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Nov. 29, 2012

Dr. Rebecca Lancefield's Eggnog Recipe

by Flora Lichtman

This recipe comes from Dr. Rebecca Lancefield (1895 – 1981), a prominent microbiologist who worked at The Rockefeller University. One of her perhaps lesser-known legacies is related to eggnog: every year, she would make eggnog in the lab before Thanksgiving, let it "mellow," and then serve it at Christmas.

May. 30, 2012

Glowing Millipedes

by Flora Lichtman

SciFri listener Chris Lavin sent me an email a few weeks ago with the subject line "Really cool video of centipedes at night." Who could pass that up?

bioluminescence, millipedes, insects, centipede, video, nature
Feb. 27, 2008

AAAS Video: Title this video!

by Flora Lichtman

Vidal Cortes, a senior at the University of California, Irvine, is working to refine manure digestion. We caught up with him at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston, MA where he was presenting his research.This video seems ripe for a clever title--the working title is The Art of Manure Digestion. Any suggestions? (Keep it clean people.)Music courtesy of Knife Crazy and Prelinger Archives. Photography by Christopher Intagliata. Produced by Flora Lichtman.

AAAS Meeting
Feb. 27, 2008

AAAS Video: Oceans Sunk?

by Flora Lichtman

With global warming, over-fishing and pollution, are the oceans doomed? Ira and guests discuss what can be done to turn the tides at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston, MA.Music by Knife Crazy. Photography by Ma Shumin and Flora Lichtman. Produced by Flora Lichtman.Jane Lubchenco , a marine biologist at Oregon State University, suggests that marine no-take marine reserves are one tool to help ocean ecosystems recover, but what can individuals do? Do you have any ideas?

AAAS Meeting
Feb. 17, 2008

AAAS Video: The Broadcast

by Flora Lichtman

Check out Ira and guests talk about science and policy live (with an audience!) from the AAAS.Music by Knife Crazy. Photography by Ma Shumin and Flora Lichtman. Produced by Flora Lichtman.

AAAS Meeting
Feb. 16, 2008

AAAS Video: Desert Dunes From Rolling Rivers?

by Flora Lichtman

Did you know that the Sahara Desert used to be green? We caught up with Farouk El-Baz, the director for the Center of Remote Sensing at Boston University. Find out how the Sahara's sandy dunes were formed.Music by Knife Crazy. Interview by Shumin Ma and Ira Flatow. Produced by Flora Lichtman

AAAS Meeting
Feb. 15, 2008

AAAS Video: Let's be scientists

by Flora Lichtman

We made it! We're here in Boston getting ready for the big show. Check out a montage from our first few hours at the AAAS annual meeting. Keep your eyes open for Nobel prize-winner Leon Lederman. Gotcha!Credits: Music by Knife Crazy. Photography by MA Shumin, Annette Heist and Flora Lichtman. Produced by Flora Lichtman.

AAAS Meeting
Apr. 13, 2007

Future of Fuel Cells?

by Flora Lichtman

Among the concept cars at the NY auto show was Honda's FCX concept - a hydrogen fuel cell car.Check out the video for some glamour shots of the vehicle and get a brief explanation of how fuel cells work in cars. According to Sage Marie, Manager of Honda Public Relations, the FCX concept is slated to go into production in 2008.

Auto Show
Apr. 10, 2007

Videos from the Auto Show

by Flora Lichtman

Following up on Ira's post, we're putting videos from the New York International Auto Show on this blog. Check in and tell us what you think of the highlighted new cars.The video below features Chevrolet's new "Volt" concept car, with a little Dinah Shore to boot. You can plug the Volt right into a regular socket, and after a charge, the car will go 40 miles on battery power alone. Then, it taps into its engine, which recharges the battery on the go. But before you get too excited, this ...

Auto Show
Feb. 15, 2007

Q&A with Dan Berkowitz, Airplane Pilot

by Flora Lichtman

American Airlines pilot Dan Berkowitz kindly answered some questions about planes and flying, right from Gate 41 at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York.Q: How does a plane get off the ground?A: (click to listen)Q: The new double-decker, 555 seater Airbus A380 was recently cleared for commercial use and is in the process of being tested, what's the inside scoop on this plane?A:Q: Do you think these giant planes are the future of commercial air travel?A:Q: What causes turbulence?A:

AAAS Meeting
Feb. 15, 2007

Day 2, Operation get to SF

by Flora Lichtman

Reporting from JFK airport in New York City: the situation has gotten hairy. This is the second day of canceled flights--it's sunny today, but we've been told its too icy for big planes to take off and some planes are freezing to the tarmac. Green fold-up cots are scattered all over the airport for stranded travelers. The "snakshop" in my terminal has run out of pretzels (ahhh).But--not to worry--the show must go on! Ira and some other SciFri-ers arrived safely in San Francisco and are getting ready for Friday's broadcast.(If ...

AAAS Meeting
Feb. 14, 2007

Let's Get the Show on the Road

by Flora Lichtman

Science Friday is headed to San Francisco this week--that is, if we make it out of New York! A nor'easter blew in last night, canceling flights for some of us.Check this blog for updates from the road. We'll bring you news bits from the meeting (the AAAS attracts scientists from all over the world), a behind-the-scenes look at Science Friday this week, photos and maybe even some commentary on the culture of science conventions. Is there anything you'd like to hear about? Tell us!More to come...

