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December 31, 2007

More Snow But Less of it Staying

With almost two and a half feet already fallen, this month is set to be one of the snowiest Decembers we've seen in the past decade. But, as temperatures change across the planet, our winter-wonder-lands are not staying on the ground as long as they used to. University of Minnesota climatologist and author of the Minnesota Weather Almanac, Mark Seeley, explains what he has been seeing.

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December 20, 2007

Shedding Stress and Anxiety through Meditation

While it may seem trivial, taking that 15 minute mental break every day at work may have greater implications than you first thought. University of Minnesota researchers are discovering that mindfulness meditation can help people deal with life's daily stresses and even remain focused during intense emotional situations. Child Development professor Philip Zelazo first tells us what mindfulness meditation is.

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December 17, 2007

America's Health Inequality

When you think of blood transfusions, pacemakers and artificial hearts, you might feel comforted in the advances in health care over the last century. But University of Minnesota researchers have discovered that, despite the advances, the health gap between the rich and poor in America is still the same as it was 100 years ago. Sociology professor John Robert Warren explains.

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Posted by dswain at 3:52 PM

December 10, 2007

Keeping Your Holiday Feast Safe

If anything is for certain this holiday season it is that there will be food - lots of food. But with meat, cheese and other spoilable treats at parties and touched by countless sets of hands, food safety experts recommend taking some extra precautions. Joellen Feirtag, a University of Minnesota food scientists, tells us more.

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Posted by dswain at 3:31 PM

December 3, 2007

How Good Parenting Might Save You Some Cash and Help Your Kids

It has long been known that the onslaught of advertising and the American culture of consumerism contribute to stronger materialistic desires. But a University of Minnesota researcher has also discovered that levels of materialism are directly linked to self-esteem, especially for kids. Marketing professor Deborah Roedder John, co-author of the study, explains.

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Posted by dswain at 4:11 PM