Science

  • 7:37pm Jan 12, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    From Corn Belt To Main Street: The Drought's Far-Reaching Grasp

    Record heat and relatively dry winters have created a historic drought in the U.S., but the ripple effects extend beyond the farmland and ranches. Low crop yields are driving up food prices, and dry conditions are causing forest fires and water main breaks. The costs are high, and it's still unclear if we'll see the end of it in 2013.
  • The butter sculpture will be dumped into this pit of rotting fruit and vegetables on the Reinford family's farm. Then, all that food will get ground up and put into the farm's methane digester.
    Scott Detrow / NPR
    9:49pm Jan 11, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    This Butter Sculpture Could Power A Farm For 3 Days

    The biggest attraction at the annual Farm Show in Harrisburg, Pa., is always a giant, 1,000-pound sculpture crafted from butter. Once this year's show wraps up, all that beautiful butter will go right into a manure pit to become methane gas.
  • 1:03pm Jan 11, 2013
    Science Science Health & Safety

    Getting A Handle On Why Fingers Wrinkle

    Why do your fingers get pruney after a long water bath? Only a handful of researchers (ever) have looked into the finger-wrinkling experience. Reporting in the journal Biology Letters, researchers make the case for finger wrinkles as treads — wet wrinkled fingers seem to grip better than wet smooth ones.
  • 1:03pm Jan 11, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    How E-Waste Is Becoming a Big, Global Problem

    According to the EPA, more than 2.5 million tons of electronic waste, or e-waste, is produced each year in the U.S. Derek Markham, a contributing writer for Treehugger.com, discusses the global impacts, and why you should think twice before discarding your old cell phone.
  • 1:03pm Jan 11, 2013
    Science Science

    Simulating The Red Planet, On The Pale Blue Dot

    What's it like to live--and cook--on Mars? To find out, researchers are simulating Mars missions in Russia, and on the slopes of a Hawaiian volcano. Kim Binsted talks about her study to whip up tastier space food. Porcini mushroom risotto, anyone? And sleep expert Charles Czeisler talks about how humans adapt to the 24.65-hour Martian day.
  • Craig Childs walks in the desert surrounding the Colorado River delta.
    Courtesy of Craig Childs
    8:35am Jan 11, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    The True Weight Of Water

    A recent report from the Department of the Interior suggests that the Colorado River is drying out. But commentator Craig Childs says sometimes the answers are simpler than they seem.
  • Top schools like Harvard, seen here in 2000, often offer scholarships and other financial incentives, but they are finding it hard to increase the socioeconomic diversity on campus.
    Darren McCollester / Getty Images
    6:26am Jan 09, 2013
    National National Science Education

    Elite Colleges Struggle To Recruit Smart, Low-Income Kids

    Top schools often offer scholarships that not only include free tuition, but also free room and board for top students from poor families. Each year, however, colleges are confronted with a paradox: No matter how many incentives they provide, enrollment of highly talented, low-income student barely seems to budge.
  • The Shell Oil Jackpine open pit mine uses trucks that are 3 stories tall, weigh 1 million pounds and cost $7 million each. There is explosive growth in the oil field areas around Fort McMurray, Alberta, Canada.
    The Washington Post/Getty Images
    6:43pm Jan 08, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Deep In Canadian Lakes, Signs Of Tar Sands Pollution

    The contaminants researchers found at the bottom of Alberta lakes are from air pollutants coming from tar sands oil production and processing facilities. The pollution wasn't picked up by the industry-funded monitoring program that was supposed to track environmental risks from tar sands over recent decades.
  • 6:37pm Jan 08, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    2012 Smashes Record For Hottest Year In The Lower 48

    It's official: 2012 was the hottest year on record for the contiguous United States. In fact, it shattered the record set in 1998. The National Climatic Data Center says last year was also extraordinarily dry — and drought conditions are persisting into 2013.
  • 6:06am Jan 08, 2013
    Science Science Environment

    Drilling Rig's Thick Hull Helps Prevent Oil Spill

    A Shell Oil drilling rig has been pulled of the rocks, where it washed up a week ago during a storm. It has been towed to a bay where divers will inspect it for damage. The incident raises questions about the oil company's controversial plans to continue exploring for oil in the Arctic Ocean this summer.
  • 12:23pm Jan 07, 2013
    Science Science

    Science Looked Good In 2012

    Catfish eating pigeons, water travelling uphill, a blue whale barrel roll — where can one see such things? The scientific journals! Flora Lichtman and Ira Flatow look back on the year's best moments in science cinema. What was your favorite science video of the year?