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May. 01, 2015

Salty Antarctic Aquifers, Penguin Poop, and a 3D-Printed Splint

Salty aquifers deep under Antarctica could be a blueprint for where life might hide out on Mars.

antarctica, salty aquifer, antarctic aquifer, arielle duhaime-ross, mars, penguins, penguin poop, trachea

May. 01, 2015

'Shrinks' Tells of Desperate Early Cures

In his new book, psychiatrist Jeffrey Lieberman documents the profession's early days—a time when malaria was considered an effective cure for mental illness.

shrinks, malaria, lobotomy, electroconvulsive therapy, nobel prize, jeffrey lieberman

May. 01, 2015

Seismic Risk and Safety in Nepal

How can cities like Kathmandu become more earthquake resistant in the future?

Brian Tucker, seismologist, seismology, GeoHazards International, earthquake, himalayas, nepal, tibet, mount everest, kathmandu

May. 01, 2015

Getting Charged Up for the Tesla Home Battery

Could Elon Musk’s plan for a home battery fire up an energy revolution?

energy, elon musk, battery, tesla

May. 01, 2015

The Debate on Gene Editing

How should research progress as human gene editing techniques become cheaper, faster, and more precise?

George Q. Daley, Stem Cell Transplantation Program at Boston Children's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Alta Charo, Law and Bioethics at the University of Wisconsin, gene editing, ethics, crispr

May. 01, 2015

The Rise of the Celebrity Scientist

The New Celebrity Scientists profiles scientists who’ve cracked the fame code to become cultural icons.

celebrities, carl sagan, neil degrasse tyson, bill nye, stephen hawking, declan fahy

May. 01, 2015

The Other Side of Oliver Sacks

We all know Dr. Oliver Sacks as a renowned neurologist and a prolific author. But he’s a true Renaissance man, as becomes clear when reading his new memoir, On the Move: A Life.

oliver sacks, on the move, cancer

Apr. 24, 2015

The Most Unusual Laboratory (Not) on Earth

Floating 200 miles above the Earth, and speeding at nearly five miles per second, the International Space Station may be the most unusual lab available to science.

earth, international space station, julie robinson, kelly twins, mark and scott kelly

Apr. 24, 2015

Dreaming Up the Future of Interstellar Travel

Could solar sails, antimatter propulsion, and air-breathing rockets take us to Mars and other galaxies in the future?

marshall space flight center, les johnson, nasa, space, voyager 1

Apr. 24, 2015

YouTuber Wants to Make You ‘Smarter Every Day’

YouTube science star Destin Sandlin uses a high speed camera to unpack the science behind everyday phenomena.

destin sandlin, youtube, smarter every day, diy

Apr. 24, 2015

A Stegosaurus Smackdown, Plus Bumblebee and Mosquito Mysteries

Arielle Duhaime-Ross, a science reporter at The Verge, gives us her take on the week's news.

Arielle Duhaime-Ross, bumblebees, mosquitoes, stegosaurus

Apr. 24, 2015

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage

In Sydney Padua’s graphic novel, two real-life Victorian-era computing pioneers build a steam-powered computer and use it to have adventures.

The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage, ada lovelace, charles babbage, sydney padua

Apr. 24, 2015

A New Era for NASA? Charles Bolden Leads the Way

NASA Administrator Charles Bolden discusses the agency's priorities, from understanding conditions on Earth to reaching Mars.

charles bolden, barack obama, president, nasa, space exploration, moon, sun, solar system, robotic exploration, mars, manned mission to mars, mission

Apr. 24, 2015

The Pot-Stirrer

Amanda Glaze studies perceptions of evolution as well as its religious and societal influences throughout the Southeastern United States.

evolution, amanda glaze, american south, southeastern united states

Apr. 17, 2015

New Climate Polls, A Comet Mystery, and Puppy Love

Rachel Feltman of the Washington Post gives us her rundown of the week's science stories.

washington post, dogs and humans, human-dog bonding, oxytocin, yale climate center, anthony leiserowitz, climate change

Apr. 17, 2015

Water Wanes in the West

NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory found that snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is a fraction of what it used to be.

tom painter, aso, b. lynn ingram, the west without water, nasa, airborne snow observatory,

Apr. 17, 2015

Exploring Remote Villages for Clues to the Human Microbiome

The microbes that live on and in residents of an Amazonian village with no recorded contact with Western civilization are super-diverse—and some carry genes for antibiotic resistance.

microbiome, maria gloria dominguez-bello, yanomami

Apr. 17, 2015

How ‘Dark’ Is Dark Matter?

