Nov. 27, 2014

How a Bohemian Engineer Helped Blend Art and Science

by Arthur I. Miller

An excerpt from Arthur I. Miller's new book, Colliding Worlds.

billy kluver, engineer, contemporary art
Nov. 21, 2014

Truth, Educated Guesses, and Speculations in 'Interstellar'

by Kip Thorne

An excerpt from The Science of Interstellar, a new book by Kip Thorne.

interstellar, physics, space, kip thorne
Nov. 20, 2014

Q&A With Emily Graslie

by Chau Tu

More with the Field Museum's Chief Curiosity Correspondent and host of the “The Brain Scoop” on YouTube.

emily graslie, science communication, field museum, museum, youtube, video
Nov. 13, 2014

From Antlers to Tusks: Our Obsession With Extreme Animal Weapons

by Douglas J. Emlen

An excerpt from Animal Weapons, a book by Douglas Emlen.

animals, animal weapons, antlers, douglas emlen
Nov. 13, 2014

Where Do We Go From Here? Environmentalism, at a Crossroads

by James Gustave Speth

An excerpt from James Gustave Speth's memoir Angels by the River.

environment, policy, climate change, james gustave speth
Oct. 24, 2014

How Innovation Happens in the Digital Age

by Walter Isaacson

An excerpt from Walter Isaacson's The Innovators.

walter isaacson, innovation, ideas
Oct. 23, 2014

#ObserveEverything…Including the Cat

by Annie Minoff

In the book Lost Cat, two feline fans reveal how methodical observation and GPS technology helped solve a kitty mystery.

cat, tracking, cat tracking, kitty, lost cat, rescue, gps
Oct. 09, 2014

Facing Mortality, As a Doctor

by Atul Gawande

An excerpt from Atul Gawande's Being Mortal.

atul gawande, death, mortality, doctor
Sep. 26, 2014

A Doctor's First Night On Call

by Terrence Holt

An excerpt from Internal Medicine by Terrence Holt.

medicine, hospital, doctor, patient
Sep. 26, 2014

The Science Friday Crossword Puzzle, Solved

by Julie Leibach

Find out the answers—and backstories—to the SciFri-themed crossword puzzle.

Sep. 25, 2014

Picking Up Where We Left Off

by Neal Stephenson

An excerpt from Neal Stephenson's story in Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions For a Better Future.

science fiction
Sep. 19, 2014

Solve the Science Friday Crossword Puzzle!

by Chau Tu

Test your Science Friday knowledge with this crossword puzzle challenge by constructor Fred Piscop.

crossword, puzzle
Sep. 19, 2014

Forays Into the World of Fungi

by Eugenia Bone

An excerpt from Mycophilia, by Eugenia Bone.

mushrooms, fungi, foraging, sickness,
Sep. 19, 2014

The Business of Surgery: Has Love Been Lost?

by Paul Ruggieri

An excerpt from The Cost of Cutting by Paul Ruggieri.

healthcare, medicine, money
Sep. 12, 2014

Are Generics the Same As Brand Name Drugs?

by Jeremy A. Greene

An excerpt from Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine, by Jeremy A. Greene.

generic, drugs, prescription, medicine
Sep. 04, 2014

Could You Hit a Baseball Pitched Near the Speed of Light?

by Randall Munroe

An excerpt from xkcd creator Randall Munroe's book, What If?

randall munroe, baseball, physics
Sep. 04, 2014

How Pinball Helps Explain Ways We Think and Learn

by Barbara Oakley

An excerpt from A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley.

math, barbara oakley, brain
Sep. 03, 2014

Quiz: How Good Are You at Learning?

by Benedict Carey

A quiz from Benedict Carey, author of How We Learn.

brain, learning, benedict carey
Aug. 15, 2014

A Savior in Soil

by Kristin Ohlson

An excerpt from Kristin Ohlson's book The Soil Will Save Us.

soil, carbon, global warming, kristin ohlson, agriculture
Aug. 13, 2014

Food Failures: Is Your Hot Sauce Up to Snuff?

by Brandon Echter

Use science to improve your latest spicy concoction.

hot sauce, food, food science, picante, spicy, Ali Bouzari
Aug. 08, 2014

Build Your Own Radio Telescope to Listen to Meteors

by Nicole Gugliucci

Even if it's cloudy or you can't get outside at night, you can still listen to the Perseid meteor shower using a simple FM radio setup or by building a radio telescope at home.

