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September 24, 2007

Americans Now Living on Double the Land

This year, for the first time in history, the majority of the world's population will live in urban areas. Julian Marshall, a University of Minnesota civil engineering professor, has studied population data and discovered that urban sprawl is leading people to settle on twice the amount of land as established residents.

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Posted by dswain at 8:04 AM

September 17, 2007

A Billion Light-Years of Nothing Discovered

Astronomers are constantly searching the infinite universe for new stars, galaxies or other cosmic objects. University of Minnesota astronomy professor Lawrence Rudnick recently rocked the science world when he discovered something even better: a billion-light-year-wide void of starless, planet-less nothing.

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Posted by dswain at 7:46 AM

September 10, 2007

The "Manliness" Football Season Brings

Monday morning quarterbacks with all the answers, full tackle backyard games and paint on their chests -- it’s football season and American men are touting the “manliness? and toughness that the game requires. University of Minnesota sociologist Doug Hartmann has studied sports and gender and says men use sports, especially football, as a way to think about and develop their masculinity and sense of camaraderie.

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Posted by dswain at 7:15 AM

September 4, 2007

Independence Lost: Cell Phones at College

Baby boomers, and even some recent college graduates, remember rationing calls home during their first experience away. Not so anymore as students today can access mom and dad anytime, anywhere by speed dial. Marj Savage, Parent Program director at the University of Minnesota, says this constant contact is increasing every school year.

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Posted by dswain at 7:24 AM