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.
On a fall morning in 2009, a team of three young physicists huddled around a computer screen in a small office overlooking Broadway in New York. They were dressed for success—even the graduate student’s shirt had buttons—and a bottle of champagne was at the ready.
It’s three in the morning in South Africa, in the middle of winter. Temperatures have dropped to just …
The first batch of a vaccine against Ebola is on its way to Liberia and trials are expected to start soon.
A jellyfish tagging study reveals the creatures' ability to swim against the current when forming their submarine swarms, say researchers.
A drug that protected mice three days after exposure to radiation could buy more time for survivors of a nuclear disaster
Light is the fastest thing around, but shaped beams travel slower than expected, even in a vacuum. No need to throw your physics textbooks out yet though
Crowdsourced loans and peer-to-peer lending are cutting banks out of the mortgage market – and this is just the start
Size isn't everything. When many male mice mate with the same females, their descendants evolve testes that can produce more sperm
A new molten salt nuclear reactor design could make nuclear power safer and more economical.A new take on an old reactor design could make nuclear power cleaner and safer, and therefore more competitive with fossil fuels.
NASA spacecraft almost to Pluto, starts snapping pictures Sunday: Smile for the camera!
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has a jarring prediction for the future of the Internet.
It may be following a strategy that doesn't necessarily hinge on making money directly from wireless service
The disease which has killed more than 8,000 people in the past year may be the number one threat to great apes in Africa
To find terrain that simulates the moon's surface, the only Japanese team vying for the Google Lunar XPrize knew just where to go
Along the seashore, harmful blooms caused by an organism called Sea Sparkle choke ecosystems but look positively enchanting
Much has been done over the foundation's first decade and a half — with more still to do
The opposable thumb you use to hold a pencil was long thought to be a defining aspect of humans. But an analysis of finger bones suggests stone tool use by pre-humans — perhaps 3 million years ago.
Forensic scientists can find crime-solving evidence in the tiniest details, such as the insects that arrive at the scene to feed on the decomposing corpse.
The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists Science and Security Board is warning that "the probability of global catastrophe is very high" unless quick action is taken.
Gregory Asner has loaded a plane with lasers, spectrometers and computers to create models so detailed, they distinguish between and count plant species in even the densest biomes, like the Amazon.
Blind since birth, Julee-anne Bell wasn't comfortable heading out on her own. And when she learned an echolocation technique that gave her more independence, she discovered that it came with costs.
Diverse landscape of 67P suggests an unexpectedly complicated origin
In tight times, cuts urged for ocean observing network and ships