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  • BRUSSELS, April 30- The European Commission on Thursday called for a tougher U.N. The European Union has already introduced its own law to curb climate-harming hydrofluorocarbons, also called "F-gases", used in fridges and air conditioners. The European Union is seeking to lead the push for more ambitious action on curbing greenhouse gases ahead of a conference...

  • Unmanned Russian spaceship expected to crash Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 4:35 PM ET
    An unpiloted Progress resupply vehicle is shown approaching the International Space Station.

    The Russian vessel Progress 59, which experienced difficulties soon after entering the orbit on Tuesday, will crash into Earth.

  • The cities at greatest risk for a mega-quake Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:50 AM ET
    Nepal is still struggling to recover from the previous earthquake, which hit the country late last month

    In earthquake-prone cities, growing populations live amidst infrastructures that are unable to withstand the effects of large quakes.

  • New in US weaponry: A bullet that steers itself Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:15 AM ET
    DARPA’s self-steering bullet EXACTO (Extreme Accuracy Tasked Ordnance) adjust in flight to hit moving targets.

    The research arm of the Defense Department has created a bullet that can change course in mid-air.

  • Cities struggle with CA's efforts to save water Sunday, 26 Apr 2015 | 3:00 PM ET
    The Beverly Hills lily pond with the city's famous sign is seen during a severe drought in Beverly Hills, California on April 9, 2015.

    Challenges have bedeviled some of California water conservation efforts, and experts expect uneven levels of compliance and success.

  • Coral reef vanishing act threatens coasts Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    St. Martin, an island the Caribbean where as much as 80% of coral have been wiped out.

    Years of overfishing, boating and environmental degradation are causing coral reefs to disappear, and scientists say that's a huge danger around the world.

  • Aerie Pharma plummets Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 2:50 PM ET
    Aerie pharma plummets

    CNBC's Meg Tirrell gives a report on Aerie Pharmaceuticals and why biotech investing is tricky.

  • Plain talk about 'Star Talk': Neil deGrasse Tyson Friday, 24 Apr 2015 | 8:27 AM ET
    Plain talk about 'Star Talk': Neil deGrasse Tyson

    Neil deGrasse Tyson astrophysicist and "Star Talk" host, discusses his new show about science and space. Also Tyson weighs in on the next scientific frontier.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.