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NASA Uses Lessons From Space To Design An Efficient Building

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 1:52pm

Named Sustainability Base, a NASA facility in California is a model for energy-efficient federal buildings. It's powered by a fuel cell like those used on spacecraft and recycles water for flushing.

10 Things To Know About The U.N. Climate Talks In Paris

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 9:10am

Here's a bit about what you should know going into the 2015 U.N. Climate Change Conference beginning Nov. 30.

Why Negotiators At Paris Climate Talks Are Tossing The Kyoto Model

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 6:03am

The Kyoto Protocol of 1997 didn't slow down the gradual warming of the planet. Now governments meeting for a two-week summit are trying an a la carte approach.

Patients Want To Price-Shop For Care, But Online Tools Unreliable

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 3:54am

Savvy patients want the best medical care for the best deal, and online calculators seem like a great way to compare the cost of common scans and procedures. But many are inaccurate.

Kyoto Treaty Fizzled, But Climate Talkers Insist Paris Is Different

Mon, 11/30/2015 - 2:53am

The 1997 Kyoto treaty set targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions that many nations didn't meet. This time, stakes are higher and all countries will be asked to set and meet their own limits.

2 Degrees In Paris: The Global Warming Set To Dominate Climate Conversation

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 4:11pm

As world leaders gather in Paris to talk about climate change, one phrase that will dominate conversations is "two degrees." Global leaders will discuss how to prevent global temperatures from warming by more than two degrees since the industrial revolution.

Recordings Might Sound A Silent Alarm About California Drought

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 4:11pm

Bernie Krause is an audio ecologist. This year he noticed a precipitous drop in the sounds of one his favorite field recording sites, a change he attributes in large part to California's drought.

Drought Turns Spotlight On Future Of California Farms

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 4:11pm

Half of all fruits, vegetables and nuts grown in the United States come from California. Despite four years of extreme drought, the state's agriculture industry is thriving for some farmers. Ben Bergman with member station KPCC reports.

A Star-Crossed 'Scientific Fact': The Story Of Vulcan, Planet That Never Was

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 4:11pm

For decades, astronomers believed there was another planet in our solar system, tucked just out of sight. Then Albert Einstein figured out it wasn't there. Author Thomas Levenson explains.

Loneliness May Warp Our Genes, And Our Immune Systems

Sun, 11/29/2015 - 6:18am

Loneliness takes a toll on many aspects of health, in part because it activates a fight -or-flight immune response. That may have helped ancestors survive lonely exile, but can slowly kill us today.

What Will News Of Frank Gifford's CTE Mean For Football?

Sat, 11/28/2015 - 7:00am

NPR's Scott Simon and Bloomberg View's Kavitha Davidson discuss the late Frank Gifford, concussions and the debate over locker room interviews.

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.

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