AAAS Meeting
Mar. 08, 2011

A Mudskipper Burps

by Flora Lichtman

The BBC makes great nature videos. Duh. But what makes them great? I’ve been trying to figure that out. It’s more than the beautiful shots. And the weird animals. And the clever writing. And the lovable Sir David Attenborough. There’s … Continue reading →

Video, bbc, biology, life, nature, video
Feb. 07, 2011

Not For Frying: Giant Clams

by Flora Lichtman

Justin Muir designs upscale fish tanks ($50,000-$100,000, on average) for the fish-loving rich and famous. (More on that here.) To populate his client’s tanks, Muir raises some sea creatures in a warehouse in Brooklyn. The giant clams (Tridacna gigas) in … Continue reading →

Video, animal, aquarium, oceans, sea, video, water
Jan. 21, 2011

Almost Indie Filmmakers

by Flora Lichtman

Want to feel humbled? Meet the winners of the Oceans 2030: Youth Outlook Multimedia Contest. On top of loads of teen spirit, these kids have skills. Many of these not-yet-independent filmmakers (most were under 18) wrote, shot and directed their … Continue reading →

Video, kids, oceans, video
Jan. 14, 2011

Stellar Views

by Flora Lichtman

More eclipse excitement. (Past excitement here and here.) Japan’s Hinode spacecraft snapped some pictures of an annular solar eclipse. Fun fact: it’s called an annular eclipse because the moon doesn’t completely mask the sun, a ring of sunlight (hence annular) … Continue reading →

Space, Video, Eclipse, space, video
Feb. 27, 2008

AAAS Video: Title this video!

by Flora Lichtman

Vidal Cortes, a senior at the University of California, Irvine, is working to refine manure digestion. We caught up with him at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston, MA where he was … Continue reading →

Feb. 27, 2008

AAAS Video: Oceans Sunk?

by Flora Lichtman

With global warming, over-fishing and pollution, are the oceans doomed? Ira and guests discuss what can be done to turn the tides at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Boston, MA. Music by … Continue reading →

Feb. 17, 2008

AAAS Video: The Broadcast

by Flora Lichtman

Check out Ira and guests talk about science and policy live (with an audience!) from the AAAS. Music by Knife Crazy. Photography by Ma Shumin and Flora Lichtman. Produced by Flora Lichtman.

Feb. 16, 2008

AAAS Video: Desert Dunes From Rolling Rivers?

by Flora Lichtman

Did you know that the Sahara Desert used to be green? We caught up with Farouk El-Baz, the director for the Center of Remote Sensing at Boston University. Find out how the Sahara’s sandy dunes were formed. Music by Knife … Continue reading →

Feb. 15, 2008

AAAS Video: Let’s be scientists

by Flora Lichtman

We made it! We’re here in Boston getting ready for the big show. Check out a montage from our first few hours at the AAAS annual meeting. Keep your eyes open for Nobel prize-winner Leon Lederman. Gotcha! Credits: Music by … Continue reading →

Jun. 12, 2007

Preview of Things to Come

by Flora Lichtman

What does melting permafrost look like? How do plants grow in twenty hours of sunlight? SciFri is back in the New York area, but we’ll be posting videos from Alaska that look at these topics. Here’s a preview: when we … Continue reading →

Alaska Remote
Jun. 08, 2007

It’s A Bear’s Life

by Flora Lichtman

Science Friday ventured into the interior of Alaska for a look at Denali National Park this week. A guide who works for the Alaska Railroad told us that Denali includes over 6 million acres of land, and is larger than … Continue reading →

Alaska Remote
Jun. 07, 2007

Land of the Midnight Sun

by Flora Lichtman

The sun rose at about 3:15 AM today in Fairbanks, AK and will set again at about 12:20 AM. Even after the sun goes down it won’t get dark; twilight remains until the sun rises again. You can see the … Continue reading →

Alaska Remote
Jun. 04, 2007

Alaska Adventure Begins

by Flora Lichtman

Science Friday traveled over 4,000 miles from the New York studio this week to broadcast from Fairbanks, AK. Find out what we’re doing while we’re here. It took about 20 hours to get to Fairbanks, AK from the New York … Continue reading →

Alaska Remote
Apr. 13, 2007

Future of Fuel Cells?

by Flora Lichtman

Among the concept cars at the NY auto show was Honda’s FCX concept – a hydrogen fuel cell car. Check out the video for some glamour shots of the vehicle and get a brief explanation of how fuel cells work … Continue reading →

Apr. 10, 2007

Science of Auto Styling

by Flora Lichtman

Mazda’s concept cars were focused on design. Nagare means “flow” in Japanese and according to the designers I spoke with, flowiness is Mazda’s new design direction. The Nagare car was shown in blue, which is supposed to give the car … Continue reading →

Apr. 10, 2007

Videos from the Auto Show

by Flora Lichtman

Following up on Ira’s post, we’re putting videos from the New York International Auto Show on this blog. Check in and tell us what you think of the highlighted new cars. The video below features Chevrolet’s new “Volt” concept car, … Continue reading →

Feb. 15, 2007

Q&A with Dan Berkowitz, Airplane Pilot

by Flora Lichtman

American Airlines pilot Dan Berkowitz kindly answered some questions about planes and flying, right from Gate 41 at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York. Q: How does a plane get off the ground? A: (click to listen) Q: The … Continue reading →

Feb. 15, 2007

Day 2, Operation get to SF

by Flora Lichtman

Reporting from JFK airport in New York City: the situation has gotten hairy. This is the second day of canceled flights–it’s sunny today, but we’ve been told its too icy for big planes to take off and some planes are … Continue reading →

Feb. 14, 2007

Let’s Get the Show on the Road

by Flora Lichtman

Science Friday is headed to San Francisco this week–that is, if we make it out of New York! A nor’easter blew in last night, canceling flights for some of us. Check this blog for updates from the road. We’ll bring … Continue reading →

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