• 7:49am Apr 09, 2013
    National National Science

    Spring Blooms, And So Do The Creepy Crawlies

    Springtime means bug time. Michael Raupp, professor of entomology at the University of Maryland, has the story of a big brood of cicadas that is set to emerge up and down the East Coast. We can also expect the largest infestation of stink bugs this year. USDA entomologist Tracy Leskey talks about the bugs with guest host Jacki Lyden.
  • 10:09am Apr 08, 2013

    African Leopard Tortoise Cashew Was Never Stolen

    The National Mississippi River Museum announced last week that Cashew had been stolen. Instead, the animal had gotten wedged behind a museum wall. Embarrassed about losing track of a tortoise, a staff member popped Cashew into the elevator to make it appear she'd been returned by a thief.
  • 4:54pm Apr 05, 2013
    Science Science

    Searching For The Roots of 'Right' And 'Wrong'

    In The Bonobo and the Atheist: In Search of Humanism Among the Primates, primatologist Frans de Waal explores traits like empathy and fairness in our closest relatives, bonobos and chimpanzees, and argues that human morality is not the product of rational thought or religion, but evolved long ago.
  • This bacterium-like microbe, Archaeoglobus fulgidus, seen here in a false-color image, can live in the high temperatures found near deep-sea vents. They can also survive by consuming perchlorate, a chemical used in rocket fuel.
    Alfred Pasieka / Science Source
    9:36am Apr 05, 2013
    Science Science

    Some Deep-Sea Microbes Are Hungry For Rocket Fuel

    Some of the tiniest critters inside the harsh, otherwordly vents at the bottom of sea are unlike almost anything on Earth. They don't need oxygen to thrive — they can use rocket fuel. The discovery is a hint that our planet's first microbes probably sucked up whatever chemicals they could to survive.
  • 2:57pm Apr 02, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    The Buzz On Bees: Why Many Colonies Are Collapsing

    Bees have been dying off in increasing numbers over the past few years. Experts say that habitat loss and disease are the biggest culprits, and some believe that pesticides are to blame. NPR science correspondent Dan Charles explains the possible causes and what is being done to stop this trend.
  • European bison, or wisents, keep a safe distance from human visitors to their enclosure on the property of Prince Richard of Sayn-Wittgenstein-Berleburg in Germany's densely populated state of North Rhine-Westphalia.
    Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson / NPR
    5:17pm Apr 01, 2013
    World News World News Environment

    German Prince Plans To Put Bison Back In The Wild

    The prince's dream of reintroducing European bison, or wisent, into Germany's most densely populated state will soon be reality. It will be the first time in nearly 300 years that these creatures will roam Western Europe. But not everyone is as excited as the prince.
  • 9:26am Mar 30, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    The Secret Life Of the Sonoran Desert

    The Sonoran Desert, which spans some 100,000 square miles in southwestern North America, is one of the most diverse desert ecosystems in the world. Host Ira Flatow and guests discuss some lesser known desert creatures, and explore the secret life of that American southwest icon, the saguaro cactus.
  • 1:47pm Mar 22, 2013
    Science Science

    Project Seeks To Bring Extinct Species Back

    Although the gastric brooding frog became extinct in the mid-1980s, the genome of that Australian amphibian species is alive again thanks to modern biotech techniques. Michael Archer, leader of the 'Lazarus Project,' describes early efforts to resurrect extinct species.
  • 9:23am Mar 21, 2013

    Broadway Understudy Is Less Than 'Purrfect'

    The Broadway show Breakfast at Tiffany's opened Wednesday in New York, but it was curtains for one understudy. The black-and-white feline apparently refused to follow stage directions.