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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.

Jan. 15, 2015

The SciFri Book Club Searches for Lost Cities

by Annie Minoff

Journey into the Amazonian jungle with David Grann's The Lost City of Z.

the lost city of z, david grann
Jan. 13, 2015

Picture of the Week: Comet Lovejoy

by Julie Leibach

You might be able to spot this bright, verdant comet with the naked eye.

comet, comet lovejoy, green, comets, space, ice, dust, why do comets glow green
Jan. 08, 2015

Driverless Car: Good Idea or Bad Idea?

by Ira Flatow

Wouldn't you rather do the driving?

driverless car, self-driving car, ces, consumer electronics show, cars
Jan. 08, 2015

Talking Darwin Over Dinner

by Bill Nye

An excerpt from Bill Nye the Science Guy's new book, Undeniable.

bill nye, evolution
Jan. 07, 2015

Picture of the Week: Zinc Spark

by Becky Fogel

The original meet-cute. When sperm and egg meet, sparks fly.

egg, sperm, fertilize, fertilization, zinc sparks, zinc, atoms
Jan. 02, 2015

Make Your Own Fall Foliage With This Dad-Tested Experiment

by Mike Adamick

Learn about why leaves change colors in different seasons with this easy experiment from Mike Adamick, author of Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments.

experiment, diy, leaves
Dec. 31, 2014

A New Era of Medicine, Centered on Smartphones

by Eric Topol, M.D.

An excerpt from Dr. Eric Topol's new book, The Patient Will See You Now

Dec. 31, 2014

Picture of the Week: Planthopper Gears

by Rachel Nuwer

The cogs allow the planthopper nymph to synchronize movement of its hind legs.

chitin, planthopper, nymph, gears, nature, igor siwonowicz
Dec. 31, 2014

How to Collect, Preserve, and Make Snowflakes

by Lynn Brunelle

An excerpt from Mama Gone Geek, by Lynn Brunelle.

Dec. 30, 2014

The Best of Science Friday, 2014 (Picked by Our Staff)

by Brandon Echter

SciFri staff members recommend their favorite stories from the past year.

Dec. 23, 2014

Give a Little, Get a Lot

by Ira Flatow

Make a donation to help support Science Friday's programming into 2015.

end of year, donation, donate
Dec. 22, 2014

Picture of the Week: Transgenic American Chestnuts

by Chau Tu

Researchers have developed a blight-resistant species that's nearly identical to the American chestnut tree.

chestnuts, genetic engineering, american chestnut, blight, restoration, transgenic trees
Dec. 17, 2014

Picture of the Week: Mechanical Calculator

by Sarah Lewin

This machine was a predecessor to the electronic calculator.

calculator, mechanical calculator, kevin twomey, mark glusker
Dec. 17, 2014

SciFri Book Club: Vote for a Book to Beat the Winter Blues

by Annie Minoff

Help the SciFri Book Club pick its next book.

book club
Dec. 12, 2014

Five Books Guaranteed to Make Kids Love Science

by Rachel Poliquin

These kids’ books spark science curiosity with playful illustrations and facts to match.

kids books, science books
Dec. 12, 2014

Recipe: Jeff Potter’s Patent-Violating* Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Jeff Potter

How to make cookies that stay chewy on the inside with crispy outer edges.

baking, cookies
Dec. 11, 2014

Picture of the Week: Underwater Robot

by Julie Leibach

Using data from a robot, scientists have created the first detailed, 3-D maps of Antarctic sea ice thickness.

Dec. 11, 2014

Why I Riffed on Orion

by Ira Flatow

If you really want a space mission to happen, you’ve got to do more than hope. You’ve got to sit down and seriously plan like they did in the ’60s.

Dec. 11, 2014

Beyond the Butter: Twists on the Same Ol' Ingredients

by Sarah Lewin

Two foodies offer baking ingredient twists—and scientific insight into why they work.

food, baking, christmas, holiday, cookies, bread, butter, eggs, flour, sugar
Dec. 04, 2014

Seals Deep Dive for Ocean Data

by Chris Benjamin

Seals sporting telemetry tags are providing scientists with data on the ocean environment.

seals, climate change, antarctic, environment
Dec. 02, 2014

Picture of the Week: Livingstone's Beetles

by Emma Bryce

A museum curator has discovered a box of beetles containing specimens collected during a famous expedition.

beetles, livingstone, david livingstone, dr. livingstone i presume
Nov. 27, 2014

How a Bohemian Engineer Helped Blend Art and Science

by Arthur I. Miller

An excerpt from Arthur I. Miller's new book, Colliding Worlds.

billy kluver, engineer, contemporary art
Nov. 25, 2014

Picture of the Week: Cranberries

by Chau Tu

Some tasty facts about the popular Thanksgiving treat.

cranberries, thanksgiving, cranberry, cranberry station, university of massachusetts
Nov. 21, 2014

Truth, Educated Guesses, and Speculations in 'Interstellar'

by Kip Thorne

An excerpt from The Science of Interstellar, a new book by Kip Thorne.

interstellar, physics, space, kip thorne
Nov. 20, 2014

Q&A With Emily Graslie

by Chau Tu

More with the Field Museum's Chief Curiosity Correspondent and host of the “The Brain Scoop” on YouTube.

emily graslie, science communication, field museum, museum, youtube, video
Nov. 19, 2014

Green Politics

by Ira Flatow

How will the midterm election results, climate change "debate," and trends in renewable energy affect the 2016 election?

Nov. 18, 2014

Picture of the Week: Awareness in a Damaged Brain

by Emma Bryce

While people in a vegetative state appear physically unresponsive, a new study reveals that some might be aware to a degree.

Nov. 13, 2014

From Antlers to Tusks: Our Obsession With Extreme Animal Weapons

by Douglas J. Emlen

An excerpt from Animal Weapons, a book by Douglas Emlen.

animals, animal weapons, antlers, douglas emlen

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