May. 08, 2014

Alan Friedman, We Will Miss You

by Ira Flatow

The former director of the New York Hall of Science was a champion for the public's understanding of and involvement with science.

Jan. 03, 2014

Iowa Going Green: What Does It Mean for 2016?

by Ira Flatow

Could new wind energy projects influence votes?

Nov. 13, 2013

What You Didn't Know About Einstein

by Ira Flatow

When you find yourself wanting to re-read a book that you just finished, you gotta recommend it to others.

einstein, quantum theory, relativity, a. douglas stone
Sep. 30, 2013

Les Paul, Audio Pioneer

by Ira Flatow

We had so much fun talking about Les Paul on the show.

Les Paul, guitar, sound, recording, eight-track tape recorder
Jul. 24, 2013

Happy National Moth Week!

by The Bug Chicks

From the Silk Road to your front porch, moths are everywhere, coming in a variety of shapes and sizes.

National Moth Week, lepidoptera, The Bug Chicks,
Jul. 09, 2013

Rich Diversity of Life May Be Locked In Antarctic Lake

by Ira Flatow

A new study suggests that a bevy of bacteria and other life could be dwelling in Lake Vostok.

Antarctica, glacier, Lake Vostok, life
Jun. 12, 2013

The Disappearing #1 in Sports

by Ira Flatow

Put the number 1 back in the scoreboard.

May. 01, 2013

Book Review: Britain's Hoverflies

by The Bug Chicks

Recently we were sent a book on hoverflies to review. And it was epic.

Britain’s Hoverflies: An Introduction to the Hoverflies of Britain
Apr. 01, 2013

How to Get 6,000 People to Talk Science

by Ira Flatow

Bill Nye and I were on a panel discussing how to tell stories about science.

Mar. 07, 2013

Don't Miss This Comet!

by Ira Flatow

Visible With the Naked Eye

comet, PANSTARR, space, astronomy
Feb. 21, 2013

Arthropod-Inspired Haikus

by The Bug Chicks

Beat the February blues and jumpstart the creative process by writing photo-inspired haikus!

haiku, insects, science, entomology, The Bug Chicks, photography
Feb. 20, 2013

Open Invitation to Lamar Smith, House Science Committee Chairman: Accepted

by Ira Flatow

Science Friday invites Chairman Lamar Smith to discuss technology that will track objects such as asteroids that threaten Earth.

asteroid 2012 DA14, Lamar Smith, House Science Committee, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Russia, meteor, Russian meteor, asteroid, asteroids, deflecting asteroid
Feb. 12, 2013

Battle of the Electric Cars: "Hydrogen Sucks," Says Elon Musk

by Ira Flatow

War of the Currents Redux: Fuel Cells vs Batteries

elon musk; Tesla; batteries; fuel cells; cars; hydrogen fuel; hydrogen; Edison; Westinghouse; current wars
Jan. 29, 2013

Flatow File: Spider Webs, Tractor Beams, and Beer

by Ira Flatow

This week, I'm focusing on some really geeky -- I should say Benjie* -- research that caught my eye. Be ready for some gorgeous graphics and hi-tech talk.

Star Trek, Physics, Spider
Jan. 22, 2013

Flatow File: Water on Mars, Sea Creatures, NFL Concussions

by Ira Flatow

Once more, lots of intriguing stories making the news this week. Here are a few of my favorites.

Dec. 05, 2012

What's a BioBlitz?

by The Bug Chicks

A 24-hour species identification challenge in an Oregon city park shows citizen scientists the diversity of urban wildlife.

BioBlitz, Forest Park, Portland, Citizen Science, video
Nov. 07, 2012

A Whipspider Surprise

by The Bug Chicks

During our visit to Costa Rica in March, we came across an arachnid with unexpected companions.

