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The new NASA deputy administrator chats about her influences and the space agency’s big plans for Mars.
Research suggests that sound is the “forgotten sense” when it comes to how we perceive flavors.
These picturesque clouds reveal a particular kind of turbulence in the atmosphere.
This critically endangered salamander reaches sexual maturity without undergoing metamorphosis.
This midwater cephalopod sports different-size eyes for different functions.
This mutated rose has sepals instead of petals.
When the sun interacts with six-sided ice crystals, ethereal optical effects can occur.
These quaking aspens are all clones of one mother stem.
This year’s SXSW Film festival highlighted our fears about emerging tech and concerns facing online and gaming communities.
This pristine white fungus might have neuroprotective properties.
Science Friday web producer Chau Tu is in Austin, Texas for SXSW Interactive + Film.
A nonprofit in Los Angeles opens the door on the secretive world of perfuming.
Plastic is melding with marine debris in Hawaii.
The Star Trek actor died on February 27, 2015. He spoke to SciFri about science fiction in this archival interview.
New research shows that the electric fish operates like a Taser to immobilize prey.
Researchers have developed a blight-resistant species that's nearly identical to the American chestnut tree.
Some tasty facts about the popular Thanksgiving treat.
More with the Field Museum's Chief Curiosity Correspondent and host of the “The Brain Scoop” on YouTube.
A nebula and a star line up perfectly in the sky.
An exhibit at Philadelphia's Mütter Museum offers a peek through a forensic pathologist’s microscope.
This rare type of meteorite offers insight into asteroid formation, as well as earth's geologic processes.
Monosodium glutamate has gotten a bad rap for causing allergies, but is it justified?
This hybrid coral could withstand climate change better than its relatives.
Test your Science Friday knowledge with this crossword puzzle challenge by constructor Fred Piscop.
Discovered at La Brea Tar Pits, the pupa helps reveal clues to what the environment was like in Southern California during the Pleistocene Epoch.
Male great bowerbirds build these structures strictly to attract females for mating.
This tiny snail lives in one of the world’s deepest cave systems.
This Indonesian volcano burns blue at night, but that’s not lava you’re seeing.
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.”
The Richat Structure, or the “Eye of the Sahara,” can be seen from space and might be 100 million-years-old.
Why some tunes lodge in our brains isn’t so clear. Here are a few theories.
This hard-as-a-rock South American cushion plant can live thousands of years.
A new compilation of indie rock music includes sounds collected from the Voyager space missions.
A simulator based on one of the oldest problems in geometrical probability approximates pi.
The Salt Lake Valley's topography lends itself to a natural phenomenon called an inversion, which traps air pollution.
For Olympians, there’s interplay between natural athletic ability and suits that provide that extra edge.
SciFri tests out the cutting-edge virtual reality device at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.
This year, the Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier exhibition explored humanity's evolving relationship with technology.
Researchers have discovered an unprecedented diversity of glowing fish species.
We asked you to submit your own photos of the ice spike phenomenon.
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