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Aug. 08, 2014

Dune Discussion Question: Week #3

by Annie Minoff

The third discussion question for this summer's SciFri Book Club selection, Dune.

dune, arrakis, book club, discussion, earth, sci-fi
Aug. 05, 2014

Meet the 'Dune' Readers: Kim Stanley Robinson and Sara Imari Walker

by Annie Minoff

Sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson and astrobiologist and theoretical physicist Sara Imari Walker talk about returning to Frank Herbert’s Dune Planet.

book club, dune, kim stanley robinson, sara imari walker
Jul. 21, 2014

The SciFri Book Club Reads Dune

by Annie Minoff

This summer’s pick is a bona fide science fiction classic: Frank Herbert’s ecological epic Dune.

frank herbert, dune, scifri, scifri book club, sci-fi
Apr. 30, 2014

These Infographics Show 'The Way to Go'

by Annie Minoff

When it comes to explaining how modern transportation infrastructure works, Kate Ascher prefers to show, not tell.

transportation, kate ascher, space, international space station, container ships
Apr. 17, 2014

The Sounds of Space, in Indie Music

by Chau Tu

A new compilation of indie rock music includes sounds collected from the Voyager space missions.

Apr. 04, 2014

SciArts Spotlight: Brandon Ballengée

by Annie Minoff

Artist Brandon Ballengée’s portraits of deformed frogs turn scientific specimens into “stained glass windows.”

art, frogs, deformed frogs, brandon ballengee, clearing and staining, biology, amphibians
Mar. 14, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a Winner

by Annie Minoff

Kai Sander's photograph of a snowy cornfield was the audience favorite in SciFri's Winter Nature Photo Contest.

Feb. 20, 2014

Meet John Weller, Our Winter Nature Photo Contest Judge

by Annie Minoff

This nature photographer is drawn to pictures that capture a subject's essence and tell a story.

Feb. 19, 2014

The Internet's Dark Side, Exposed in Three New Films

by Annie Minoff

Three documentaries raise important questions about Internet use, from its effect on our personal relationships to our right to access information.

internet, gaming, gaming addiction, aaron swartz, the internet's own boy, love child, web junkies, online access, online rights, web, wargames, world of warcraft
Feb. 07, 2014

Vote in SciFri's Winter Nature Photo Contest

by Annie Minoff

Vote for your favorite winter snapshot in the contest.

Jan. 31, 2014

The New Frontiers of Filmmaking, at Sundance

by Chau Tu

This year, the Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier exhibition explored humanity's evolving relationship with technology.

Dec. 09, 2013

Fritz Kahn’s Fantastical Journey Through the Body

by Annie Minoff

The German graphic designer was a pioneer of popular science communication, using familiar objects as metaphors for biological processes.

fritz kahn, woody allen, sex, body, cell, journey, Uta von Debschitz
Nov. 29, 2013

The Choreographic World of Elizabeth Streb

by Annie Minoff

Ira's conversation with Action Architect Elizabeth Streb continues.

streb, choreography, streb action lab, dancers, dancing, physics
Oct. 18, 2013

Show, Not Tell: The Rise of the Infographic

by Becky Fogel

Data visualizations are all the rage these days. Here's a sampler of science-based ones to feed both your brain and your eyes.

infographic, gareth cook, new york times, data, data visualization
Sep. 25, 2013

Chasing Time Machines: A Photographer Turns High Energy Physics Into Art

by Becky Fogel

Stanley Greenberg takes pictures of giant structures used to study tiny particles.

cern, snolab, stanley greenberg, mit, large hadron collider, icecube neutrino observatory, fermilab, janet conrad, gary van zante, museum, photography, black and white photography
Jul. 22, 2013

The One That Didn't Get Away

by Annette Heist

James Prosek paints the final moments of his saltwater subjects.

fish, fishing, art, painting, James Prosek, painter, artist, art exhibition
Jun. 03, 2013

A Sculpture Eavesdrops Underwater

by Corey Binns

A submerged piece of art will grow into an artificial reef while recording surrounding marine sounds.

The Listener, Heather Spence, acoustic recorder, marine biology, cancun, Jason de Caires Taylor
May. 17, 2013

The Perils of Plankton

by Amy Kraft

An artist magnifies an overlooked environmental problem in sculptures that are larger than life.

May. 01, 2013

The SciFri Book Club Takes a Walk

by Annette Heist

Get ready to trail along with writer Bill Bryson.

A walk in the woods, bill bryson, Appalachian trail, hiker, hiking, scifri book club
Mar. 29, 2013

Scene in the Sonoran

by Annette Heist

Science Friday hits the desert trail to take in some springtime sights.

desert. Sonoran, Phoenix. Arizona, cactus, cacti, plants
Mar. 18, 2013

Black Bear for the Win

by Annette Heist

Jim Stroner's shot of a bear emerging from its den wins our 2013 Winter Nature Photo Contest.

Winter Nature Photo Contest, Jim Stroner, Lily bear, winner, finalists, photo contest
Mar. 14, 2013

Wildlife Portraits by Our Photo Contest Judge

by Leslie Taylor

Clay Bolt, co-founder of the Meet Your Neighbours photo project, shares some of his shots.

clay bolt, photo contest, winter nature photo contest, wildlife photography, field studio technique
Mar. 12, 2013

Painting by Insects

by Julie Leibach

For a unique artistic style, there's nothing like an insect's feet to get the job done.

Steven R. Kutcher, Steve Kutcher, insect artist, bugs, Steven Spielberg, insect art, art
Mar. 11, 2013

Vote for the Winner of the Winter Nature Photo Contest

by Julie Leibach

Pick your favorite photo from the 11 finalists.

winter nature photo contest, clay bolt, vote, favorite
Mar. 07, 2013

Meet the Judge of Our Winter Nature Photo Contest

by Annette Heist

Photographer Clay Bolt helps choose finalists out of hundreds of submissions.