Costa Rica, amblypygid, parasitiod, flies, arachnid
Nov. 05, 2012

Post Sandy: Are You More Likely Now to Buy an Electric Car?

by Ira Flatow

Does hurricane Sandy make you any more inclined to buy an electric vehicle?

Sandy, global warming, climate, renewable energy, electric cars
Nov. 01, 2012

Sandy: Katrina Redux

by Ira Flatow

Are Katrina and Sandy linked to climate change?

sandy, global warming, climate, Katrina
Oct. 09, 2012

How to 'Break' Einstein's Speed Limit

by Ira Flatow

Can you legally break Einstein's speed limit?

einstein, ira, physics
Sep. 18, 2012

Track the Monarch Migration Using Your iPhone!

by Leslie Taylor

Depending where you live, you may have recently started to see an influx of orange and black winged visitors. The monarch butterflies have begun their fall migration.

butterflies, monarchs, nature, insects, monarch migration, citizen science, science app, migration tracker, education
Sep. 05, 2012

Name That Asteroid!

by Leslie Taylor

Students, NASA needs your help to find the perfect name for a near-Earth asteroid that will be visited by spacecraft later this decade.

asteroids, planets, space, space flight, planet formation, education, student contest, asteroid naming contest
Sep. 04, 2012

3D Mars Curiosity Photo

by Ira Flatow

Mars, Curiosity, 3D, Rover,
Aug. 08, 2012

Mars Excitement: Back to the Future

by Ira Flatow

Curiosity Lander: Excitement Recalls Viking

Space Mars Curiosity Rover Exploration
Jul. 30, 2012

Footprints on the Moon

by Ira Flatow

Space Apollo Moon Footprint
Jul. 05, 2012

First Shadow Of A Single Atom

by Ira Flatow

What does a single atom look like?

Physics atoms
Jul. 04, 2012

What Higgs Boson Evidence Looks Like

by Ira Flatow

Higgs Boson Physics
May. 04, 2012

Keep The Shuttle Flying

by Ira Flatow

Everyone was so impressed seeing the space shuttle flying atop that 747. Why not keep one in the air?

space, space flight, space shuttle, science education, museum, exhibit, NASA
May. 03, 2012

Studying Dragonfly Swarms with Citizen Science

by Guest Blogger

In July of 2009, entomologist Christine Goforth and a friend arrived at a lake to collect water samples. They had worked at the lake many times, but noticed that something was different that day: several hundred dragonflies were flying over the grass."We often saw dragonflies, but there were 50 times the usual number and they weren’t in their usual places," explains Christine. "We knew something exciting was happening, so we jotted down notes."Then they were gone.

citizen science, animal behavior, animals, biology, bugs, citizen science, dragonflies, ecology, education, entomology, environment, insects, nature, Science, swarms, The Dragonfly Swarm Project, University of Arizona, water
Sep. 16, 2011

Fall into Citizen Science - Watch a Plant!

by Lisa Gardiner

Plants have a lot going on as autumn temperatures cool. Some leaves turn bright yellow or red and fall from trees. Fruits grow large and ripe. Grasses become brittle and brown. Some flowers, like California poppies, bloom in the autumn too.Project BudBurst is looking for volunteers to take note of what plants are doing as the seasons change. During the “Fall into Phenology” event volunteers around the country will be heading outside between September 17 and 26 to collect data about how plants respond to changes in their environment.

Citizen Science Buzz, Science, autumn, citizen science, fall, foliage, phenology, plants, Project BudBurst, seasons
Feb. 21, 2012

Who’s the Boss: Home or Human Microbiomes?

by Lisa Gardiner

Daniel Smith and his colleagues at Argonne National Laboratory are looking for volunteers who are about to move to a different house to join the Home Microbiome Study. They will be asked to collect samples every other day for six weeks to monitor how microbiomes of themselves and their house change in response to one another. This data will provide valuable information on how stable our microbiomes are, and whether our microbiomes colonize our house… or our house’s microbiome colonizes us!

