With Wall Street crippled, the housing market in shambles and the cost of living rising, American families are facing some uncertainty and need thriftier ways to manage their finances. University of Minnesota family social science associate professor Catherine Solheim says an effective first step is to get creative and budget with help from regular old envelopes.
When studying the natural world, it's difficult for scientists to control their experiments while at the whim of Mother Nature. That's why, on the banks of the Mississippi River, University of Minnesota St. Anthony Falls Laboratory researchers have built a state-of-the art environmental research facility - the Outdoor StreamLab. Anne Lightbody, a member of the lab team, explains the importance of the project's location.
It's an ambitious and groundbreaking experiment. Scientists from around the world have gathered in a massive underground facility in Europe to collide tiny particles at nearly the speed of light in an attempt to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang. The purpose, says University of Minnesota physics professor Roger Rusack, who is involved in the project, is to discover how the universe began.
Obviously the number of hours of sleep a person needs varies from snoozer to snoozer, but if there's one constant that really counts it's the quality of those hours. In a study of older male participants, University of Minnesota researchers have discovered that disrupted sleep contributes to increased mortality rates. It's all about routine says Misti Paudel, principal investigator of the study and a member of the School of Public Health.