Scientists have found that working in one's 60s and 70s is associated with better physical and mental health. Even part-time work may be enough to reap the benefits.
Even as fall has arrived, the number of homes and businesses destroyed by wildfires keeps going up in the drought-stricken West.
In this scientific "thought experiment" from the podcast The Adaptors, humans have gone extinct and rats take over. What makes rodents so well-positioned to take over the world?
When the same athletes succeed over and over at a sport, is it because they are simply more talented than everyone else, or is it because "nothing succeeds like success"?
Personal rapid transit was supposed to be the future of public transport: lightweight pods on elevated tracks, on-demand destinations. But funding issues mean cities are reluctant to change course.
On a remote Arctic island, there's an underground vault filled with seeds. Now, for the first time, scientists are about to retrieve some of those seeds to replace a collection trapped in Syria.
Seven hundred miles from the North Pole, there's an underground vault filled with seeds. It's sometimes called the Doomsday Vault. For the past few years, scientists have been filling it with samples of the crops that people rely on for food. Now, for the first time, they're about to bring some seeds back out. The reason? The war in Syria.
Researchers in the Middle East have requested the first-ever withdrawal from the "final backup" seed bank because of destruction caused by the Syrian civil war.
Volkswagen CEO Martin Winterkorn abruptly resigned Wednesday, a few days after the company admitted it had rigged its diesel engine cars to pass emissions tests. The company faces multiple investigations and possibly billions of dollars in fines.
The typical American family tosses out some $1,500 of food yearly. From smarter fridge packing to sauteing soggy lettuce, a new book is full of tips to rescue edibles from landing in the trash.
White House research shows text and email-based interventions have measurable impacts on staying in school and paying back loans.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Tuesday the greater sage grouse does not need protections under the Endangered Species Act. The move is being celebrated by Western states and industry stakeholders because they say a listing would cost them billions of dollars in economic activity. But some environmental groups say the bird should be listed as endangered, and they plan to file lawsuits.
Interruptions are ubiquitous and annoying. Studies indicate that getting interrupted is also costly — it can take a long while for people who have been distracted to settle back into tasks. Now, new research explores whether there is a cure.
Volkswagen faces a growing scandal over how it used software to dodge clean air rules for diesel vehicles. The Justice Department has opened a criminal probe and large financial penalties are sure to follow. Volkswagen also has another big problem on its hands: customer who feel they've been deceived.
You're not just shedding germs on every surface you touch. Research suggests you're actually walking around in an airborne plume of bacteria and other microscopic organisms that's unique to you.
Most people assume they will be better understood by close friends or their partners than by strangers. Most people are wrong.
Acupuncture and massage haven't been proven to ease pain better than drugs — and may cost more. But Oregon hopes these sorts of alternatives to pills will reduce the societal costs of opioid abuse.
The first episode of Hidden Brain explores switchtracking: a common pattern in conversations you'll be accusing your partner of in no time! Plus speedy science, a cup of tea and a song from Adam Cole.
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Jamie Smith Hopkins of the Center for Public Integrity about a solvent found in common paint strippers that can trigger heart attacks and asphyxiation, causing rapid death.
Plastic pollution in the sea doesn't just mean bottles and bags. Citizen scientists around the world are helping researchers assess the impact of tiny, often invisible particles called microplastics.