Citizen Science Buzz, Argonne National Lab, bacteria, biology, home, microbiota
Feb. 01, 2012

Taking Science to Heart: Spot Defibrillators in Philadelphia and Perhaps You Will Win!

by Lisa Gardiner

Are you in the Philadelphia area? If so, you'll want to know about the new citizen science project: MyHeartMap Challenge! The project, a contest, is getting the public involved to make the first-of-its-kind map of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in Philadelphia. (And it's almost Valentine's Day so perhaps hearts are on your mind!)

Citizen Science Buzz, Science, citizen science, heart disease, Map, Medicine, participate, Philadelphia, photo, scistarter
Jan. 21, 2012

Six Ways to Study England’s Natural Environment

by Lisa Gardiner

From searching for invertebrates to measuring wind speed, everyone can gain new knowledge and skills and play their part in protecting the natural environment. This is the philosophy of Open Air Laboratories (OPAL), a project based in England that encourages the public to explore their surroundings, record their findings, and submit their results to the OPAL national database making their contribution available to scientists and others involved in environmental science and policy.

Citizen Science Buzz, Science, air, atmosphere, biodiversity, citizen scinece, climate, earthworms, england, insects, nature, OPAL, water
Dec. 18, 2011

12 Days of Christmas-y Citizen Science Projects

by Darlene Cavalier

Make sure you’re on Santa’s “nice list” this year. Consider helping researchers help the planet this holiday season. Here are a dozen opportunities to get involved in real science research during the 12 days of Christmas! On the first day of Christmas, Missouri gave to me…an opportunity to help stem the threat of invasive pear trees in Missouri’s urban forest and in other parts of the U.S.

Citizen Science Buzz, christmas bird count, citizen science, Ecology, environment, greater prairie chicken project, ruffed grouse drumming survey, science pipes, scistarter, zooniverse
Nov. 23, 2011

Gobble Up Thanksgiving Day Citizen Science Offerings!

by Darlene Cavalier

Help keep an eye on the health and abundance of wild turkeys prior to breeding by observing and counting young turkeys in New York state. Or, join biologists in New Hampshire studying the impact of winter on New Hampshire turkeys by reporting any sightings of female turkeys and their young.

Citizen Science Buzz, birds, butterflies, citizen science, scistarter, turkey, winter
Nov. 01, 2011

Hunting for Bugs at BioBlitz

by Lisa Gardiner

During Insect Discovery Tours -- part of the BioBlitz event -- elementary, middle and high school students, scientists, chaperones, and naturalists roamed areas of Saguaro National Park in small groups to hunt for insects. The scientists and naturalists worked with the students to identify the insects they found. To get a closer look, insects were sometimes coaxed into small magnifying boxes.

Citizen Science Buzz, Arizona, BioBlitz, Cara Gibson, citizen science, Ecology, Hiking, insects, K-12 students, National Geographic, National park service, Naturalists, Saguaro National Park, science education, Scientists, University of Arizona
Oct. 12, 2011

Citizen Science: The Animated Movie

by Lisa Gardiner

There should be more animated movies about citizen science, don’t you think? Thankfully, the people at a weather-focused citizen science project called the Community Collaborative Rain Hail and Snow project (known by the funny acronym CoCoRaHS) have made this video! It tells the story of how the project started and explains how people all over the country are getting involved. Watch and find out how you can become a CoCoRaHS volunteer too!

Citizen Science Buzz, animation, cartoon, citizen science, CoCoRaHS, hail, rain, snow, Video, weather
Sep. 19, 2011

10 Back-to-school Projects for Young Citizen Scientists

by John Ohab

As summer comes to a close, a young person’s fancy may turn to fretting at the thought of being cooped up in a classroom. But for fans of science and nature—and by that we mean kids who like to watch clouds, hunt mushrooms, prowl around graveyards, and check out what gets squashed on the side of the road—fall need not signal the end of fun. To keep entertained and enlightened this fall, try the following back-to-school projects for student citizen scientists. Teachers and parents, please note: Many of these programs provide materials around which you can build lessons. To search for more science projects that are looking for volunteers, visit the Science for Citizens Project Finder.

