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Several major airports have found a new use for open but restricted space alongside runways and hangars—as a home for beehives.
This Idea Must Die asks scientists and big thinkers which scientific theories they’d target for extinction.
A new class of food-coaching apps connects you to pros and peers who offer tips on healthy eating, based on descriptions and photos of what you eat.
In a basement laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, two roboticists have harnessed the sensing, swimming, and swarming abilities of bacteria to power microscopic robots.
As part of Black History Month, Science Friday looks at the role of African-American scientists at NASA during the Civil Rights era.
In Future Crimes, author Marc Goodman looks at how criminals are using emergent technology for their own benefit.
After decades of warnings, the advisory committee behind the U.S. government’s dietary guidelines drops its prohibition on cholesterol.
With its legal battle over, Kivalina, Alaska struggles to relocate a 400-person village predicted to be underwater by 2025.
As the ice retreats, habitats shift, and certain food chains have begun to crumble.
Hungry shoppers spent up to 60 percent more than those who had a full stomach, according to a new study.
Babies raised in bilingual households spend significantly more time lip-reading than their monolingual counterparts—which suggests that it could also be a vital skill for language learners of all ages.
Neurologists look at genes and hormones to understand why more women are developing Alzheimer’s than men.
How will new maps help us navigate from point A to point B more efficiently?
Climate change might be pushing the Southwest and Central Plains of the U.S. towards megadroughts.
An investigation of the FDA claims the agency isn't doing enough to expose instances of fraud and misconduct.
In Nick Payne’s play Constellations, a beekeeper and cosmologist fall in and out of love across 50 parallel universes.
Researchers estimate that between 4.8-12.7 million metric tons of plastic leaked into the ocean in 2010.
An in-depth survey of pet dogs revealed surprising insights about breed-specific behaviors.
In The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, Rob Dunn writes of the creative—and sometimes tragic—ways that scientists and surgeons have sought to mend the maladies of the heart.
A new, inexpensive smartphone dongle tests for HIV and syphilis in 15 minutes.
The SciFri Book Club convenes to talk about David Grann’s non-fiction tale of Amazonian exploration, The Lost City of Z.
Archaeologist Michael Heckenberger’s discovery of “garden cities” in the Amazon suggests ancient civilizations once thrived there.
A preliminary NASA budget contains no funding for the Mars rover Opportunity in 2016.
This week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a plan for “the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC.”
Do you have a predilection for beef? Forget to flick off the lights? Or maybe you're a much-too-frequent flier? Call in to confess your climate sins.
The Hopkins’ rose sea slug has invaded Northern California, due to warming waters.
The chemist Carl Djerassi passed away on January 30, 2015, at the age of 91.
Is it possible to shift public opinion on controversial scientific issues?
In “Spare Parts,” four teenage MacGyvers beat MIT with a smelly robot built with PVC pipe.
Law professor Ryan Calo discusses how to regulate personal drones and other potentially invasive technologies.
Sorting through the changing technology of credit cards and mobile payments.
An athlete’s performance can vary by up to 26 percent, depending on the time of day.
We can make split-second judgments about someone's personality and character without even consciously seeing their face.
Scientists use lasers to create super water-repellent metals.
Forty-five years ago, a collaboration between Roger Penrose and Stephen Hawking transformed perceptions about black holes and the beginning of the universe.
Since 1970, Caribbean coral have declined by more than 50 percent, according to the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.
The Explorers Club houses artifacts from research expeditions over the last century, including the first exploration to the North Pole to the Apollo 11 moon mission.
Genetic engineers have designed strains of E. coli that can survive only in the presence of a compound that doesn't exist in nature.
What can comets, asteroids, and protoplanets tell us about the formation of the solar system?
Some studies suggest letting the mind wander spurs creativity and contemplation. Is it time to rethink our relationship with our phones and bring back boredom?
The SciFri Book Club cracks the cover of our winter book pick: David Grann’s non-fiction tale of Amazonian exploration, The Lost City of Z.
Molly Sauter explains the scope and severity of recent cyber attacks.
Brad Story, a professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences, walks us through the history of talking machines, and computer scientists Alan Black and Rupal Patel talk about making computerized voices more personal and engaging.
In a new study, academics rated philosophy—where women are earning less than 35 percent of the Ph.D.s—as a field where candidates need raw talent for success.
Scientists modeled how an exoplanet’s atmosphere could keep its rotation from locking up.
Female turtles return to the coastlines where they hatched using the earth's magnetic fields as a navigational tool.
Researchers say using tablets and smartphones before bedtime can shift your circadian rhythms.
Re/code reviewer Lauren Goode gives her rundown of the best tech at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show.
Researchers are examining how exercise, diet, and your environment play a role in gene expression.
Researchers report that they’ve isolated a new type of antibiotic compound from soil-dwelling bacteria that previously couldn’t be cultured.
