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Scientists use lasers to create super water-repellent metals.
Forty-five years ago, a collaboration between Roger Penrose and Stephen Hawking transformed perceptions about black holes and the beginning of the universe.
Since 1970, Caribbean coral have declined by more than 50 percent, according to the Global Coral Reef Monitoring Network.
The Explorers Club houses artifacts from research expeditions over the last century, including the first exploration to the North Pole to the Apollo 11 moon mission.
Genetic engineers have designed strains of E. coli that can survive only in the presence of a compound that doesn't exist in nature.
What can comets, asteroids, and protoplanets tell us about the formation of the solar system?
Some studies suggest letting the mind wander spurs creativity and contemplation. Is it time to rethink our relationship with our phones and bring back boredom?
The SciFri Book Club cracks the cover of our winter book pick: David Grann’s non-fiction tale of Amazonian exploration, The Lost City of Z.
Molly Sauter explains the scope and severity of recent cyber attacks.
Brad Story, a professor of speech, language, and hearing sciences, walks us through the history of talking machines, and computer scientists Alan Black and Rupal Patel talk about making computerized voices more personal and engaging.
In a new study, academics rated philosophy—where women are earning less than 35 percent of the Ph.D.s—as a field where candidates need raw talent for success.
Scientists modeled how an exoplanet’s atmosphere could keep its rotation from locking up.
Female turtles return to the coastlines where they hatched using the earth's magnetic fields as a navigational tool.
Researchers say using tablets and smartphones before bedtime can shift your circadian rhythms.
Re/code reviewer Lauren Goode gives her rundown of the best tech at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show.
Researchers are examining how exercise, diet, and your environment play a role in gene expression.
Researchers report that they’ve isolated a new type of antibiotic compound from soil-dwelling bacteria that previously couldn’t be cultured.
Actor Alex Sharp talks about playing a 15-year-old math whiz on the Autism spectrum in the hit Broadway play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
The “imaginary meal” pill helps mice lose weight—but can it do the same in humans?
One out of five people harbors a cold virus in their nose at any one time.
Bats infected with white-nose syndrome use up twice as much energy during hibernation as uninfected bats.
When it comes to evolution, Bill Nye the Science Guy won’t be denied.
Dr. Eric Topol's book The Patient Will See You Now argues that technology will save patients time and money—and put healthcare back in their hands.
We’ll check in on the 115th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count and hear what birds have made an appearance so far this winter.
A lack of discipline isn’t what might undermine your goals, but rather an abundance of stress.
Rocks deep within the earth’s mantle could sequester water for billions of years and release small amounts to the surface.
Bill Nye the Science Guy writer Lynn Brunelle and Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments author Mike Adamick share fun science experiments parents and kids can do at home.
From the Ebola outbreak to the Rosetta mission to a comet, a look at the biggest science stories of the year.
The aerodynamics of the badminton birdie, along with a complex chain of movements executed by players, enables it to reach 200 mph.
In this 1993 interview from the Science Friday archives, writer John McPhee talks plate tectonics and global geology.
You may know science, but how well do you know movie science?
NASA’s Curiosity rover finds evidence of methane and organics on the Red Planet.
Bioengineer John Dabiri and conservation biologist Terrie Williams, two targets of Senator Tom Coburn's 2014 “Wastebook” look beyond the caricatures painted by politicians and pundits to tell the story of their research.
What if anyone could 3-D-print a satellite in space? Or jet from the Earth to the Moon, using just the hydrogen found in a two-liter bottle of water?
By 2060, Greenland’s seasonal “supraglacial” lakes will double in number and move farther inland.
SciFri’s scientist-film critics weigh in on the Alan Turing biopic.
Curbing “high glycemic” carbs may not benefit healthy eaters.
A team of fluid mechanics researchers at Princeton University dive into the anti-sloshing physics of foam.
NASA reveals new evidence for a large lake that could have existed for millions of years on Mars.
Alan Alda’s “Flame Challenge” asks scientists to answer the big questions that keep them up at night to 11-year-olds around the world.
In this episode, Cooking for Geeks author Jeff Potter gives home bakers tips on how to achieve cookie perfection using different sugars, fats, and flours.
Avoid the long lines and hack your holiday gifts, from homemade perfume to 3-D printed ornaments.
Science writers Deborah Blum and Annalee Newitz join Ira to share their favorite science books of 2014.
Last year, for example, new solar plants outpaced coal installations in the U.S., and carbon-trading schemes across state and national borders have already begun.
In 1991, 53 percent of students tested could recall Lyndon Johnson as the 36th president; that number dropped to 20 percent by 2009, according to a new study released in Science.
For MoMA curator Paola Antonelli, “design” includes computer interfaces, video games, and maker kits.
In mice, eating within an 8-12 hour window helped to prevent and even reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes.
NASA is in early stage test flights for Orion, its updated crew capsule, but the spaceflight landscape is changing.
Scientists have linked an unprecedented starfish die-off along the West Coast to a virus.
Ants and other insects could be able to remove thousands of pounds of food waste from street medians and city parks each year.
In a Science Friday holiday tradition, we’re playing highlights from this year’s 24th First Annual Ig Nobel awards ceremony.