meteor shower, meteors, perseids, radio, radio telescope, satellite, diy, astronomy
Aug. 07, 2014

Getting Hooked on Forensic Pathology

by Judy Melinek

An excerpt from Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, by Dr. Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell.

surgery, medical examiner, excerpt, judy melinek, pathology, forensics
Aug. 06, 2014

Medical Mystery: The Pink Eye of Death

by Brandon Echter

Can you solve this real-life medical mystery?

medical mystery, forensics, pathology, judy melinek, medical examiner
Jul. 31, 2014

Animals Can Suffer From Mental Illness, Too

by Laurel Braitman

An excerpt from Laurel Braitman's Animal Madness.

Jul. 10, 2014

You Don't Need ESP to Predict Behavior

by William Poundstone

An excerpt from William Poundstone's Rock Breaks Scissors.

esp, william poundstone, rock, paper, scissors
Jul. 03, 2014

Sock Puppets on Steroids: The Internet's Fake Personalities

by Charles Seife

An excerpt from Virtual Unreality: Just Because The Internet Told You, How Do You Know It’s True?

Jun. 27, 2014

Goodies From #CephalopodWeek

by Brandon Echter

For the past week, Science Friday’s Cephalopod Week has celebrated these amazing, beautiful, and mysterious creatures. We’ve compiled all the SciFri stories we shared this week in one place.

Jun. 17, 2014

Fighting the Machines

by Daniel Wilson

An excerpt from Daniel Wilson's new novel, Robogenesis.

robots, fiction, war, daniel wilson, science fiction, sci fi, robogenesis
Jun. 12, 2014

Proving Dad's Worth (With Science)

by Paul Raeburn

An excerpt from Do Fathers Matter?

fathers, paul raeburn, dads, family
Jun. 05, 2014

Getting an Edge on Razors

by Mark Miodownik

An excerpt from Mark Miodownik's Stuff Matters.

May. 29, 2014

What Our Stuff Says About Us

by Jennifer Ouellette

An excerpt from Me, Myself and Why.

jennifer ouellette, me myself and why, book, objects, stuff, facebook, identity
May. 22, 2014

Beware the Antibiotic Winter

by Martin Blaser

An excerpt from Missing Microbes: How the Overuse of Antibiotics Is Fueling Our Modern Plagues.

winter, antibiotic winter, obesity, modern plagues, obesity, autism
May. 15, 2014

A Recipe for Invisible Ink

by Kristie Macrakis

An excerpt from Prisoners, Lovers & Spies: The Story of Invisible Ink from Herodotus to al-Qaeda.

May. 14, 2014

This Cryptocurrency Could Be an Answer to Bitcoin’s Privacy Problems

by Morgen Peck

A new cryptocurrency in development called ZeroCash claims to preserve its users’ anonymity. Here’s how it works.

May. 09, 2014

Why Are Elephant Ears So Big? And Other Pachyderm Questions

by Julie Leibach

Research scientist Joseph Soltis answers your elephant-related queries.

May. 08, 2014

Why Do We Find Things Funny?

by Scott Weems

An excerpt from Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why.

humor, why do we laugh, laughter, aristotle, freud, haha
May. 01, 2014

A Recipe for the Forager in You: Braised Beef, Dandelion Leaves, and Clear Noodles

by Tama Matsuoka Wong

A recipe from Tama Matsuoka Wong, using foraged ingredients.

daniel, foraging, foraged foods, dandelions, beef, clear noodles, recipe, recipes
Apr. 24, 2014

Farewell to Ice Skating

by Richard B. Primack

An excerpt from Walden Warming.

walden pond, henry thoreau, ice skating, Richard B. Primack
Apr. 18, 2014

An Unexplored Island in Mozambique

by Edward O. Wilson

An excerpt from A Window on Eternity.

e.o. wilson, gorongosa national park, africa
Apr. 17, 2014

The Birth of New Atheism

by Amir Aczel

An excerpt from Amir Aczel's book "Why Science Does Not Disprove God."

Apr. 10, 2014

A Whale Is Born

by Jean Craighead George

An excerpt from Jean Craighead George's Ice Whale.

Mar. 26, 2014

Robot Roundup

by Jordan Davidson

From personal assisting, to search and rescue operations, to laparoscopic surgery, robots are becoming an ever-growing part of human life.

robot, cloud robotics, surgery, da vinci surgical system, raven, robotmaid, cheetah

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