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This summer, two different and currently untreatable mosquito-borne viruses were identified on the East Coast.
Researchers discovered a virus that lives in the gut of half of the world’s population.
Cattle require 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than eggs or poultry.
Sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson and astrobiologist Sara Imari Walker introduce the SciFri Book Club’s summer selection: Dune.
A new online tracker is snooping on visitors to over 5,600 popular sites—and it's nearly impossible to block.
A round-up of the latest HIV/AIDS research news and an update from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.
Elena Tartaglia, a co-founder of National Moth Week, gives tips on spotting butterflies' neglected cousins.
Little is known about the monstrously long oarfish, its life cycle, and how it navigates its deep sea environment.
Whales stabilize the ocean ecosystem through a mechanism scientists call the “whale pump,” or fecal plumes.
With gene therapy, scientists reprogram pig heart cells to improve heartbeat.
A scientist and a designer imagine fashion’s high-tech future.
Confidence in how well our garments suit us shouldn't be taken for granted—we owe much to textile quality assurance.
A third of California is now clenched by exceptional drought, and this week the state announced $500 fines for water-wasters. But many residents continue to hope for rain.
A virus large enough to be seen through a light microscope was recovered from the Siberian permafrost.
Reporter Bob Parks guides us through his favorite outdoor and camping apps.
Makerbot’s Bre Pettis explains what you need to know to try your own 3D printing.
Ivan Oransky, co-founder of the Retraction Watch blog, discusses what happens when scientific studies go bad.
Neonicotinoid pesticides have been banned in the E.U. but are still approved for use in the U.S. while the EPA reviews them.
In a procedure called “Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation,” doctors would replace the blood of patients with cold saline to help buy valuable operating time.
A study finds that many people would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts.
In his new book, Rock Breaks Scissors, author William Poundstone decodes the patterns in big data, sports, and human behaviors.
Ben Franklin’s sonic experiments included inventing a new musical instrument and testing the limits of the human voice.
Mathematician Edward Frenkel says a well-educated public is essential to democracy—and that includes being knowledgeable about math.
NASA’s “Mohawk Man,” Bobak Ferdowsi, talks public and private space exploration, plans for Europa, and whether or not we’ll be putting a human on Mars.
The flashing of lightning bugs is a favorite part of a lazy summer evening, but there’s a lot of hidden nighttime drama.
After Superstorm Sandy, there was a lot of talk of a more distributed smart grid—a more resilient system. But how far have we come?
Author Charles Seife spots the falsehoods and fakes that make their way onto the information super highway.
How does sunscreen protect our skin from harmful radiation, and what is the meaning behind SPFs?
Marinade myths, charcoal chemistry, and the elusive “smoke ring”—the science behind barbecue and grilling.
The nautilus, the “living fossil” of cephalopods, can uncover the origins of the complex brain of modern cephalopods.
A new study suggests that 3-D mammography detects more cancers than traditional digital mammography. But the technology is expensive, and there's no indication yet that it catches more dangerous cancers, or is saving more lives.
Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg calls attention to genetic surveillance with artworks made from strangers’ DNA.
Relman called the American health care system a "new medical-industrial complex." We remember him here with two archival clips.
Portland, Oregon, is a hotbed for transit innovation. Will other cities catch on?
In Robogenesis, sci-fi author Daniel H. Wilson imagines the world post-robot uprising.
At Reed College, undergraduates keep a nuclear reactor running.
Arachnologist Greta Binford traces the evolution of spiders by examining their venom.
Two of Oregon’s craft brew experts pore over hops, yeast, malt, and the microbiology of beer.
Representative Rush Holt talks about how “thinking like a scientist” can help the political process.
Lee Billings and Maria Popova compile your perfect summer science book list.
How will the “Brazuca” fly? Scientists put the World Cup soccer ball through its paces.
Robert Cima of the Mayo Clinic says science doesn't back up pre-surgical practices like fasting and colon cleanses.
What technologies, budget, and partners would NASA needed for a successful manned mission to Mars?
In his new book, Paul Raeburn writes of the surprising biological and genetic connections fathers have with their children.
The EPA's proposal sets a 30 percent decrease in power plant carbon emissions by 2030.
In his book Stuff Matters, Mark Miodownik explains why the everyday materials around us are truly extraordinary.
