Apr. 16, 2015

The Problem With Superman, and Other Physics Conundrums

by Rhett Allain

The author of Geek Physics answers your pop culture physics questions.

physics, rhett allen, superman, the flash, quicksilver, the avengers, tony starke, iron man, antimatter
Apr. 09, 2015

The Undersea Network That Connects the World

by Nicole Starosielski

An excerpt from The Undersea Network, by Nicole Starosielski.

undersea cable, ocean
Apr. 01, 2015

Spot the REAL Hypothesis

by Annie Minoff

This April Fool’s Day, put your BS-detector to the test. Can you spot the REAL hypothesis?

april fools day
Mar. 26, 2015

From Animal House to Prufrock House: Memories of Caltech in the '60s

by Michael Gazzaniga

An excerpt from Michael Gazzaniga's Tales From Both Sides of the Brain.

brain, caltech, roger sperry
Mar. 17, 2015

Overheard at SXSW 2015

by Chau Tu

Science Friday web producer Chau Tu is in Austin, Texas for SXSW Interactive + Film.

Mar. 13, 2015

The Mystique of Pi

by Ian Stewart

An excerpt from Professor Stewart’s Incredible Numbers, by Ian Stewart.

pi, math, mathematics, circle, ian stewart
Mar. 13, 2015

Kitchen Math: How to Eat π Pies

by Eugenia Cheng

Methodically slice up four pies to reach the irrational number pi.

pi, pie, math, mathematics, eugenia cheng
Mar. 12, 2015

Quiz: Pi Versus Pie

by Brandon Echter

Put your pi(e) prowess to the test.

Mar. 06, 2015

There Is Such a Thing As Too Much Medical Care

by H. Gilbert Welch

An excerpt from H. Gilbert Welch's new book, Less Medicine, More Health.

medicine, doctor, health, h. gilbert welch
Mar. 05, 2015

The Problem With Computer Surveillance

by Bruce Schneier

An excerpt from Data and Goliath, the new book by Bruce Schneier.

data, algorithm, bruce schneier
Feb. 27, 2015

In Memory of Leonard Nimoy

by Chau Tu

The Star Trek actor died on February 27, 2015. He spoke to SciFri about science fiction in this archival interview.

leonard nimoy
Feb. 26, 2015

Is 'Brain Spyware' In Our Future?

by Marc Goodman

An excerpt from Marc Goodman's Future Crimes.

future, crime
Feb. 25, 2015

Should These Scientific Ideas Be Retired?

by John Brockman

Sean Carroll and Seth Lloyd tackle the question, "What scientific idea is ready for retirement?" in the book This Idea Must Die.

idea, universe, falsifiability, sean carroll, seth lloyd
Feb. 12, 2015

How a Bar Fight Paved the Way for Heart Surgery

by Rob Dunn

An excerpt from The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, by Rob Dunn.

heart, rob dunn
Feb. 12, 2015

This Valentine's Day, Say 'I Love You' With Science

by Brandon Echter

SciFri asked real scientists to write love notes. Now you can share them with that special someone.

Jan. 29, 2015

From a Destitute Phoenix School, an Underwater Robotics Team Rises

by Joshua Davis

An excerpt from Joshua Davis' book Spare Parts.

spare parts, joshua davis, robotics
Jan. 08, 2015

Talking Darwin Over Dinner

by Bill Nye

An excerpt from Bill Nye the Science Guy's new book, Undeniable.

bill nye, evolution
Jan. 02, 2015

Make Your Own Fall Foliage With This Dad-Tested Experiment

by Mike Adamick

Learn about why leaves change colors in different seasons with this easy experiment from Mike Adamick, author of Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments.

experiment, diy, leaves
Dec. 31, 2014

A New Era of Medicine, Centered on Smartphones

by Eric Topol, M.D.

An excerpt from Dr. Eric Topol's new book, The Patient Will See You Now

Dec. 31, 2014

How to Collect, Preserve, and Make Snowflakes

by Lynn Brunelle

An excerpt from Mama Gone Geek, by Lynn Brunelle.

Dec. 12, 2014

Five Books Guaranteed to Make Kids Love Science

by Rachel Poliquin

These kids’ books spark science curiosity with playful illustrations and facts to match.

kids books, science books
Dec. 12, 2014

Recipe: Jeff Potter’s Patent-Violating* Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Jeff Potter

How to make cookies that stay chewy on the inside with crispy outer edges.

baking, cookies
Nov. 27, 2014

How a Bohemian Engineer Helped Blend Art and Science

by Arthur I. Miller

An excerpt from Arthur I. Miller's new book, Colliding Worlds.

billy kluver, engineer, contemporary art
Nov. 21, 2014

Truth, Educated Guesses, and Speculations in 'Interstellar'

by Kip Thorne

An excerpt from The Science of Interstellar, a new book by Kip Thorne.

interstellar, physics, space, kip thorne
Nov. 20, 2014

Q&A With Emily Graslie

by Chau Tu

More with the Field Museum's Chief Curiosity Correspondent and host of the “The Brain Scoop” on YouTube.

emily graslie, science communication, field museum, museum, youtube, video
Nov. 13, 2014

From Antlers to Tusks: Our Obsession With Extreme Animal Weapons

by Douglas J. Emlen

An excerpt from Animal Weapons, a book by Douglas Emlen.

