Jun. 20, 2013

Confessions of a Former Snake Wrangler

by Edward O. Wilson

E.O. Wilson shares the secret ingredient to becoming a scientist.

Edward O. Wilson, E.O. Wilson, Harvard, scientist, biologist, careers, letters, books, memoir, advice,
Mar. 07, 2013

What Are the Drivers of Global Change?

by Al Gore

An excerpt from The Future, by Al Gore

Al Gore, climate change, book excerpt, global change
Feb. 20, 2013

Open Invitation to Lamar Smith, House Science Committee Chairman: Accepted

by Ira Flatow

Science Friday invites Chairman Lamar Smith to discuss technology that will track objects such as asteroids that threaten Earth.

asteroid 2012 DA14, Lamar Smith, House Science Committee, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Russia, meteor, Russian meteor, asteroid, asteroids, deflecting asteroid
Feb. 15, 2013

Silence Is Noisy

by Katherine Bouton

An excerpt from "Shouting Won't Help: Why I--and 50 Million Other Americans--Can't Hear You"

book excerpt, Katherine Bouton, deafness, hearing, book excerpt
Feb. 12, 2013

Battle of the Electric Cars: "Hydrogen Sucks," Says Elon Musk

by Ira Flatow

War of the Currents Redux: Fuel Cells vs Batteries

elon musk; Tesla; batteries; fuel cells; cars; hydrogen fuel; hydrogen; Edison; Westinghouse; current wars
Jan. 10, 2013

A Fallacy of Biblical Proportion

by Robert Lustig, M.D.

An excerpt from Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease by Dr. Robert Lustig.

book excerpt, health, sugar, fructose, diet, fat chance, obesity
Jan. 04, 2013

Food: The Weak Link

by Lester R. Brown

Food is the new oil. Land is the new gold.

agriculture, book excerpt, farming, climate change
Dec. 05, 2012

Ask an Astronaut

by Leslie Taylor

What do you want to know about living and working in space?

spaceflight, astronauts, ask an expert
Nov. 16, 2012

Preface to 'The Annotated and Illustrated Double Helix'

by Alexander Gann & Jann Witkowski

New reminiscences and illustrations enrich James Watson's 1968 autobiography.

james watson, dna, book excerpt, discovery
Nov. 08, 2012

An Excerpt from 'Flight Behavior'

by Barbara Kingsolver

A certain feeling comes from throwing your good life away, and it is one part rapture.

book excerpt, nature, climate change, arts, Barbara Kingsolver
Nov. 08, 2012

Hearing Things

by Oliver Sacks

During the days when I was living alone in a foreign city — I was a young man at the time — I quite often heard my name suddenly called by an unmistakable and beloved voice; I then noted down the exact moment of the hallucination and made anxious enquiries of those at home about what had happened at that time. Nothing had happened.

Oliver Sacks, neurology, book excerpt, health, medicine, drugs
Oct. 26, 2012

The Science of Monsters

by Matt Kaplan

At their most basic level, monsters represent fears held by society, fears associated with dangers perceived in the surrounding world.

book excerpt, monsters, animals, animal behavior, psychology
Oct. 18, 2012

Spillover: Animal Infections and the Next Human Pandemic

by David Quammen

Infectious disease is a kind of natural mortar binding one creature to another, one species to another, within the elaborate biophysical edifices we call ecosystems

book excerpt, books, medicine, disease
Oct. 05, 2012

Math Is Everywhere

by Steven Strogatz

We’ll spot sine waves in zebra stripes, hear echoes of Euclid in the Declaration of Independence, and recognize signs of negative numbers in the run-up to World War I. And we’ll see how our lives today are being touched by new kinds of math, as we search for restaurants online and try to understand — not to mention survive — the frightening swings in the stock market.

math, book excerpt, calculus
Oct. 04, 2012

Paint by Numbers

by Annette Heist

Math-inspired art, to get you primed for thinking about equations.

math, painting, Strogatz, numbers, sciarts, art
Oct. 02, 2012

Meet a 'Genius' -- Nancy Rabalais

by Charles Bergquist

Science Friday extends its congratulations to marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais, one of the newly-named MacArthur Fellows for 2012.

macarthur foundation, macarthur fellows, genius award, genius grant, nancy rabalais, tube worms, gulf of mexico, oil spill, ecology
Sep. 25, 2012

