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How Long Can Florida's Citrus Industry Survive?

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 3:31pm

The USDA recently stunned growers when it projected the smallest orange harvest for Florida in more than 50 years. The culprit: A tiny insect that's killing off the state's trees — and industry.

In Brazil, Deforestation Is Up, And So Is The Risk Of Tree Extinction

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 11:43am

Brazil's Environment Ministry announced that deforestation in the country has increased by 16 percent. A separate study warned that more than half the Amazon's tree species may be threatened.

Inside Each Flu Shot, Months Of Virus Tracking And Predictions

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 4:04am

Scientists worldwide face a yearly challenge in deciding what goes into the annual flu vaccine to make it effective. The job requires keeping tabs on a massive group of speedy, shape-shifting viruses.

Many Americans Believe They Don't Need The Flu Vaccine

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 4:03am

An NPR poll finds nearly two-thirds of adults got this year's flu vaccine or plan to get it. Many of those who are skipping vaccination cite a lack of need and worries about side effects.

Someday A Helicopter Drone May Fly Over Mars And Help A Rover

Fri, 11/27/2015 - 3:20am

NASA is building a 2-pound helicopter drone that would help guide the vehicle on the Red Planet's surface. That way, the rover wouldn't need to wander as much to find its way around.

NASA Probe Prepares For Its Final Pass Around Ceres

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 8:04am

The dwarf planet most recently is famous for the two mysterious, bright spots on its surface.

Thanksgiving Buzz: What Would Pilgrims Say About The Plight Of Bees?

Thu, 11/26/2015 - 5:33am

When you sit down for your holiday dinner, you may want to give thanks to bees and other pollinators. Their health is tied to your food. What's behind the bee declines? Watch our video investigation.

Don't Squander That Squash: Like Fine Wine, It Might Improve With Age

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:29pm

Squash taste best when they achieve the ideal balance of starch and sugar. But how long you should wait depends on whether you're cooking a small delicata or a big, bold butternut.

Plunging Oil Prices Force Producers To Lay Off Skilled Workers

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:15pm

Gasoline prices have been plunging this fall, which is great for consumers. But it has been very hard on oil producers, who have been laying off legions of skilled workers. To hang on to their key employees, some companies are offering unpaid sabbaticals or trimming pay across the board to reduce labor costs without layoffs. But for many employers, times are so hard that they have no choice but to keep cutting employee ranks.

Climate Activists Scale Back Plans For U.N. Summit In Wake Of Paris Attacks

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:15pm

Environmental groups hoping to put pressure on delegates by staging rallies in the run up to and during the climate summit are rethinking plans after the recent attacks in Paris.

Explaining Einstein's Theory Of General Relativity On Its 100th Birthday

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:15pm

Einstein's theory of general relativity turns 100 Wednesday. Astrophysicist Adam Frank tells us what this meant for science.

Ecuador's Oil Bust Draws Parallels To 1990s Financial Crisis

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:15pm

Ecuador's economy is faltering thanks to a year of record low oil prices and fears of a "godzilla" El Niño forming in the Pacific Ocean. The situation is drawing bizarre parallels to the last major financial crisis to hit the small South American country in the late 1990s.

Busted: EPA Discovers Dow Weedkiller Claim, Wants It Off The Market

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:10pm

The Environmental Protection Agency wants to withdraw approval of a controversial herbicide made by Dow AgroSciences. The firm made conflicting claims to EPA and the Patent Office about the product.

Some Ancient Farmers Grew Fava Beans Before They Grew Grains

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 1:13pm

The fava bean is a key staple in much of the world. Researchers say they've found fava beans in the Galilee region of Israel dating over 10,000 years ago — before grains had been domesticated there.

A Controversial Rewrite For Rules To Protect Humans In Experiments

Wed, 11/25/2015 - 3:09am

One revision would crack down on studying tissue and blood samples without getting a person's consent. Another change would make it easier to conduct studies in many locations at once.

Blue Origin Announces Successful Launch, Landing Of Rocket

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:20pm

Commercial space startup Blue Origin announced Tuesday the successful launch and landing of one of its rockets. NPR explores what the success means for space travel.

California Farmer Works To Restore Groundwater By Purposely Flooding Crops

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:20pm

California farmers are pumping groundwater faster than it can be replenished. One farmer is spending millions of dollars trying to restore it by deliberately flooding his crops when there is water to spare. It's caught the attention of other farmers, especially since new state laws could soon restrict groundwater use.

As Beekeepers Lose More Hives, Time For New Rules On Pesticides?

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 3:06pm

Beekeepers lost 42 percent of their hives last year. NPR and PBS NewsHour investigate what's behind the plight of the pollinators. Some scientists say pesticides called neonics are being overused.

Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 1:19pm

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.

The Psychological Dimension Behind Climate Negotiations

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:10am

Ahead of the climate talks in Paris, researchers stress the importance of psychological research. Studies indicate countries could walk away from a deal even if it is in their best effort to agree.




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