An L-shaped machine in Louisiana is hunting for some of the most powerful waves in existence: gravitational waves. This wave detector acts like a giant tape measure to capture bends in space and time.
All Things Considered asked listeners to ask our resident astrophysicist big questions, so we can give you short answers. Today we explore magnetic fields and explain why they are so powerful on Earth.
The Obama administration has announced new fuel efficiency standards for trucks and buses.
Biologist Bill Streever sailed from Texas to Guatemala while doing research for his new book, And Soon I Heard a Roaring Wind. He says the wind was working against him "most of the time."
A Stanford University researcher finds that products purchased mainly by poor people were increasing in price much more quickly than those purchased by the wealthy.
Fisherman Kirk Lombard's new book teaches people to fish and forage along the northern California coast, while urging them to harvest in moderation, follow regulations and respect sea creatures.
You may love or hate 'the wave' as it sweeps through spectators at baseball, football and soccer games. But physicists say the synchronized action shows how humans are like particles.
Insurers have released the latest lists of prescription drugs they won't cover in 2017. Express Scripts is excluding 85 drugs and CVS Caremark, 131. Some drugs for diabetes and asthma are out.
William Scoville's lobotomy on patient Henry Molaison taught scientists a lot about human memory, but left Molaison with memory problems. Luke Dittrich discusses the story in his book Patient H.M.
One athlete's "psych-up" ritual may psych out an opponent. And even treatments that lack hard evidence of benefit, scientists say, might provide a competitive edge if the athletes believe they work.
Cary Fowler, senior adviser to the Global Crop Diversity Trust, talks about a giant vault of millions of seeds stored away in an icy mountain in Norway. Fowler is the author of Seeds on Ice.
Do hummingbirds migrate on the backs of geese? And will rice thrown at weddings really make birds explode? Scott Simon gets to the bottom of some bird myths with Ray Brown, host of "Talkin' Birds."
What's the best method for holding a cup of coffee so it doesn't spill? NPR's Scott Simon learned that an overhand claw-like grip is best.
Earlier this year, a pair of scientists predicted the existence of a ninth planet based on computer modeling of the solar system. This fall, the race is on to be the first to spot it in a telescope.
The number of trains carrying oil along the Columbia River between Oregon and Washington could dramatically increase. There's a plan to ship more oil from the Bakken region of North Dakota to a proposed oil terminal in southwest Washington state. An oil train derailment earlier this year has shown the potential danger faced by the region.
Bee experts warn that novices may be inadvertently putting their hives in danger by not keeping the mite population in check.
There's more information on genetic mutations and in the scientific literature than cancer doctors can process easily. Smart, fast computers might be able to help.
As a federal state of emergency ends for Flint, Mich., Mayor Karen Weaver says residents don't trust that government officials have fully addressed the lead contamination of their water.
Algorithms teach computers how to process language. But because they draw on human writing, they have some biases. Researchers are trying to weed out those problematic associations.
Federal environmental regulations for lead in drinking water still leave room for concentrations high enough to pose a health hazard, critics say.