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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.
Researchers are trying to better understand ocean water temperatures, which is an important factor in rising sea levels.
In his book Being Mortal, surgeon Atul Gawande argues that more medicine may not be better medicine in end-of-life care.
Brookhaven National Laboratory cooks up tiny ephemeral batches of quark-gluon soup that are said to be the most "perfect" fluid ever discovered.
With production of experimental treatments slow-going, rapid diagnostic testing could be the best bet for containing the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
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.
Researchers say a real-world case of “monkey see, monkey do” might model the origins of human culture.
Protests continue in Hong Kong, but only glimpses of the activity make it into mainland China due to censorship.
Choreographer Gilles Jobin took inspiration from the movements of physics for his piece Quantum.
Older adults’ sense of smell might be a strong indicator of their risk of mortality within a five-year span.
In DIY biology labs across the country, citizen scientists take the tools of synthetic biology into their own hands.
This month, North America will be under the skies of a full lunar eclipse on October 8 and a partial solar eclipse on October 23.
MAVEN makes into Mars’ orbit in time to meet a comet and begin unraveling mysteries of the Martian atmosphere.
A writer-doctor’s stories reveal the hospital through the eyes of a resident.
Foresters are piecing together the complicated ecosystem of the urban forest.
Certain tree species can add to pollution if they’re planted in certain locations.
The cloud of gas and dust that eventually condensed to form the Sun contained "thousands of oceans of water," says astronomer Ted Bergin.
With his new story about a 20-kilometer-high skyscraper, sci-fi author Neal Stephenson hopes to get engineers thinking big.
The Science Club embarks on its next project and explores observation.
Ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, the People’s Climate March in New York City will bring a public voice to the climate change discussion.
A computer program named “Dr.Fill” competes against human solvers for crossword puzzle glory.
Human social interaction may have been the reason faces evolved to be varied and unique.
With their ornately colored bodies, rhythmic pulsations, and booty-shaking dance moves, male peacock spiders attract mates and researchers alike.
Researchers say artificial sweeteners may alter the microbiome and the body’s ability to control glucose levels.
In The Cost of Cutting, private practice surgeon Paul Ruggieri delves into the shadowy ways money influences health care.
Eugenia Bone, president of the New York Mycological Society, talks about the dos and don'ts of wild mushroom foraging.
At least 20 volcanoes are probably erupting as you read these words.
The icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa may undergo processes similar to plate tectonics on Earth.
Researchers say road salt and dissolving concrete have contributed to increased salinization in urban streams.
A look at the effects of conservation efforts and climate change on bird populations in North America.
Blue whale populations are only a fraction of what they once were globally, but a California population has nearly made a comeback.
As of 2010, generic drugs comprise almost 80 percent of the American pharmaceutical market, compared to 10 percent in 1960.
Scientists estimate the dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani would have weighed as much as a Boeing 737.
Salvador Dalí and Thomas Edison took very brief naps when they were stuck on artistic and scientific problems.
Fifty years ago this week, legislation set aside over nine million acres of official wilderness.
A former millionaire's estate is becoming an environmental haven and training ground.
Researchers found that potentially 95 percent of cab rides in New York City could have been shared.
In his new book What If?, xkcd comic artist Randall Munroe answers his reader’s hypothetical questions with math and science.
ZMapp, the cocktail of antibodies used to treat two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus, spared 18 severely ill monkeys from death.
High energy x-rays provide a rare glimpse into the behavior of black holes.
USC's Moh El-Naggar says engineers hope to harness bacterial energy using fuel cells.
Uncharismatic microfauna, such as insects and mollusks, are giving scientists at La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles a glimpse of the city's cool, humid past.
Animator Tom Sito explains how scientists and engineers kickstarted Hollywood’s digital animation revolution.
Hollywood T.V. and film writers explain how they balance scientific accuracy and storytelling.
Now that Hollywood’s visual effects wizards can create convincing “digital actors,” will we still need the real thing?
Researchers discuss how the microbiome might play a role in anxiety, depression, and autism.
Microbes have made a home in a lake trapped beneath an 800-meter-thick ice sheet in Antarctica.
The SciFri Book Club concludes its discussion of Frank Herbert’s ecological epic, Dune.
Global temperatures hit a plateau at the turn of the 21st century. Now researchers say they've discovered where that missing heat was hiding: in the oceans.
A filmmaker uses science to transform the New York City subway into a movie theater.
New, more accurate radiocarbon dating suggests the two cultures co-existed in Europe for nearly 5,000 years.
Scientists piece together how a 14-legged Cambrian worm is related to modern animals.
Using paleoforensics, researchers recount the grim details of life and death at the the La Brea Tar Pits.
A new study in Science says that certain parasitic plants spy on their hosts through RNA exchanges.
A growing number of apps allow users to post ephemeral or anonymous messages—and they're catching on quickly with millennials.
Culinary scientist Ali Bouzari dips into the chemistry behind condiments, from hot sauce to mustard.
Oceanographer Sylvia Earle bears witness to troubling changes in our oceans in the documentary Mission Blue.
Technological and design innovations inside the Oculus Rift make virtual reality poised for a mass-market debut.
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Robert Sabin grew a 1000-pound pumpkin in his Long Island backyard.
You've survived the big family Thanksgiving get-together -- but now the winter h...
\tIt's crunch time for the 'balloonatics' at Macy's Parade Studio. The balloons themselves, which are designed and fabricated in a warehouse in New Jersey, are getting their final checkup before the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. John Piper and Jim Artle take us around the studio and spill the secrets of inflation, explain how to calculate whether your balloon will float, and explain why the balloons look better after a little time in the sun.