Why Vegetables Get Freakish In The Land Of The Midnight Sun

NPR | Aug. 20, 2014 11:57 a.m.

Long summer days in Alaska help cabbages, turnips and other vegetables grow to gargantuan sizes. These "giants" are celebrated at the annual state fair, which kicks off on Thursday.

Seeking 'Proof' For Why We Feel Terrible After Too Many Drinks

NPR | Aug. 18, 2014 12:40 p.m.

Author Adam Rogers says there are lots of myths about what causes hangovers. His new book Proof: The Science of Booze explores these and other scientific mysteries about alcohol's effect on the body.

Fighting (Tasty) Invasive Fish With Forks And Knives

NPR | Aug. 17, 2014 8:39 a.m.

Invasive fish like snakeheads and Asian carp are threatening to wipe out aquatic ecosystems across the U.S. So chefs and environmental agencies are encouraging their communities to eat them up.

Startups Pitch Cricket Flour As The Best Protein You Could Eat

NPR | Aug. 15, 2014 12:37 p.m.

Cricket flour is a thing, and it's showing up in bars and baked goods. A few companies are testing the water to see if Americans can get on board with cricket as an alternative to meat or soy.

Beneath These Masks Is An Artist Conflicted By Junk Food

NPR | Aug. 14, 2014 9:14 a.m.

James Ostrer slathered himself and a few friends with cream cheese and then piled candy, doughnuts and fries on top. As he photographed these human sculptures, he found a sort of catharsis.

Unlocking France's Secrets To Safer Raw Milk Cheese

NPR | Aug. 12, 2014 1:58 p.m.

A British cheesemonger wants to translate a French guide to raw milk microbiology into English. She says it has the potential to revolutionize our approach to cheese flavor and safety.

Lake Erie's Toxic Bloom Has Ohio Famers On The Defensive

NPR | Aug. 08, 2014 2:52 p.m.

Ohio farmers say they are not the only ones to blame for Toledo's polluted drinking water. They say they are using only as much fertilizer as they need to grow their crops.

The Ebola Outbreak: 'A Dress Rehearsal For The Next Big One'

NPR | Aug. 06, 2014 5:33 a.m.

The Ebola outbreak in West Africa is spreading at a frightening rate. To find out why this outbreak has been so deadly and what may lie ahead, we spoke with science writer David Quammen.

Should We Return The Nutrients In Our Pee Back To The Farm?

NPR | Aug. 05, 2014 9:35 a.m.

A group of environmentalists in Vermont aren't at all squeamish about "pee-cycling." A local hay farmer is using their pee as fertilizer as they run tests to find out how safe it is for growing food.

Chef Grills Steak, Volcano-Style, With Molten Lava

NPR | Aug. 04, 2014 8:50 a.m.

After Sam Bompas roasted marshmallows over lava at a volcano in Japan, he wanted to recreate the experience. So he asked a geologist and sculptor who'd built an artificial volcano to host a barbecue.

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