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May. 05, 2015

Picture of the Week: Cat Tongue

by Alisa Opar

A magnified look reveals the serrated edges that Fluffy uses to clean herself—and rasp meat off bones.

cat tongue, david linstead, wellcome images awards, wellcome trust
Apr. 30, 2015

Carl Sagan, and the Rise of the 'Celebrity Scientist'

by Declan Fahy

An excerpt from The New Celebrity Scientists, by Declan Fahy.

carl sagan, fred hoyle, declan fahy
Apr. 30, 2015

From Fever Cure to Coma Therapy: Psychiatric Treatments Through Time

by Jeffrey A. Lieberman

An excerpt from Jeffrey A. Lieberman's book Shrinks.

psychiatry, jeffrey lieberman
Apr. 28, 2015

Picture of the Week: Pando, One of Earth's Largest Living Organisms

by Chau Tu

These quaking aspens are all clones of one mother stem.

Apr. 23, 2015

Against the Grain: An Alternative View of Alzheimer’s

by Turna Ray

For decades, Duke neurology professor Allen Roses has doggedly pursued a theory that dysfunctional mitochondria in the brain cause late-onset Alzheimer’s disease—and that beta-amyloid is just part of the disease’s pathology.

allen roses, alzheimer's, alzheimer's disease, beta-amyloid, apoe4, TOMM40
Apr. 23, 2015

Attack of the Luddites!

by Sydney Padua

An excerpt from Sydney Padua's graphic novel The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.

graphic novel, sydney padua
Apr. 22, 2015

Picture of the Week: Pillars of Creation, 2.0

by Julie Leibach

Two new versions of the iconic Hubble image commemorate the space telescope’s 25th anniversary.

hubble, hubble anniversary
Apr. 16, 2015

The Problem With Superman, and Other Physics Conundrums

by Rhett Allain

The author of Geek Physics answers your pop culture physics questions.

physics, rhett allen, superman, the flash, quicksilver, the avengers, tony starke, iron man, antimatter
Apr. 15, 2015

Picture of the Week: Scuttle Flies

by Michele Berger

A citizen science project uncovers 30 new species of scuttle fly in Los Angeles.

flies, scuttle flies, phoridae
Apr. 10, 2015

The Year Ahead in Science Film

by Chau Tu

This year’s SXSW Film festival highlighted our fears about emerging tech and concerns facing online and gaming communities.

sxsw, south by southwest, sci-fi, film, documentary
Apr. 10, 2015

Picture of the Week: Lion's Mane Mushroom

by Chau Tu

This pristine white fungus might have neuroprotective properties.

mushroom, lion's mane mushroom, bearded mushroom, fungi
Apr. 09, 2015

The Undersea Network That Connects the World

by Nicole Starosielski

An excerpt from The Undersea Network, by Nicole Starosielski.

undersea cable, ocean
Apr. 09, 2015

What Freaks You Out About Robots?

by Brandon Echter

Should we worry about the imminent rise of robots in our lives?

Apr. 07, 2015

Booting Up Computer Art

by Daniel A. Gross

In the 1960s, curious computer scientists transformed computers into art machines.

computer art, nake, noll
Apr. 06, 2015

Science Friday Introduces New Video Series, The Macroscope

by Luke Groskin

Through fictional and documentary film-making approaches, we'll bring you true stories from scientists and innovators.

Apr. 03, 2015

The 1-2-3s of Hard-Cooked Eggs

by Jeff Potter

Cooking geek Jeff Potter cracks the code on easy-to-peel, hard-cooked eggs.

eggs, hard-boiled eggs, hard-cooked eggs, steaming eggs, steaming
Apr. 02, 2015

Picture of the Week: Horn Shark Egg Case

by Julie Leibach

The spiraling protective packaging ensconces a single embryo and yolk sac.

horn shark, egg case, horn shark egg case, sharks
Apr. 01, 2015

Spot the REAL Hypothesis

by Annie Minoff

This April Fool’s Day, put your BS-detector to the test. Can you spot the REAL hypothesis?

april fools day
Mar. 26, 2015

Picture of the Week: Capsizing Iceberg

by Emma Bryce

Icebergs in Greenland are flipping over like dominoes more often than they have in the past.

ice berg, capsizing, flipping icebergs, greeland, melting
Mar. 26, 2015

From Animal House to Prufrock House: Memories of Caltech in the '60s

by Michael Gazzaniga

An excerpt from Michael Gazzaniga's Tales From Both Sides of the Brain.

brain, caltech, roger sperry
Mar. 23, 2015

Science Friday Joins National STEM Partnership

by Danielle Dana

The Science Friday Initiative has joined the 100Kin10 network.

100k, schools, stem, science education, education, science careers, stem careers, educate to innovate
Mar. 19, 2015

Picture of the Week: Ruby Seadragon

by Alisa Opar

Researchers discovered a new type of seadragon, bringing the total number of known species to a whopping three.

Mar. 17, 2015

Overheard at SXSW 2015

by Chau Tu

Science Friday web producer Chau Tu is in Austin, Texas for SXSW Interactive + Film.

