December 4, 2012 "The President" is a 3,200-year-old giant sequoia that clocks in at 247 feet tall and counting. And contrary to most living things we can think of, giant sequoias grow faster later in life than earlier in life.
December 2, 2012 NCPRScientists and citizens are filling up a database on dead critters with their smartphones. The EpiCollect app pulls data such as location, speed limit and the carcass's condition. Wildlife ecologist Danielle Garneau says the project tracks animal movement and may help protect species in the future.
November 30, 2012 You can go to almost any cubic foot of ocean, stream, coral, backyard, ice shelves even, and if you look, you'll find scores of little animals and plants busy making a living. But here's a place — a beautiful, bountiful place — that when you look close — is a desert.
November 29, 2012 The good news: Sea level has risen by just a half-inch in the past 20 years as a result of shrinking ice. The bad news: The melting is now speeding up. Over the next century, this could contribute to another 2- to 3-foot rise in sea level — enough to flood New York City every few years.
November 29, 2012 A North American quinoa boom may be just over the horizon, plant breeders say, as the Rocky Mountains, much of Canada, and the Pacific Northwest all have potential as production regions. Right now, almost all of the world's supply of the ancient superfood comes from a few suitable growing places in South America.
November 28, 2012 The federal agency cited BP's "lack of business integrity" in dealing with the 2010 Gulf oil spill. The London-based oil giant agreed to plead guilty to criminal misconduct in the case and also agreed to pay a record $4 billion in penalties.
November 23, 2012 Scientists who study forests say they've discovered something disturbing about the way prolonged drought affects trees. When drought dries out the soil, a tree has to suck harder to draw in water. But that increases the risk of drawing in dangerous and deadly air bubbles.