animals, animal weapons, antlers, douglas emlen
Nov. 13, 2014

Where Do We Go From Here? Environmentalism, at a Crossroads

by James Gustave Speth

An excerpt from James Gustave Speth's memoir Angels by the River.

environment, policy, climate change, james gustave speth
Oct. 24, 2014

How Innovation Happens in the Digital Age

by Walter Isaacson

An excerpt from Walter Isaacson's The Innovators.

walter isaacson, innovation, ideas
Oct. 23, 2014

#ObserveEverything…Including the Cat

by Annie Minoff

In the book Lost Cat, two feline fans reveal how methodical observation and GPS technology helped solve a kitty mystery.

cat, tracking, cat tracking, kitty, lost cat, rescue, gps
Oct. 09, 2014

Facing Mortality, As a Doctor

by Atul Gawande

An excerpt from Atul Gawande's Being Mortal.

atul gawande, death, mortality, doctor
Sep. 26, 2014

A Doctor's First Night On Call

by Terrence Holt

An excerpt from Internal Medicine by Terrence Holt.

medicine, hospital, doctor, patient
Sep. 26, 2014

The Science Friday Crossword Puzzle, Solved

by Julie Leibach

Find out the answers—and backstories—to the SciFri-themed crossword puzzle.

Sep. 25, 2014

Picking Up Where We Left Off

by Neal Stephenson

An excerpt from Neal Stephenson's story in Hieroglyph: Stories and Visions For a Better Future.

science fiction
Sep. 19, 2014

Solve the Science Friday Crossword Puzzle!

by Chau Tu

Test your Science Friday knowledge with this crossword puzzle challenge by constructor Fred Piscop.

crossword, puzzle
Sep. 19, 2014

Forays Into the World of Fungi

by Eugenia Bone

An excerpt from Mycophilia, by Eugenia Bone.

mushrooms, fungi, foraging, sickness,
Sep. 19, 2014

The Business of Surgery: Has Love Been Lost?

by Paul Ruggieri

An excerpt from The Cost of Cutting by Paul Ruggieri.

healthcare, medicine, money
Sep. 12, 2014

Are Generics the Same As Brand Name Drugs?

by Jeremy A. Greene

An excerpt from Generic: The Unbranding of Modern Medicine, by Jeremy A. Greene.

generic, drugs, prescription, medicine
Sep. 04, 2014

Could You Hit a Baseball Pitched Near the Speed of Light?

by Randall Munroe

An excerpt from xkcd creator Randall Munroe's book, What If?

randall munroe, baseball, physics
Sep. 04, 2014

How Pinball Helps Explain Ways We Think and Learn

by Barbara Oakley

An excerpt from A Mind for Numbers by Barbara Oakley.

math, barbara oakley, brain
Sep. 03, 2014

Quiz: How Good Are You at Learning?

by Benedict Carey

A quiz from Benedict Carey, author of How We Learn.

brain, learning, benedict carey
Aug. 15, 2014

A Savior in Soil

by Kristin Ohlson

An excerpt from Kristin Ohlson's book The Soil Will Save Us.

soil, carbon, global warming, kristin ohlson, agriculture
Aug. 13, 2014

Food Failures: Is Your Hot Sauce Up to Snuff?

by Brandon Echter

Use science to improve your latest spicy concoction.

hot sauce, food, food science, picante, spicy, Ali Bouzari
Aug. 08, 2014

Build Your Own Radio Telescope to Listen to Meteors

by Nicole Gugliucci

Even if it's cloudy or you can't get outside at night, you can still listen to the Perseid meteor shower using a simple FM radio setup or by building a radio telescope at home.

meteor shower, meteors, perseids, radio, radio telescope, satellite, diy, astronomy
Aug. 07, 2014

Getting Hooked on Forensic Pathology

by Judy Melinek

An excerpt from Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies, and the Making of a Medical Examiner, by Dr. Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell.

surgery, medical examiner, excerpt, judy melinek, pathology, forensics
Aug. 06, 2014

Medical Mystery: The Pink Eye of Death

by Brandon Echter

Can you solve this real-life medical mystery?

medical mystery, forensics, pathology, judy melinek, medical examiner
Jul. 31, 2014

Animals Can Suffer From Mental Illness, Too

by Laurel Braitman

An excerpt from Laurel Braitman's Animal Madness.

Jul. 10, 2014

You Don't Need ESP to Predict Behavior

by William Poundstone

An excerpt from William Poundstone's Rock Breaks Scissors.

esp, william poundstone, rock, paper, scissors
Jul. 03, 2014

Sock Puppets on Steroids: The Internet's Fake Personalities

by Charles Seife

An excerpt from Virtual Unreality: Just Because The Internet Told You, How Do You Know It’s True?

Jun. 27, 2014

Goodies From #CephalopodWeek

by Brandon Echter

For the past week, Science Friday’s Cephalopod Week has celebrated these amazing, beautiful, and mysterious creatures. We’ve compiled all the SciFri stories we shared this week in one place.

Jun. 17, 2014

Fighting the Machines

by Daniel Wilson

An excerpt from Daniel Wilson's new novel, Robogenesis.

robots, fiction, war, daniel wilson, science fiction, sci fi, robogenesis

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