These TED Radio Hour stories will make you curious and maybe even ignite some creative ideas of your own.
Quick treatment with Narcan can save a life after an overdose of heroin or opioid pain pills. The year 2014 saw more cops, drug users and their families carrying Narcan "rescue kits."
The songs of zebra finches, long used as a model for how humans learn to use speech, get a little sloppy after a few drinks, a new study finds. Future research will look at how it affects learning.
When Kent Cochrane survived a motorcycle accident in 1981, he emerged with types of amnesia so rare that his brain became one of the most studied in history. He died this year at 62.
Heidi Beemer has dreamed of going to Mars since she was 8 years old. In January, NPR talked to her about her application to Mars One, which is still pending — now she explains she has a plan B, too.
Tiny Kks3, 7 million light years distant, is made up mostly of star stuff that's just a billion or so years younger than the Big Bang.
A 1970 collection of humpback whale songs is the biggest selling natural recording of all time. It inspired artists from Judy Collins to Kate Bush and helped fuel a nascent environmental movement.
Using an E-Reader before trying to nod off may disrupt sleep more than reading a paper book, a study suggests. Scientists suspect the screen's blue light is messing with a sleep-inducing hormone.
In the mid-1960s, a biologist discovered the beauty of humpback whale songs. But his recordings weren't just academic — they were woven into popular music, and they kicked off an entire movement.
The U.S. military set up a bank to collect brain tissue samples to better understand battlefield brain injury. But a law that prevents tissue donations from U.S. troops has severely hampered efforts.
Research found that a little cash goes a long way toward making people more thoughtful about what motivates their longtime foes, be it Israelis and Palestinians or Republicans and Democrats.
Of course they don't, but they do have the genetic machinery to make fingers — something that shows how similar fish are to modern mammals.
Ants that live in a rocky maze-like setting prefer to turn left when they enter a new space. Though this may not be the biggest mystery from the animal world, we explore it anyway.
An expedition to the Pacific's Mariana Trench has found evidence that life exists miles below the surface. But it's not life as we know it.
If generosity makes us happy, and lots of research suggests that it does, why do many of us find it difficult to be generous?
With this year's enrollment in Obamacare brisk, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says she's not worried that the U.S. Supreme Court may yet overturn a key provision of the law.
Inmates in the U.S. have a high rate of infection with chronic hepatitis C — up to 35 percent or more by some estimates. New drugs introduced this year can cure the disease quickly, but at a cost.
NASA's next big space telescope costs $8 billion and is very heavy. New York scientists think they may have found the makings of a cheaper, lighter answer for future space scopes — in a crafts store.
Months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 disappeared from radar screens, families of the lost passengers and crew struggle to cope. Many are unwilling to declare their loved ones dead.
A new project places little kayaks filled with aquatic plants under latrines in floating homes on Southeast Asia's largest freshwater lake. So how do the toilets clean the wastewater?