Choosing the viral targets for the seasonal flu vaccine is a gamble. Sometimes, like this year, the flu wins
Is there a conscious generosity in how ravens or bats share food, or monkeys or elephants save others, or is it simply the selfish instinct of group survival?
DNA research into early canine remains also raises clues about migration patterns of ancient humans
Science agency the CSIRO and Bureau of Meteorology predict temperature rises of up to 5.1c in Australia by 2090 in their most comprehensive forecast yet
Research on 85 families finds less than a third of siblings with autism carry the same genetic risk, and in nearly 70% of cases known contributory mutations do not overlap
Predicted lung cancer deaths for women in Europe set to reach 14.24 per 100,000 of population in 2015
Glacier monitoring technology shows the most rapid glacier depletion for at least three centuries. Big glaciers are shrinking, with small ones disappearing altogether, writes Bernard Francou
It may not sound like the most useful of scientific endeavours, but the methods used to turn a hard-boiled egg back into its liquid state could bring major benefits to areas as diverse as cheese-making and cancer research
Media reports of a recent study suggesting a wide variety of common drugs can increase the chances of getting dementia are more sensationalism than science
Think “moon” and you probably envision a desolate, cratered landscape, maybe with an American flag and some old astronaut footprints. Earth’s moon is no place for living things. But that isn’t necessarily true for every moon. Whirling around Saturn, Enceladus spits out geysers of water from an underground ocean.
The science behind how water releases the funk from all the yeasts and bacteria hiding in your dog's fur.
Flanked by curious fish and tended by a diver, these coral nurseries off the coast of the Florida Keys are being grown as transplants for damaged reefs
If we could turn back the clock millions of years, would animals evolve in the same way? Genome data suggests that their options would be limited
A see-saw effect of warm water slushing in the equatorial Pacific may make extreme climate events El Niño and La Niña twice as frequent
The oldest rocky planets yet are 11.2 billion years old, just a little younger than the universe - meaning the galaxy made an early start on planet building
It's usually only possible to see the spot where a laser lands rather than its path, but now an ultrafast camera has caught those photons mid-flight
New micro-satellite technology is enabling satellite Internet services that could reach billions of new users.Providing Internet access from orbiting satellites—a concept that seemed to have died with the excesses of the dot-com boom—has returned thanks to SpaceX founder (and dot-com billionaire) Elon Musk.
A recent sharp drop in new Ebola infections in West Africa is prompting scientists to wonder whether the virus may be silently immunizing some people at the same time as brutally killing their neighbors.
Microsoft has figured out a way to make your phone automatically go silent at the movie theater. The new patented system is called "inconspicuous mode."
Sheriffs want Google to turn off the app feature that alerts drivers to police locations, fearing it could aid would-be cop killers
Aging pipes are leading to a massive loss of revenue and adding to greenhouse gas emissions
The hobbyist model drone that crashed on the White House lawn Monday was too small to be detected by a radar. Bill Plante reports on new questions being raised about White House security.
Think you've seen big rings in our own solar system? Not even close.
Boeing's first unmanned test flight is scheduled for 2016
A rare large asteroid zipped very close to Earth Monday morning. NPR's Robert Siegel talks to Paul Chodas, head of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's Near-Earth Object program, about the "close call."
A team of Indian physicists has made a mathematical model that purports to explain why ants don't have traffic jams. NPR's Joe Palca explains as part of his series, Joe's Big Idea.
Scorched planets tightly circle an 11.2-billion-year-old star relatively close to Earth
But adding small amounts of land to already protected areas could help save the island's biodiversity
Five Disneyland workers have been diagnosed with illness
Ah, motherhood. I don’t know anything about it, but I heard there’s a lot of, like, sacrifice and stuff. Not only do you have to bring the brat into the world, but then you have to feed it for at least 18 years or you get in big trouble. That’s a lot of pressure.