At only 78 pages long, Carlo Rovelli's "Seven Brief Lessons on Physics" is certainly that. He speaks with NPR's Linda Wertheimer about modern physics.
In the parched fields of India's central states, the district of Beed in Maharashtra has been buffeted by a multi-year cycle of drought. One widow tells her story of coping with drought and loss.
He shared chemistry's top prize in 1996 for finding buckyballs, and had Lou Gehrig's disease when he died. Making art was his first love. "Remember your humanity," he said, "and forget the rest."
Over six months, healthy coral is bleached and then covered with algae. Scientists say bleaching has hit 93 percent of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia's "biggest ever environmental disaster."
Members of a Native American community in south Louisiana are retreating from their coastal home and trying to preserve their culture in the process.
While still experimental, deep brain stimulation with implanted electrodes is being tested as a way to ease dementia in patients with Alzheimer's and other neurological conditions. Could it work?
The tiny waste harvesters use the Milky Way as a guide to roll their dung meals away to safety. Now researchers say the beetles take "snapshots" of the constellation and store them in their brains.
Methane is a powerful greenhouse gas, and on Thursday the Obama administration laid out new regulations to stop methane leaks from the oil and gas industry. A report from Colorado explains how that state has brought methane emissions under control.
Ray Hilborn has a reputation for challenging studies showing declines in fish populations. But Greenpeace says its public records request has revealed a failure to disclose industry funding on papers.
As companies shun genetically modified ingredients, they're buying more sugar extracted from sugar cane, rather than beets. Sugar beet farmers are thinking of going back to conventional beets.
In India, there is money to be made fighting air pollution. NPR examines one product geared towards the bad air: a negative ion necklace.
The luxury brand Jaguar is now owned by an Indian car company, Tata. A drive through the Los Angeles hills in a super high-end convertible provides some insights into what a country's auto industry says about its role in the world.
Eggs are among the strongest structures in nature. Watch this video by the eggheads at Joe's Big Idea to find out why!
Users of an app developed by the University of Michigan to help with jet lag entered information on their time zone and sleep patterns that helped academics with their work. But is the approach valid?
Gassy cows account for a good deal of the methane — a powerful greenhouse gas — generated by livestock farming. Danish researchers think feeding cows oregano might help rein in the bovine burps.
Scientists have found the first eukaryotic organism that functions fine without mitochondria, the "powerhouses" that make energy for the cells of yeast, humans and most other animals.
It's legal to order diagnostic blood tests without consulting a doctor in many states. But critics say healthy patients can go down a rabbit hole of invasive assays and unnecessary treatments.
There are about 1,600 black bears in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and nearly 11 million annual visitors. The park's wildlife biologists have the challenging job of managing the interactions between them.
New Delhi has the most polluted air of any city in the world. NPR explores whether rationing cars in the Indian city could solve the problem.
Dust mites, gall wasps and book lice don't bite, but they might make you wheeze. Scientists found about 100 types of arthropods wiggling or munching skin flakes in typical homes. Take a look.