Actor Alex Sharp talks about playing a 15-year-old math whiz on the Autism spectrum in the hit Broadway play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The “imaginary meal” pill helps mice lose weight—but can it do the same in humans?
One out of five people harbors a cold virus in their nose at any one time.
Bats infected with white-nose syndrome use up twice as much energy during hibernation as uninfected bats.
When it comes to evolution, Bill Nye the Science Guy won’t be denied.
Dr. Eric Topol's book The Patient Will See You Now argues that technology will save patients time and money—and put healthcare back in their hands.
We’ll check in on the 115th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count and hear what birds have made an appearance so far this winter.
A lack of discipline isn’t what might undermine your goals, but rather an abundance of stress.
Rocks deep within the earth’s mantle could sequester water for billions of years and release small amounts to the surface.
Bill Nye the Science Guy writer Lynn Brunelle and Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments author Mike Adamick share fun science experiments parents and kids can do at home.
From the Ebola outbreak to the Rosetta mission to a comet, a look at the biggest science stories of the year.
The aerodynamics of the badminton birdie, along with a complex chain of movements executed by players, enables it to reach 200 mph.
In this 1993 interview from the Science Friday archives, writer John McPhee talks plate tectonics and global geology.
You may know science, but how well do you know movie science?
NASA’s Curiosity rover finds evidence of methane and organics on the Red Planet.
Bioengineer John Dabiri and conservation biologist Terrie Williams, two targets of Senator Tom Coburn's 2014 “Wastebook” look beyond the caricatures painted by politicians and pundits to tell the story of their research.
What if anyone could 3-D-print a satellite in space? Or jet from the Earth to the Moon, using just the hydrogen found in a two-liter bottle of water?
By 2060, Greenland’s seasonal “supraglacial” lakes will double in number and move farther inland.
SciFri’s scientist-film critics weigh in on the Alan Turing biopic.
Curbing “high glycemic” carbs may not benefit healthy eaters.
A team of fluid mechanics researchers at Princeton University dive into the anti-sloshing physics of foam.
NASA reveals new evidence for a large lake that could have existed for millions of years on Mars.
Alan Alda’s “Flame Challenge” asks scientists to answer the big questions that keep them up at night to 11-year-olds around the world.
In this episode, Cooking for Geeks author Jeff Potter gives home bakers tips on how to achieve cookie perfection using different sugars, fats, and flours.
Avoid the long lines and hack your holiday gifts, from homemade perfume to 3-D printed ornaments.
Science writers Deborah Blum and Annalee Newitz join Ira to share their favorite science books of 2014.
Last year, for example, new solar plants outpaced coal installations in the U.S., and carbon-trading schemes across state and national borders have already begun.
In 1991, 53 percent of students tested could recall Lyndon Johnson as the 36th president; that number dropped to 20 percent by 2009, according to a new study released in Science.
For MoMA curator Paola Antonelli, “design” includes computer interfaces, video games, and maker kits.
In mice, eating within an 8-12 hour window helped to prevent and even reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes.
NASA is in early stage test flights for Orion, its updated crew capsule, but the spaceflight landscape is changing.
Scientists have linked an unprecedented starfish die-off along the West Coast to a virus.
Ants and other insects could be able to remove thousands of pounds of food waste from street medians and city parks each year.
In a Science Friday holiday tradition, we’re playing highlights from this year’s 24th First Annual Ig Nobel awards ceremony.
Should doctors share information about your risky genes with your family, since they, too, might harbor that suspect DNA sequence?
In the new art movement “art-sci,” artists take inspiration from science, use scientific techniques in their artwork, and inspire new science.
Chinese adoptees living in Canada, who now speak only French, still process Chinese sounds as native speakers do, even if they have no conscious recall of word meaning.
Given access to your Google calendar, a personal assistant named Amy will happily schedule all your appointments. The catch? She's a machine—a digital personal assistant.
Find out how to avoid Turkey Day trip-ups in the latest episode of our “Food Failures” series.
YouTube science star Emily Graslie takes viewers behind the scenes of natural history museums with “The Brain Scoop.”
It’s a sci-fi epic set among black holes, wormholes, and tesseracts. But director Christopher Nolan and physicist Kip Thorne say Interstellar doesn’t break the laws of physics.
Female wild turkeys parse the courtship performances of males to determine their genetic potential.
Gus Speth, a longtime Washington insider, says it’s time to consider consumerism, economic instability, and a functional democracy as core environmental issues.
Mathematician Edward Frenkel says a well-educated public is essential to democra...
Some parents are skipping the bedtime stories and tucking kids in with equations...
The secret behind The Simpsons math jokes? A writers’ room full of ex-mathematic...
In The Mathematical Universe, physicist Max Tegmark argues that the universe is ...
Amazonian villagers with no schooling understand basic geometry as well as math-...
Three delicious math games you can play on your waffles to build math fact fluency and geometry skills, from the folks at Bedtime Math.