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California Farmer Works To Restore Groundwater By Purposely Flooding Crops

California farmers are pumping groundwater faster than it can be replenished. One farmer is spending millions of dollars trying to restore it by deliberately flooding his crops when there is water to spare. It's caught the attention of other farmers, especially since new state laws could soon restrict groundwater use.

Blue Origin Announces Successful Launch, Landing Of Rocket

Commercial space startup Blue Origin announced Tuesday the successful launch and landing of one of its rockets. NPR explores what the success means for space travel.

As Beekeepers Lose More Hives, Time For New Rules On Pesticides?

Beekeepers lost 42 percent of their hives last year. NPR and PBS NewsHour investigate what's behind the plight of the pollinators. Some scientists say pesticides called neonics are being overused.

Used Rocket Is A New Breakthrough For Blue Origin's Space Plan

Blue Origin, the space company founded by Amazon billionaire Jeff Bezos, has sent a craft past the edge of space and then landed its rocket safely – and vertically — in Texas.
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Exploring The Link Between Infection And Mental Illness

The latest research into the link between germs and mental illness -- and what we all need to know.


California, An Environmental Leader, Eyes A Key Role In Climate Talks

World leaders are set to meet in Paris, trying to agree on how to combat climate change. Also attending will be California Gov. Jerry Brown, who is spearheading his own international climate movement.

The Psychological Dimension Behind Climate Negotiations

Ahead of the climate talks in Paris, researchers stress the importance of psychological research. Studies indicate countries could walk away from a deal even if it is in their best effort to agree.

A Peek At Brain Connections May Reveal Attention Deficits

By assessing the strength of certain connections in the brain with an MRI test, researchers were often able to tell whether children and adolescents had attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Police In Colorado Crack Down On Diesel Truck Owners For 'Rolling Coal'

Diesel trucks used to be known for belching black, polluting exhaust. Manufacturers have worked to shed that image with cleaner engines. A small group of diesel owners goes in the opposite direction.

One Of Last 4 White Rhinos Euthanized At San Diego Zoo

One of the last four northern white rhinos was euthanized at the San Diego Zoo Sunday. NPR's Kelly McEvers talks to Rick Schwartz, the zoo's global ambassador, about how the species was so decimated and what might be done to save it.