The international report card's out and confirms the hottest average on record — for a third time in 15 years. More than 400 scientists contributed data, finding a spike in sea and air temperatures.
In Ant-Man, the latest Avengers superhero movie, Marvel Studios had to portray the tiny insects as realistic, yet relatable. Two ant scientists weigh in on whether the attempt was successful.
Scientists believe soot that hangs over the mountains of Sichuan Basin — a byproduct of factories and cars — brought about the 2013 floods that devastated the region.
A study finds that children who demonstrate more "pro-social" skills — those who share more and who are better listeners — are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.
Why do screams demand our attention like no other sound? The answer seems to involve an acoustic quality called roughness that triggers fear circuits in the brain.
What are the obstacles that keep adults off the field? How can sports help keep kids and adults in good health? What are the best ways to encourage more widespread and enduring participation?
Scientists have long wondered what's in the wispy cloud of gas floating in the space between the stars, absorbing starlight. Turns out it's a form of carbon named after architect Buckminster Fuller.
How we view winning and losing may help shape whether we play sports as adults, some psychologists say. In NPR's recent poll, 56 percent of adults who play sports say winning is important to them.
NASA's New Horizons spacecraft has beamed back its best photos of Pluto and its moons. Scientists will puzzle over them for years to come.
Children with mental health issues are more likely to struggle with jobs, family and social life as adults. And that's true even for children whose problems aren't severe enough to be diagnosed.
This week, our #RaceOnTech discussion has turned up some common themes regarding diversity in the science and technology fields: the role of identity, the the wealth gap and the importance of mentors.
Too many patients only learn after they get the bill that their insurer won't cover some medical services provided in the hospital. New laws in several states aim to stop those nasty surprises.
Battery problems on the Solar Impulse, the airplane that's been flying around the world using only the sun's-power, have grounded it until next spring.
Clyde Tombaugh, the man who discovered Pluto, grew up under the dark, open skies of rural Streator, Ill. This week the town has been full of celebration, as NASA made its first visit to Pluto.
Sometimes our eyes are just drawn to the top of a list. Using a regular e-mail of headlines sent out to economists, a study found the ones listed higher get read more — and cited more in future work.
Making yogurt requires bacteria — but which strains of bacteria? There are dozens to choose from, and that choice affects yogurt's tartness and texture.
Iran holds the fourth-largest oil reserves in the world, and the nuclear deal could mean millions oil barrels flowing into an already saturated market, pushing the global price down further.
As New Horizons completes its journey to the far reaches of the solar system, NPR takes a look at just how long it takes to get to Pluto.
On Tuesday morning, NASA's New Horizons spacecraft swooped past the surface of Pluto. The vast distance between Earth and Pluto means they're still waiting to hear what happened.
Dr. David Casarett used to think of medical marijuana as "a joke." But after taking a deeper look, he's changed his mind. Casarett's new book is Stoned: A Doctor's Case for Medical Marijuana.