Aug. 07, 2015

Join the SciFri Book Club This Summer

by Annie Minoff

This August, the SciFri Book Club reads Tracy Kidder’s love letter to computer engineers, "The Soul of a New Machine." Here’s how to participate.

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Jul. 03, 2015

Beyond the Pie Chart

by Annie Minoff

Information designer David McCandless uses beautiful, complex graphics to illuminate science, leaving the lowly pie chart in the dust.

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?

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Feb. 05, 2015

SciFri Book Club: David Grann Answers Your Questions

by Annie Minoff

The Lost City of Z author David Grann answers questions from SciFri Book Club readers.

Jan. 23, 2015

Join the SciFri Book Club LIVE in NYC

by Annie Minoff

The SciFri Book Club calls its first in-person meeting to order, at New York City's Explorers Club.

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Jan. 15, 2015

The SciFri Book Club Searches for Lost Cities

by Annie Minoff

Journey into the Amazonian jungle with David Grann's The Lost City of Z.

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Dec. 17, 2014

SciFri Book Club: Vote for a Book to Beat the Winter Blues

by Annie Minoff

Help the SciFri Book Club pick its next book.

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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
Sep. 25, 2014

Art Bots and Talking Blenders: A Stroll Through Ars Electronica

by Annie Minoff

Every September, the Ars Electronica Festival draws artists, scientists, and technologists to Linz, Austria, to swap ideas and show off cutting-edge artworks.

ars electronica, art, technology
Aug. 15, 2014

Dune Discussion Question: Week #4

by Annie Minoff

The fourth and final discussion question for this summer's SciFri Book Club selection, Dune.

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Aug. 13, 2014

Share Your Favorite 'Dune' Quote

by Annie Minoff

Record yourself reading your favorite quote from "Dune," and share it with SciFri.

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Aug. 08, 2014

Dune Discussion Question: Week #3

by Annie Minoff

The third discussion question for this summer's SciFri Book Club selection, Dune.

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Aug. 05, 2014

Meet the 'Dune' Readers: Kim Stanley Robinson and Sara Imari Walker

by Annie Minoff

Sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson and astrobiologist and theoretical physicist Sara Imari Walker talk about returning to Frank Herbert’s Dune Planet.

book club, dune, kim stanley robinson, sara imari walker
Aug. 01, 2014

‘Dune’ Pic: What’s this Mouse Got to Do With Paul Muad’Dib?

by Annie Minoff

Ecologist Ned Dochtermann explains why the kangaroo mouse makes a perfect namesake for Dune’s hero, Paul Muad’Dib.

Aug. 01, 2014

'Dune' Discussion Question: Week #2

by Annie Minoff

The second discussion question for this summer's SciFri Book Club selection, Dune.

dune, astrobiology,
Jul. 25, 2014

Dune Discussion Question: Week #1

by Annie Minoff

The first discussion question for this summer's SciFri Book Club selection, Dune.

Jul. 21, 2014

The SciFri Book Club Reads Dune

by Annie Minoff

This summer’s pick is a bona fide science fiction classic: Frank Herbert’s ecological epic Dune.

frank herbert, dune, scifri, scifri book club, sci-fi
Apr. 30, 2014

These Infographics Show 'The Way to Go'

by Annie Minoff

When it comes to explaining how modern transportation infrastructure works, Kate Ascher prefers to show, not tell.

transportation, kate ascher, space, international space station, container ships
Apr. 04, 2014

SciArts Spotlight: Brandon Ballengée

by Annie Minoff

Artist Brandon Ballengée’s portraits of deformed frogs turn scientific specimens into “stained glass windows.”

art, frogs, deformed frogs, brandon ballengee, clearing and staining, biology, amphibians
Mar. 14, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen, We Have a Winner

by Annie Minoff

Kai Sander's photograph of a snowy cornfield was the audience favorite in SciFri's Winter Nature Photo Contest.

Mar. 03, 2014

Pick the Winner of SciFri’s Winter Nature Photo Contest

by Annie Minoff

Time to choose your favorite winter snapshot out of our 10 finalists.

Feb. 20, 2014

Meet John Weller, Our Winter Nature Photo Contest Judge

by Annie Minoff

This nature photographer is drawn to pictures that capture a subject's essence and tell a story.

Feb. 19, 2014

The Internet's Dark Side, Exposed in Three New Films

by Annie Minoff

Three documentaries raise important questions about Internet use, from its effect on our personal relationships to our right to access information.

internet, gaming, gaming addiction, aaron swartz, the internet's own boy, love child, web junkies, online access, online rights, web, wargames, world of warcraft
Feb. 07, 2014

Vote in SciFri's Winter Nature Photo Contest

by Annie Minoff

Vote for your favorite winter snapshot in the contest.

Dec. 13, 2013

Holiday Gift Idea: Offbeat Science Books

by Annie Minoff

From Rube Goldberg devices to jet packs, these books cover subjects that won't disappoint.

books, holiday, christmas, gifts, presents, science books
Dec. 09, 2013

Fritz Kahn’s Fantastical Journey Through the Body

by Annie Minoff

The German graphic designer was a pioneer of popular science communication, using familiar objects as metaphors for biological processes.

fritz kahn, woody allen, sex, body, cell, journey, Uta von Debschitz
Nov. 29, 2013

The Choreographic World of Elizabeth Streb

by Annie Minoff

Ira's conversation with Action Architect Elizabeth Streb continues.

streb, choreography, streb action lab, dancers, dancing, physics

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