May 26, 2023
A project looking at 240 mammals’ genomes, including that of the heroic sled dog Balto, offers a new view of evolutionary history. Plus, how the universe helped an astronomer find comfort after the loss of her husband. And, studying pain in the genetics of a woman who doesn’t experience pain at all.
Naked Mole-Rats Are Eternally Fertile
Understanding how naked mole-rats are fertile for their whole lives may help answer questions about human reproduction.
Balancing The Good And Bad Of Phosphorus
This critical element has been crucial to farming—and is also responsible for causing massive toxic algae blooms.
Mining For The Phosphorus Locked In Ancient Poop
Scientists once looked to fossilized feces to help fertilize new agriculture fields. But do the costs outweigh the benefits in the longterm?
The Power Of Phosphorus: ‘The Devil’s Element’ Author Q&A
On April 27, join our event with the author of ‘The Devil’s Element’ about our long history with elemental phosphorus.
Despite Superconductor Breakthrough, Some Scientists Remain Skeptical
The new superconductor has exciting potential uses, but the team behind the breakthrough recently had another superconductor study retracted.
Can Utah’s Great Salt Lake Be Saved Before It’s Too Late?
The lake’s water level has significantly declined since the 1980s. But local scientists and politicians are optimistic they can save it before it’s too late.
Exploring A New Theory About Dark Energy’s Origins
Astrophysicists are divided over a new theory suggesting dark energy comes from supermassive black holes.
Tips And Tricks To Grow Your Garden In A Changing Climate
Horticulturists weigh in on how you can best adapt your garden to new extremes.
How Utah Scientists Rang The Alarm About The Great Salt Lake
The shrinking Great Salt Lake puts Utah at risk of an ecological and public health emergency. Local scientists are stepping up, sharing actionable steps to help save it.
Celebrate Our Planet At An Interactive Science Fair For Kids
On April 18, join the SciFri team at WBUR CitySpace in Boston for a science fair for the climate, designed for kids and families.
Insulin Maker Eli Lilly Finally Caps The Drug’s Cost
The drug will be capped at $35, making it more accessible to the people who need it most.
The Lasting Allure Of Shackleton’s ‘Endurance’
The maritime archeologist who found the storied wreck discusses the mission and his new book.
Inside The ‘Chaos Machine’ Of Social Media
Author Max Fisher takes a deep dive into how big tech has accumulated so much unchecked power.
Taking On Renewables’ AC/DC Disconnect
A project aims to make large-scale solar plants more efficient and reliable.
Are These Ancient Galaxies Too Big For Their Age?
Tiny red dots observed by the Webb telescope have some astronomers pondering theories of galactic formation.
How These Russian Wasps Could Help Save Ash Trees
Scientists recruited the help of the emerald ash borers’ natural predator to keep their population in check.
Vocal Fry Serves Up Treats For Toothed Whales
A new study shows the creaky voice effect some people love to hate is important for echolocation in the deep ocean.
It’s Spacetime And Science Season At The Oscars
From multiverses to volcanoes, this year’s Academy Award nominees include many pictures where science drives the plot.
How Big Tech’s Obsession With Engagement Destabilized Society
Investigative journalist Max Fisher chronicles how social networks prioritized profits and ideals over society’s wellbeing.
What Makes A Super Bloom So Super?
A super bloom a desert phenomenon where massive amounts of wildflowers bloom at exactly the same time. How is it possible?