Streams

 

 

Science

PRI's The World

Rising sea levels mean trouble for Vietnam's rice farmers

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

If you find yourself buying rice anywhere in the world, there’s a good chance that what’s in your cart came from Vietnam. The small country cranks out a fifth of the world’s rice exports each year. But oceans are expanding — right up into some of Vietnam’s richest rice-growing areas — which is bad news for farmers.

Comment

WNYC News

Beware the Light Box Effect — and Other Secrets of NYC's Microclimates

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

It's only a few degrees, but when a heat wave comes, variations in temperature across Manhattan could spell the difference between life and death.  

Comments [4]

Morning Edition

The 'Greening' Of Florida Citrus Means Less Green In Growers' Pockets

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Orange juice sales are at their lowest point in 10 years. Florida's citrus industry is reeling from a disease called "greening," while consumers face dozens of other choices in the supermarket aisle.

Comment

All Things Considered

Could A 2-Year-Old Boy Be 'Patient Zero' For The Ebola Outbreak?

Monday, August 25, 2014

Scientists now think the entire outbreak in West Africa was triggered by one person and then the virus took off from there. Early signs pointed to a little boy in southern Guinea.

Comment

All Things Considered

In Latest Calif. Earthquake, Shake Alert Tests Its Legs

Monday, August 25, 2014

Before the earthquake that struck Napa, Calif., an earthquake early warning system blared an alarm 10 seconds early. Doug Given, the Earthquake Early Warning coordinator for the U.S. Geological Survey, tells Melissa Block about the system that he's helped to institute.

Comment

Using Science To Blame Mothers

Monday, August 25, 2014

The complex science of fetal and early childhood development is sometimes distilled into a single, unhelpful message: It's all about mom. Psychologist Tania Lombrozo explains how values can play in.

Comment

Morning Edition

Grocers Lead Kids To Produce Aisle With Junk Food-Style Marketing

Monday, August 25, 2014

Grocers are hoping to entice young consumers and their parents to eat more vegetables by creating kid-focused produce. They're borrowing tactics from the soda and snack industries to win them over.

Comment

The Leonard Lopate Show

Diet Tips from the Far Reaches of the Globe, Gardening Tips from a New York City Green Thumb

Monday, August 25, 2014

Gardening advice, the Paleo Diet, a musical adaptation of Shakespeare's "The Winter's Tale," and the inside story of JPMorgan Chase’s landmark mortgage settlement.

Ebola Outbreak Emerges In Central Africa

Sunday, August 24, 2014

With two deaths caused by the virus reported by the Democratic Republic of Congo's health ministry, the disease appears to have moved beyond West Africa.

Comment

Iceland Lowers Volcano Warning

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Scientists in the island nation say after an earlier sub-glacial eruption, there are no signs of ongoing volcanic activity at Bardarbunga.

Comment

South Africa Makes A Plan To Protect Rhinos From Poachers

Sunday, August 24, 2014

NPR's Linda Wertheimer speaks to Jo Shaw, rhino program manager at the World Wildlife Fund in Cape Town, South Africa, about the country's new rhino conservation plan.

Comment

State Of Emergency Declared After Quake Rocks Northern Calif.

Sunday, August 24, 2014

The 6.0-magnitude temblor caused nearly 90 injuries, widespread power and water outages and damaged buildings in the wine country just north of San Francisco.

Comment

Roadways You Can Install Like Throw Rugs

Sunday, August 24, 2014

You look. You gape. You can't believe your eyes. Well, take a peek at this image and ask yourself, 'How did they do this?'

Comment

All Things Considered

Studying? Take A Break And Embrace Your Distractions

Saturday, August 23, 2014

This back-to-school season, it's time to reevaluate a few common assumptions about how best to study. Benedict Carey, the author of How We Learn, says science shows that discipline isn't everything.

Comment

Veteran Space Shuttle Astronaut Steven Nagel Dies At 67

Saturday, August 23, 2014

The Air Force colonel was among the first group selected by NASA to train for the space shuttle program. He went on to fly four missions, two as commander.

Comment

Antarctic Lakes, Rivers, Wetlands — All Under A Kilometer Of Ice

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Biologists have discovered what may be the largest unexplored ecosystem on earth, and it's all hidden under the Antarctic ice sheet. NPR's Scott Simon talks to the lead scientist, Brent Christner.

Comment

All Things Considered

In Search Of Alien Life? Seek Out The Smog

Friday, August 22, 2014

One of the worst byproducts of our industrial society is air pollution. It's a global problem that humans have yet to get under control. One scientist thinks we might not be alone, though. Alien civilizations may be polluting their worlds, and that pollution might be one way to detect them.

Comment

California Trees Nailed As The Source Of Mystery Infections

Friday, August 22, 2014

Nobody knew how people in Southern California were getting infected with the life-threatening fungus C. gattii. A 13-year-old helped figure out the source: three types of trees.

Comment

Scientists Searching For Alien Air Pollution

Friday, August 22, 2014

Looking for extraterrestrial smog may be a good way to search for alien intelligence, according to a Harvard researcher.

Comment

Morning Edition

The Dread Factor: Why Ebola And 'Contagion' Scare Us So Much

Friday, August 22, 2014

Even just the word Ebola is kind of terrifying. Why? Hollywood has a lot to do with it. But Ebola outbreaks also have all the ingredients for what one psychologist calls the "dread factor."

Comment