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July 30, 2009

Obliviousness together

From ignoring a relative you notice having a few too many drinks at every family function to not even thinking about the threat of being struck by a meteorite, everyone operates at a level of obliviousness to the world around them. But that's normal, says University of Minnesota Family Social Science professor Paul Rosenblatt. In his new book, "Shared Obliviousness in Family Systems," Rosenblatt explores this intriguing subject and says while a certain amount of obliviousness is necessary, it can also lead to trouble.


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July 23, 2009

Quiz for all Minnesotans: weather vs climate?

A sudden increase in wind or a dropping barometric pressure are both signs of a coming thunderstorm. As Minnesotans we pride ourselves on our knowledge of all things weather. But what's the difference between the terms weather and climate? We posed that question to Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota climatologist and author of the Minnesota Weather Almanac.


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July 16, 2009

U of M researchers map "hot zones" on roads

Last year University of Minnesota researchers created an innovative website called Saferoadmaps.org that used Google Maps to pinpoint traffic fatalities across the nation. Now, says Lee Munnich, director of the university's Center for Excellence in Rural Safety, a new version of the site has been released with added features.


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July 9, 2009

Moon landing 40th anniversary

That's one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind... This July 20th it will be 40 years since Neil Armstrong uttered those first words from the surface of the Moon. As NASA celebrates the monumental anniversary, University of Minnesota physics professor Robert Pepin, who was a science advisor for the Moon missions, gives his thoughts on the significance of the event.


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July 2, 2009

The physiology of Lance Armstrong

Seven-time Tour de France champion Lance Armstrong will take on sports' most grueling test this summer, looking to claim his eighth victory. But strong legs aren't only what make him fast. University of Minnesota kinesiology professor Stacy Ingraham says Armstrong's entire body is built for the bike.


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