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The early Earth was no place for life as we know it: Belching volcanoes, meteor strikes, hydrogen cyanide and a healthy bombardment of ultraviolet rays.
A choreographer and a biologist team up to create a dance that’s part high art, part climate change consciousness raising.
Cognitive neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga discusses his on discovering how these halves communicate.
When we picture rapidly moving things, people seem to have a preference for ones that move from left to right, not right to left.
A new, fast 3-D printer uses ultraviolet light and oxygen to shape liquid resin.
Physicists discuss the quest to understand dark energy and dark matter.
The malaria parasite manufactures lemon-and-pine-scented aromas that attract mosquitoes.
Megan Smith, a Google alum who once built and raced a solar car across Australia, came on board last year as U.S. Chief Technology Officer.
This Women’s History Month, Science Friday celebrates some of the unsung heroines of science.
Astronomer Caroline Herschel was born 265 years ago this week, on March 16, 1750. She was the first woman to receive a salary for astronomical research.
Scientists estimate that a subsurface ocean on Jupiter’s largest moon—Ganymede—could be 60 miles thick.
What technological hurdles must be cleared for a successful manned mission to Mars?
Warmer waters are changing the distribution of food in the Pacific, stranding hundreds of starving sea lion pups on shore, and causing the death of hundreds of thousands of birds.
Will momentum for developing an Ebola vaccine and treatment stay on track as infection rates decrease?
Doctors are trying to piece together a puzzling polio-like paralysis that might be associated with a respiratory illness.
Fossils found in Morocco might help explain how modern-day insects, crustaceans, and other arthropods got their shapes.
Apps on the new platform allow iPhone users to enroll in clinical trials on heart health, Parkinson's, or asthma. But critics say the smartphone-driven studies have flaws.
Algorithms already write financial and sports news articles. Could they break into fiction?
This year holds an unusually special treat for enthusiasts of the constant π: March 14, 2015 approximates π not just to the usual three digits (3.14) but to five: 3.14.15.
Just in time for Pi Day, we look at the science behind baking the perfect pie crust.
Venetia Burney, age 11, came up with the name ‘Pluto’ for a newly-discovered planet 85 years ago this week.
Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity on December 2, 1915.
Mission director and chief engineer Marc Rayman gives an update on the Dawn mission, scheduled to arrive in orbit around dwarf planet Ceres this week.
How much medical care is too much medical care?
Exoplanet hunter Sara Seager explains how biosignature gases could help identify life on exoplanets, and The Takeaway’s John Hockenberry takes Ira on a futuristic tour of exoplanet vacation destinations.
A newly discovered fossil jaw pushes the date of Homo's evolution back to 2.8 million years ago.
Is it possible to keep our personal information secure in the digital age?
Wayne Jaescke, a patent attorney and amateur astronomer, captured a photo of a wispy cloud rising 120 miles into the Martian atmosphere.
Several major airports have found a new use for open but restricted space alongside runways and hangars—as a home for beehives.
This Idea Must Die asks scientists and big thinkers which scientific theories they’d target for extinction.
A new class of food-coaching apps connects you to pros and peers who offer tips on healthy eating, based on descriptions and photos of what you eat.
In a basement laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania, two roboticists have harnessed the sensing, swimming, and swarming abilities of bacteria to power microscopic robots.
As part of Black History Month, Science Friday looks at the role of African-American scientists at NASA during the Civil Rights era.
In Future Crimes, author Marc Goodman looks at how criminals are using emergent technology for their own benefit.
After decades of warnings, the advisory committee behind the U.S. government’s dietary guidelines drops its prohibition on cholesterol.
With its legal battle over, Kivalina, Alaska struggles to relocate a 400-person village predicted to be underwater by 2025.
As the ice retreats, habitats shift, and certain food chains have begun to crumble.
Hungry shoppers spent up to 60 percent more than those who had a full stomach, according to a new study.
Babies raised in bilingual households spend significantly more time lip-reading than their monolingual counterparts—which suggests that it could also be a vital skill for language learners of all ages.
Neurologists look at genes and hormones to understand why more women are developing Alzheimer’s than men.
How will new maps help us navigate from point A to point B more efficiently?
Climate change might be pushing the Southwest and Central Plains of the U.S. towards megadroughts.
An investigation of the FDA claims the agency isn't doing enough to expose instances of fraud and misconduct.
In Nick Payne’s play Constellations, a beekeeper and cosmologist fall in and out of love across 50 parallel universes.
Researchers estimate that between 4.8-12.7 million metric tons of plastic leaked into the ocean in 2010.
An in-depth survey of pet dogs revealed surprising insights about breed-specific behaviors.
In The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, Rob Dunn writes of the creative—and sometimes tragic—ways that scientists and surgeons have sought to mend the maladies of the heart.
A new, inexpensive smartphone dongle tests for HIV and syphilis in 15 minutes.
The SciFri Book Club convenes to talk about David Grann’s non-fiction tale of Amazonian exploration, The Lost City of Z.
Archaeologist Michael Heckenberger’s discovery of “garden cities” in the Amazon suggests ancient civilizations once thrived there.
A preliminary NASA budget contains no funding for the Mars rover Opportunity in 2016.
This week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a plan for “the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC.”
Do you have a predilection for beef? Forget to flick off the lights? Or maybe you're a much-too-frequent flier? Call in to confess your climate sins.
The Hopkins’ rose sea slug has invaded Northern California, due to warming waters.
The chemist Carl Djerassi passed away on January 30, 2015, at the age of 91.
Is it possible to shift public opinion on controversial scientific issues?
In “Spare Parts,” four teenage MacGyvers beat MIT with a smelly robot built with PVC pipe.
Law professor Ryan Calo discusses how to regulate personal drones and other potentially invasive technologies.
Sorting through the changing technology of credit cards and mobile payments.
An athlete’s performance can vary by up to 26 percent, depending on the time of day.
We can make split-second judgments about someone's personality and character without even consciously seeing their face.
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?
Science museums aren't just dioramas and dusty skeletons anymore.
The money will be used to turn Nikola Tesla’s final laboratory into a museum.
In natural history museums around the world, art and science intersect in the de...
Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum has a lot of heart, and other organs too.
How do museums protect and preserve artistic and historic artifacts for the ages...
\t"Disturbingly informative," is how museum director Robert Hicks describes Philadelphia's Mütter Museum--items of interest include a gangrenous hand, wax models of extinct diseases, deformed bones and body parts. Now imagine what's in the basement. Science Friday got a behind-the-scenes tour.