What if microbes could ferment sugar into narcotics, like the way yeasts make beer? That day is quickly approaching. This week scientists report all the steps needed to make morphine in yeast.
Several U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Emergency Management Agency of injecting "unnecessary, ideological-based red tape" into the disaster preparedness process. The agency is requiring states to deal with climate change in their disaster plans as a condition for federal disaster mitigation grants.
The autopilot toy planes, equipped with cameras, help conservationists detect illegal logging and mining earlier in the remote parts of the Amazon basin.
Several U.S. senators are accusing the Federal Emergency Management Agency of injecting "unnecessary, ideological-based red tape" into the disaster-preparedness process.
The national strategy addresses the alarming decline in honeybee populations. It calls for more bee habitat and more research into ways to protect bees from disease and pesticides.
In one of the most remote parts of the Peruvian Amazon, researchers are in midst of a extensive health census. The study could be key to figuring out the impact of mercury used in illegal mining.
The University of the District of Columbia is the only land-grant university in the U.S. with an urban focus. It's studying how to grow food in raised beds, hoop houses and even a shipping container.
It can be hard to decipher what a non-native speaker is saying. But that might not always be a bad thing when it comes to understanding or remembering, scientists say.
An economist in the United Kingdom looked at how 150 TV series finales affected the U.S. stock market. He observed a decrease in stock returns on the following trading day.
Cole Cohen struggled with math, keeping time, getting lost. Eventually she found out she had a hole in her brain the size of a lemon. NPR's Rachel Martin talks to Cole about her new memoir, Head Case.
When the price of gold skyrocketed, illegal miners flooded into the country's Amazon basin, eager to find even the tiniest bits of the precious metal. Trees and villagers have paid a price.
The launch is the latest in a string of failures for the Proton-M rocket, a workhorse for the International Launch Services, a joint Russia-American satellite carrier business.
For astrophysicist Shrinivas Kulkarni, "The sky is so much richer and so much more imaginative than the imagination."
"It's hard to stay warm when you're surrounded by cold water but the opah has figured it out," a NOAA Fisheries biologist says.
Kinder Morgan is proposing the pipeline to carry oil and natural gas through South Carolina, Georgia and Florida. But smaller oil suppliers are also concerned about markets like Savannah, Georgia.
NPR's Audie Cornish speaks to Gene Brandi, vice president of the American Beekeeping Federation, about how beekeepers and farmers are coping with the large die-off of honeybees.
The Interior Department on Monday gave Shell conditional approval to drill for oil in the Arctic, a big defeat for environmental activists. But there's still another hurdle: a permit that approves Shell's plan to clean up if there's a spill. Opponents say the Arctic is too tough a place for effective cleanup, but the industry says otherwise.
What's left of the Larsen B shelf, two-thirds of which underwent a spectacular collapse in 2002, will disappear by the end of the decade, according to a new study.
Dutch artist Koert van Mensvoort has created a virtual restaurant to help us imagine a future when alluring beef, poultry and fish dishes can be concocted with in vitro techniques.
Our ability to get along with folks who aren't relatives could be a legacy of our hunter-gatherer ancestors. And it's rooted in the fact that those societies had gender equity.