Bees play a vital role in pollinating the crops we eat. Turns out, that relationship with agriculture began shortly after the rise of settled farming, new research shows.
Hanging in orbit just 3,700 miles above the surface of Mars, the planet's closest moon, Phobos, seems to be undergoing a "structural failure," NASA says.
Florida's Fakahatchee Strand Preserve State Park is home to more than 40 native species of orchids, but there used to be many more. Over the years, many orchid species were lost through poaching and habitat destruction. Scientists there have recently found and restored some lost orchids. They're now working with scientists in Cuba, where some orchids now extinct in Florida can still be found.
The real complexity of flavor comes from a food or drink's aroma. But the main way we experience the full range of these compounds isn't by sniffing. It's by breathing evenly while we eat.
The number of U.S. women choosing long-acting, reversible birth control methods has more than quadrupled since 2002, data suggest. Use of the pill, condoms, and female sterilization has dipped a bit.
This week on Hidden Brain, researcher Katy Milkman explains why backup plans may make us less motivated, Dan Pink is back to discuss moral hazard, and NPR's Adam Cole ties it all together with a song.
Families should rethink how seniors give up driving, researchers say. Figuring out transportation alternatives long ahead of time can help preserve independence and avoid painful confrontations.
The International Space Station conducted a spacewalk this week to mark 15 years in space. Three people who've walked in space share their miraculous — and miserable — experiences.
State officials have closed recreational and commercial fishing for Dungeness and rock crab on the California coast, due to a large algae bloom that's making the crab unsafe for consumption.
President Obama's rejection of the Keystone XL pipeline provoked cheers from environmental groups and a little bit of head scratching in the state of Texas.
NPR's Kelly McEvers interviews environmentalist Bill McKibben, who founded 350.org, about why he's celebrating Obama's veto of the Keystone XL pipeline, even though the next president can reverse it.
Canadian Company TransCanada took a blow Friday when President Obama announced he was rejecting its request to build the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline would have helped transport hundreds of thousands of barrels of Canadian tar sands oil from Alberta to U.S. refineries. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau expressed disappointment.
President Obama announced Friday that he rejected a permit to allow construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The controversial project would have carried oil harvested from tar sands in Canada.
After seven years of study, the Obama administration has rejected plans for the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline. The move comes on the eve of an international climate summit.
Three years after bariatric surgery, more than 200 severely obese teens studied had dropped about a third of their weight, and improved their metabolism, heart health and self esteem.
Also this week: The story of a 60-year-old United Airlines pilot and runner who finished the New York City Marathon in 2 hours, 47 minutes and 27 seconds.
Thanks to a blazing hot summer and unusually warm water, early counts of juvenile winter-run Chinook are at extreme low levels. To protect them, regulators may restrict ocean fishing.
People speak very differently depending on where they live, and the climate and environment might have something to do with that. Crisp English consonants don't carry well in the rainforest.
The flooding overwhelmed houses, leaving a coating of mud – and in one case, setting a car atop a structure's walls. Rescue crews are still looking for survivors; one death is reported.
Writer and psychologist Andrew Solomon explains how the more he talked about his depression, the more others wanted to tell their own stories.