Last Build Date: Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:19:01 -0400Copyright: Copyright 2016 NPR - For Personal Use Only
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:19:01 -0400Earth's rocks and fossils can help us understand our own species. Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara explains important moments in Earth's history that help us recognize our place in the world.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:19:01 -0400At various times, life on earth has come close to being erased. Paleontologist Peter Ward explains what we can learn from previous mass extinctions.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:19:01 -0400Have we entered a new age defined by humans? Paleontologist Kenneth Lacovara says there's "no doubt" that humans' impact on Earth will show up in the geological record.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:19:01 -0400Environmental writer Emma Marris wants us to broaden our definition of nature to one that embraces urban and wild spaces in order learn to protect and care for it.
Fri, 30 Sep 2016 08:19:01 -0400Biodiversity archivist Cary Fowler explains how the Svalbard Global Seed Vault will prepare humans for the climate change and its effect on our environment and our food supply.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:33:00 -0400NPR's Ari Shapiro talks to Ginette Hemley of the World Wildlife Fund about the CITES meeting and the challenges in trying to protect endangered species, particularly elephants.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 16:29:00 -0400Wednesday night's aurora borealis forecast was particularly strong, so Icelandic officials tried to reduce light pollution to make the green glow more visible to people in the capital.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 13:23:00 -0400There's plenty of vaccine available this year, and the sooner people get vaccinated the better, federal health officials say. A recent drop in vaccination, especially among the elderly, concerns them.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 12:04:00 -0400Most potential Alzheimer's drugs are tested on mice. But rats may be a better choice because they seem to have a type of memory that's more like ours, and also are highly vulnerable to Alzheimer's.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 08:45:00 -0400To cap its 12-year scientific voyage, the Rosetta spacecraft will take a final plunge Friday. Scientists will signal Rosetta to crash into the surface of a comet — and gather data all the way down.
Thu, 29 Sep 2016 05:00:28 -0400Just as natural antibodies help your body find and fight microbial invaders, tailored research antibodies let scientists target and study cancer cells. But too many are poorly made, scientists say.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 18:15:00 -0400Amazon, Facebook, Google, Microsoft and IBM form a group to set the first industrywide best practices for the technology already powering many applications, such as voice and image recognition.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:07:00 -0400What is the most murderous mammal? A new study says it's the meerkat. But the study argues that over all of human history, humans are still more lethally violent than the average mammal.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 14:17:00 -0400An endangered whale was found dead over the weekend, entangled in derelict fishing gear. Such incidents have been on the rise in recent years. A new California law aims to combat the problem.
Wed, 28 Sep 2016 13:54:00 -0400World leaders at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species agreed to ban all commercial trade in pangolins, small and endangered mammals that also resemble aardvarks.