Science

Are Women Better Tasters Than Men?

Many in the wine and beer industry claim women have a keener sense of smell, and thus taste, than do men. Sensory scientists who've tackled this question say there's something to this.

All Things Considered

What Do Low Oil Prices Mean For Unconventional Extraction Methods?

NPR's Robert Siegel interviews Barbara R. Shook, senior reporter-at-large at the Energy Intelligence Group, about how low oil prices need to go to make "unconventional oil" extraction too expensive.

All Things Considered

Katrina Sparked Push To Improve Hurricane Forecasting

In the decade since Katrina, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the National Weather Service have invested in new satellites and computer modeling technology that have significantly improved their ability to forecast and track hurricanes.

How Shows Like 'Will & Grace' And 'Black-ish' Can Change Your Brain

Go ahead, use this article to justify binge-watching Orange Is the New Black all weekend.

Morning Edition

To Thrive, Many Young Female Athletes Need A Lot More Food

Doctors and parents often miss the signs of female athlete triad syndrome — low energy, low bone density and irregular menstruation in an otherwise healthy-looking girl or teen.

Morning Edition

How Are U.N. Climate Talks Like A Middle School? Cliques Rule

Tiny island nations, Latin American developing countries and even non-joiners like Switzerland have all found more power and influence in climate negotiations after forming or joining a group.

Obama To Rename Continent's Highest Peak From Mount McKinley To Denali

Efforts to change the mountain's name back to Denali date back to 1975. The White House says changing the name back "recognizes the sacred status of Denali to generations of Alaska Natives."

All Things Considered

WATCH: Octopuses Appear To Take Up Arms As Submarine Warfare Escalates

An Australian bay has gotten a bit too crowded for the local octopuses, who have been fighting and bullying each other. They now appear to be hurling shells as weapons — and there's video evidence.

All Things Considered

Small Shocks Help Enormous Birds Learn To Avoid Power Lines

With wingspans over 9 feet long, California condors are so big that they're at risk for electrocution when they fly into or land on power poles. One San Diego program seeks to change this behavior.

All Things Considered

A View On Oliver Sacks, From A Longtime Friend And Colleague

Renowned neuroscientist Oliver Sacks died Sunday at the age of 82. NPR's Arun Rath talks with his friend and colleague Dr. Orrin Devinsky.

Competition For Resources In The Arctic

August 31, 2015
This July 30, 2014 photo shows Margerie Glacier, one of many glaciers that make up Alaska's Glacier Bay National Park. With melting glaciers and rising seas as his backdrop, President Barack Obama will visit Alaska next week to press for urgent global action to combat climate change, even as he carefully calibrates his message in a state heavily dependent on oil. (AP Photo/Kathy Matheson)

The scramble for the Arctic. President Obama’s in Alaska. We’ll look at the stakes.

Flaws In Scientific Studies Not Uncommon

August 28, 2015

Many say a fear of failure and the pressure of “publish or perish” have become a barrier in the quest for the truth.

The World’s Disappearing Natural Sound

August 28, 2015
Lightning first ignited the Meadow fire on July 20, 2014 in Yosemite. By September 8, the fire had charred 2,582 acres. Bernie Krause has recorded soundscapes of national parks destroyed by large areas of forest fires. Listen below.  (National Park Service)

A legendary natural sound collector shares his recordings. We’ll listen in.

Origami For The Digital Age

August 26, 2015
Molly Urbonas, 9, watches polymer shapes change form under a heat lamp at the CU Science Discovery camp. Her project mimics a sophisticated engineering process called “photo origami.” (Courtesy of Patrick Campbell, CU Boulder)

Middle school students in Boulder are learning about a sophisticated engineering process called “photo origami” this summer.

A Recipe For Longevity? Beans, Friends, Purpose And Movement

August 26, 2015
What is the recipe for living a long, healthy, happy life? Dan Buettner has been researching this for nearly a decade. (Pixabay)

For nearly a decade, Dan Buettner has researched the places people live longest, healthiest and happiest.

