• 1:33pm Jun 07, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    Strengthening Buildings In Tornado Alley

    Scenes of destroyed homes and businesses were common following the recent Oklahoma tornadoes. David Prevatt, a structural engineer at the University of Florida, says that improving resistance to tornadoes will require better building materials and techniques, plus a strong dose of political will.
  • 4:04pm Jun 04, 2013
    Environment Environment

    When It Snows Ash: Life In Wildfire Country

    In Southern California, a massive wildfire, called the Powerhouse fire, has consumed 50 miles of land northwest of Los Angeles. California residents face wildfire season every year. Grist staff writer Susie Cagle talks about what it's like to live in wildfire country.
  • 12:09pm May 31, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Researchers Revive A Plant Frozen In Time

    It sounds like something from the movies — scientists uncover a sample of plant material frozen inside a glacier for hundreds of years, bring it back to the lab, and watch as it comes back to life. Catherine LaFarge describes the work, and what it means for plant scientists.
  • Cicada: It's what's for dinner?
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    7:18pm May 29, 2013
    National National Science Arts Environment

    Cooking With Cicadas: No Weirder Than Eating Cheese?

    We know, eating bugs sounds strange, but 2 billion people already do it — and the U.N. has made the case for insects as a key protein source. For U.S. East Coasters, the coming of the 17-year cicadas provides an opportunity to cook with bugs. If you want to try your hand at it, there's a cookbook to guide your way.
  • 4:15pm May 29, 2013
    Environment Environment

    Colorado Crisis: America's Great River Dwindles in Drought

    The Colorado River serves 40 million people across Western states and is critical for farmers and ranchers who rely on its water for irrigation. Drought remains a serious problem as the summer begins. Writer and photographer Peter McBride talks about the state of the region and the response.
  • Casi Callaway of Mobile Baykeeper points out new marsh grass on the western shore of Mobile, Ala. Volunteers created an oyster reef just off the shoreline at this Mobile park, one of the first coastal restoration projects in the aftermath of the 2010 BP o
    Debbie Elliott / NPR
    11:29am May 29, 2013
    National National Environment

    Gulf Coast States Get Creative With BP Oil Spill Money

    Oil giant BP has agreed to pay $1 billion for coastal restoration along the Gulf of Mexico because of the 2010 oil spill. But the nature of some of the projects, including boat ramps and a beachfront hotel, has some environmental groups raising questions about what counts as coastal restoration.
  • 2:09pm May 28, 2013
    Science Science Economy Environment

    The Business And Science Of Storm Shelters

    There are no definitive numbers on how many people were saved by storm shelters in the deadly tornado in Moore, Okla. There's little doubt that those who sought cover in previously-installed underground shelters and safe rooms were protected. Still, most people in high-risk areas don't have them.
  • 2:58pm May 24, 2013
    National National Science Environment

    Tracking Killer Tornadoes

    A series of tornadoes struck the central United States this week, including a powerful storm in Oklahoma that killed at least 24 people. Marshall Shepherd, the president of the American Meteorological Society, describes the ingredients of major tornadoes, and how they are predicted.