Government officials are forecasting a turbulent future for the nation's weather satellite program.Federal budget cuts are threatening to leave the U.S. without some critical satellites, the officials say, and that could mean less accurate warnings about events like tornadoes and blizzards.
Today, workers at the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant in Japan tested out a system that will start cleaning up an enormous volume of radioactive water there.The water has flooded many buildings at the complex, and it has seriously complicated efforts to bring the crisis there to an end.
This year has been the deadliest year for tornado outbreaks since 1953. More than 500 people have been killed by twisters in 2011. The high death toll has led many to ask if tornadoes are becoming more frequent — and more deadly. NPR spoke with Dr.