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Nov. 13, 2014

How to Build a Dinosaur

by Julie Leibach

The puppets in the live stage production Walking With Dinosaurs evoke a convincing "dino-ness."

Sep. 26, 2014

The Science Friday Crossword Puzzle, Solved

by Julie Leibach

Find out the answers—and backstories—to the SciFri-themed crossword puzzle.

Sep. 19, 2014

Inside the Box: Crossword Puzzle Constructing in the Computer Age

by Julie Leibach

Computer software and word databases are changing the crossword puzzle game.

Jul. 22, 2014

Picture of the Week: Io Moth Caterpillar

by Julie Leibach

This silk moth symbolizes National Moth Week, which has gone global.

moth week, national moth week, io moth, kenn kafuman, andrei sourakov, dave markowitz
Jun. 25, 2014

Picture of the Week: Blue-Lined Octopus

by Julie Leibach

This venomous octopus packs a punch, but it’s more likely to hide than launch a poisonous attack.

julian finn, museum victoria, octopus
Jun. 18, 2014

On the Oregon Truffle Scent

by Julie Leibach

Oregon leads the country in commercial truffle production, boasting several native culinary varieties. And the best way to find them is to enlist the help of man’s best friend.

truffles, oregon, fungi, oregon truffle, dogs, umami truffle dogs
May. 09, 2014

Why Are Elephant Ears So Big? And Other Pachyderm Questions

by Julie Leibach

Research scientist Joseph Soltis answers your elephant-related queries.

Apr. 15, 2014

Picture of the Week: Practice Eye

by Julie Leibach

The instrument is an early version of a training device popularized by optometrists.

Mar. 17, 2014

What's the Cosmic Microwave Background?

by Julie Leibach

The universe's oldest light is one of the great pieces of evidence for the Big Bang.

cmb, cosmic inflation
Feb. 20, 2014

Getting to the Core of Olympic Curling Stones

by Julie Leibach

A small Scottish island is now the sole source of Olympic curling stone granite.

curling stones, olympics, granite, ailsa craig, island, common green, blue hone
Jan. 09, 2014

Picture of the Week: Angiosperm in Amber

by Julie Leibach

A recently described 100 million-year-old fossil is the most complete flowering plant from the Cretaceous discovered.

amber, cretaceous, angiosperm, pollen, germinate, pollen tube
Dec. 12, 2013

Picture of the Week: Geminid Meteor Shower

by Julie Leibach

Evidence suggests that these fireballs don't come from a comet, but an asteroid with a tail.

geminids, meteor shower, comet, asteroid, phaethon 3200, dave jewitt, dean regas, Cincinnati observatory
Dec. 06, 2013

The 'Bunny Girl' on the Moon

by Julie Leibach

In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts heard about a mythical goddess who lives on the moon with her rabbit companion.

chang'e, jade rabbit, yutu, mission to the moon, moon, lunar, rover
Nov. 21, 2013

Now You Can Peruse Carl Sagan's Stuff

by Julie Leibach

A collection featuring Carl Sagan paraphernalia is open to the public at the Library of Congress.

carl sagan, library of congress, ann druyan, seth macfarlane
Nov. 20, 2013

Picture of the Week: Woolly Bear Bristles

by Julie Leibach

The brown and black bristles help the caterpillar survive harsh winters.

Oct. 24, 2013

Picture of the Week: Ball Lightning

by Julie Leibach

The phenomenon has impressed people for centuries, but it has yet to be created in the lab.

martin uman, ball lightning, lightning, phenomenon
Sep. 26, 2013

Picture of the Week: Quantum Dot Sphere

by Julie Leibach

This olive-like structure is composed of tiny luminescing spheres that could be used in cellular imaging.

quantum dots, pacific northwest national laboratory, Sayandev Chatterjee, probe, cellular imaging
Sep. 12, 2013

Picture of the Week: French Flying Machine

by Julie Leibach

The Tissandier brothers contributed to France's reputation as the balloon capital of the world.

albert and gaston tissandier, tissandier, tom crouch, smithsonian, dirigible, blimp, airship, lighter than air, hot air balloon, Smithsonian Institution’s National Air and Space Museum, franco-prussian war
Sep. 04, 2013

Picture of the Week: Rim Fire, As Seen From Space

by Julie Leibach

NASA's MISR experiment snaps pictures of Earth, keeping tabs on environmental attributes from aerosols to smoke plumes.

misr, rim fire, california, david diner, nasa, smoke, climate change, wildfire
Aug. 30, 2013

10 Questions for Eric Kandel

by Julie Leibach

The Nobel Prize winner talks about his passion for science and art, where he does his best thinking, and why he likes bow ties.

eric kandel, prion, brain, james watson, francis crick, , Sydney Brenner, hodgkin and huxley, bernard katz, rita levi-montalcini, the lives of a cell, the double helix
Aug. 15, 2013

Your Photos of the Perseid Meteor Shower

by Julie Leibach

Comet Swift-Tuttle's rocky debris inspired SciFri fans to snap away at the night sky with their cameras.

perseid meteor shower, meteors, fireballs, comet, comet swift tuttle
Aug. 12, 2013

DIY Winner: Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Soap Dispenser

by Julie Leibach

Rajesh Verma's modified soap dispenser promotes squeaky clean hands.

