legislation legalizing same-sex marriage tomorrow. Republican Sen. Branden Petersen of Andover has signed on a co-author of the bill. MPR's Cathy Wurzer spoke with him about his position on the issue.7:45 a.m.
New Voices For The Voiceless: Synthetic Speech Gets An Upgrade
For those who rely on technology to speak, there are a limited number of voices. "Perfect Paul" sounds robotic, and "Heather" can seem too old for some. Now, a researcher is using sound samples from people who have never been able to speak to create new, personalized voices for them.
Tensions Rise As U.S., South Korea Conduct Military Drills
North Korea has cut off a hotline with South Korea, as its southern neighbor begins a large annual military exercise with the U.S. North Korea also announced that the armistice agreement that ended the Korean War is no longer valid, though South Korean officials have cast doubt on this. This comes after a week of inflamed North Korean rhetoric, including threats to launch a pre-emptive nuclear strike on the U.S.
Aspirin Vs. Melanoma: Study Suggests Headache Pill Prevents Deadly Skin Cancer
Women who took aspirin at least a couple of times a week for five years or more cut their risk of melanoma by 30 percent. The new study adds to the mounting pile of research suggesting that cheap, common aspirin lowers the risk of many cancers, including colon, breast, esophagus, stomach, prostate, bladder and ovarian cancer.
Gas Prices Dip For First Time In 2013
On Sunday, the Lundberg Survey reported gasoline prices fell more than 5.5 cents a gallon. That may not sound like a whole lot, but it's the first price drop all year.
Mass Transit Ridership At Highest Level In Decades
There were some 10.5 billion trips taken across the nation on mass transit last year, the second-highest number since 1957, according to the American Public Transportation Association, which keeps track of how many people ride buses, trains, subways and ferries.
Controlling Your Computer With A Wave Of Your Hand
The Leap Motion Controller senses and tracks hand motions to allow users to browse the Web, play games and open documents. It represents another step in a goal of computer scientists: to make interactions with machines feel natural and easy, and to take away the barriers between humans and computers.
Marvel Announces Comic-Book Freebies
At South by Southwest, Marvel announced a comic-book giveaway: On Monday and Tuesday, the publisher is offering free downloads of more than 700 of its "No. 1" issues.
Cardinals Prepare For Conclave To Select New Pope
Cardinals in Rome have been meeting for the past week, discussing the future of the Catholic Church. That culminates with Tuesday's conclave, when the cardinals will meet in secret to choose the successor to Pope Benedict XVI. Renee Montagne speaks with Morning Edition regular contributor Cokie Roberts, who is in Rome covering the selection of the new pope.