For decades a rare disease crawled across Papua New Guinea. When scientists realized what was behind kuru, it caught everyone by surprise. But similar diseases can still be transmitted through food.
We've all heard the adage that "power corrupts," but psychologist Dacher Keltner at UC Berkeley has found evidence to prove it. His book is The Power Paradox: How We Gain and Lose Influence.
Researchers from around the world are visiting Lake Huron to look at purple mats deep below the water's surface. They believe these mats could explain how the Earth's oxygen rich air developed 2.4 billion years ago.
Scientists knew that lizards, which bask in the sun for warmth, are vulnerable to climate change. A new study suggests the hazards are more complicated, and possibly worse, than previously believed.
More than any of today's icons — Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg and the rest — Guglielmo Marconi was uniquely at the center of the communication revolution of his time, says Marc Raboy.
Populations of Grauer's gorilla (formerly known as the eastern lowland gorilla) total only around 3,800 individuals — a 77 percent reduction — according to a recent survey.
Saturday's large quake immediately raised suspicions that it was linked to injection wells that oil and gas companies use as part of fracking and other operations.
Alex Longo hopes to be the first person to walk on Mars. In the meantime, the Raleigh, N.C., sophomore has suggested a landing site for the next rover mission. His pick is one of four finalists.
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit Oklahoma on Saturday morning. StateImpact Oklahoma reporter Joe Wertz talks about earthquakes and their connections to oil and gas production.
The NFL is physically brutal. Some say marijuana can alleviate pain, but it's still illegal in most places. Some players want their league to take a closer look at the benefits of the drug.
NPR's Scott Simon talks with neurophysiologist Jason Sherwin about his research into how a baseball batter processes an incoming fastball.
NPR's Scott Simon's interview last week with author Tom Wolfe prompted an unusual number of responses from listeners regarding the author's questioning of some aspects of the theory of evolution.
Researchers at the University of Washington are hoping to answer that question. NPR's Scott Simon talks to biology and pathology professor Daniel Promislow about the Dog Aging Project.
The meeting kicks off tomorrow in Hangzhou, China, after this year's host country formally agreed with the U.S. to cut its greenhouse gas emissions according to the Paris agreement reached last year.
Dorchester County, in South Carolina, was worried about the risk posed by Zika. So officials recently ordered that a pesticide be sprayed from planes. Local beehives have been devastated.
"It's bluer in color up there than other parts of the planet, and there are a lot of storms," a Juno mission leader says of the gas giant's northern reaches.
The reef structure covers more than 2,000 square miles north of the Great Barrier Reef. What might live there and even what it looks like up close, is still largely a mystery.
If it were a phone call, we might call it a butt-dial: A strong radio signal that set off speculation about possible alien origins is now believed to have come from a terrestrial source.
This time of year, the endangered bighorn sheep of Southern California gather at desert watering holes. Conservationists use these huddles to see how efforts to restore the population are going.
The Pioneer Fire in the Idaho backcountry has been burning since July, but it exploded in size this week during hot, dry weather. Smoke from the blaze has created a monstrous cloud visible from space.