• January 2, 2006  

    In a review of 2005’s science stories, two writers consider the stem cell controversy, global climate change and the threat of a bird flu pandemic. Continue reading

  • December 21, 2005   BY  

    The Bush administration and GOP allies in the Senate on Wednesday successfully passed a bill they said would trim federal deficits by $39.7 billion over five years. Continue reading

  • December 21, 2005  

    In last minute votes on Wednesday, the Senate approved a bill to trim spending on social programs such as Medicare, Medicaid and student loans but rejected a military spending bill that included a controversial provision to drill for oil in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Continue reading

  • December 6, 2005  

    A report on multinational companies that are rushing to develop and import liquefied natural gas, LNG, a resource that is cheap to transport but many countries fear could pose risks to large population centers that lie near storage facilities. Continue reading

  • November 29, 2005  

    The Science Unit reports on the controversy over a proposed wind farm to be built off the coast of Massachusetts in Nantucket Sound. Continue reading

  • November 10, 2005  

    A 35-year-old technology — light emitting diodes or LEDs — is getting a new life these days as a potential breakthrough for an even older technology — the light bulb. Spencer Michels of the Science Unit provides a report. Continue reading

  • November 8, 2005  

    A science unit report looks at the environmental cleanup in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina inundated the city with filthy floodwater. Federal and state officials are at odds with environmental groups over the danger posed by toxins found in and around houses in New Orleans. Continue reading

  • November 2, 2005  

    In the past, Senate filibusters have blocked drilling in Alaska’s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. As Congress takes up the issue once more, a familiar debate is taking place among activists. Following a background report, two experts discuss drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. Continue reading

  • October 14, 2005    

    More than 193,000 barrels of oil — some 7 million gallons — spilled along the Louisiana coastline in August 2005 when Hurricane Katrina hit. Continue reading

  • August 25, 2005  

    Following his recent trip to Africa, NPR’s Steve Inskeep discusses the tensions and violence rising in Nigeria as Shell Oil seeks the rights to drill there. Continue reading