Commercial space startup Blue Origin announced Tuesday the successful launch and landing of one of its rockets. NPR explores what the success means for space travel.
California farmers are pumping groundwater faster than it can be replenished. One farmer is spending millions of dollars trying to restore it by deliberately flooding his crops when there is water to spare. It's caught the attention of other farmers, especially since new state laws could soon restrict groundwater use.
Beekeepers lost 42 percent of their hives last year. NPR and PBS NewsHour investigate what's behind the plight of the pollinators. Some scientists say pesticides called neonics are being overused.
Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.
Ahead of the climate talks in Paris, researchers stress the importance of psychological research. Studies indicate countries could walk away from a deal even if it is in their best effort to agree.
World leaders are set to meet in Paris, trying to agree on how to combat climate change. Also attending will be California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is spearheading his own international climate movement.
The holidays are a time to give thanks and be with the people we love. But sometimes those gatherings can be a bit challenging. This week, social-science based tips for having the best holiday season.
Diesel trucks used to be known for belching black, polluting exhaust. Over the years, manufacturers have worked hard to shed that image, building cleaner engines. But there's a small group of diesel truck owners who are going in the opposite direction.
One of the last four northern white rhinos was euthanized at the San Diego Zoo Sunday. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Rick Schwartz, the zoo's global ambassador, about how the species was so decimated and what might be done to save it.
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, about why she's optimistic about the climate convention in Paris.
By assessing the strength of certain connections in the brain with an MRI test, researchers were often able to tell whether children and adolescents had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
The Government Accountability Office says that homeland Security's BioWatch system, deployed in 30 U.S. cities, has issued dozens of false alarms since its introduction in 2003.
After the Paris attacks, some schools were quick to cancel trips to major cities. Rachel Martin spoke with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about the psychology of group fear.
A Seattle businessman left most of his fortune to a blindness organization he never contacted in life. Why the gift? Maybe, the evidence hints, to help others take the psychological leap he couldn't.
Maybe. A nine-year study in Bolivia found an unexpected association between the parasitic worms in a woman's guts and her fertility.
The National Institutes of Health announced their 50 remaining chimps will be going into retirement. NPR's Ari Shapiro spoke with Cathy Willis Spraetz, president and chief executive of Chimp Haven, where the chimps will ultimately be housed.
Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to "see" using a form of echolocation.
Christopher McDougall explores the mysteries of the human instinct to run: how did endurance help early humans survive — and what urges from our ancient ancestors spur us on today?
In a long-awaited ruling, the agency said Thursday that a salmon genetically modified to grow faster is safe for human consumption. Environmental and food safety groups vow to fight the decision.
Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have engineered lab-grown vocal cord tissue that appears to be functional, although it hasn't yet been tested inside of a body.