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Sharon Hillier is using her expertise in women's nether regions to bring an HIV-prevention drug—targeting females—to market.
Researchers have developed a method to build tiny structures out of DNA based on 3-D polygonal shapes created with a computer.
The putrid odor of a large tropical plant has begun wafting through the Denver Botanic Gardens—and visitors are lining up to inhale deeply.
Research suggests that sound is the “forgotten sense” when it comes to how we perceive flavors.
Meet the author of The Soul of a New Machine at Google's New York City headquarters.
This picture, shot by a drone, reveals the verdant fingers of a blue-green algae bloom.
Take our Panda Pregnancy Test to see how much you know about panda reproduction.
The man who coined the term also created an early “puzzle book” full of scientific brainteasers.
This August, the SciFri Book Club reads Tracy Kidder’s love letter to computer engineers, "The Soul of a New Machine." Here’s how to participate.
An excerpt from The Soul of a New Machine, by Tracy Kidder.
Biologists are using the medley of blues and browns in these wings to help them understand butterfly wing development.
These picturesque clouds reveal a particular kind of turbulence in the atmosphere.
Ant-Man's cool. But this ant is cooler, thanks to metallic-looking hairs that help it beat the African desert heat.
For vegetarians, allergy sufferers, and the epicurious among us, chefs are getting creative with seafood substitutes.
Unleash the geek, and let us know how familiar you are with a variety of scientific concepts.
An excerpt from Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson.
Our most up-close-and-personal shot of the (dwarf) planet yet.
An excerpt from John Graham-Cumming's Geek Atlas.
This critically endangered salamander reaches sexual maturity without undergoing metamorphosis.
One of the best dinosaur stories of them all centers on the man who gave these remarkably extinct beasts their name.
Test out how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop, and report back.
Information designer David McCandless uses beautiful, complex graphics to illuminate science, leaving the lowly pie chart in the dust.
This antique technology, called a Campbell-Stokes sunshine recorder, helps researchers maintain North America’s longest-running weather record.
An excerpt from the new biography Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance.
Ira Flatow and the SciFri crew will put on a live show in Colorado on June 30th.
To keep the brainy creatures healthy in captivity, caretakers employ a variety of tricks—including dog toys.
This midwater cephalopod sports different-size eyes for different functions.
Print one of our cutouts and take your own selfielopod for Cephalopod Week.
Liquid magnets lend themselves to art, as well as medical research.
An excerpt from Ian Tattersall's The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack.
Using a protein found in silkworm moth cocoons, researchers at Tufts University in Boston are developing a range of biodegradable materials and therapeutic devices.
This mutated rose has sepals instead of petals.
The sun kickstarts a process that converts a vitamin D precursor into the active form your body needs.
An engineer creates a perfect liquid crown using innovative flash photography.
The ancient Greeks personified the sun as a handsome god named Helios.
The title-holder for strongest biological material goes to a small mollusk.
An excerpt from Neal Stephenson's new book, Seveneves.
An excerpt from The Triumph of Seeds, by Thor Hanson.
An engineer and an artist are transforming pollution from coal mines into pigments used to tint paint.
Researchers have figured how a toxin-spraying beetle packs its pulsing punch.
When the sun interacts with six-sided ice crystals, ethereal optical effects can occur.
An excerpt from Barry Estabrook's Pig Tales.
An excerpt from How to Bake Pi by Eugenia Cheng.
A magnified look reveals the serrated edges that Fluffy uses to clean herself—and rasp meat off bones.
An excerpt from The New Celebrity Scientists, by Declan Fahy.
An excerpt from Jeffrey A. Lieberman's book Shrinks.
These quaking aspens are all clones of one mother stem.
For decades, Duke neurology professor Allen Roses has doggedly pursued a theory that dysfunctional mitochondria in the brain cause late-onset Alzheimer’s disease—and that beta-amyloid is just part of the disease’s pathology.
An excerpt from Sydney Padua's graphic novel The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.
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