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March 31, 2008

Worms and Warming: A Destructive Combination

While earthworms might be good for grandma's garden, the little wigglers are having a disconcerting impact on Minnesota's forests. Lee Frelich, director of the University of Minnesota's Center for Hardwood Ecology, says that these invasive worms, in combination with global warming, are devastating the state's treasured natural assets.

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March 24, 2008

Eat Right...It's National Nutrition Month

While your New Year's resolution to eat better in 2008 is a distant memory, there is another opportunity get your diet on track. March is National Nutrition Month and University of Minnesota School of Public Health nutritionist Kim Robien says it's a prime time to watch those calories.

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March 17, 2008

Learning a Second Language: More Important than Ever

It used to be that learning a second language was only something done as an academic requirement. But University of Minnesota professor Elaine Tarone, director of the Center for Advanced Research on Language Acquisition, has found that, in today's global economy, the advantages are increasing.

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March 10, 2008

Food and Fuel: Biofuels Getting Double the Use

At the University of Minnesota, Crookston, researchers are exploring new ways to utilize biofuels processed from Midwestern crops. Paul Aakre, assistant professor of agriculture, is discovering how the organic fuel's byproducts can also be used as animal feed and possibly even to heat homes.

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Posted by dswain at 2:01 PM