Science Friday® is produced by the Science Friday Initiative, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Mars Science Laboratory project scientist John Grotzinger describes plans for the Curiosity rover, now in Gale Crater on Mars.
If microbial stowaways did hitch a ride to Mars, how will Curiosity's mission be affected?
What’s it like to build tools for Curiosity? Intense.
Are temporary streaks on Martian hillsides a sign of salty water?
In The Case for Mars, Robert Zubrin argues that humans should colonize the Red Planet.
The nautilus, the “living fossil” of cephalopods, can uncover the origins of the...
Could a stash of ancient bones be the work of a giant cephalopod?
In less than a second, cephalopods can change the color, pattern and shape of th...
Biologist Sarah Zylinski studies how cuttlefish see the world by looking at thei...
\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.