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Being on set at the popular show left me starstruck.
When you find yourself wanting to re-read a book that you just finished, you gotta recommend it to others.
The SciFri staff visited La Brea Tar Pits, which is celebrating 100 years of excavation.
We had so much fun talking about Les Paul on the show.
Each tiny square is an LED.
A new study suggests that a bevy of bacteria and other life could be dwelling in Lake Vostok.
Sometimes the old tech is the best tech.
Very quietly, solar and wind technologies are making some important advances. Here are a couple examples.
Bill Nye and I were on a panel discussing how to tell stories about science.
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Visible With the Naked Eye
Science Friday invites Chairman Lamar Smith to discuss technology that will track objects such as asteroids that threaten Earth.
War of the Currents Redux: Fuel Cells vs Batteries
This week, I'm focusing on some really geeky -- I should say Benjie* -- research that caught my eye. Be ready for some gorgeous graphics and hi-tech talk.
Once more, lots of intriguing stories making the news this week. Here are a few of my favorites.
For years I've been searching for the best light bulb, and I may have found it.
There is one caveat to be aware of when watching or listening to a TED talk: chances are that no one at TED has vetted the presentation for accuracy.
That line from the Wicked Witch of the West aptly describes stunning newly released photos and time-lapse videos showing the rapid melting of ice in the Polar regions, especially in Greenland.
Does hurricane Sandy make you any more inclined to buy an electric vehicle?
Are Katrina and Sandy linked to climate change?
Yesterday I had the opportunity to interact with SciFri fans online as a participant in Reddit's Ask Me Anything (AMA) feature.
Can you legally break Einstein's speed limit?
NASA's rover has discovered an ancient stream bed on Mars.
Next week we broadcast from beautiful Boise, Idaho.
Curiosity Lander: Excitement Recalls Viking
Antarctica changed my life. You don't just visit Antarctica, you experience it. And that experience--from the grandeur of its active volcano (Mt. Erebus) puffing steam each day, to the high desert plateau of the South Pole, to the icy blue glaciers--influences how I see and interact with the world even 33 years after having trodded "the ice" in 1979.
What does a single atom look like?
Two attempts to reach young women. Which works better?
A few years ago I was in the audience for a taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Before the show started, Jon introduced himself and asked if anybody had any questions. I asked him if he listens to Science Friday. (Nobody's ever accused me of being a shrinking violet.) Here's how Jon answered that question, in his own....special...way.
Facebook buys facial recognition company. Facing up to the consequences.
Conservative Republicans Supporting Wind, Solar
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Everyone was so impressed seeing the space shuttle flying atop that 747. Why not keep one in the air?
I spent the morning in Grapevine, Texas, right outside of Dallas, talking to the folks at the National AfterSchool Association convention. A number of folks came up to say hello and I’m always appreciative of the praise they heap on … Continue reading →
Went into the backyard and trimmed the rose bushes, which have already begun to grow. New shoots, leaves. Earliest in the season that I can remember. Continue reading →
When soon-to-be astronaut Scott Carpenter voiced the soon-to-be very famous phrase, 50 years ago, America was in a much different place: at the start of a new adventure, the moon in its sights. It was space race all news, all … Continue reading →
My brother called me up with the sad news. Steve Jobs was dead. He called me because I was one of the few people he knew who could understand the depth of the loss he felt. And I could. And … Continue reading →
I just came home from the Flagstaff, AZ, Festival of Science, a ten-day citywide extravaganza, and from the second annual World Maker Faire 2011, at the New York Hall of Science. And boy, is there excitement in the air. The … Continue reading →
Thank you Irene for helping people rediscover radio. As part of my emergency kit for when the lights went out – and they did for three days – was my old transistor radio (not to mention a wind-up model I … Continue reading →
The Quake of 2011 brings to mind a running gag-line I’ve used often in my work: “If Capitol Hill sat on a fault line, Congress would stop cutting the budget for earthquake research.” ( I’ve said this about oceans, atmospheric … Continue reading →
I’m reading a really scary book. “Charlotte’s Web.” All this talk about murder, killing, eating the dead. Any book who’s opening line is “Where’s Papa going with the axe?” sounds more like a Hitchcock psycho mystery than a kid’s book. … Continue reading →
The best meteor shower of the year is usually the Perseids, scheduled to peak Friday night-Sat. morning. But a full moon Friday night will wash it out. You’ll have trouble seeing those gaw-jus streaks of light. While the shower peaks … Continue reading →
The final shuttle launch has been getting so much last minute attention one would think that the 130+ that came before were widely covered, too. Not so. Except for the first few and the two tragic disasters, the media has … Continue reading →
You know it’s a bad day at the White House when both the left and the right laugh at you. And they are both justified. Back in October, the President’s energy advisor, Dr. Steven Chu, said this: “The White House … Continue reading →
Just days after we talked about NASA’s Dawn space craft about to enter orbit around a giant asteroid, Vesta, comes word that the space agency will attempt to visit one and bring back some bits of it. Scheduled to launch … Continue reading →
Well, not exactly a bar. But a recording studio. And the results of their volatile chemistry was magical. If you missed the once-in-a-lifetime conversation between movie maker Werner Herzog, novelist Cormac McCarthy and physicist Lawrence Krauss, you missed a great … Continue reading →
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