Famous — and occasionally controversial — physicist Freeman Dyson's new essay collection ranges from scientific history to today's hot-button issues like climate change and genetic engineering.
Entertainment | Food | ScienceNPR | April 13, 2015 2:57 p.m.
There's a new use for those stale Easter marshmallows you still have lying around: calculating a constant that governs the universe.
Brooke Borel's new book describes the history of bedbugs and how they hide, bite and reproduce. Borel, who has combated them herself, says an infestation "does mess with your mind a little bit."
Food | Environment | Science | WorldNPR | March 25, 2015 10:29 a.m.
Researchers in Colombia have created new types of beans that can withstand high heat. Many of these "heat-beater" beans resulted from a unique marriage, 20 years ago, of tradition and technology.
Food | Nation | Environment | Science | ArtsNPR | March 23, 2015 1:27 p.m.
At an event to honor the modern-day science hero, $15,000 worth of edible insects were on the menu. So Tyson was willing — if not exactly eager — to explore the delicacies on offer. For science.
For the first time, scientists have estimated how much antibiotics livestock consume globally — and how fast consumption is growing. Which country uses the most drugs on farms?
Health | Food | Nation | Environment | ScienceNPR | March 19, 2015 3:24 p.m.
With a little help, scientists say that seaweed growing along the Maine and New Hampshire coasts could become the "kale of the sea." The first step is teaching chefs and consumers how to enjoy it.
Business | Nation | Food | Flora and Fauna | ScienceNPR | March 19, 2015 8:33 a.m.
The results are in from a long-running study of three different ways to house egg-laying chickens. It found that more hens survive in cages, and cages are cheaper. But consumers prefer cage-free eggs.
Health | Entertainment | Food | Science | ArtsNPR | March 18, 2015 6:58 a.m.
Women who cooked the meals they saw prepared on television weighed more, on average, than those who simply watched, a study shows. The findings challenge the notion that home cooking is always best.