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The German graphic designer was a pioneer of popular science communication, using familiar objects as metaphors for biological processes.
In 1969, the Apollo 11 astronauts heard about a mythical goddess who lives on the moon with her rabbit companion.
An excerpt from The Simpsons and Their Mathematical Secrets.
This plane looks blue under ultraviolet light, but it's designed to be green.
Being on set at the popular show left me starstruck.
The zoologist attributes his affinity for nature to a childhood of tromping outdoors.
Ira's conversation with Action Architect Elizabeth Streb continues.
For Californians, Thanksgiving is prime time for butterfly counting.
An excerpt from Eating on the Wild Side, complete with apple crisp recipe.
Wine grapes have distinctive microbial patterns based on growing conditions, environmental features, and the fruit itself.
A collection featuring Carl Sagan paraphernalia is open to the public at the Library of Congress.
The brown and black bristles help the caterpillar survive harsh winters.
The Cassini spacecraft's sweeping shot shows Saturn, its moons and rings, and Earth, Venus, and Mars.
Camille Flammarion's balloon excursions afforded a new perspective on the world.
Evan Williams was forced out of the company in a boardroom coup carried out by the people he had hired.
When you find yourself wanting to re-read a book that you just finished, you gotta recommend it to others.
This tree's kaleidoscopic bark is a photographer's delight.
An excerpt from An Astronaut's Guide to Life on Earth.
An excerpt from Einstein and the Quantum: The Quest of the Valient Swabian.
The SciFri staff visited La Brea Tar Pits, which is celebrating 100 years of excavation.
These bats could be considered the "Mavericks of the bat world."
An excerpt from "The Psychopath Inside: A Neuroscientist’s Personal Journey into the Dark Side of the Brain."
An excerpt from Life at the Speed of Life.
The phenomenon has impressed people for centuries, but it has yet to be created in the lab.
Data visualizations are all the rage these days. Here's a sampler of science-based ones to feed both your brain and your eyes.
A method using consumer grade photography gear offers a fresh look at the northern lights.
An excerpt from Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures From the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize.
A lofty view from space reveals the Red Planet's polygonal geometry.
The Echo Nest mines big data to find songs and musical artists that suit a range of auditory affinities.
An excerpt from Countdown: Our Last, Best Hope for a Future on Earth?
Geologist Kevin Pogue helps winemakers pick out top vineyards based on the region’s terroir, which entails environmental attributes such as soil, climate, and rock composition.
We had so much fun talking about Les Paul on the show.
Organic chemistry professor Donna Nelson helps the Emmy-winning series make scientific sense.
This olive-like structure is composed of tiny luminescing spheres that could be used in cellular imaging.
Stanley Greenberg takes pictures of giant structures used to study tiny particles.
Here's what it's like to party with researchers whose work might first make you laugh, then make you think.
Firefighter Greg Sanders encountered a flaming, cobra-like swirl while doing reconnaissance work in Virginia.
We’re excited to work with PRI to expand their science and technology coverage.
The Tissandier brothers contributed to France's reputation as the balloon capital of the world.
An excerpt from the theoretical cosmologist's new book, "My Brief History."
Prevent disease by tossing feces in the trash.
The owner of the furniture company Rock, Paper, Robot creates objects that are both strange and beautiful.
NASA's MISR experiment snaps pictures of Earth, keeping tabs on environmental attributes from aerosols to smoke plumes.
Each tiny square is an LED.
The Nobel Prize winner talks about his passion for science and art, where he does his best thinking, and why he likes bow ties.
He's the man behind the virus in Steven Soderbergh's film Contagion.
Comet Swift-Tuttle's rocky debris inspired SciFri fans to snap away at the night sky with their cameras.
Rajesh Verma's modified soap dispenser promotes squeaky clean hands.
Brett Doar and his colleagues at Applied Chaotics specialize in building Rube Goldberg contraptions and other kinetic devices.
This lemur lover is a born adventurer.
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