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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.
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.
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.
Rick Bates, of Penn State University, shares handy tips for how to care for your...
A perennial holiday mystery: will alcohol kill bacteria in homemade eggnog?
Find out how to poison-proof holiday gatherings, and keep the holidays happy.
You've survived the big family Thanksgiving get-together -- but now the winter h...
In this episode, Cooking for Geeks author Jeff Potter gives home bakers tips on ...
\tIt is a question on the minds of many people this season: will adding alcohol to the homemade eggnog safeguard against salmonella? To find out, Science Friday teamed up with eggnog expert and microbiologist Vince Fischetti, who agreed to run some tests in his lab at The Rockefeller University. What did you think of the video?