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Ecologist Ned Dochtermann explains why the kangaroo mouse makes a perfect namesake for Dune’s hero, Paul Muad’Dib.
Science Friday is headed to the movies!
The second discussion question for this summer's SciFri Book Club selection, Dune.
An excerpt from Laurel Braitman's Animal Madness.
John Schoenherr's extraterrestrial illustrations piqued the curiosity of a well-known science journalist: Carl Zimmer.
Hubble's most recent photograph of the universe reveals more than 10,000 galaxies, including young ultraviolet ones.
The first discussion question for this summer's SciFri Book Club selection, Dune.
This silk moth symbolizes National Moth Week, which has gone global.
This summer’s pick is a bona fide science fiction classic: Frank Herbert’s ecological epic Dune.
NOAA releases its State of the Climate Report for 2013.
These tiny black-and-white cylinders each host a life-sucking insect.
An excerpt from William Poundstone's Rock Breaks Scissors.
This tiny snail lives in one of the world’s deepest cave systems.
We're pitting two of our favorite topics against each other. Are you #TeamSpace or #TeamFood?
An excerpt from Virtual Unreality: Just Because The Internet Told You, How Do You Know It’s True?
This Indonesian volcano burns blue at night, but that’s not lava you’re seeing.
For the past week, Science Friday’s Cephalopod Week has celebrated these amazing, beautiful, and mysterious creatures. We’ve compiled all the SciFri stories we shared this week in one place.
This venomous octopus packs a punch, but it’s more likely to hide than launch a poisonous attack.
Some scientists predict that record numbers of fall Chinook will return to the Columbia River Basin this year.
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.
An excerpt from Daniel Wilson's new novel, Robogenesis.
An excerpt from Do Fathers Matter?
The former director of the New York Hall of Science was a champion for the public's understanding of and involvement with science.
This small ray can breach several feet into the air, causing a loud slapping sound upon its return to the ocean that has earned it the nickname “tortilla.”
An excerpt from Mark Miodownik's Stuff Matters.
The Richat Structure, or the “Eye of the Sahara,” can be seen from space and might be 100 million-years-old.
An excerpt from Me, Myself and Why.
Why some tunes lodge in our brains isn’t so clear. Here are a few theories.
An excerpt from Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues.
The Harvard genetics professor talks DNA sequencing, raising extinct species from the dead, and going vegan.
This otherworldly orb with purple projections comes from a surprising source: the urinary tract of its photographer.
An excerpt from Prisoners, Lovers & Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda.
A new cryptocurrency in development called ZeroCash claims to preserve its users’ anonymity. Here’s how it works.
This metallic beauty is one of an estimated 4,000 bees native to the U.S., hundreds of which haven’t been scientifically named yet.
Research scientist Joseph Soltis answers your elephant-related queries.
An excerpt from Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why.
Paleontologists have pieced together clues to solve the mystery behind the largest collection of whale fossils ever found.
A recipe from Tama Matsuoka Wong, using foraged ingredients.
When it comes to explaining how modern transportation infrastructure works, Kate Ascher prefers to show, not tell.
This hard-as-a-rock South American cushion plant can live thousands of years.
An excerpt from Walden Warming.
A newly discovered mite from Ohio is reminiscent of the caterpillar-like dragons of Chinese New Year’s fame.
An excerpt from A Window on Eternity.
A new compilation of indie rock music includes sounds collected from the Voyager space missions.
An excerpt from Amir Aczel's book "Why Science Does Not Disprove God."
The instrument is an early version of a training device popularized by optometrists.
An excerpt from Jean Craighead George's Ice Whale.
Research suggests that yogurt containing active bacterial cultures could have multiple health benefits.
A reusable tape made of micro fibers has the remarkable ability to self-clean.
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