Return of the Flame Challenge: Kids, What Would You Ask Next?

by Leslie Taylor

Attention 10 to 12-year-olds! Alan Alda wants to know what question you would like scientists to answer.

science education, flame challenge, Alan Alda, education, science communication, education, kids
Sep. 20, 2012

Preface to 'The Annotated Flatland: A Romance of Many Dimensions'

by Ian Stewart

Just as Euclid’s plane is embedded in the surrounding richness of three-dimensional space, so Flatland is embedded in rich veins of history and science.

math, geometry, Flatland, SciFri Book Club, books, mathematics, mathematician, book excerpt
Sep. 07, 2012

The 'Secret Documents'

by Robert N. Proctor

Now accessible online, the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library is the largest business archive in the world.

smoking, cigarettes, cancer, lung cancer, cigarette additives, golden holocaust, tobacco, tobacco legislation, data mining, history of science, books, book excerpt
Sep. 07, 2012

Who Knew What and When?

by Robert N. Proctor

A great deal of attention has been given to when the tobacco industry could have—or at least should have—known that smoking was killing people.

smoking, cigarettes, cancer, lung cancer, cigarette additives, golden holocaust, tobacco, tobacco legislation
Sep. 07, 2012

Trolling for Annoyance

by Marc Abrahams

Trolls creep into and crop up anywhere they can, wheedling for attention in chat rooms, listservs, twitter streams, blogs, and as you may have noticed, in the comments section of online news articles.

internet trolls, trolling, ig nobel awards, marc abrahams, improbable research, books, book excerpt
Aug. 30, 2012

Bones Are Forever

by Kathy Reichs

An excerpt from the newest Temperance Brennan novel by Kathy Reichs

forensics, anthropology, bones, books, forensic anthropology
Aug. 23, 2012

There’s Someone in My Head, But It’s Not Me

by David Eagleman

Brains are in the business of gathering information and steering behavior appropriately. It doesn’t matter whether consciousness is involved in the decision making. And most of the time, it’s not.

neurology, neuroscience, brain, incognito, book excerpt
Aug. 16, 2012

Hot Guys and Smelly Socks

by Danica McKellar

An excerpt from the book "Girls Get Curves" by Danica McKellar provides an introduction to logic and reasoning.

math, mathematics, math education, education, science education, girls, geometry
Jun. 28, 2012

Catching Up with Conrad Anker

by Eli Chen

In 1963, James "Big Jim" Whittaker planted an American flag at the summit of Mount Everest, marking the first American ascent. Nearly 50 years later, National Geographic explorer Conrad Anker set out to retrace Whittaker’s historic route up the mountain--and worked to solve some scientific mysteries along the way.

Conrad Anker, Mount Everest, climbing, geology, mountains, health
Jun. 26, 2012

The Physics of Spider-Man: The Death of Gwen Stacy

by Leslie Taylor

What killed Spider-Man's girlfriend Gwen Stacy? In the infamous comic The Night Gwen Stacy Died, was it the fall from the George Washington bridge that killed her? Or was it whiplash from being caught by Spidey's web?

spiderman, physics, physics of superheroes, comic books, physics, gwen stacy, james kakalios, superheroes
Jun. 08, 2012

Dark Matter vs. Aether

by Sean B. Carroll

Probably the biggest single misconception I come across in popular discussions of dark matter and dark energy is the accusation that these concepts are a return to the discredited idea of the aether. They are not -- in fact, they are precisely the opposite.

cosmology, dark matter, physics, aether, theoretical physics, dark energy
May. 24, 2012

Ascending Everest

by Leslie Taylor

Mountaineer and former Science Friday guest Conrad Anker will attempt to reach the peak of Mt. Everest tonight.

May. 16, 2012

Foraged Feasts

by Leslie Taylor

Coming up this Friday as part of a story on urban agriculture we'll talk with Tama Matsuoka Wong, author of Foraged Flavor: Finding Fabulous Ingredients in Your Backyard or Farmer's Market. She shared with us some recipes.

urban agriculture, food, recipe, chickweed, wild mustard, cooking, foraging, urban wildlife
May. 11, 2012

Has Science Outgrown Democracy?

by Shawn Lawrence Otto

Is the ever-increasing burden of education that science places on the people making it hard for democracy to continue to function as a viable form of government? And if it is, what's the alternative?

public policy, politics, science policy, election, debate

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