Stephen Hawking’s New Theory On Black Holes

August 26, 2015
Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking is pictured on July 20, 2015 in London, England. (Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images for Breakthrough Initiatives)

The famed physicist has presented a new idea on on one of the most complicated things in the universe: black holes.

Jimmy Carter’s Fight To Eradicate The Guinea Worm

August 25, 2015
Ajak Kuol Nyamchiek, 7, watches while John Lotiki, a nurse with the Carter Center, bandages the blister on her leg from where a guinea worm is slowly emerging in Abuyong, Sudan, Nov. 4, 2010. Nyamchiek is a patient at Center’s guinea worm case containment center. Nurses at this center in Abuyong, a village in Awerial County in Southern Sudan’s Lakes state, bandage the worms twice daily, after gently pulling the worms out several inches each time. If they break while they are being pulled out of the swollen blisters, the wounds become infected and the worms withdraw back into the body, prolonging the pain for the victims. (Maggie Fick/AP)

The former president and founder of The Carter Center said he wants the last guinea worm to die before he does.

Can You Reduce Your Risk Of Alzheimer’s?

August 24, 2015
Eating a healthy diet can help protect against Alzheimer's, according to the meta-analysis by researchers at the University of California, San Francisco. (with wind/Flickr)

Nine factors appear to be associated with a higher risk of developing Alzheimer’s, including obesity and depression.

Scientists Look To Mushrooms For Honeybee Health

August 24, 2015
Commercial honeybees, which pollinate $15 billion worth of crops in the United States annually, have teetered on the brink of collapse for nearly a decade. (Psycho Delia/Flickr)

A mushroom scientist and bee expert believe a special fungus mixture could kill the mites threatening honeybee populations.

The Key To Being A Hero: Don’t Think About It

August 24, 2015
French President Francois Hollande, left, shakes hands with Anthony Sadler, right, a senior at Sacramento University in California, while U.S. Airman, Spencer Stone, looks on as they leave the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, after being awarded with the French Legion of Honor by French President, Monday, Aug. 24, 2015. (Kamil Zihnioglu/AP Photo)

A Yale psychologist argues that it’s not quick thinking but rather a lack of forethought that allows feats of “extreme altruism.”

How Art Can Develop Your Brain

August 24, 2015
Can looking at modern art help you become more creative? Art historian Joanthan Fineberg thinks so. (Pixabay)

Art historian Jonathan Fineberg discusses his new book, “Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain.”

New Science On Same-Sex Attraction

August 24, 2015
Scotty Brown, 32, left, of Chicago, kisses Roger Knight, 31, of Chicago, as they get married during the Chicago Pride Parade on Broadway Street on Sunday, June 28, 2015, in Chicago. (AP)

What makes people gay? Evidence is mounting for nature over nurture. We’ll look at the latest research on human sexuality.

Statewide Analysis Uncovers Leaky Mass. Gas Lines

August 21, 2015
A map by HEET MA of the city of Boston's natural gas leaks. (Courtesy of HEET MA)

Cohasset bears the most leaks in the state — one for every six homes that use gas.

Treating Advanced Cancer In Older Adults

August 21, 2015
An auxiliary nurse helps a patient walk in a geriatric unit at the CHU Angers teaching hospital in Angers, western France, on October 23, 2013. (Jean-Sebastien Evrard/AFP/Getty Images)

How unusual is it that someone Jimmy Carter’s age is receiving aggressive treatment for cancer that has spread?

Week In The News: Hillary's Email, Trump's Wall, Carter's Cancer

August 21, 2015
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., works the grill in the Iowa Pork Producers Tent with Rep. David Young, R-Iowa, right, during a visit to the Iowa State Fair, Tuesday, Aug. 18, 2015, in Des Moines, Iowa.  (AP)

Iowa politics. Hillary’s email. A Bangkok blast. Protests in St. Louis. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Is Breakfast Really So Important?

August 20, 2015
Breakfast: croissant, coffee and newspaper

The answer isn’t simple, says NPR food and nutrition correspondent Allison Aubrey. It depends what you eat and who you are.

Most Popular