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Nov. 14, 2014

Lacking Funding, Some Scientists Turn to the Crowd

crowdfunding, kickstarter, cindy wu, ethan perlstein

Nov. 07, 2014

George Washington Carver: Renaissance Man

george washington carver, peanut butter, inventor

Oct. 24, 2014

Meet ‘The Innovators’ Who Made the Digital Revolution

walter isaacson, innovators, innovation, tech, digital revolution, computer science, engineering

Oct. 24, 2014

You Observed...Everything

science club, observeeverything, #observeeverything

Oct. 17, 2014

More Than Cornflakes

kellogg, kellogg brothers, w.k. kellogg, john harvey kellogg, cereal, almond butter, peanut butter, artificial coffee, corn flakes

Oct. 17, 2014

The 'First' Battle of Gas Versus Electric

studebaker, gas, electric, vehicles, electric car, gas guzzler

Sep. 26, 2014

Science Friday Science Club: Observe Everything

science club, observation

Sep. 19, 2014

‘Dr.Fill’ Vies for Crossword Solving Supremacy

dr.fill, dr. phil, matt ginsberg, will shortz, crosswords, crossword, crossword constructing, crossword solving

Sep. 05, 2014

To Master Test Material, Give Your Brain a Break

Barbara Oakley, Benedict Carey, how we learn, a mind for numbers, learning, brain, thinking, diffuse learning focused learning

Sep. 05, 2014

Hello, Stranger, Wanna Share a Cab?

cab sharing, steven strogatz

Sep. 05, 2014

Randall Munroe Asks, ‘What If?’

What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions, randall munroe, xkcd, comics, cartoons

Aug. 01, 2014

Tapping Into Musical Memory

alive inside, oliver sacks, dan cohen, music, memory, play, alzheimer's, dementia

Jul. 04, 2014

Ben Franklin: Sonic Explorer

glass armonica, benjamin franklin, sonic experiments, renaissance man

Jul. 04, 2014

Do Your Patriotic Duty: Learn Math

math, math education, patriotism, edward frenkel

Jul. 04, 2014

Meet the Mohawk Behind NASA’s Curiosity Mission

bobak ferdowsi, mars, red planet, golden age of space exploration, space, space travel

May. 23, 2014

Why Science and the Humanities Are Better Together

walter isaacson, jefferson lecture, arts and science, art, science

Apr. 11, 2014

Bill Nye Stops By

bill nye, planetary society, space, space literacy, evolution

Mar. 14, 2014

Celebrating Irrational, Transcendental Pi

mathematician, Steven Strogatz, pi, pi day, irrational number, greek number

Mar. 07, 2014

Michio Kaku Imagines ‘The Future of the Mind’

the future of the mind, michio kaku, brain, reality, future, science fiction

Jan. 31, 2014

Could There Be a Crisis in Physics?

physics, crisis in physics, higgs boson,

Jan. 31, 2014

Alan Alda’s Challenge to Scientists: Define Color

alan alda, flame challenge, what is a flame, what is color, color challenge, students

Jan. 24, 2014

A ‘Personal’ Computer Turns 30

macintosh, steve jobs, steven levy, andy herzfeld, apple, coputer, apple macintosh anniversary

Jan. 24, 2014

James Dyson: ‘Failures Are Interesting’

james dyson, bagless vacuum, inventor, diy

Dec. 27, 2013

Carl Sagan: ‘Science Is a Way of Thinking’

carl sagan, ufos, universe, universe origins, origins of the universe, the demon-haunted world, pseudoscience, contact movie, contact, jodi foster

Dec. 27, 2013

Temple Grandin: ‘My Mind Works Like Google Images’

temple grandin, autism, animal rights, activism, animals in translation

Dec. 27, 2013

Oliver Sacks and the Search for the Giant Squid

oliver sacks, the island of the colorblind, giant squid, clyde roper, smithsonian

Dec. 20, 2013

A Year of Ups and Downs for Science

science, year in review, 2013, gene patents, government shutdown

Nov. 29, 2013

Annual Prizes Honor the Stranger Side of Science

ignobel prizes, ig nobel prizes, improbable research, marc abrahams

Nov. 15, 2013

‘Hatching Twitter’: A Tale of Booze and Backstabbing

twitter, nick bilton, social network, backstabbing

Nov. 01, 2013

Einstein's Real Breakthrough? Quantum Theory

einstein, relativity, theory of general relativity, quantum theory, albert einstein, douglas stone, a douglas stone, swabian