Scientists say dark matter may not be as “dark” as once thought.

dark matter, astrophysicist, richard massey, dark energy, gravity

Apr. 17, 2015

3D-Printed Coffee Cups Help Liquids Defy Gravity

The cups work using capillary action: Simply press your lips to the rim, and you get a sip, whether you want one or not.

don pettit, nasa, astronaut, mark weislogel, portland state university, coffee, drinking coffee in space, space station

Apr. 17, 2015

Geek Physics With Rhett Allain

In his book Geek Physics, Rhett Allain uses physics to answer pop culture and everyday science questions.

rhett allain, geek physics, bubble wrap, superheroes, physics questions, pop culture

Apr. 17, 2015

Science on Screen, From Old to New

The first science documentaries are almost as old as cinema itself.

cinema, films, reels, science in the movies, science goes to hollywood

Apr. 10, 2015

News Roundup: The Birth of the Moon, E.T. Life, and LHC Season Two

Washington Post science blogger Rachel Feltman gives us her top stories this week, and the BBC’s Jonathan Webb tells us what to expect from the revved-up particle collider.

large hadron collider, lhc, bbc, jonathan webb, moon, rachel feltman, speaking of science, physics, earth

Apr. 10, 2015

Undersea Cables String Together the Global Internet

Ninety-nine percent of the data zipping between continents travels not via satellite, but through thousands of miles of cables.

cables, undersea network, internet, nicole starosielski

Apr. 10, 2015

How the Apple Watch Measures Up

Re/code’s Lauren Goode give us her take on Apple’s new wearable.

apple watch, lauren goode, re/code

Apr. 10, 2015

The Macroscope: Babies on the Brink

A series of rigorous (and adorable) experiments by Karen Adolph of NYU's Infant Action Lab shatters the myth that babies learn to fear heights as they learn to crawl.

babies, infant action lab, fear of heights, ledge, bridge, karen adolph, nyu

Apr. 10, 2015

As Arctic Permafrost Thaws, Microbes Kick Into Action

Recent findings suggest that microbes living in Arctic permafrost could produce carbon dioxide and methane as it thaws.

microbiologist, janet jansson, carbon dioxide, microbes

Apr. 10, 2015

The Future of Artificial Intelligence

What questions should we ask as research on artificial intelligence progresses?

robots, a.i., artificial intelligence, elon musk, bill gates, steve wozniack,

Apr. 10, 2015

Are Scientific Journals Clogged With ‘Publication Pollution’?

Medical ethicist Art Caplan says science and medical journals are plagued by fraud, plagiarism, and predatory publishers.

art caplan, science journals, medical journals, fraud, plagiarism, predatory publishing

Apr. 03, 2015

A Climate Pledge, a Medieval Antibiotic, and an Exoskeletal Boot

In the news roundup this week, Eric Holthaus breaks down the new U.S. climate pledge.

greenhouse gas, climate change, antibiotic, exoskeletal boot, Eric Holthaus, Arielle Duhaime-Ross, slate, the vergy

Apr. 03, 2015

The Math Game Behind the Iran Nuclear Talks

Energy secretary Ernest Moniz joins us to talk about the science behind the diplomacy.

ernest moniz, energy secretary, iran, iran nuclear deal

Apr. 03, 2015

Cracking the Egg

There’s a better way to make hard-boiled eggs—and it doesn’t involve boiling.

egg, food failures, jeff potter, cooking for geeks, kitchen science

Apr. 03, 2015

Catching a Non-Stop, Transatlantic Flight on a Songbird’s Back

The blackpoll warbler, a songbird that weighs 12 grams, can fly 1,700 miles—non-stop—to its wintering grounds.

Bill DeLuca, blackpoll warbler, migratory songbirds, migration, bird migration, birds, songbirds, warbler, warblers, songbird

Apr. 03, 2015

Mercury: The Ashtray of the Solar System?

Scientists say that dust from passing comets could have darkened the surface of Mercury.

mercury, Peter Schultz, nature geoscience, carbon

Apr. 03, 2015

Festival of Fake Hypotheses Generates Real Laughs

The satirical science festival BAHFest challenges science fans to construct real arguments for completely bogus hypotheses.

Zach Weinersmith, bah, bahfest, bad ad hoc hypothesis, bad ad hoc hypotheses, sarah hird

Apr. 03, 2015

Building Cancer Vaccines From Tumor Mutations

Researchers look to the genome of a patient’s tumor to build a cancer vaccine.

Beatriz Carreno, Nicholas Restifo, National Cancer Institute, cancer, cancer vaccine, cancer treatment

Mar. 27, 2015

'Hellish' Conditions Gave Spark To Life On Earth

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.