Citizen Science Buzz, Science, animals, Astronomy, back-to-school, biology, citizen science, education, Science, STEM, students, Teachers' TalkingScience, water
Sep. 14, 2011

Get Your Feet Wet on World Water Monitoring Day!

by Lisa Gardiner

How do you know if water is clean enough to drink? How do you know if it's clean enough to for swimming or safe for animals? On September 18, 2011 people around the world will be taking a closer look at their local waterways during World Water Monitoring Day. Join in the project and help figure out whether the freshwater near you is clean.

Citizen Science Buzz, chemistry, citizen science, environment, International Water Association, lake, pond, river, stream, water, Water Environment Foundation, watershed, World Water Monitoring Day
Aug. 22, 2011

Tracking the Wild Horseshoe Crabs of New York

by Lisa Gardiner

On June 1, 2011 at 11:51 PM, a group of people assembled on the beach in Northpoint, New York. There was no moon shining that night, not even a sliver. The people carried flashlights or wore headlamps. They held clipboards and paper. Their mission: to report where horseshoe crabs were spotted along the beach.

Citizen Science Buzz, Beach, citizen science, Ecology, ecosystem, eggs, environmental, horseshoe crab, marine, monitoring, New York, New York Horseshoe Crab Monitoring Network, ocean, Science Friday, spawning
Aug. 01, 2011

Changing Currents Turns Students into Environmental Scientists

by Guest Blogger

Changing Currents, a project originating in Toronto, Canada, familiarizes middle- and high-school students with local watersheds and teaches them how to conduct water quality analyses. This is a great way for students to become environmental scientists for a day! After heading out to a local stream and donning hip waders, students collect water samples and analyze their data. Through this program, students get out in nature for a while and learn about the importance of healthy aquatic ecosystems.

Citizen Science Buzz, Science, Canada, changing currents, citizen science, environmental science, high school, middle school, river, secondary students, stream, Teachers' TalkingScience, water, water quality
Jul. 27, 2011

Citizen Paleontologists

by Lisa Gardiner

During the last Ice Age, mammoths and mastodons roamed Florida. Today, fossil hunters like James Kennedy of Vero Beach, Florida find their bones. “I'm not a scientist,” said James in a recent interview for National Public Radio. “I just go out and dig up bones good. I'm good at finding them." But I’d contend that James is a scientist – a citizen scientist. Many people collect fossils. I like to think of these fossil hunters as “citizen paleontologists” and they can play important roles in scientific discovery.

Citizen Science Buzz, art, citizen science, Cornell, Denver Museum of Nature and Science, dog, earth history, earth science, Florida, fossil, high school, Ice age, mammoth, mastodon, middle school, Museum of the Earth, National Public Radio, paleontology
Jul. 08, 2011

Albedo Project Results Are In!

by Lisa Gardiner

Did you take a photo of white paper on the ground June 21 for the Albedo Project? Whether or not you participated, you can now take a look at the data at the Albedo Project website. Locations of all the photos are shown on a Google Map. Zoom in to find your data point. And if you’d like to peruse the photos of white paper, you can find them in Flickr. Photos were sent in from over 30 US states and 11 countries, pointing out that projects like this would not happen without participation by photo-snapping volunteers!

Citizen Science Buzz, albedo, citizen science, climate, earth science, high school, IPY, results, Science, University of Massachusetts
Jul. 06, 2011

Spotting Fireflies for Science

by Lisa Gardiner

The Firefly Watch project gets the public involved collecting data about where fireflies are found. If you live east of the Rocky Mountains in the United States and have ten minutes a week to look for fireflies in the evening, consider signing up as a volunteer.

