A research team at the U of MN has developed a sponge that can absorb mercury from a polluted water source in seconds. Dave talked with the team's leader, Prof. Abdennour Abbas, of the department of bioproducts and biosystems engineering at the U. You can learn more about his lab here.
March is Women's History Month, and we were lucky to speak with a Minnesota woman who made history by becoming the first woman to cross the ice to both the North and South poles. Ann Bancroft joined CJ to talk about those epic adventures, what she's found as her greatest challenges, and her current projects including the Ann Bancroft Foundation, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Follow Ann's expeditions here.
Scientists from the U of MN think they've found the reson why diverse forests are often more productive than monocultures. Laura Williams, a graduate student at the U and lead author of the study, chatted with CJ about the study and its findings and implications.
Nature has its own array of "jewel tones" - whether colors, smells or sounds. In this edition of Sunny's Back Yard, we are reminded that jewel tones are a gift to the spirit.
There may be snow accumulating on a frequent basis, but it’s accumulating on a thick crust that has advantages and disadvantages for some animals.
The Cook County Local Energy Project & Cook County Extension will offer a workshop on best energy construction practices Thursday, Feb. 9, in Grand Marais. Sean Meyers is an architect with CR-BPS, a firm located in Isabella that specializes in passive building techniques, and he'll be in town to present at the workshop. He spoke with Dave about passive building, energy conservation, and more. You can contact Cook County Extension at 387-3015 to register.