• Cigars can be as deadly as cigarettes: FDA Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 8:00 PM ET
    A woman lights a hand-rolled cigar.

    Cigars have higher levels of some harmful chemicals, and some smokers may be inhaling more smoke than they think.

  • Another effect of California's drought: Mosquitoes Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 11:43 AM ET
    California prepares itself for mosquito season as the drought persists.

    California may be dry, but water-breeding mosquitoes, and the diseases they carry, still may have another big year in 2015.

  • Bill Nye 'the Science Guy' on tech's gender problem   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 10:54 AM ET
    Bill Nye 'the Science Guy' on tech's gender problem

    Sylvan Learning CEO Jeffrey Cohen and Bill Nye think a new program teaching children robotics could help solve the gender problem in Silicon Valley, with CNBC's Sara Eisen.

  • OKLAHOMA CITY— The Oklahoma Geological Survey said Tuesday it is "very likely" that most of the state's recent earthquakes were triggered by the subsurface injection of wastewater from oil and natural gas drilling operations. A statement released by state geologist Richard D. Andrews and Dr. Austen Holland, state seismologist, said the rate of earthquakes and...

  • Big biotech movers: Juno & Kite   Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 2:42 PM ET
    Big biotech movers: Juno & Kite

    Shares of Juno Therapeutics and Kite Pharmaceuticals are falling today based on news coming out of a big cancer conference over the weekend, reports CNBC's Meg Tirrell.

  • Painkiller abuse falls but heroin use rises: Study Monday, 20 Apr 2015 | 2:25 PM ET
    Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever. OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, and Tylox are trade name oxycodone products.

    Changes in the prescription drug market may have curbed prescription opioid abuse but may have also fueled a rise in heroin use.

  • MONROE, Ohio— Authorities say a chemical explosion injured a worker at a manufacturing plant in southwest Ohio. Fire and police officials in Monroe say the explosion at Alfrebro LLC occurred around 12:30 p.m. Friday. Chief John Centers of the Monroe Fire Department tells local reporters that the explosion occurred as the worker was transferring a chemical...

  • How do you get a man to give to charity? Think s-e-x Friday, 17 Apr 2015 | 12:47 PM ET
    man giving money to woman

    Men seem more inclined toward behaving generously if they see other men doing so—especially when a woman is involved.

  • 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.