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Plant physiologist Abby van den Berg traces how maple sap flows through trees and onto your plate.
Evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin takes us through the evolutionary story of how the human body evolved from our fish and reptilian ancestors.
Aczel's latest book chronicles the New Atheist movement, taking aim at scientists like Richard Dawkins.
Climate change has already cut yields of wheat and corn, taking a bite out of gains achieved by better farming technology.
Astronomers have found a planet about the size of Earth, far enough from its star to host liquid water.
E.O. Wilson discusses the recovery and biodiversity of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park.
Bill Nye stops by to chat about teaching science, launching solar sails into space, and more.
Phages added to packaged beef or spinach could cut down on E. coli bacteria outbreaks.
The lunar eclipse on Tuesday, April 15, will be visible from all over North and South America.
To learn how alcohol affects relationships, scientists mix prairie voles a drink.
Paraplegics were able to stand and move their legs again with the help of a spinal implant.
The final novel from My Side of the Mountain author Jean Craighead George takes children underneath the Arctic Ocean.
NASA suspended a majority of its communications with Russia in response to the conflict in Crimea.
What's wrong with modern physics—and could alternative theories explain our observations of the universe?
Clearing and staining gobies, stingrays, and sharks has revealed to scientist Adam Summers critical data, as well as the beauty of each fish’s unique form.
Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, may have an underground ocean the size of Lake Superior.
An anthropologist, a psychologist, and a crime writer ask: Are humans hard-wired for violence?
Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Build a machine that can make art.
The bugs meet the bots in the world of swarm robotics.
Texas and California dominate the U.S. in wind power generation—but Iowa isn't far behind.
Toyota plans to release a hydrogen fuel cell car in California by 2015.
Dwarf planet 2012 VP-113 takes approximately 4,000 years to orbit the sun once.
From designer yeast genomes to batteries made from bacteria, an update on synthetic biology.
Movie theaters and scientists pair up to present a National Evening of Science on Screen.
Researchers detected waves coming just after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.
Anzu wyliei was a toothless, bird-like dinosaur that weighed 500 pounds.
Students in MIT’s Tangible Media Group break down the barriers of graphic interfaces and allow users to touch and manipulate pixels in real life.
America's Test Kitchen editorial director Jack Bishop talks about the science behind a perfect loaf.
Paleo-artist John Gurche and paleoanthropologist Rick Potts discuss the intersection between art and science.
A new study claims the human nose can distinguish one trillion unique smells.
Three out of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant suffered a meltdown.
We celebrate the web’s 25th birthday with an archival clip of Tim Berners-Lee, the web’s inventor, and take a look ahead with Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center.
Rutgers University entomologists unravel clues to identify a new invasive roach species in New York City.
In a preliminary study, researchers identified 10 lipids in the blood that correlated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s.
As we celebrate Pi Day, mathematician Steven Strogatz talks about how the ancients calculated pi—and how you can do it at home.
Winter Nature Photo Contest judge John Weller discusses your top shots.
Researchers are exploring a new approach to fighting HIV infection by genetically modifying a person’s own immune cells to be resistant to the virus.
As more devices come online, is enough attention being given to security and privacy?
Biologists crack the case of sea turtles’ “lost years” with a little help from a nail salon technician.
In "The Future of the Mind," physicist Michio Kaku predicts big advances for our brains.
Particle Fever takes filmgoers behind the scenes of physics’ big breakthrough: the discovery of the Higgs Boson.
In It’s Complicated, Internet scholar danah boyd debunks myths about teens’ online lives.
Researcher and musician Charles Limb created an fMRI-safe keyboard to study the effects of jazz on the brain.
Adam Summers of the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs details how the northern clingfish takes the art of suction to new heights.
U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz talks about progress on President Obama’s “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.
A pulsar 37,000 light-years from Earth collided with a billion-ton asteroid.
The ancestors of Native Americans may have lived for millennia on the Bering land bridge before fanning out across the Americas.
Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created by an anonymous developer in 2009.
Researchers create superhuman strength from sewing thread and fishing line.
Will the 'Internet of Things' be open to developers—or hindered by proprietary smart boxes?
Ellis Hamburger, a reporter at The Verge, talks about why social media giants are betting on news.