Citizen Science Buzz, beetles, biology, Boston, bugs, citizen science, data, Ecology, environment, fertilizer, Fireflies, Firefly Watch, insects, light polution, Museum of Science, Pesticides, Science, summer, Tufts University, volunteer
Jun. 30, 2011

Beyond Gloom and Doom: Young Citizen Scientists Address Climate Change

by Lisa Gardiner

It is becoming more apparent that people of all ages want to learn more than just the facts about climate change—they want to know what they can DO to address this problem.

Citizen Science Buzz, Science, biology, birds, citizen science, climate, climate change, Cornell, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, global warming, Informal education, Ithaca, middle school, NestWatch, Science
Jun. 24, 2011

In the Philadelphia area? Contribute to PhillyTreeMap!

by Darlene Cavalier

Participating in PhillyTreeMap, one of the newest projects in the Science for Citizens Project Finder, is almost as simple as fetching the morning paper from the front “stoop,” as we say here in Philly. This morning, I opened my front door, walked 10 feet to the nearest tree (pictured here), wrapped a measuring tape around its trunk, snapped this picture, and simply uploaded the picture and trunk width online. THAT’s how simple it was to help the City of Philadelphia take an inventory of trees.

Citizen Science Buzz, Science, Azavea, biology, citizen science, City of Philadelphia Department of Parks and Recreation, crowdsourcing, Department of Agriculture, Ecology, Honey Locust, horticulture, Map, Philadelphia, trees, urban, volunteer
Jun. 15, 2011

Snap a Photo and Help Measure Earth's Albedo

by Lisa Gardiner

For three years Dr. Kathleen Gorski and her high school students at Wilbraham and Monson Academy near Springfield, MA have been snapping pictures of white paper and using them to measure albedo by comparing the white paper to the surrounding ground surface. Now they are opening the project up to anyone who would like to participate!

Citizen Science Buzz, Science, activities, albedo, citizen science, climate change, environment, hands on activity, photography, Science
May. 27, 2011

Citizen Science Highlights on Scientific American

by Lisa Gardiner

Scientific American has been bringing science to people for over 160 years. Now the magazine is bringing people to science through a new online listing of citizen science opportunities. Early this month, Scientific American Online launched a Citizen Science section of the web site. This is part of a larger Education effort, which includes a number of science activities called Bring Science Home.

Citizen Science Buzz, citizen science, education, hands on activity, public participation in science, research, Science, scientific american, volunteer
May. 24, 2011

Divers Help Quell the Roar of Invasive Lionfish

by Lisa Gardiner

It seems strange to mark the location of a fish, doesn’t it? They can swim and move away from the marker, right? I wonder while standing on a dock waiting for the boat that will take about ten of us out to a reef. There, we will scuba dive for fun and also mark the locations of lionfish, an invasive species in the Caribbean. Volunteer divers on the Dutch island of Bonaire are helping Bonaire National Marine Park eliminate invasive lionfish from its coral reefs by marking the locations where the fish are found. A diver who spots a lionfish is instructed to attach a small flag, provided by the park, to a rock near the fish.

Citizen Science Buzz, Science, animals, biology, Bonaire, Bonaire National Marine Park, Caribbean, citizen science, conservation, Coral, Ecology, environment, fish, Invasive species, Lionfish, marine, nature, ocean, Reef, Science
May. 05, 2011

Citizen Scientists Weathered the Tornado Outbreak

by Lisa Gardiner

The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network (CoCoRaHS), a citizen science project that gets people all over the country reporting the amount of precipitation that falls where they live, offered a unique on-the-ground perspective about the devastating thunderstorms and tornadoes that struck the southeast United States on April 27 and the morning of April 28, 2011.

Citizen Science Buzz, Science, atmosphere, citizen science, CoCoRaHS, environment, hail, meteorology, NOAA, rain, southeast, storm, Storm Prediction Center, Thunderstorms, tornado, weather, wind

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