Mar. 27, 2015

Shaking Up the Climate Conversation, With Dance

A choreographer and a biologist team up to create a dance that’s part high art, part climate change consciousness raising.

dance, art, american museum of natural history, karole armitage, paul ehrlich, climate change

Mar. 27, 2015

Michael Gazzaniga: Tales from Both Sides of the Brain

Cognitive neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga discusses his on discovering how these halves communicate.

brain, caltech, 60s, michael gazzaniga

Mar. 27, 2015

One Last Thing: Left to Right

When we picture rapidly moving things, people seem to have a preference for ones that move from left to right, not right to left.

perception, running, peter walker, psychology

Mar. 27, 2015

Liquid 3-D Printer Speeds Past the Rest

A new, fast 3-D printer uses ultraviolet light and oxygen to shape liquid resin.

3d printing

Mar. 27, 2015

Understanding the Dark Side of Physics

Physicists discuss the quest to understand dark energy and dark matter.

dark matter, physics, jodi cooley, dan hooper, steven weinberg, dark energy

Mar. 27, 2015

Malaria Parasite Lures Mosquitoes With Bait-and-Switch

The malaria parasite manufactures lemon-and-pine-scented aromas that attract mosquitoes.

mosquito, malaria, audrey odom

Mar. 20, 2015

Keeping the President in Tune With Tech

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.

megan smith, washington dc, chief technology officer, politics, science in politics

Mar. 20, 2015

Writing Women Back Into Science History

This Women’s History Month, Science Friday celebrates some of the unsung heroines of science.

women's history month, maria sibylla merian, marie tharp, dna, women in science, stem

Mar. 20, 2015

Sweeping the Skies, More Than 200 Years Ago

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.

caroline herschel, william herschel, astronomy, astronomer, one last thing, dean regas

Mar. 20, 2015

Scientists Dip Into the Water on Jupiter’s Largest Moon

Scientists estimate that a subsurface ocean on Jupiter’s largest moon—Ganymede—could be 60 miles thick.

moon, jupiter's moon, satellite, largest satellite, ganymede, orbit

Mar. 20, 2015

What Will It Take to Land a Person on Mars?

What technological hurdles must be cleared for a successful manned mission to Mars?

mars, mars one, traveling to mars, living on mars

Mar. 20, 2015

Warming West Coast Waters Upset Food Chains

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.

sea lions, dying, otters, pelicans, birds, drowning birds, food chain, warmer oceans, sea, ocean, temperature

Mar. 13, 2015

As Ebola Infection Rates Decline, Will Vaccine Search Continue?

Will momentum for developing an Ebola vaccine and treatment stay on track as infection rates decrease?

Ebola, treatment, vaccine, john cohen science, who, liberia

Mar. 13, 2015

Puzzling Polio-like Paralysis Baffles Doctors

Doctors are trying to piece together a puzzling polio-like paralysis that might be associated with a respiratory illness.

respiratory illness, enterovirus D68, paralysis, teri schreiner

Mar. 13, 2015

When a Seven-Foot-Long Arthropod Swam the Seas

Fossils found in Morocco might help explain how modern-day insects, crustaceans, and other arthropods got their shapes.

fossils, Morocco, Peter Van Roy, Aegirocassis benmoulae, large arthropod

Mar. 13, 2015

'ResearchKit' Taps iPhone Users for Clinical Trials

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.

smartphone, apps, sensors, the verge, john wilbanks, arielle duhaime-ross, data, health data, apple, iphone, researchkit

Mar. 13, 2015

Rise of the Bot Author

Algorithms already write financial and sports news articles. Could they break into fiction?

artificial intelligence, journalism, robot, algorithm, mark riedl, tony veale, computer

Mar. 13, 2015

SciFri Celebrates π

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.

pi, ian stewart, pi day

Mar. 13, 2015

Food Failures: Crafting Pie Crust

Just in time for Pi Day, we look at the science behind baking the perfect pie crust.

food failures, baking, pie, crust, j. kenji lopez-alt

Mar. 13, 2015

How an 11-Year-Old Named a (Dwarf) Planet

Venetia Burney, age 11, came up with the name ‘Pluto’ for a newly-discovered planet 85 years ago this week.

pluto, venetia burney, dwarf planet

Mar. 06, 2015

One Hundred Years of General Relativity

Albert Einstein published his theory of general relativity on December 2, 1915.

relativity, albert einstein, physics, michael turner, alex filippenko

Mar. 06, 2015

Dawn Arrives at Ceres

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.

dawn, nasa, ceres, dwarf planet, marc rayman, space

Mar. 06, 2015

Avoid the Doctor—For Your Health

How much medical care is too much medical care?

