News: Science

Researchers pinpoint when the Vikings came to Canada. It was exactly 1,000 years ago
Becky Sullivan, Jaclyn Diaz | October 21, 2021
At the L'Anse aux Meadows historical site in Newfoundland, Canada, a 10th or 11th century Viking home is depicted. The settlement is the only confirmed Norse archeological site in the Americas outside of GreenlandDe Agostini via Getty Images It's long been known that the Vikings were the first Europeans to ...
Satellites reveal the secrets of water-guzzling farms in California
Dan Charles | October 18, 2021
California's farmers are pumping billions of tons of extra water from underground aquifers this year because of the drought. But new restrictions on such pumping are coming into force.Dan Charles | NPR In a new push to stop further depletion of California's shrinking aquifers, state regulators are turning to technology ...
A meteorite crashes through a home in Canada, barely missing a woman’s head
Scott Neuman | October 14, 2021
A scenic view of a lake against the sky at night in British Columbia. Earlier this month, a resident of Golden, B.C., woke up to the sound of a crash and found that a meteorite had landed in her bed.Nadia Palici | Getty Images Ruth Hamilton had a rude awakening ...
William Shatner is bound for space, but the rest of us will have to wait
Nell Greenfieldboyce | October 11, 2021
Space companies like Blue Origin are grabbing headlines with the promise of a new era of space tourism, mostly recently with the plan to send William Shatner to the edge of space. But unless you're lucky, space is still out of reach for most of the public.Joe Raedle | Getty ...
Researchers found a new species of water bear fossilized in a hunk of ancient amber
Nell Clark | October 7, 2021
An artistic reconstruction of Paradoryphoribius chronocaribbeus in moss.Holly Sullivan | Harvard/NJIT The discovery of an incredibly rare fossil is helping scientists learn more about one of Earth's ancient and most resilient inhabitants: the microscopic tardigrade. Modern tardigrades are eight-legged micro-animals, also known as water bears or moss piglets. They're almost ...
Two scientists win Nobel Prize in chemistry for new way of building molecules
Nell Greenfieldboyce | October 6, 2021
The 2021 Nobel Prize in Chemistry was awarded to Benjamin List and David MacMillan, two scientists who pioneered an "elegant" new method of building molecules, known as asymmetric organocatalysis.Fernando Vergara | AP Two scientists have won the Nobel Prize in chemistry for developing "an ingenious tool for building molecules" that ...
Water is scarce in California. But farmers have found ways to store it underground
Dan Charles | October 5, 2021
Aaron Fukuda, general manager of Tulare Irrigation District, stands in a basin that's designed to capture floodwater so that it can replenish depleted aquifers.Dan Charles | NPR Aaron Fukuda admits that the 15-acre sunken field behind his office doesn't look like much. It's basically a big, wide hole in the ...