Should doctors share information about your risky genes with your family, since they, too, might harbor that suspect DNA sequence?
In the new art movement “art-sci,” artists take inspiration from science, use scientific techniques in their artwork, and inspire new science.
Chinese adoptees living in Canada, who now speak only French, still process Chinese sounds as native speakers do, even if they have no conscious recall of word meaning.
Given access to your Google calendar, a personal assistant named Amy will happily schedule all your appointments. The catch? She's a machine—a digital personal assistant.
Find out how to avoid Turkey Day trip-ups in the latest episode of our “Food Failures” series.
YouTube science star Emily Graslie takes viewers behind the scenes of natural history museums with “The Brain Scoop.”
It’s a sci-fi epic set among black holes, wormholes, and tesseracts. But director Christopher Nolan and physicist Kip Thorne say Interstellar doesn’t break the laws of physics.
Female wild turkeys parse the courtship performances of males to determine their genetic potential.
The European Space Agency’s Philae lander is the first probe to touch down on a comet.
Scientists frustrated by a lack of research dollars are turning to crowdfunding.
Doug Emlen, author of “Animal Weapons,” unpacks the evolutionary arms race that pushes horns, claws, teeth and other animal defenses to the extreme.
Researchers discuss the possible genetic underpinnings that make certain cats and rats tame.
By analyzing access to specific health-related pages on Wikipedia, researchers may be able to identify—or even forecast—potential disease outbreaks.
Gus Speth, a longtime Washington insider, says it’s time to consider consumerism, economic instability, and a functional democracy as core environmental issues.
For less than $40 a month, residents of Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bucharest, and Paris can enjoy lightning-fast Internet download and upload speeds of 1,000 Mbps.
Between new crosses and old heritage varieties, there’s a world of apples beyond the Red Delicious.
Carver was a painter, singer, and piano teacher, taught farmers the virtues of crop rotation, and developed hundreds of recipes for peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans and pecans.
One hundred researchers studied 144 insect species to fill in the blanks of insects’ evolutionary history.
Synthetic biologist Christopher Voigt and biotechnologist Stephen Streatfield discuss current trends in synthetic biology.
How can hospital stays and the evolution from apes to humans change the diversity of our microbiome?
Jon Cohen, a staff writer covering the outbreak for Science magazine, says that despite the vaccines’ success in monkeys, their efficacy in humans is far from guaranteed.
This week, HP announced its new 3-D printer, which it claims can print materials strong enough to lift up a car—and do it 10 times faster than anything on the market today.
The Rosetta spacecraft has detected the scent of a comet...and it stinks.
Researchers try to counteract age-related memory decline with cocoa flavanols.
Witness two tales that will make your skin crawl and your mind reel with fear and curiosity.
Radiologists use CT scans to piece together the life, and death, of Egyptian mummies.
Scientists turn Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse into a real-world lab to discover why some brains thrive on fear.
Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin and Sound Opinions co-host Jim DeRogatis discuss the neuroscience of spooky songs.
The pioneering treatment uses cells from the nasal cavity and strips of nerve from the ankle to repair a spinal injury.
Researchers say a leg bone discovered in a Siberian river bank belongs to a man who lived some 45,000 years ago.
Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators shows how the digital revolution was a team effort.
Hand sanitizer and similar products could increase the amount of BPA absorbed by the skin.
The Science Club meets to discuss your observations of the world around you, from spider habitats to lunar eclipses.
A manta ray can filter 240 gallons of seawater per minute.
Scientists are uncovering the importance of the plant microbiome for fighting off pathogens and increasing crop yields.
John Harvey Kellogg and his brother, W.K., are known today for their most famous discovery—corn flakes—but invented many other health foods along the way.
A recently developed technique called "environmental DNA" allows invasive species trackers to get a time-sensitive fingerprint of which species are living where—including underwater.
As plug-in electric vehicles struggle to carve out a slice of today's auto market, it's worth remembering the first such battle—at the turn of the 1900s.
To help piece together a crime scene, forensic entomologists examine the insects found in the area.
Techniques from physics and chemistry can help scientists and art historians sniff out art forgeries.
From its role in biological systems to cultural products, “shape is information that can tell us a story,” says biologist Dan Chitwood.
The surfaces in a home reflect the distinct blend of bacteria that inhabit the people that live there.
Four decades of scientific studies suggest the food additive MSG may not deserve its toxic reputation.
The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts winter weather months in advance. But how scie...
A panel of experts discusses the different scientific phenomena that combine to ...
Psychiatrist Richard A. Friedman discusses several effective treatments for the ...
Sure, it's just frozen water, but what IS ice really?
Cold-water fish and snow-dwelling insects have evolved antifreeze proteins to av...
\tWinter weather means more than sledding and snowmen. Next snowstorm, grab a magnifying glass and try snowflake hunting. Bullet rosettes, stellar plates, and capped columns are just a few of the varieties of snow crystal you can find in your backyard. Kenneth Libbrecht, physicist at Caltech and snowflake expert, shares secrets of the snowflake.
\tVideo originally published on ScienceFriday.com on December 31, 2009