By 2050, it's estimated the oceans will contain more plastic than fish, by weight. One entrepreneur says he's developing a tool to remove much of that plastic.
The California Air Resources Board was recording with an infrared camera as the methane leak on the outskirts of LA was finally controlled Thursday. The leak still needs to be permanently capped.
With all the excitement over the discovery of gravitational waves, NPR's Linda Wertheimer takes a moment to remember the man who first imagined a universe we couldn't yet see: Albert Einstein.
Crews are working to permanently plug the methane gas leak that has forced hundreds from their homes in the Porter Ranch area of Los Angeles. Southern California Gas Company says the leak was temporarily fixed Thursday, after nearly four months of spewing methane into the air.
The annual event invites bird watchers of all levels to count the birds in their backyard, and submit the data to researchers at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society.
Behind the headlines and news conferences announcing the discovery were decades of hard work, hundreds of scientists and more than a billion dollars in taxpayer funds.
A tweet issued by the European Space Agency includes a cartoon showing the Rosetta orbiter thinking about its little lander taking a nap on the comet's cold surface.
The crew of Apollo 11 drew a calendar on the wall of their command module, as well as a tribute to the spacecraft, and numbers and other information jotted down from mission control communications.
Scientists have seen gravitational ripples from two black holes colliding. The discovery is the culmination of decades of work. Albert Einstein first predicted such ripples should exist a century ago.
Social scientists have been studying Valentine's Day gifts, and research shows: The more you love someone, the more likely you might be to give selfish gifts.
Some of the genetic variations in human DNA that have been linked to quick clotting or depression or diabetes lie within or near the genetic stretches we picked up from Neanderthals, a study finds.
For Cal Tech scientist Yanbei Chen, the announcement of the discovery of gravitational waves wasn't a surprise. He first heard the news in September, but had to keep it secret for months.
Astronomer and cosmologist Lord Martin Rees asks whether our species will endure despite the many existential threats we face.
Greenhouses could make local fruits and vegetables more available year-round, but they're energy intense. In the Midwest, some growers tap into the Earth's internal heat to warm the structures.
A U.S.-led team says it has seen waves in space-time from two black holes merging together. It is the first time humanity has directly detected such waves.
The 8-inch insect nearly went extinct when hungry rats overran its island. But Melbourne scientists found a few in 2001 and started a thriving colony. Now the San Diego Zoo is hatching them, too.
The U.S. Supreme Court has put a hold on the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan, which would significantly regulate coal, after 27 states sued over the proposal. Among them was Wyoming, which produces more coal than any other state. NPR reports on how the court's stay is being received in coal producing states.
More than 95,000 metric tons of methane has leaked from a natural gas well in Los Angeles since late October, and the leak still has not been fixed. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks with Stephen Conley of the University of California, Davis, and Rob Jackson, an environmental scientist at Stanford University.
Wisdom, a Laysan albatross that researchers first tagged in 1956, has hatched what could be her 40th chick, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says.
A decision on the Clean Power Plan could be long in coming – meaning that the rules' fate might not be determined before a new presidential administration comes into power in 2017.