Science New from NPR
May 22, 2017
In general, people show a subtle bias toward the self. This is why we love the IKEA furniture we've built, and gravitate toward others with the same name. But there are much larger implications, too.
May 22, 2017
NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with Bill Trotter, a fishery and environmental reporter for the Bangor Daily News, about the illegal eel fishing scheme in Maine.
May 22, 2017
In 1980, John Goodenough's work led to the lithium-ion battery, now found in everything from phones to electric cars. He and fellow researchers say they've come up with a faster-charging alternative.
May 21, 2017
Older kids should limit the amount of juice they drink too. Whole fruit is better than juice because it contains fiber, which slows the absorption of sugar and fills you up the way juice doesn't.
May 21, 2017
The fanciful dish was meant to impress nearly 400 years ago, so don't roll your eyes at photos of these pretty edibles: They're actually a time-honored tradition tinged with a bit of kitchen science.
May 21, 2017
In 1848, a railroad worker survived an accident that drove a 13-pound iron bar through his head. The injury changed his personality, and our understanding of the brain.
May 20, 2017
Ladybugs are famous for their spotted wing cases. But researchers in Japan were interested in what was happening under that colorful exterior: How delicate wings were folding origami-like into place.
May 20, 2017
Mary Mann's new book digs into a phenomenon as old as humanity: boredom. Why do we get bored? Is there a cure? Yawn is a thoughtful read, but its mix of autobiography and scholarship doesn't jell.
May 20, 2017
Researchers printed gelatin scaffolds into which they placed ovarian tissue, and then implanted the new organs in mice. Three out of seven female mice produced healthy offspring using the technology.
May 19, 2017
The Environmental Protection Agency asked for public input on "job-killing regulations" and has received more than 28,000 comments, many of which urge the agency not to roll back protections.
May 18, 2017
Shell CEO Ben van Beurden says he wants the U.S. to remain in the 2015 Paris climate accord. Energy companies like Exxon Mobil and BP have also urged President Trump to continue supporting the deal.
May 18, 2017
Predators that attacked the clay caterpillars left telltale bite marks, which were later analyzed to help figure the critter's risk of getting eaten. That analysis revealed a striking pattern.
May 18, 2017
Is the country well prepared for a summer of record heat, flash floods and extreme weather?
May 18, 2017
The livelihoods of farmers and ranchers are intimately tied to weather and the environment. But they may no longer be able to depend on government research to help them adapt to climate change.
May 18, 2017
What started out as web surfing by a healthy teen descended into online obsession and isolation. Was it depression, internet addiction or both? Whatever you call it, rehab is now part of the answer.