Clay Bolt, photography, photographer, photo contest, winter, nature, photo, insects, macro photography
Mar. 01, 2013

Winter Nature Photo Contest: Vote for Your Favorites!

by Julie Leibach

Voting for your favorite Winter Nature Photo Contest submissions starts today at 2 p.m. EST.

Winter Nature Photo Contest, photo contest, nature, Science Friday Winter Nature Photo Contest, voting, vote, professional photographer, judge
Feb. 28, 2013

Petri Culture

by Annette Heist

Artist Klari Reis uses unconventional materials to create microbiologically inspired art.

art, artist, Klari Reis, painting, painter, petri dish, biology, microbiology
Feb. 22, 2013

Minding the Mountain Gorillas

by Annette Heist

Though mountain gorillas are critically endangered, their numbers are up from nearly 25 years ago.

mountain gorilla, Dian Fossey, Annette Lanjouw, Gorillas In the Mist, Mountain Gorillas: Biology, Conservation, and Coexistence
Feb. 21, 2013

Arthropod-Inspired Haikus

by The Bug Chicks

Beat the February blues and jumpstart the creative process by writing photo-inspired haikus!

haiku, insects, science, entomology, The Bug Chicks, photography
Feb. 20, 2013

Wild Advice for Shutterbugs

by Annette Heist

Photographer Alex Wild shares some tips for getting those insect glamour shots.

Alex Wild, biology, photography, photographer, insects, macro photography, entomologist, entomology, ants, Nikon Coolpix 995, Canon DSLR, Thomas Shahan, Pentax DSLR
Feb. 15, 2013

Cold Snap: Our Winter Nature Photo Contest Returns

by Annette Heist

Warm us up with your best winter nature shots.

contest, photography, winter, winter nature, photo contest
Feb. 07, 2013

Below the Feathers

by Annette Heist

Artist Katrina van Grouw looks past the feathers to see the beauty in birds.

art, birds, birding, feathers, avian, avian evolution, taxonomy, taxidermy, Katrina van Grouw
Jan. 31, 2013

And the Award Goes To....

by Annette Heist

The 2012 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winners are in...

National Science Foundation, Science, International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge
Jan. 25, 2013

The Minimalist Brain

by Annette Heist

Artist Greg Dunn combines his two passions: neuroscience and Asian-inspired painting.

brain, painting, neuroscience, artist, neurons
Jan. 18, 2013

An Illustrated Guide to the Mysterious

by Annette Heist

In a new book, artists illustrate the big (and not-so-big) questions in science.

mystery, artist, illustrate, illustration, books, art
Jan. 08, 2013

Nothing but 'Flower'

by Annette Heist

A new book strips the meaning from the blooms.

flowers, gardening, Flower, Andrew Zuckerman, photography
Jan. 02, 2013

Playing Music -- Through a Squid

by Andreas von Bubnoff

What happens if you play music through squid cells?

music, art, biology, squid, chromatophores
Dec. 19, 2012

Pleasing Planets

by Annette Heist

Artist Megan Lee finds inspiration in a blank wall.

tesla, artist, Megan Lee, planets, solar system, design
Dec. 13, 2012

Ruined Polaroids

by Annette Heist

Photographer William Miller saw our call for Polaroids and sent these images from his 2011 project "Ruined Polaroids."

Polaroids, art, photography, William Miller, photographs
Dec. 13, 2012

MoMath: Exhibits for Ending Math Apathy

by Jon Chang

The first math museum in the U.S. opens its doors this week.

math, museum, math museum, science center, children's museum
Dec. 11, 2012

SciFri Book Club Tours 'The Planets'

by Annette Heist

Science Friday gets spacey, with Dava Sobel's homage to the solar system.

SciFri Book Club; Dava Sobel; books; reading; The Planets; astronomy; space
Dec. 06, 2012

The Land of Polaroid

by Annette Heist

Edwin H. Land changed the way we picture the world.

photography, Edwin Land, instagram,
Nov. 29, 2012

The Ice Chasers

by Denise Chow

James Balog photographs climate change.

photography, climate change, ice, glaciers, art
Nov. 20, 2012

Birds Gone Wild

by Annette Heist

Fancy birds, beyond the Thanksgiving table.

birds, ornithology, cornell, birds of paradise, birding, nature, natural world
Nov. 15, 2012

The Fallen Leaves

by Annette Heist

Your photos...piled up.

leaf, leaves, pile, crowd-sourced art, leaf pile, photography
Nov. 14, 2012

Start With a Diagram

by Annette Heist

From Da Vinci to Benz, the diagrams that changed the world.

100 Diagrams That Changed The World, DaVinci, Ikea, astronomy, books, art
Nov. 07, 2012

Your Brain on... Art

by Annette Heist

Artist Kelsey Brookes put his scientific background to work.

art, neuroscience, painting, creativity, biology
Nov. 06, 2012

SciFri Book Club Has 'The Right Stuff'

by Annette Heist

The Tom Wolfe classic is on the reading list this month.

astronauts, NASA, Tom Wolfe, The Right Stuff, space, space program, Mercury Program, Mercury Seven
Nov. 01, 2012

Act Creative

by Annette Heist

On the show this week, we'll be talking with actor Richard Thomas. Thomas is currently playing the role of Peter Stockmann in a new Broadway production of the Henrik Ibsen play An Enemy of the People.

theater, arts
Oct. 24, 2012

The Leaf Pile

by Annette Heist

Hey leaf peepers: Instead of just raking leaves this year, let's put them to use in a leaf-themed, crowdsourced art project.

leaf, leaves, fall, colors, art project, crowd-source

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