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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.

California, An Environmental Leader, Eyes A Key Role In Climate Talks

Tue, 11/24/2015 - 4:03am

World leaders are set to meet in Paris, trying to agree on how to combat climate change. Also attending will be California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is spearheading his own international climate movement.

How To Survive (And Maybe Even Enjoy) Thanksgiving Dinner

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:04pm

The holidays are a time to give thanks and be with the people we love. But sometimes those gatherings can be a bit challenging. This week, social-science based tips for having the best holiday season.

Police In Colorado Crackdown On Diesel Truck Owners For 'Rolling Coal'

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:25pm

Diesel trucks used to be known for belching black, polluting exhaust. Over the years, manufacturers have worked hard to shed that image, building cleaner engines. But there's a small group of diesel truck owners who are going in the opposite direction.

One Of Last 4 White Rhinos Euthanized At San Diego Zoo

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:25pm

One of the last four northern white rhinos was euthanized at the San Diego Zoo Sunday. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Rick Schwartz, the zoo's global ambassador, about how the species was so decimated and what might be done to save it.

U.N. Chief: Paris Convention Represents 'Turning Point' In Climate Policy

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:25pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, about why she's optimistic about the climate convention in Paris.

A Peek At Brain Connections May Reveal Attention Deficits

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 3:22pm

By assessing the strength of certain connections in the brain with an MRI test, researchers were often able to tell whether children and adolescents had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

U.S. Bioterrorism-Detection Program Is Unreliable, Report Finds

Mon, 11/23/2015 - 11:42am

The Government Accountability Office says that homeland Security's BioWatch system, deployed in 30 U.S. cities, has issued dozens of false alarms since its introduction in 2003.

How We React To Threats Post World Tragedy – And Why

Sun, 11/22/2015 - 6:35am

After the Paris attacks, some schools were quick to cancel trips to major cities. Rachel Martin spoke with NPR's Shankar Vedantam about the psychology of group fear.

When A Stranger Leaves You $125 Million

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 7:01am

A Seattle businessman left most of his fortune to a blindness organization he never contacted in life. Why the gift? Maybe, the evidence hints, to help others take the psychological leap he couldn't.

Can A Parasitic Worm Make It Easier (Or Harder) For A Woman To Conceive?

Sat, 11/21/2015 - 1:36am

Maybe. A nine-year study in Bolivia found an unexpected association between the parasitic worms in a woman's guts and her fertility.

National Institutes Of Health To Retire Last 50 Research Chimps

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 3:21pm

The National Institutes of Health announced their 50 remaining chimps will be going into retirement. NPR's Ari Shapiro spoke with Cathy Willis Spraetz, president and chief executive of Chimp Haven, where the chimps will ultimately be housed.

How Can You See Without Seeing?

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 7:40am

Daniel Kish has been blind since he was 13 months old, but has learned to "see" using a form of echolocation.

How Did Endurance Help Early Humans Survive?

Fri, 11/20/2015 - 7:40am

Christopher McDougall explores the mysteries of the human instinct to run: how did endurance help early humans survive — and what urges from our ancient ancestors spur us on today?

FDA Says Genetically Modified Salmon Is Safe To Eat

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 1:50pm

In a long-awaited ruling, the agency said Thursday that a salmon genetically modified to grow faster is safe for human consumption. Environmental and food safety groups vow to fight the decision.

Vocal Cord Tissue Grown In Lab For First Time

Thu, 11/19/2015 - 11:23am

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have engineered lab-grown vocal cord tissue that appears to be functional, although it hasn't yet been tested inside of a body.

NIH Retires The Last Of Its Research Chimps

Wed, 11/18/2015 - 10:15pm

After retiring hundreds of research chimpanzees in 2013, the National Institute of Health said that 50 remaining chimps would no longer be used for medical studies.




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