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Jun. 30, 2015

Picture of the Week: Sunshine Recorder

by Elizabeth Preston

This antique technology, called a Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorder, helps researchers maintain North America’s longest-running weather record.

sunshine recorder, blue hill observatory
Jun. 25, 2015

A Peek Inside the Mind of Elon Musk

by Ashlee Vance

An excerpt from the new biography Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance.

elon musk, ashlee vance
Jun. 25, 2015

Science Friday at the Aspen Ideas Festival

by Christian Skotte

Ira Flatow and the SciFri crew will put on a live show in Colorado on June 30th.

aspen, apsen, colorado, science friday live
Jun. 25, 2015

The Octopus Whisperer

by Alisa Opar

To keep the brainy creatures healthy in captivity, caretakers employ a variety of tricks—including dog toys.

octopuses, cephalopod, cephalopod week
Jun. 23, 2015

Picture of the Week: Cock-Eyed Squid

by Chau Tu

This midwater cephalopod sports different-size eyes for different functions.

squid, cephalopod week, cock-eyed squid
Jun. 22, 2015

Take a Selfielopod for #CephalopodWeek!

by Brandon Echter

Print one of our cutouts and take your own selfielopod for Cephalopod Week.

cephalopod week
Jun. 17, 2015

Picture of the Week: Ferrofluid

by Marcus Woo

Liquid magnets lend themselves to art, as well as medical research.

ferrofluid, cancer, tumor
Jun. 12, 2015

What Lemurs Can Teach Us About Human Evolution

by Ian Tattersall

An excerpt from Ian Tattersall's The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack.

ian tattersall, lemur, paleontology
Jun. 11, 2015

The Silk Road’s Turn Toward Biotechnology

by Julie Leibach

Using a protein found in silkworm moth cocoons, researchers at Tufts University in Boston are developing a range of biodegradable materials and therapeutic devices.

silk, silk fibroin, polymer, biopolymer, electronic, fiorenzo omenetto, david kaplan
Jun. 09, 2015

Picture of the Week: The Green Rose

by Chau Tu

This mutated rose has sepals instead of petals.

rose, green rose, botany
Jun. 05, 2015

What Role Does the Sun Play in Vitamin D Synthesis?

by Michele Berger

The sun kickstarts a process that converts a vitamin D precursor into the active form your body needs.

Jun. 03, 2015

Picture of the Week: Milk Drop

by Emma Bryce

An engineer creates a perfect liquid crown using innovative flash photography.

doc edgerton, photography, flash
Jun. 01, 2015

Science Diction: Sun

by Howard Markel

The ancient Greeks personified the sun as a handsome god named Helios.

May. 27, 2015

Picture of the Week: Limpet Teeth

by Laura Dattaro

The title-holder for strongest biological material goes to a small mollusk.

limpet, sea snail
May. 22, 2015

The Day the Moon Blew Up

by Neal Stephenson

An excerpt from Neal Stephenson's new book, Seveneves.

neal stephenson, excerpt, seveneves
May. 22, 2015

A Date Palm Named Methuselah

by Thor Hanson

An excerpt from The Triumph of Seeds, by Thor Hanson.

thor hanson, seeds
May. 21, 2015

The Fine Art of Toxic Waste

by Jennifer Balmer

An engineer and an artist are transforming pollution from coal mines into pigments used to tint paint.

toxic paint, pollution, polluted streams, ohio, guy riefler, john sabraw
May. 20, 2015

Picture of the Week: Bombardier Beetle

by Adam Hoffman

Researchers have figured how a toxin-spraying beetle packs its pulsing punch.

bombardier beetle, beetles, toxic spray, mit, eric arndt
May. 15, 2015

Picture of the Week: Sun Halo, With Sundog Companions

by Chau Tu

When the sun interacts with six-sided ice crystals, ethereal optical effects can occur.

sun halos, robert greenler, physics, sundogs, ice crystal effects
May. 07, 2015

From Feed Lot to Pasture: The State of U.S. Pork

by Barry Estabrook

An excerpt from Barry Estabrook's Pig Tales.

barry estabrook, pig, pork
May. 07, 2015

How Math is Like Baking: You Just Need a Recipe

by Eugenia Cheng

An excerpt from How to Bake Pi by Eugenia Cheng.

eugenia cheng, math, mayonnaise, hollandaise
May. 05, 2015

Picture of the Week: Cat Tongue

by Alisa Opar

A magnified look reveals the serrated edges that Fluffy uses to clean herself—and rasp meat off bones.

cat tongue, david linstead, wellcome images awards, wellcome trust
Apr. 30, 2015

Carl Sagan, and the Rise of the 'Celebrity Scientist'

by Declan Fahy

An excerpt from The New Celebrity Scientists, by Declan Fahy.

carl sagan, fred hoyle, declan fahy
Apr. 30, 2015

From Fever Cure to Coma Therapy: Psychiatric Treatments Through Time

by Jeffrey A. Lieberman

An excerpt from Jeffrey A. Lieberman's book Shrinks.

psychiatry, jeffrey lieberman
Apr. 28, 2015

Picture of the Week: Pando, One of Earth's Largest Living Organisms

by Chau Tu

These quaking aspens are all clones of one mother stem.