health, doctor, medicine, h. gilbert welch

Mar. 06, 2015

The Interstellar Tourist’s Guide to Exoplanets

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.

exoplanet, sarah ballard, natalie batalha

Mar. 06, 2015

Fossil Jaw Turns Back Clock on Human Evolution

A newly discovered fossil jaw pushes the date of Homo's evolution back to 2.8 million years ago.

homo sapiens, homo, australopithecus, science express, brian villmoare

Mar. 06, 2015

Balancing Surveillance: Privacy and Security in the Digital Age

Is it possible to keep our personal information secure in the digital age?

data and goliath, cybersecurity, nsa, facebook, google, surveillance, computer surveillance

Mar. 06, 2015

Mysteries of the Mars Plume

Wayne Jaescke, a patent attorney and amateur astronomer, captured a photo of a wispy cloud rising 120 miles into the Martian atmosphere.

Wayne Jaescke, mars, plume

Feb. 27, 2015

Airport Apiaries, Now Boarding

Several major airports have found a new use for open but restricted space alongside runways and hangars—as a home for beehives.

beehives, bees, hives, airports

Feb. 27, 2015

Which Scientific Ideas Must Die?

This Idea Must Die asks scientists and big thinkers which scientific theories they’d target for extinction.

this idea must die, john brockman, sean carroll, seth lloyd

Feb. 27, 2015

Apps That Judge What's on Your Plate

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.

app chat, apps, food apps, eating apps, food coach

Feb. 27, 2015

Dawn of the Cyborg Bacteria

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.

cyborg, cyborg bacteria, Elizabeth Beattie, Denise Wong

Feb. 27, 2015

NASA and Integration During the Civil Rights Movement

As part of Black History Month, Science Friday looks at the role of African-American scientists at NASA during the Civil Rights era.

we could not fail: the first african americans in the space program; steven moss, richard paul, christine darden, Morgan Watson

Feb. 27, 2015

Future Crimes: The Next Generation of Security Threats

In Future Crimes, author Marc Goodman looks at how criminals are using emergent technology for their own benefit.

future crimes, future crime, marc goodman, technology

Feb. 27, 2015

After Decades of Dietary Warnings, Eggs Make a Comeback

After decades of warnings, the advisory committee behind the U.S. government’s dietary guidelines drops its prohibition on cholesterol.

dietary cholesterol, cholesterol, cleveland clinic, harvard school of public health, walter willett, steven nissen

Feb. 20, 2015

Legal Battle Ends, But Seas Continue to Rise in Kivalina, Alaska

With its legal battle over, Kivalina, Alaska struggles to relocate a 400-person village predicted to be underwater by 2025.

christine shearer, climate change, kivalina, colleen swan, inupiat, alaska, fossil fuels

Feb. 20, 2015

Habitats Shift As Arctic Temps Creep Above Freezing

As the ice retreats, habitats shift, and certain food chains have begun to crumble.

arctic, climate change, george divosky, cheryl rosa, cooper island, alaska

Feb. 20, 2015

Is Your Empty Stomach Fueling Your Shopping Spree?

Hungry shoppers spent up to 60 percent more than those who had a full stomach, according to a new study.

decision making, norbert schwarz, binder clips, proceedings of the national academy of sciences

Feb. 20, 2015

What Bilingual Babies Can Teach Us About Language Learning

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.

bilingual babies, bilingual, david lewkowicz, languages, lip reading

Feb. 20, 2015

Are Women at Greater Risk for Alzheimer’s?

Neurologists look at genes and hormones to understand why more women are developing Alzheimer’s than men.

alzheimer's disease, alzheimer's, women, men, roberta diaz brinton, michael greicius

Feb. 20, 2015

Forecasting the Future of Maps

How will new maps help us navigate from point A to point B more efficiently?

google maps, mapping, technology

Feb. 13, 2015

Are Decades-Long Megadroughts on the Horizon?

Climate change might be pushing the Southwest and Central Plains of the U.S. towards megadroughts.

drought, megadrought, soil, southwest, central plains, climate, jason smerdon

Feb. 13, 2015

Medical Fraud Missing From Public Record

An investigation of the FDA claims the agency isn't doing enough to expose instances of fraud and misconduct.

food and drug administration, misconduct, charles seife

Feb. 13, 2015

A Love Story, Set in the Multiverse

In Nick Payne’s play Constellations, a beekeeper and cosmologist fall in and out of love across 50 parallel universes.

constellations, broadway, nick payne, play, multiverse, love

Feb. 13, 2015

The World’s Oceans Are Overflowing With Plastics Pollution

Researchers estimate that between 4.8-12.7 million metric tons of plastic leaked into the ocean in 2010.

