If scientists can convince people to use the app, they hope it will help them solve a cosmic mystery. This story originally aired on March 27, 2015 on All Things Considered.
The Environmental Protection Agency is aiming to cut methane emissions by 40 to 45 percent over the next 10 years. The new regulations are expected to regulate emissions from natural gas wells.
Consumers who prefer reusable bags tend to buy more organic food. Researchers say that makes sense, given that the bags suggest a concern for the environment. But they also buy more junk food.
After a six-year delay, Medicare proposes to reimburse doctors who hold end-of-life discussions with Medicare patients. The federal program is now soliciting public comments on the idea.
Once ancient humans learned to cook, starchy foods could have given them a calorie bump that fueled the evolution of the human brain, British researchers argue in a new paper.
A Canadian company called Thoth Technology has patented a space elevator. The tower would rise some 12 miles into the sky, with a runway or launch pad on top.
Pope Francis' encyclical on the environment is getting a thorough reading in Wyoming, which is the country's top coal-producing state. The letter presents a moral framework for approaching issues such as global climate change, but it's a difficult subject for Catholics in coal country.
Scientists want to make computers into better storytellers, but to do that they have to teach the machines a tricky element: suspense. Now researchers believe they've taken a big step forward.
A listener responded to our invitation to send recordings of backyard wildlife with one of these spooky bird sounds. An expert at the Cornell Lab of Ornithology helped solve the mystery.
Developers at Akili are working on a game they hope might one day be prescribed to treat mental health conditions like ADHD and depression. But, first, they must get past the FDA.
NPR's Robert Siegel speaks with Julie Rehmeyer, a contributing editor at Discover magazine, about a newly discovered pentagon.
For decades, we have known of only 14 convex pentagons that can do something called "tiling the plane." Now there is a 15th shape, but mathematicians are still far from knowing exactly how many exist.
Scientists using the ground-based Gemini Planet Imager found a very young "Super Jupiter" about 100 light years away.
Taylor Wilson is a self-taught nuclear physicist who sees every obstacle as a challenge. He describes how — at age 14 — he built a working nuclear fusion reactor in his garage.
The yeast produce only tiny amounts of the drug. But eventually, the technology could lead to better painkillers and other medicines. Drug officials worry the microbes could fall into the wrong hands.
Scientist have genetically engineered yeast to make powerful opioid drugs. They did this to make it easier and cheaper to make pain killers. The advance raises concern about home-brewed narcotics.
Ten years after the storm some residents have found healing — in the arts, family and new opportunities. Others suffer lingering grief and other difficulties they trace to Katrina.
The patient's ring was stuck, his finger dangerously swollen. Doctors tried everything to remove it — and finally hit upon a solution they hope will help other people.
Forecasters say it is highly likely an El Nino weather system in the Northern Hemisphere will last until the spring of next year. The El Nino could bring much needed rain to the drought-stricken West.
Popular advice suggests a low-carb diet is necessary to trigger the body to shed fat. But a rigorous new study finds low-fat diets also spark body-fat loss. The key is to pick a diet you'll stick to.