Despite what Hollywood might show you, there’s no big tank of liquid rock under a volcano. Stored magma spends most of its time as a crystalline mush.
Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox recorded the world’s longest reverberation.
Physiologist and aerospace engineer Troy Flanagan shares the science behind Olympic training.
Will the next big Olympics competition be a race for more technology?
Researchers in a recent study report creating stem cells in 30 minutes through an acid bath.
Data geeks say our “digital breadcrumbs” can reveal where to eat, who to date, or which bus to take.
How do our expectations, environment, and social cues trick us into believing our wine tastes better or worse?
Could mysterious dark streaks on Martian slopes be evidence of liquid water flows?
Andy Weir’s novel of Mars survival mixes science fact and fiction.
Wind tunnels help Olympic ski jumpers balance between lift and drag.
Understanding fluid dynamics helps Olympians shave minutes off race times.
The Jakobshavn glacier reached speeds of more than 150 feet per day during the summer of 2012.
A new documentary, Tim’s Vermeer, shows that the Dutch master painter was a tinkerer, too.
The glowing bioluminescent bay near Fajardo, Puerto Rico went dark for more than a week in November.
On average, adults’ earliest memories go back to the age of three.
NYU's Katherine Isbister imagines a future where technology connects us to other people, not avatars.
Marc Norman obsessively monitors the ice at the Utah Olympic Oval to create the perfect skating surface.
Friction researcher and avid curler Robert Carpick discusses the tricky physics of ice.
Move over polar bears—could penguins be the new poster children for climate change?
Physicist Lawrence Krauss and Nobel Laureates Frank Wilczek and Brian Schmidt discuss current cosmic challenges.
What makes science work on-screen? This year’s Sundance judges weigh in.
Alda's 'Flame Challenge' asks scientists to explain color—with children as the judges.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that programming jobs will grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020.
In Critical Mass, a crime writer draws inspiration from an overlooked physics pioneer.
What happens when two spiral galaxies collide?
On January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh computer to the world.
Inventor James Dyson built 5,127 prototypes before completing his first bagless vacuum.
In The Mathematical Universe, physicist Max Tegmark argues that the universe is completely mathematical.
An estimated one out of seven Americans suffers from anxiety.
Tiktaalik roseae was a fish that had scales, gills, and limb-like front fins.
Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women. Yet women make up only a third of subjects in cardiovascular clinical trials.
Asian long-horned beetle, emerald ash borer: Will they survive the colder weather?
Century-old Antarctic photos offer a peek into Shackleton’s ill-fated Ross Sea Party Expedition.
Patients’ expectations can play a role in the effectiveness of medications and placebos.
Chris Ziegler of The Verge discusses technology trends from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
Fermentation guru Sandor Katz solves your pickling problems.
Chemist Gavin Sacks says talk of terroir may often be simply a clever marketing ploy.
Popular wine jargon such as "breathing," "corked," and "wine tears" gets translated into chemistry you can understand.
Ellis Hamburger, a reporter for The Verge, talks about a few of his favorite mail-managing apps.
Currently, there are 2,142 U.S. and foreign species protected under the Endangered Species Act.
Researchers used photographs to recover reflected images 30,000 times smaller than the actual subject.
Author Jeffrey Lockwood dissects our complicated relationship with insects.
Plants can hear, taste and feel, as Michael Pollan writes in his latest piece for The New Yorker. But is any of that evidence of intelligence?
In this 1996 interview, Carl Sagan talks about pseudoscience, UFOs, and the origins of the universe.
In this 2006 interview, Temple Grandin explains how her autism helps her understand animal behavior.
In this 1997 conversation, neurologist Oliver Sacks describes the island of the colorblind, then chats with a researcher searching for giant squid.
A researcher from Cornell details the chemical composition of wine’s diverse flavor profiles.
Ira Flatow and a panel of editors and bloggers discuss the year’s biggest science stories.
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Dr. Seuss's McElligot's Pool (1947) features some fantastic fish—ones with pinwheel-like tails, curly noses, long floppy ears, or Kangaroo pouches. The fictional fish do have some truly strange nonfictional cousins, among which are giant oarfish, barreleye fish, and sawfish.