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Floating 200 miles above the Earth, and speeding at nearly five miles per second, the International Space Station may be the most unusual lab available to science.
Could solar sails, antimatter propulsion, and air-breathing rockets take us to Mars and other galaxies in the future?
YouTube science star Destin Sandlin uses a high speed camera to unpack the science behind everyday phenomena.
Arielle Duhaime-Ross, a science reporter at The Verge, gives us her take on the week's news.
In Sydney Padua’s graphic novel, two real-life Victorian-era computing pioneers build a steam-powered computer and use it to have adventures.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden discusses the agency's priorities, from understanding conditions on Earth to reaching Mars.
Amanda Glaze studies perceptions of evolution as well as its religious and societal influences throughout the Southeastern United States.
Rachel Feltman of the Washington Post gives us her rundown of the week's science stories.
NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory found that snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is a fraction of what it used to be.
The microbes that live on and in residents of an Amazonian village with no recorded contact with Western civilization are super-diverse—and some carry genes for antibiotic resistance.
Scientists say dark matter may not be as “dark” as once thought.
The cups work using capillary action: Simply press your lips to the rim, and you get a sip, whether you want one or not.
In his book Geek Physics, Rhett Allain uses physics to answer pop culture and everyday science questions.
The first science documentaries are almost as old as cinema itself.
Washington Post science blogger Rachel Feltman gives us her top stories this week, and the BBC’s Jonathan Webb tells us what to expect from the revved-up particle collider.
Ninety-nine percent of the data zipping between continents travels not via satellite, but through thousands of miles of cables.
Re/code’s Lauren Goode give us her take on Apple’s new wearable.
A series of rigorous (and adorable) experiments by Karen Adolph of NYU's Infant Action Lab shatters the myth that babies learn to fear heights as they learn to crawl.
Recent findings suggest that microbes living in Arctic permafrost could produce carbon dioxide and methane as it thaws.
What questions should we ask as research on artificial intelligence progresses?
Medical ethicist Art Caplan says science and medical journals are plagued by fraud, plagiarism, and predatory publishers.
In the news roundup this week, Eric Holthaus breaks down the new U.S. climate pledge.
Energy secretary Ernest Moniz joins us to talk about the science behind the diplomacy.
There’s a better way to make hard-boiled eggs—and it doesn’t involve boiling.
The blackpoll warbler, a songbird that weighs 12 grams, can fly 1,700 miles—non-stop—to its wintering grounds.
Scientists say that dust from passing comets could have darkened the surface of Mercury.
The satirical science festival BAHFest challenges science fans to construct real arguments for completely bogus hypotheses.
Researchers look to the genome of a patient’s tumor to build a cancer vaccine.
The early Earth was no place for life as we know it: Belching volcanoes, meteor strikes, hydrogen cyanide and a healthy bombardment of ultraviolet rays.
A choreographer and a biologist team up to create a dance that’s part high art, part climate change consciousness raising.
Cognitive neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga discusses his on discovering how these halves communicate.
When we picture rapidly moving things, people seem to have a preference for ones that move from left to right, not right to left.
A new, fast 3-D printer uses ultraviolet light and oxygen to shape liquid resin.
Physicists discuss the quest to understand dark energy and dark matter.
The malaria parasite manufactures lemon-and-pine-scented aromas that attract mosquitoes.
Megan Smith, a Google alum who once built and raced a solar car across Australia, came on board last year as U.S. Chief Technology Officer.
This Women’s History Month, Science Friday celebrates some of the unsung heroines of science.
Astronomer Caroline Herschel was born 265 years ago this week, on March 16, 1750. She was the first woman to receive a salary for astronomical research.
Scientists estimate that a subsurface ocean on Jupiter’s largest moon—Ganymede—could be 60 miles thick.
What technological hurdles must be cleared for a successful manned mission to Mars?
Warmer waters are changing the distribution of food in the Pacific, stranding hundreds of starving sea lion pups on shore, and causing the death of hundreds of thousands of birds.
Will momentum for developing an Ebola vaccine and treatment stay on track as infection rates decrease?
Doctors are trying to piece together a puzzling polio-like paralysis that might be associated with a respiratory illness.
Fossils found in Morocco might help explain how modern-day insects, crustaceans, and other arthropods got their shapes.
Apps on the new platform allow iPhone users to enroll in clinical trials on heart health, Parkinson's, or asthma. But critics say the smartphone-driven studies have flaws.
Algorithms already write financial and sports news articles. Could they break into fiction?
This year holds an unusually special treat for enthusiasts of the constant π: March 14, 2015 approximates π not just to the usual three digits (3.14) but to five: 3.14.15.
Just in time for Pi Day, we look at the science behind baking the perfect pie crust.
Venetia Burney, age 11, came up with the name ‘Pluto’ for a newly-discovered planet 85 years ago this week.
Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity on December 2, 1915.
Mission director and chief engineer Marc Rayman gives an update on the Dawn mission, scheduled to arrive in orbit around dwarf planet Ceres this week.
How much medical care is too much medical care?
Exoplanet hunter Sara Seager explains how biosignature gases could help identify life on exoplanets, and The Takeaway’s John Hockenberry takes Ira on a futuristic tour of exoplanet vacation destinations.
A newly discovered fossil jaw pushes the date of Homo's evolution back to 2.8 million years ago.
Is it possible to keep our personal information secure in the digital age?
Wayne Jaescke, a patent attorney and amateur astronomer, captured a photo of a wispy cloud rising 120 miles into the Martian atmosphere.
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.
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.
Researchers say using tablets and smartphones before bedtime can shift your circadian rhythms.
Doctor Jordan Metzl says specific cardio and strength training regimens can trea...
Exercise scientists Tamara Hew-Butler and Greg Whyte talk about how the body cha...
Can regular mental exercise help slow down the progress of dementia?
Can exercise help keep aging brains healthy?
New York Times science writer William Broad’s book investigates popular health c...
Could popping a pill turn a couch potato into a long-distance runner?