A herd of “elite” brush-clearing goats demonstrate why they are a versatile tool to shield against wildfires in Southern California.
In her new book of photography, The Oldest Living Things in the World, artist Rachel Sussman documents the oldest continuously living organisms on the planet.
With projections of warmer temperatures and rising sea levels, which tourist destinations should you plan to visit sooner rather than later?
Researchers describe a type of nerve that helps us understand social interactions and emotion.
Zapping dental stem cells with lasers appears to switch on production of new dentin, the hard stuff under tooth enamel.
“Earworms” are song fragments that get stuck in our mind.
A recent study projects that by 2030, pancreatic cancer will become the second most deadly type of cancer in the U.S. after lung cancer.
Nearly all the body's cells contain identical DNA. So why does a neuron grow up so differently than a liver cell? Proteins, says Akhilesh Pandey, a professor at the Johns Hopkins University.
How can a commercial airliner go missing, and what can we do to improve tracking technology?
In Me, Myself, and Why, science writer Jennifer Ouellette probes the science of self.
Scientists mapped out the plan for a potential “photon-photon collider” that could convert light into matter.
What does the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality plan mean for consumers?
Biographer Walter Isaacson explains why the future belongs to those who can merge the arts and the sciences.
We're running out of antibiotics, and drug companies have little incentive to develop new ones. Can we save the ones we already have?
ZeroCash, Litecoin, and SolarCoin are digital currency alternatives to Bitcoin.
Late Friday night, Earth will sail through debris left by the comet 209P/LINEAR. Scientists are calling the shower the Camelopardalids.
Scientists confirmed a West Antarctic ice sheet the size of the Dakotas is melting.
World health experts will meet to discuss whether or not to destroy the last live samples of smallpox virus.
Prisoners, Lovers, & Spies tells the story of invisible writing, from lemon juice to microdots.
A “brain stethoscope” turns seizure patients’ brainwaves into music.
Graphene is stronger than steel and more conductive than copper—a look at the applications and limitations of this ‘wonder’ material.
The robotic deep-sea submersible Nereus was destroyed while diving over six miles beneath the surface in the Kermadec Trench.
The blood of young mice seems to rejuvenate older mice, both strengthening their muscles and improving their ability to learn and remember.
SciFri’s scientist-film critics weigh in on the science behind the Hollywood techno-thriller Transcendence.
Earthquakes have increased by 50 percent in Oklahoma since 2013 and may be linked to drilling disposal wells.
The White House released its latest climate report this week, with much the same message as recent IPCC findings—climate change is real, and it's happening fast.
Author Scott Weems lets us in on the jokes and uncovers the science of humor.
African elephants use different types of rumbles to signal danger from bees or humans.
Professional forager Tama Matsuoka Wong gives tips for picking wild plants safely and sustainably.
The gender of a researcher might influence the stress levels of laboratory mice.
Sneezes and coughs generate gas clouds that can spread germs farther than previously imagined.
The Rubik’s Cube has over 43 quintillion different starting combinations.
Electronic musician Squarepusher talks about writing Music for Robots.
Forget balancing a checkbook. Today there are better ways for the budget-minded to keep track of bank balances.
Scientists use Henry David Thoreau’s notes to study climate change at Walden Pond.
Scientists are combining genetics and linguistics to trace the origins of these staples of the modern-day menu.
The Science Club meets to recap the month’s ‘Build an Art Machine’ project.
Is Aereo a high-tech TV game changer or a clever way to get around broadcast copyright law?
Ecologist Bryan Pijanowski hopes to create a soundscape of every ecosystem on the planet.
Gamers and scientists join forces to develop “serious games” to improve health.
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.
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?
Much-maligned moths are more than the butterfly’s drab cousin.
Hawk moths feed like hummingbirds. Ty Hedrick wants to know how they hold steady...
Can woolly bear caterpillars predict winter weather?
Several newly-discovered species of caterpillar in Hawaii function equally well ...
A virus known as baculovirus sends caterpillar climbing for the treetops.
\tLegend holds that the length of a woolly bear caterpillar’s color bands can be used to forecast how severe the winter weather will be. The myth dates back to colonial American folklore but was popularized by a 1948 study. SciFri finds out if there’s any truth to the lore, and what the caterpillar’s fuzzy bristles are really used for.