• An irrigation pivot waters a corn field in Nebraska. Many farmers in Nebraska and Kansas rely on irrigation to water their corn fields. But the underground aquifer they draw from will run dry.
    Nati Harnik/AP
    2:49pm Aug 27, 2013
    National National Science Economy Environment

    Turning Off The Spigot In Western Kansas Farmland

    If Kansas farmers keep pumping water out of the High Plains aquifer as they have in the past, the amount of water they can extract will start to fall in just 10 years or so, scientists predict. That will cause big changes in the agricultural economy. But reducing water use now could help delay and ease that disruption.
  • 10:41am Aug 23, 2013
    Science Science

    Coffee's Natural Creamer

    Coffee beans are filled with oils that emerge from coffee grounds under high pressure. These oils form the crema - "the frothy stuff" on top of an espresso. In the last installment of Science Friday's series on coffee, food-science writer Harold McGee, author of On Food and Cooking, explains the chemistry of crema.
  • 7:25am Aug 23, 2013

    Jack Daniel's To Expand Tennessee Distillery

    It's already the No. 1 selling American whiskey, but Jack Daniel's sees huge potential as world-wide whiskey sales soar. The iconic company has announced a $100 million expansion of its distillery in tiny Lynchburg, Tenn.
  • 6:26am Aug 16, 2013

    Heard It Through The Grapevine: Raisin Grower Goes Rogue

    In this "Planet Money" report, we learn about a man many call an outlaw. His crime? Growing raisins and then selling them all. For the last 10 years, he's violated the law and gone against the Raisin Administrative Committee.
  • Dave Dierig, research leader at the National Center for Genetic Resources Preservation, stands among the ceiling-high shelves that hold the 600,000 seed packets in this cold storage vault.
    Grace Hood / KUNC
    7:59am Aug 15, 2013
    National National Science

    Colorado Vault Is Fort Knox For The World's Seeds

    At Colorado State University, billions of seeds and other genetic material sit inside a giant storage vault. They're kept there in case of a loss of plant or animal life on a regional or global scale. But the investigation into GMO wheat in Oregon has raised questions about security at the facility.