It's finally raining in California, but will the El Niño storms be enough to refill the state's reservoirs? Can the water be collected? Alice Walton of the LA Times talks with NPR's Rachel Martin.
The Mississippi River is expected to crest Sunday. Officials in low-lying New Orleans don't expect this time to be as bad as last month, but they're not taking any chances.
Read about how robots could save the Great Barrier Reef, why Americans work so much, and what art projects veterans are making to help them recover from post-traumatic stress disorder.
These two species have been in danger of extinction for decades, but have responded well to conservation efforts. Those measures are going to stay in effect.
The weather for Sunday's Vikings vs. Seahawks football game looks like it will be ridiculously cold. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Dave Lapham, a former player for the Cincinnati Bengals and currently the color analyst for the Bengals radio broadcast, about how to survive the frigid conditions.
The Romans are famous for their baths, aqueducts and toilets. But the sanitary innovations might not have done as much to improve health as was once believed.
The U.S. had 10 weather events in 2015 that cost $1 billion or more in damage, with December the warmest and wettest month on record. Climate scientists blame a warming climate and strong El Nino.
Scientists analyzed the tummy of a 5,300-year-old ice mummy and found bacteria that many modern humans still carry.
A federal judge ruled Wednesday that a monkey cannot own the copyrights to selfies she took.
Since October, a natural gas storage well near Los Angeles has been spewing hundreds of tons of methane gas each day. The leak isn't expected to be fixed for months.
At least three genes that predispose some of us to hay fever and other allergies came from Neanderthal DNA, scientists say. The genes likely boosted the immunity of our early ancestors.
Scientists are convening to talk about whether experiments that make some viruses more contagious in order to advance understanding of potential outbreaks are worth the risk of creating one.
Rain, and lots of it, is falling in parts of California as the first of several El Niño storms makes its way across the state. In the Los Angeles area, county officials have spent extra to offer more shelter options for its large homeless population.
Astronomers observed two arcs of X-ray emissions near a supermassive black hole. They say this shows "black holes can create, not just destroy."
On Monday, the Department of Justice, acting on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency, filed a civil complaint in federal court in Detroit against Volkswagen. The DOJ alleges that nearly 600,000 diesel engine vehicles had illegal defeat devices installed that impaired emission control systems and caused emissions to exceed EPA's standards, resulting in harmful air pollution.
The periodic table is getting an update. The International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry announced that four new chemical elements have been assigned atomic numbers 113, 115, 117 and 118.
Service dogs help veterans with physical disabilities, and there's increased interest in using dogs for symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder, too. A study is underway to see whether that helps.
Renewable energy is only one of the steps toward achieving the goals set by the Paris climate deal. We take a trip around North America to explore other ways of keeping carbon out of the atmosphere.
With the discoveries now confirmed, "The 7th period of the periodic table of elements is complete," according to the International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry.
A mouse's brain clears out toxins during periods of deep sleep — including toxins that form the sticky plaques associated with Alzheimer's disease. Could the same hold true for people?