Oct. 25, 2013

Craig Venter: Life at the Speed of Light

j craig venter, DNA, genetics, human genome, Life at the Speed of Light: From the Double Helix to the Dawn of Digital Life, dna

Oct. 18, 2013

Logging In to the Brain’s Social Network

matthew lieberman, social networking, social

Oct. 11, 2013

Baseball Postseason Predictions

Bruce Bukiet, baseball, baseball predictions, statistics, playoffs, world series

Oct. 11, 2013

Nobel Prize Roundup: ‘God Particle’ Strikes Gold

nobel prize, higgs boson, laureate, nobel laureate, cells, chemical reactions

Oct. 11, 2013

‘Brave Genius’: A Tale of Two Nobelists

Brave Genius: A Scientist, a Philosopher, and Their Daring Adventures from the French Resistance to the Nobel Prize, brave genius, sean b. carol, albert camus, jacque monod

Sep. 27, 2013

Les Paul: Inventor and Innovator

les paul, gibson guitar, les paul gibson, les paul foundation, sue baker

Sep. 13, 2013

Stephen Hawking Looks Back

Stephen Hawking, black holes, relativity, theoretical cosmologist

May. 17, 2013

Desktop Diaries: Daniel Kahneman

desktop diary, desktop diaries, Daniel Kahneman, nobel prize, psychology, decision-making, desktop diaries

Nov. 16, 2012

Desktop Diaries: Temple Grandin

temple grandin, autism, desktop diaries, animal welfare, agriculture, livestock

Jun. 15, 2012

Desktop Diaries: Sylvia Earle

pick of the week, video, scientist profile, sylvia earle, oceans, conservation, desktop diaries

Mar. 30, 2012

Art, Mind And Brain Intersect In Kandel's Vienna

kandel, brain, memory, art, vienna, learning

Mar. 16, 2012

Adam Riess: One Cosmic Puzzle Solved, Many To Go

riess, dark energy, nobel prize, cosmology, supernovae

Mar. 02, 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson On Exploring Cosmic Frontiers

space, astronomy, exploration

Jan. 13, 2012

Lawrence Krauss On ‘A Universe From Nothing’

space, dark energy, dimensions, energy, cosmology

Dec. 23, 2011

The War On Cancer Turns 40

varmus, research, policy, cancer

Oct. 28, 2011

Brian Greene Explains ‘The Fabric Of The Cosmos’

physics, cosmology, string theory, reality, dimensions

Oct. 07, 2011

Physics Nobelists Observed An Accelerating Universe

nobel prize, astronomy, physics, cosmology, supernova, dark energy

Oct. 07, 2011

Is Human Violence On The Wane?

pinker violence brain evolution

Sep. 30, 2011

Physicist Lisa Randall On Cosmology And The LHC

space time physics cosmology

Apr. 15, 2011

Richard Leakey Reflects On Human Past--And Future

anthropology, human origins, turkana boy, fossil, hominid

Mar. 04, 2011

Brian Greene on The Hidden Reality

physics, cosmology, universe, multiverse, string theory, theoretical physics

Dec. 03, 2010

Oliver Sacks and 'The Mind's Eye'

brain, vision, eye, sacks, cancer, desktop diaries

Nov. 05, 2010

Science and Morality

morality, debate, ethics, right from wrong

Oct. 01, 2010

Carl Sagan's Cosmos

sagan space cosmos astronomy

May. 21, 2010

Booting Up A Synthetic Cell

genome, synthetic biology, cell, venter

Apr. 23, 2010

E.O. Wilson's 'Anthill'

ants, insects, social

Feb. 12, 2010

Jane Goodall

goodall, gombe, chimps, chimpanzees

Jan. 08, 2010

Eric Kandel

kandel, brain, neurobiology, memory

Oct. 02, 2009

Lester Brown: Plan B 4.0

economics, energy policy, globalization, environment

Mar. 20, 2009

Physicist Lisa Randall on Space, Time, and Hidden Dimensions

space, cosmology, dimensions, physics

Jan. 30, 2009

Harold Varmus

varmus, science policy, biology, cancer, obama

Dec. 05, 2008

The Superorganism

ants, bees, wasps, social insects, superorganism

Nov. 14, 2008

Jane Goodall

chimpanzees, goodall, primates

Jun. 06, 2008

Will We Recognize The Future?

future, technology, singularity

Apr. 18, 2008

Jeffrey Sachs: Common Wealth

population, poverty, economics, sachs

Jan. 11, 2008

Lester Brown - Plan B 3.0

environment, energy, policy, food, water

Nov. 09, 2007

Oliver Sacks - Musicophilia

music, brain, neurology
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