When Reassuring Isn't: The Rush To Test Cruise Passenger For Ebola

Galveston, Texas, officials meant well when they tested a passenger while she was still at sea. But some say airlifting a blood sample in a Coast Guard helicopter was needlessly alarming.

All Things Considered

Why Are The Great Lakes On The Rise?

Host Audie Cornish talks with Drew Gronewold, a hydrologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, about why water levels in lakes Superior, Michigan and Huron are rising.

Morning Edition

Will Apple's Mobile Wallet Replace Your Leather Wallet?

Many have tried and failed with this kind of payment option before. But Apple's launch is bigger, with more financial institutions' support, and consumers may be more security-conscious.

Weekend Edition Sunday

DOD: Climate Change Is A Volatile Factor In International Security

The Department of Defense says climate change is an "immediate risk" to the nation. Adm. David Titley talks with NPR's Rachel Martin about how the military must respond.

All Things Considered

One Feminist Critic's Battle With Gaming's Darker Side

This week, Anita Sarkeesian, known for her series critiquing the portrayal of women in video games, canceled a talk at Utah State University after the school received a threat of a mass shooting.

All Things Considered

Getting Medical Advice Is Often Just A Tap Away

NPR's Arun Rath speaks with infectious disease specialist and HealthTap member Dr. Jonathan Po about telemedicine and hypochondria in a time of heightened health concern.

Mars Probes Give Scientists Box Seats For Rare Comet Flyby

A "mountain-sized" comet known as Siding Spring will pass very close to the red planet, where orbiters from the U.S., Europe and India, hope to get close - but not too close — to the action.

Weekend Edition Saturday

Robot Bees Could Assist With Tricky Rescue Operations

Robert Wood, an electrical engineer at Harvard's Microrobotics Lab, is engineering colonies of RoboBees. They don't sting, and they can be used for surveillance or crop pollination.

Tech Week: Egg Freezing, Gamergate And Online Giving

Debates about the role of women in the technology workforce and in gaming are swirling over two notable stories this week.

U.S. To Temporarily Halt Funding For Controversial Virus Research

The federal government will suspend funding while it reviews the potential risks and benefits of certain experiments with three viruses: SARS, MERS and influenza.

Where We're Going, We'll Probably Still Need Cars

October 21, 2014
This undated image provided by Google, shows an early version of Google's prototype self-driving car. For the first time, California's Department of Motor Vehicles knows how many self-driving cars are traveling on the state's public roads. The agency is issuing permits, Tuesday, Sept. 16, 2014 that let three companies test 29 vehicles on highways and in neighborhoods. (AP)

The future of the car: from the fuels they’ll run on, to the materials they’ll be made of, to the computers that may drive them.

Comet Narrowly Passes Mars, NASA Orbiters

October 20, 2014
An artist's concept of comet Siding Spring and Mars. (NASA)

The comet Siding Spring came closer to Mars than any comet has come to a planet in recorded history.

Be Afraid: We Have Nothing To Fear But Fear Itself

October 20, 2014
In this Oct. 2, 2014 photo, patrons line up for “Nightmare: New York,” a haunted house attraction in New York. (AP)

Afraid of snakes? Heights? Ebola? We’ll unpack the science of fear.

How Rational Are Our Fears Of Ebola?

October 16, 2014
Attendees hold candles at a prayer vigil on the campus of TCU for health care worker Nina Pham who was diagnosed with the Ebola virus on October 14, 2014 in Dallas, Texas. (Mike Stone/Getty Images)

A new poll shows that 1 in 4 Americans are fearful of contracting Ebola, but are those fears warranted?

The U.S. Health System Vs. Ebola

October 16, 2014
In this Oct. 8, 2014 file photo, a sign points to the entrance to the emergency room at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, where U.S. Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan was being treated, in Dallas. (AP)

A second Dallas nurse infected with Ebola. At least 76 in her hospital, exposed. We’ll look at the American medical system racing for Ebola readiness.

Atul Gawande’s Prescription For A Better Way To Die

October 15, 2014

In his new book “Being Mortal,” surgeon Atul Gawande looks at how doctors and other health care workers can improve end of life and elder care.

And The Nobel Prize For Facilitating Scientific Discovery Goes To: The Minivan

October 15, 2014
Suzanne Greenwald: "This is modern science that matters. Once frumpy, the minivan is busting out of the suburbs, big-time." (Honda/AP)

This is modern science that matters. Once frumpy, the minivan is busting out of the suburbs, big-time.

Gov. Patrick On Ebola: ‘No Cause For Alarm’ In Massachusetts

October 14, 2014
A hazmat worker cleans outside the apartment building of a hospital worker, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014, in Dallas. (LM Otero/AP)

State health and government officials are working hard to tamp down fears about the global Ebola crisis one day after five people arrived at Logan Airport from Dubai with flu-like symptoms.

Early Intervention For Toddlers With Autism Showing Signs Of Success

October 14, 2014
A program at Mercy Children's Hospital in St. Louis provides early intervention for children diagnosed with autism. (Courtesy Mercy Children's Hospital)

Doctors say that children as young as 12 months can be diagnosed with autism, and that early treatment can help reverse the condition.

What’s The Best Way To Design A Work Space?

October 14, 2014
What kind of workspace works best for you? (

Here’s one thing we know about office design: it’s often the result of fads. Cubicles, no cubicles, open design, closed meeting rooms, rotating desk assignments, standing desks, treadmill desks — even no desks.

Bodies Get Picked Clean By Vultures In The Name Of Science

October 13, 2014
Students learn about excavating human remains at the Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State. (Courtesy Forensic Anthropology Center/Texas State)

The Forensic Anthropology Center at Texas State University studies how the body decomposes in the outdoors for crime and other research purposes.

The Mysterious Process of Awarding Science Nobels

October 9, 2014
UC Santa Barbara scientist Shuji Nakamura speaks during a news conference after sharing a Nobel Prize for physics for invention of blue LED light October 07, 2014, in Santa Barbara, California. NPR's Joe Palca says it's notoriously hard to predict who the prize will go to. (Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

NPR’s Joe Palca explores why it is so hard to predict the winners of the Nobel Prizes in science.

Cheap Oil At An Energy Inflection Point

October 9, 2014
This Sept. 11, 2013 file photo shows oil pumps the desert oil fields of Sakhir, Bahrain. Dramatic changes in oil production around the globe, both higher and lower, are balancing each other out instead of wreaking havoc. (AP)

Despite the Middle East crisis and Russian tensions, world oil prices are plummeting. We’ll look at why and what it means for rising clean energy.

What America Must Do To Stop Ebola, Now

October 8, 2014
Dr Tom Kenyon, director of the Center for Disease Control's Center for Global Health, listens to a question at a news conference in Monrovia, Liberia, Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014.  (AP)

Are we ready for Ebola? The CDC says it will stop Ebola in its tracks in the US. We’ll hear what it’s really going to take.

Where Do Scientists Come From?

October 7, 2014
Where does scientific curiosity come from? Ari Daniel tries to find out. (Desirae/Flickr)

In science, a single question can be a powerful force. It can open up an entire field of study. It can inhabit someone, shaping who they become.

Explaining The Science Behind The Nobel Prize In Physics

October 7, 2014
A giant screen displays the images of (up, L to R) Japanese-born researchers Isamu Akasaki, Hiroshi Amano and Shuji Nakamurawho received the 2014 Nobel Prize in Physics on October 7, 2014 at the Royal Swedish Academy of Science in Stockholm, Sweden. (Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP/Getty Images)

This year’s Nobel Prize in physics went to three scientists who created LED light technology. Columbia’s Brian Greene explains how it works.

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