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E.O. Wilson shares the secret ingredient to becoming a scientist.
An excerpt from The Future, by Al Gore
Science Friday invites Chairman Lamar Smith to discuss technology that will track objects such as asteroids that threaten Earth.
An excerpt from "Shouting Won't Help: Why I--and 50 Million Other Americans--Can't Hear You"
War of the Currents Redux: Fuel Cells vs Batteries
An excerpt from Fat Chance: Beating the Odds Against Sugar, Processed Food, Obesity, and Disease by Dr. Robert Lustig.
Food is the new oil. Land is the new gold.
What do you want to know about living and working in space?
New reminiscences and illustrations enrich James Watson's 1968 autobiography.
A certain feeling comes from throwing your good life away, and it is one part rapture.
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.
At their most basic level, monsters represent fears held by society, fears associated with dangers perceived in the surrounding world.
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
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-inspired art, to get you primed for thinking about equations.
Science Friday extends its congratulations to marine ecologist Nancy Rabalais, one of the newly-named MacArthur Fellows for 2012.
Attention 10 to 12-year-olds! Alan Alda wants to know what question you would like scientists to answer.
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.
Now accessible online, the Legacy Tobacco Documents Library is the largest business archive in the world.
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.
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.
An excerpt from the newest Temperance Brennan novel by Kathy Reichs
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.
An excerpt from the book "Girls Get Curves" by Danica McKellar provides an introduction to logic and reasoning.
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.
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?
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.
Mountaineer and former Science Friday guest Conrad Anker will attempt to reach the peak of Mt. Everest tonight.
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.
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?
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