U.S. officials are trying to improve relations with Pakistan. Both Washington and Islamabad have agreed to form a joint intelligence team to track down militant targets inside Pakistan. Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Julie McCarthy about the attempt at renewed cooperation.
The number of people crossing state lines to buy prescription pain killers has policy makers looking for ways to crack down on drug trafficking and pill mills. There is currently no national network to monitor the flow of prescription drugs. But as Kentucky Public Radio’s Brenna Angel reports, that will soon change, and states will have options.
Electric cars now enjoy a white-hot market, with customers on waiting lists for many models. General Motors is building a new Maryland plant to meet demand for motors for its Chevy Volt. But can the tax-subsidized vehicles also create sustainable job market?
With the technology for electric cars steadily improving, and gas prices fluctuating, consumer interest has taken off.
The search for the perfect artificial heart seems never-ending. After decades of trial and error, surgeons remain stymied in their quest for a machine that does not wear out, break down or cause clots and infections.
But Dr. Billy Cohn and Dr. Bud Frazier at the Texas Heart Institute say they have developed a machine that could avoid all that with simple whirling rotors — which means people may soon get a heart that has no beat.
President Obama flies to North Carolina on Monday for the latest meeting of his jobs and competitiveness council. His administration is betting that green technologies — from wind and solar power to advanced batteries and biofuels — will create jobs of the future.
Opponents of gay marriage will challenge notions of judicial neutrality in a San Francisco courtroom on Monday. They're arguing that a federal judge who struck down California's ban on same sex marriage last year was biased because he's in a same-sex relationship.
Installing a pump or an artificial heart is not likely to become mainstream treatment for heart disease. Scientists are more enthusiastic about an approach involving stem cells — cells that can, in theory, be coaxed into replacing heart cells damaged or destroyed by disease.