Apr. 23, 2015

Against the Grain: An Alternative View of Alzheimer’s

by Turna Ray

For decades, Duke neurology professor Allen Roses has doggedly pursued a theory that dysfunctional mitochondria in the brain cause late-onset Alzheimer’s disease—and that beta-amyloid is just part of the disease’s pathology.

allen roses, alzheimer's, alzheimer's disease, beta-amyloid, apoe4, TOMM40
Apr. 23, 2015

Attack of the Luddites!

by Sydney Padua

An excerpt from Sydney Padua's graphic novel The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.

graphic novel, sydney padua
Apr. 22, 2015

Picture of the Week: Pillars of Creation, 2.0

by Julie Leibach

Two new versions of the iconic Hubble image commemorate the space telescope’s 25th anniversary.

hubble, hubble anniversary
Apr. 16, 2015

The Problem With Superman, and Other Physics Conundrums

by Rhett Allain

The author of Geek Physics answers your pop culture physics questions.

physics, rhett allen, superman, the flash, quicksilver, the avengers, tony starke, iron man, antimatter
Apr. 15, 2015

Picture of the Week: Scuttle Flies

by Michele Berger

A citizen science project uncovers 30 new species of scuttle fly in Los Angeles.

flies, scuttle flies, phoridae
Apr. 10, 2015

The Year Ahead in Science Film

by Chau Tu

This year’s SXSW Film festival highlighted our fears about emerging tech and concerns facing online and gaming communities.

sxsw, south by southwest, sci-fi, film, documentary
Apr. 10, 2015

Picture of the Week: Lion's Mane Mushroom

by Chau Tu

This pristine white fungus might have neuroprotective properties.

mushroom, lion's mane mushroom, bearded mushroom, fungi
Apr. 09, 2015

The Undersea Network That Connects the World

by Nicole Starosielski

An excerpt from The Undersea Network, by Nicole Starosielski.

undersea cable, ocean
Apr. 09, 2015

What Freaks You Out About Robots?

by Brandon Echter

Should we worry about the imminent rise of robots in our lives?

Apr. 07, 2015

Booting Up Computer Art

by Daniel A. Gross

In the 1960s, curious computer scientists transformed computers into art machines.

computer art, nake, noll
Apr. 06, 2015

Science Friday Introduces New Video Series, The Macroscope

by Luke Groskin

Through fictional and documentary film-making approaches, we'll bring you true stories from scientists and innovators.

Apr. 03, 2015

The 1-2-3s of Hard-Cooked Eggs

by Jeff Potter

Cooking geek Jeff Potter cracks the code on easy-to-peel, hard-cooked eggs.

eggs, hard-boiled eggs, hard-cooked eggs, steaming eggs, steaming
Apr. 02, 2015

Picture of the Week: Horn Shark Egg Case

by Julie Leibach

The spiraling protective packaging ensconces a single embryo and yolk sac.

horn shark, egg case, horn shark egg case, sharks
Apr. 01, 2015

Spot the REAL Hypothesis

by Annie Minoff

This April Fool’s Day, put your BS-detector to the test. Can you spot the REAL hypothesis?

april fools day
Mar. 26, 2015

Picture of the Week: Capsizing Iceberg

by Emma Bryce

Icebergs in Greenland are flipping over like dominoes more often than they have in the past.

ice berg, capsizing, flipping icebergs, greeland, melting
Mar. 26, 2015

From Animal House to Prufrock House: Memories of Caltech in the '60s

by Michael Gazzaniga

An excerpt from Michael Gazzaniga's Tales From Both Sides of the Brain.

brain, caltech, roger sperry
Mar. 23, 2015

Science Friday Joins National STEM Partnership

by Danielle Dana

The Science Friday Initiative has joined the 100Kin10 network.

100k, schools, stem, science education, education, science careers, stem careers, educate to innovate
Mar. 19, 2015

Picture of the Week: Ruby Seadragon

by Alisa Opar

Researchers discovered a new type of seadragon, bringing the total number of known species to a whopping three.

Mar. 17, 2015

Overheard at SXSW 2015

by Chau Tu

Science Friday web producer Chau Tu is in Austin, Texas for SXSW Interactive + Film.

Mar. 13, 2015

The Mystique of Pi

by Ian Stewart

An excerpt from Professor Stewart’s Incredible Numbers, by Ian Stewart.

pi, math, mathematics, circle, ian stewart
Mar. 13, 2015

Kitchen Math: How to Eat π Pies

by Eugenia Cheng

Methodically slice up four pies to reach the irrational number pi.

pi, pie, math, mathematics, eugenia cheng
Mar. 12, 2015

The Art of Scent in Los Angeles

by Chau Tu

A nonprofit in Los Angeles opens the door on the secretive world of perfuming.

perfume, fragrance, chemistry, institute of art and olfaction, los angeles
Mar. 12, 2015

Quiz: Pi Versus Pie

by Brandon Echter

Put your pi(e) prowess to the test.

Mar. 10, 2015

Picture of the Week: Plastiglomerate

by Chau Tu

Plastic is melding with marine debris in Hawaii.

plastic, hawaii, plastiglomerate, pollution, kamilo beach, marine debris
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.

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