Mar. 13, 2015

The Mystique of Pi

by Ian Stewart

An excerpt from Professor Stewart’s Incredible Numbers, by Ian Stewart.

pi, math, mathematics, circle, ian stewart
Mar. 13, 2015

Kitchen Math: How to Eat π Pies

by Eugenia Cheng

Methodically slice up four pies to reach the irrational number pi.

pi, pie, math, mathematics, eugenia cheng
Mar. 12, 2015

The Art of Scent in Los Angeles

by Chau Tu

A nonprofit in Los Angeles opens the door on the secretive world of perfuming.

perfume, fragrance, chemistry, institute of art and olfaction, los angeles
Mar. 12, 2015

Quiz: Pi Versus Pie

by Brandon Echter

Put your pi(e) prowess to the test.

Mar. 10, 2015

Picture of the Week: Plastiglomerate

by Chau Tu

Plastic is melding with marine debris in Hawaii.

plastic, hawaii, plastiglomerate, pollution, kamilo beach, marine debris
Mar. 06, 2015

Beauty and the Brain: Understanding Our Responses to Art

by Stephanie Hughes

The field of neuroaesthetics uses techniques of neurology to understand our response to art.

Mar. 06, 2015

There Is Such a Thing As Too Much Medical Care

by H. Gilbert Welch

An excerpt from H. Gilbert Welch's new book, Less Medicine, More Health.

medicine, doctor, health, h. gilbert welch
Mar. 05, 2015

The Problem With Computer Surveillance

by Bruce Schneier

An excerpt from Data and Goliath, the new book by Bruce Schneier.

data, algorithm, bruce schneier
Mar. 05, 2015

Step Inside a Mad Scientist's Lab

by Christopher Intagliata

Take a video tour of the California-based prop shop Jadis, where technological curiosities both real and imagined intermingle.

Mar. 04, 2015

Picture of the Week: A Single Snowflake

by Nathalia Holt

Wilson Bentley brought the beauty of snow crystals to the public using a technique called photomicrography.

Feb. 27, 2015

Why Do I See This Dress as Blue and Black, While Others See It As White and Gold?

by Julie Leibach

A combination of color and white balance, exposure, and computer displays likely play a role, as well as our own physical perception.

Feb. 27, 2015

In Memory of Leonard Nimoy

by Chau Tu

The Star Trek actor died on February 27, 2015. He spoke to SciFri about science fiction in this archival interview.

leonard nimoy
Feb. 26, 2015

Picture of the Week: Human Placenta

by Emma Bryce

Though discarded after birth, the placenta builds the first vital connection between mother and fetus.

placenta, human placenta, fetus, womb
Feb. 26, 2015

Is 'Brain Spyware' In Our Future?

by Marc Goodman

An excerpt from Marc Goodman's Future Crimes.

future, crime
Feb. 25, 2015

Should These Scientific Ideas Be Retired?

by John Brockman

Sean Carroll and Seth Lloyd tackle the question, "What scientific idea is ready for retirement?" in the book This Idea Must Die.

idea, universe, falsifiability, sean carroll, seth lloyd
Feb. 18, 2015

Picture of the Week: Corn Smut

by Chris Benjamin

A Canadian researcher is cultivating a ghastly looking fungal disease into a gourmet snack.

corn smut, huitlacoche, octavio pareds-lopez, barry saville
Feb. 12, 2015

Science Friday Trivia Night

by Christian Skotte

Ira Flatow and the SciFri team are headed to Brooklyn for a fun-filled night of science trivia.

Feb. 12, 2015

How a Bar Fight Paved the Way for Heart Surgery

by Rob Dunn

An excerpt from The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, by Rob Dunn.

heart, rob dunn
Feb. 12, 2015

This Valentine's Day, Say 'I Love You' With Science

by Brandon Echter

SciFri asked real scientists to write love notes. Now you can share them with that special someone.

Feb. 11, 2015

Picture of the Week: Hopkins' Rose Sea Slug

by Julie Leibach

This bubblegum-pink sea slug is cropping up in areas where it's rarely seen in large numbers.

sea slug, nudibranch, sea slugs, pacific decadal oscillation, el nino, la nina
Feb. 05, 2015

SciFri Book Club: David Grann Answers Your Questions

by Annie Minoff

The Lost City of Z author David Grann answers questions from SciFri Book Club readers.

Feb. 04, 2015

Picture of the Week: Yellowstone’s Morning Glory

by Adam Hoffman

The interplay of light, bacteria, and water depth influence the dramatic colors at Yellowstone’s famous pool.

morning glory pool, microbial mats
Jan. 29, 2015

From a Destitute Phoenix School, an Underwater Robotics Team Rises

by Joshua Davis

An excerpt from Joshua Davis' book Spare Parts.

spare parts, joshua davis, robotics
Jan. 28, 2015

Picture of the Week: Electric Eel

by Chau Tu

New research shows that the electric fish operates like a Taser to immobilize prey.

eel, electric eel
Jan. 23, 2015

Join the SciFri Book Club LIVE in NYC

by Annie Minoff

The SciFri Book Club calls its first in-person meeting to order, at New York City's Explorers Club.

book club, lost city of z, explorer's club
Jan. 21, 2015

Picture of the Week: Belize's Blue Hole

by Emma Bryce

Sediment cores from around the Yucatán Peninsula support a theory as to what could have led to the Mayans' demise.

belize, blue hole, mayan
Jan. 16, 2015

Hour-Long Podcasts

by Christian Skotte

You shared your opinion, and we listened.

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