Get ready for the year – or the decade – of the brain. President Obama recently announced what he called the next “Great American Project”: $100 million, plus private investment, to study what he called “that matter between our ears.” Much of this work is already happening in the San Francisco Bay Area, where neuroscientists are starting small and dreaming big.
The first mass-produced electric vehicles ever sold in the United States will begin to hit showrooms by the end of this year. The Nissan Leaf and the Chevy Volt already have tens of thousands of pre-orders. With electric cars around the corner, green motoring suddenly seems possible. But how feasible are they for everyday drivers?
Close to 1 1/2 years after the skeletal remains of 11 women were discovered buried in shallow graves on a mesa in Albuquerque, N.M., some of the victims' families say police and the media haven't paid enough attention to the killings.
Despite a sluggish housing market and a lackluster recovery from a historically painful recession, some hardy entrepreneurs are braving the uncertainty of today's economy and dumping money into new storefronts.
When it comes to creating new start-ups from academic research, only MIT compares to the University of Utah — despite the fact that MIT's research budget is five times larger. Now officials from colleges around the country are flocking to Salt Lake City to learn how the school turns inventions into jobs, and profits.
Aspiring chefs usually have to prove their chops in the backs of kitchens. Now, some have found a fast track to culinary stardom. They're starting up gourmet food trucks.
One of a five part series airing on Morning Edition. California has always been ahead of the curve when it comes to renewable power, and the state's clean energy business is flourishing. In the first of a five part series a look at the challenges and opportunities are out there and what the rest of the country can learn from California’s experience.
American families who hire illegal workers to trim yards, clean toilets and paint walls are helping fuel the underground economy that attracts some 11 million undocumented workers to the U.S.
More and more Americans are taking their work and electronic play with them on vacation this summer. And now it's getting even easier to stay connected in some of the most far-flung areas, like the woods. The popularity of wi-fi access in campgrounds is exploding.
Judith Broder, a clinical psychiatrist, put her retirement plans on hold and founded the Soldiers Project. It provides free counseling not only to service members returning from war — but to their families as well
Hospital errors account for more deaths in the United States than car wrecks and breast cancer. And those mistakes cost money. One health care provider wants to reduce that cost — and make patients safer in the process — by training doctors and nurses with fake patients.
Amid the debate about reforming heath care in the United States, it's tough to turn on your television these days without hearing a political ad condemning the Canadian health care system.The ads are provocative, but just how accurately do they portray Canada's system?
Spokane County, Washington, became the first place in the country to ban the sale of high-phosphate dishwasher soap — which includes most popular brands. And that's meant a boom in trafficking of "illegal" diswasher soap from nearby Idaho.
Farmers in northern Colorado are reeling from the collapse of a regional bank. Federal regulators last month shut down the New Frontier Bank in Greeley. The bank made thousands of loans to farmers.
The threatened polar bear has become an icon for the potentially devastating effects of global warming. The animal depends on sea ice for its survival, and this ice is disappearing, no more so than in the Chukchi Sea — the remote stretch of ocean between Alaska and Russia.
Imagine if millions of people had seen you naked before you were old enough to say "embarrassing." That's the story of Spencer Elden, whom you may know as the little baby floating toward a dollar bill on the cover of Nirvana's 1991 album, Nevermind. Nearly 17 years later, amid hating school and playing water polo, Elden is still struggling to make sense of his (very) public image.
It has been a long nine days for the people in coal-mining towns near Crandall Canyon, Utah, where six miners are trapped underground. With each passing day, residents of these close-knit communities are struggling to stay optimistic. They say that if by some chance the men are alive, the experience and humor of one man in particular will be crucial.
Reporter Rob Schmitz saw his childhood dream come true when he got to cover the Stanley Cup finals last week.
First of a three part series.