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The "Wag Brigade" helps make flying a walk in the park

Flying these days can be stressful and not very fun. But the folks at San Francisco International Airport are doing something about that with the Wag Brigade, a program that puts trained dogs in the terminals to make flying more enjoyable. Christopher Birch, director of guest experience at the airport, talked with Dick May 16 about the program and how it's helping travelers to be happier campers. You can learn more about the Wag Brigade here.


Clear skies have led to happy visitors this week!   Photo by Carl Hansen.

Project launched to help tourism industry respond to climate change on North Shore

Mae Davenport, associate professor in the department of forest resources at the U of MN, has just received a grant to help North Shore community leasers and our area's tourism-based industry better understand the vulnerabilities, risks, and opportunities a changing climate could bring to our region. She'll be working specifically with organizations and people in Grand Marais, Lutsen, and Finland. Buck spoke with her May 9 to learn more about the project and why it's important.


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Study finds three reasons are more persuasive than four

Ann Possis speaks with Kurt Carlson, Professor of Marketing at Georgetown's McDonough School of Business and blogger for Psychology Today, about his new study which finds that the number three is


Part of LTV's taconite processing plant, which Polymet plans to use for processing copper and other minerals (Joel Dinda/Flickr)

Polymet publishes SDEIS, public comment period opens

On Friday, December 6, Polymet released their Supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (SDEIS) for public comment.


Ship anchored near the Duluth harbor (Photo by Stephan Hoglund)

Public hearing to be held on Superior oil shipping terminal project

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources plans to hold a public hearing in Superior on Tuesday, November 26.


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L.A.-based Almighty Dog Entertainment shooting movie on the Range---we talk with the director

Dick Swanson chatted Aug. 23 with L.A. film director Tino Struckmann, who will be shooting an action film (working title: "Sdanka's War") on the Iron Range, North Shore and in Duluth, starting this fall. He visited Minnesota last week scouting locations and doing casting as well. Learn how it all works, and why he thinks northern Minnesota is the perfect place to make a movie.


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Clean work environment or cluttered one? Research shows each may have its benefits

Prof. Joe Redden of the U of MN Carlson School of Management joined Buck Aug. 16 to talk about a study he co-authored showing that tidy environments may be good for encouraging some behaviors, but chaotic ones may best support others, including enhanced creativity. His research could have implications for work, marketing, and lots more.


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Bitcoin digital currency, explained and demystified

Buck spoke recently with Dr. Tyler Moore, professor of computer science and engineering at Southern Methodist University, about Bitcoin, a relatively new digital currency with no central authority. Learn more about it, how it works, and why it's growing in popularity. Hear about security and other concerns too.


 

Minneapolis couple wins small-town cafe in essay contest

Seth Lintelman, with his wife Elizabeth, own the Cup N Saucer Cafe in Sherburn, Minn. They acquired it in a rather unusual way--they won it in an essay contest.


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Move objects just with your thoughts? Sounds like Star Trek, but it’s happening now at the U of MN

Dr. Bin He, biomedical engineering professor at the U of MN, is lead author of a new study showing that people can use their thoughts to move objects, using a noninvasive computer interface. He spoke with Buck June 7 about the technology and its implications, including the potential to help people with disabilities. You can watch a video demo at  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpHy-fUyXYk