science, plastics, kara lavendar law

Feb. 13, 2015

Dogs, They’re Just Like Us

An in-depth survey of pet dogs revealed surprising insights about breed-specific behaviors.

dogs, canines, breeds, pedigree, dog breeds, breeding, breed, james serpell

Feb. 13, 2015

Tales of Broken Hearts

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.

books, bar room brawl

Feb. 06, 2015

Honey, I Shrunk the Lab: Testing for STDs on a Smartphone

A new, inexpensive smartphone dongle tests for HIV and syphilis in 15 minutes.

samuel sia, biomedical engineering, hiv, syphilis

Feb. 06, 2015

The SciFri Book Club Talks ‘The Lost City of Z’

The SciFri Book Club convenes to talk about David Grann’s non-fiction tale of Amazonian exploration, The Lost City of Z.

jeff vandermeer, lost city of z, amazon, book club, sarah parcak

Feb. 06, 2015

Uncovering the Amazon’s Real ‘Lost Cities’

Archaeologist Michael Heckenberger’s discovery of “garden cities” in the Amazon suggests ancient civilizations once thrived there.

amazon, lost city of z, book club, michael heckenberger

Feb. 06, 2015

How Budget Plans on Earth Might Stop Opportunity Rover on Mars

A preliminary NASA budget contains no funding for the Mars rover Opportunity in 2016.

nasa, mars, rover, opportunity

Feb. 06, 2015

Can the FCC Proposal Protect the Open Internet?

This week, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler announced a plan for “the strongest open Internet protections ever proposed by the FCC.”

fcc, internet, open internet, kevin werbach

Feb. 06, 2015

Fess Up: We're Taking Your 'Climate Confessions'

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 adaptors, flora lichtman, mike berners-lee, climate, climate change, global warming

Feb. 06, 2015

Catching Up on Sea Slug Science

The Hopkins’ rose sea slug has invaded Northern California, due to warming waters.

sea slugs, nudibranch, terry gosliner, california academy of sciences, CAS

Feb. 06, 2015

Remembering ‘The Father of the Pill’

The chemist Carl Djerassi passed away on January 30, 2015, at the age of 91.

carl djerassi, birth control, the pill, plan b, national medal of science

Jan. 30, 2015

Scientists and the Public Disagree on Key Issues

Is it possible to shift public opinion on controversial scientific issues?

lee rainie, tim o'brien, michael lacour, vaccine, vaccinations, gmos, science

Jan. 30, 2015

The True Story Behind ‘Spare Parts’

In “Spare Parts,” four teenage MacGyvers beat MIT with a smelly robot built with PVC pipe.

spare parts, robots, underwater robots, ROVs, immigration policy, teenagers, undocumented residents, illegal immigrants,

Jan. 30, 2015

Small Drones Raise Big Legal Questions

Law professor Ryan Calo discusses how to regulate personal drones and other potentially invasive technologies.

cnn, drones, white house, drone, south lawn, drone on south lawn, ryan calo

Jan. 30, 2015

Modernizing Money: ‘Chip-and-PIN’ Credit Cards and Mobile Payments

Sorting through the changing technology of credit cards and mobile payments.

chip-and-PIN, mobile payments, credit cards, robin sidel, nanette byrnes

Jan. 30, 2015

Hitting the Sack: Sleep Cycles Can Affect Athletes’ Performance

An athlete’s performance can vary by up to 26 percent, depending on the time of day.

current biology, roland brandstaetter, super bowl, football, sleep, sleep deprivation, peak performance, athletes, bedtime

Jan. 30, 2015

Face Time

We can make split-second judgments about someone's personality and character without even consciously seeing their face.

real world judgments, split second judgments, jon freeman

Jan. 23, 2015

Behind the Scenes of the Explorers Club

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.

explorers club, exploration, expedition

Jan. 23, 2015

Scientists Engineer Bacteria With Genetic 'Kill Switch'

Genetic engineers have designed strains of E. coli that can survive only in the presence of a compound that doesn't exist in nature.

Dan Mandell, david guston, e. coli, genetic engineering

Jan. 23, 2015

Journeying to the Building Blocks of the Solar System

What can comets, asteroids, and protoplanets tell us about the formation of the solar system?

comets, asteroids, protoplanet, rosetta mission, dawn mission, nicolas thomas, osiris, comet 76p, marc rayman, ceres, vesta

Jan. 23, 2015

Put Down Your Phone, Give Your Brain a Break

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?

new tech city, candy crush, manous zomorodi, alex goldmark, podcast, boredom, smartphone, tablet

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