• California copper thieves knocking out water pumps Thursday, 16 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    Copper water pipes.

    Rural thieves in bone-dry California are sacking water pumps and irrigation lines for copper, putting further pressure on farmers.

  • Curing eye disease, and maybe color blindness   Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 5:43 PM ET
    Curing eye disease, and maybe color blindness

    Avalanche Biotechnologies founder and CEO Thomas Chalberg, discusses treatments for wet macular degeneration, and a potential treatment for color blindness.

  • Composting corpses? A startling next step in burial Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 12:09 PM ET
    Katrina Spade, founder and director of the Seattle-based Urban Death Project,  monitors the temperature of a mound of wood chips that contains a human body at Western Carolina University's human decomposition research facility in Cullowhee, N.C.

    As space becomes a problem for burial in urban areas, the idea of turning corpses into compost is gaining ground. The NYT reports.

  • Worst drought in history? Not close, California Tuesday, 14 Apr 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    Joe Del Bosque, president of Del Bosque Farms, picks an asparagus stalk in Firebaugh, California, April 6, 2015.

    Scientists say in the more ancient past, California had droughts for decades or even centuries. New York Times reports.

  • FDA stayed silent on hazardous diet pills: Report Wednesday, 8 Apr 2015 | 11:50 AM ET
    A Vitamin Shoppe store in New York.

    FDA never publicized that popular supplements contain a chemical nearly identical to amphetamine. New York Times reports.

  • 60 seconds to a fully charged battery   Tuesday, 7 Apr 2015 | 2:19 PM ET
    60 seconds to a fully charged battery

    Researchers at Stanford University have invented a battery that can fully charge in as little as one minute, with CNBC's Josh Lipton and Phil LeBeau.

  • LONDON, April 7- U.S. scientists said they have invented a cheap, long-lasting and flexible battery made of aluminum for use in smartphones that can be charged in as little as one minute. The researchers, who detailed their discovery in the journal Nature, said the new aluminum-ion battery has the potential to replace lithium-ion batteries, used in millions of...

  • CDC warns of new outbreak   Thursday, 2 Apr 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    CDC warns of new outbreak

    CNBC's Meg Tirrell reports the CDC is warning about a drug-resistant illness outbreak called Shigella.

  • 'Dry wine': The plight of California grape growers Wednesday, 1 Apr 2015 | 3:32 PM ET
    A winery's vineyard irrigation system provides moisture to grapevines on March 17, 2015, near Los Alamos, California.

    A tipping point may be coming. A crowded marketplace was already pressuring winemakers to cut prices. Now, the drought is pushing up costs.

  • Video games in the classroom? Yep Tuesday, 31 Mar 2015 | 4:00 PM ET
    Freeman A. Hrabowski, III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County

    Think video games are just for fun? Think again. They're part of the future of learning, says UMBC President Freeman Hrabowski.

  • What 63 degrees in Antarctica means—for now Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 PM ET
    A research vessel sailing the Lemaire Channel, Antarctic Peninsula, Antarctica.

    One week of warm readings may not mean anything, a weather expert says, but it's something to keep an eye to see if it's part of a trend.

  • Stephen Hawking to join the trademark club? Monday, 30 Mar 2015 | 11:13 AM ET

    Stephen Hawking, the world’s most famous theoretical physicist, has become the latest celebrity to apply for trademark of their name.

  • Scientists crack mystery of hipster beard boom Saturday, 28 Mar 2015 | 4:03 PM ET

    Men are growing beards to assert dominance over other men and appeal to women, a report in The Telegraph suggests.

  • It hit 63 degrees in Antarctica on Tuesday Friday, 27 Mar 2015 | 12:34 PM ET
    Satellite observations from 1994 to 2012 reveal an accelerating decline in Antarctica's massive floating ice shelves, with some shrinking by 18 percent, in a development that could hasten the rise in global sea levels, scientists say, according to scientists published in the journal Science.

    Antarctica may have marked its warmest day ever recorded earlier this week, with a temperature reading of 63.5 F.

  • Promising Alzheimer's drug   Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 1:01 PM ET
    Man with Alzheimer

    Biogen will move its Alzheimer's drug quickly into phase 3 studies, jumping over the middle stage, reports CNBC's Meg Tirrell.

  • Mutants closer than ever, thanks to...CRISPR? Friday, 20 Mar 2015 | 10:15 AM ET
    UCSD fly gene mutation

    Scientists have found a way to create mutant organisms more reliably using a recently developed gene-editing technique, NBC reports.

  • California farmers: Selling water makes more money Wednesday, 18 Mar 2015 | 10:32 AM ET
    Irrigation water runs along a dried-up ditch between the rice farms to provide water for the rice fields in Richvale, Calif.

    In drought-stricken California, farmers make more selling water than rice. NBC News reports.

  • When did science become a dirty word? Monday, 16 Mar 2015 | 2:57 PM ET
    Scientist science

    From vaccines to genetically-modified foods, the scientific community is often stuck playing defense. When did science become a dirty word?

  • March 6- Lower-cost versions of biological drugs, known as biosimilars, are taking aim at some of the world's biggest-selling medicines. Unlike chemical compounds, such as aspirin or statins, these biotech products are made of hormones, antibodies and other proteins. DIFFERENT REGULATORY PATHWAYS Biosimilars are already sold in Europe, Japan and other parts...

  • Cancer drug shows promise   Monday, 2 Mar 2015 | 1:17 PM ET
    Cancer drug shows promise

    Amgen's cancer drug Kyprolis demonstrated positive results in a study against Takeda's Velcade. Dr. Sean Harper, Amgen, discusses the benefit risk equation for both drugs.