diy, hackaday, soap dispenser, rajesh verma, Mike Szczys, software defined radio
Jul. 26, 2013

Carl Sagan Reflects on the Pale Blue Dot

by Julie Leibach

A new image from NASA's Cassini spacecraft features Earth as a speck, recalling our planet's first portrait taken from the outer solar system more than 20 years ago.

cassini, voyager 1, carl sagan, earth, pale blue dot, "pale blue dot"
Jul. 05, 2013

Playing the Ol' Armonica

by Julie Leibach

Benjamin Franklin invented an instrument that takes musical glasses to a whole new level.

armonica, dennis james, benjamin franklin
Jul. 04, 2013

Rube Goldberg Mashup

by Julie Leibach

July 4th isn't just Independence Day—it's the anniversary of Rube Goldberg's birthday.

rube goldberg, july 4th, independence day
Jun. 21, 2013

This Math Problem Is Just Ducky

by Julie Leibach

Laura Overdeck, the founder of Bedtime Math, shares a brain teaser for your kids.

Jun. 14, 2013

Building the Space Needle

by Julie Leibach

How a sketch on a placemat became a symbol for Seattle.

May. 29, 2013

SciFri's Summer Reading List, 2013

by Julie Leibach

The 15 titles on our list are just the tip of the science writing iceberg.

summer reading list, science writing, scifi
May. 23, 2013

This Dinosaur Is Made From Balloons, Not Bones

by Julie Leibach

A project for the Virginia Museum of Natural History is more than a bunch of hot air.

airigami, larry moss, kelly cheatle, dinosaurs, virginia museum of natural history
May. 16, 2013

Three Insect Recipes to Help the Arthropods Go Down

by Julie Leibach

Insects pack a protein punch. Get the most of your meal with these recipes.

May. 15, 2013

Help SciFri Make a Summer Reading List

by Julie Leibach

Recommend your favorite science-themed books, and SciFri will compile a list of the top 15.

book club, summer reading, summer reading list
Apr. 22, 2013

Earth Day Mashup

by Julie Leibach

Celebrate our awesome blue-and-green planet with this SciFri sampler.

earth day, Rob Simmon, NASA, Doug Wilson, Gene Feldman
Apr. 18, 2013

The Case of the Barfing Blue Jay

by Julie Leibach

For some predators, chowing on a monarch butterfly can have digestive repercussions.

monarch, blue jay, barfing blue jay, lincoln brower, sweet briar college, flora lichtman
Apr. 16, 2013

Why Do I Get Nostalgic?

by Julie Leibach

That bittersweet longing for the past can have an important impact on the present.

Clay Routledge, social psychologist, North Dakota State University, nostalgia, psychological threat, terror management theory, meaningfulness, Jurassic Park, anxiety, psychiatric disorder
Mar. 29, 2013

11 Things You Didn't Know About Saguaro Cacti

by Julie Leibach

Were you aware that saguaros are black market commodities? Here're some other cool cactus facts.

cactus, saguaro, Gila woodpecker, Kevin Hultine, Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix, Arizona, Tohono O'odham Nation, Andrew Carnegie
Mar. 14, 2013

Pi Day Mashup

by Julie Leibach

It's Pi Day (and Einstein's birthday). Celebrate with this mix of tributes to the telltale Greek letter that symbolizes that endless number.

Pi Day, Larry Shaw, Exploratorium, pi, Albert Einstein, Albert Einstein's birthday
Mar. 12, 2013

Painting by Insects

by Julie Leibach

For a unique artistic style, there's nothing like an insect's feet to get the job done.

Steven R. Kutcher, Steve Kutcher, insect artist, bugs, Steven Spielberg, insect art, art
Mar. 11, 2013

Vote for the Winner of the Winter Nature Photo Contest

by Julie Leibach

Pick your favorite photo from the 11 finalists.

winter nature photo contest, clay bolt, vote, favorite
Mar. 01, 2013

Winter Nature Photo Contest: Vote for Your Favorites!

by Julie Leibach

Voting for your favorite Winter Nature Photo Contest submissions starts today at 2 p.m. EST.

Winter Nature Photo Contest, photo contest, nature, Science Friday Winter Nature Photo Contest, voting, vote, professional photographer, judge
Feb. 15, 2013

Meteor Steals Asteroid's Thunder

by Julie Leibach

A meteor streaks over Russia, just before Earth's close shave with an asteroid.

asteroid, 2012 asteroid DA14, meteor
Feb. 01, 2013

How to Cook on Mars

by Julie Leibach

Whipping up a yummy Martian snack isn't as hard as it might seem.

Mars, cooking, recipe, macaroni 'n cheese, gravity
Jan. 15, 2013

Cyberspace Sneaking: Sending Secret Messages Via Skype

by Julie Leibach

Polish researchers have devised a way to send encrypted messages using Skype.

Skype, secret messages, encryption, code
Jan. 11, 2013

What 17 Months in Isolation Looks Like (On a Mars Mission)

by Julie Leibach

For 520 days, six men lived together in a simulated mission to Mars. Here's what their home away from home looked like.

Mars500, Mars 500, Mars-500, Diego Urbina, 520 day isolation, sleep

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