Oct. 07, 2015

Picture of the Week: LUX's Photomultipler Tubes

by Chau Tu

This honeycomb-like array is helping scientists on their search for dark matter.

dark matter
Sep. 30, 2015

10 Questions for…Dava Newman

by Chau Tu

The new NASA deputy administrator chats about her influences and the space agency’s big plans for Mars.

Aug. 17, 2015

Does Sound Affect the Way We Taste?

by Chau Tu

Research suggests that sound is the “forgotten sense” when it comes to how we perceive flavors.

Jul. 29, 2015

Picture of the Week: Kelvin-Helmholtz Clouds

by Chau Tu

These picturesque clouds reveal a particular kind of turbulence in the atmosphere.

Jul. 08, 2015

Picture of the Week: Axolotl

by Chau Tu

This critically endangered salamander reaches sexual maturity without undergoing metamorphosis.

Jun. 23, 2015

Picture of the Week: Cock-Eyed Squid

by Chau Tu

This midwater cephalopod sports different-size eyes for different functions.

squid, cephalopod week, cock-eyed squid
Jun. 09, 2015

Picture of the Week: The Green Rose

by Chau Tu

This mutated rose has sepals instead of petals.

rose, green rose, botany
May. 15, 2015

Picture of the Week: Sun Halo, With Sundog Companions

by Chau Tu

When the sun interacts with six-sided ice crystals, ethereal optical effects can occur.

sun halos, robert greenler, physics, sundogs, ice crystal effects
Apr. 28, 2015

Picture of the Week: Pando, One of Earth's Largest Living Organisms

by Chau Tu

These quaking aspens are all clones of one mother stem.

Apr. 10, 2015

The Year Ahead in Science Film

by Chau Tu

This year’s SXSW Film festival highlighted our fears about emerging tech and concerns facing online and gaming communities.

sxsw, south by southwest, sci-fi, film, documentary
Apr. 10, 2015

Picture of the Week: Lion's Mane Mushroom

by Chau Tu

This pristine white fungus might have neuroprotective properties.

mushroom, lion's mane mushroom, bearded mushroom, fungi
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. 12, 2015

The Art of Scent in Los Angeles

by Chau Tu

A nonprofit in Los Angeles opens the door on the secretive world of perfuming.

perfume, fragrance, chemistry, institute of art and olfaction, los angeles
Mar. 10, 2015

Picture of the Week: Plastiglomerate

by Chau Tu

Plastic is melding with marine debris in Hawaii.

plastic, hawaii, plastiglomerate, pollution, kamilo beach, marine debris
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
Jan. 28, 2015

Picture of the Week: Electric Eel

by Chau Tu

New research shows that the electric fish operates like a Taser to immobilize prey.

eel, electric eel
Dec. 22, 2014

Picture of the Week: Transgenic American Chestnuts

by Chau Tu

Researchers have developed a blight-resistant species that's nearly identical to the American chestnut tree.

chestnuts, genetic engineering, american chestnut, blight, restoration, transgenic trees
Nov. 25, 2014

Picture of the Week: Cranberries

by Chau Tu

Some tasty facts about the popular Thanksgiving treat.

cranberries, thanksgiving, cranberry, cranberry station, university of massachusetts
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. 11, 2014

Picture of the Week: 'Engagement Ring' in Space

by Chau Tu

A nebula and a star line up perfectly in the sky.

nebula, abell 33, star, white dwarf
Nov. 03, 2014

Picture of the Week: Death Under Glass

by Chau Tu

An exhibit at Philadelphia's Mütter Museum offers a peek through a forensic pathologist’s microscope.

histology, death, tattoo, forensic pathology, medical examination, skin
Oct. 06, 2014

Picture of the Week: Fukang Pallasite

by Chau Tu

This rare type of meteorite offers insight into asteroid formation, as well as earth's geologic processes.

pallasite, fukang, meteorite
Oct. 02, 2014

Is MSG Bad for Your Health?

by Chau Tu

Monosodium glutamate has gotten a bad rap for causing allergies, but is it justified?

msg, monosodium glutamate, health, food additive, umami
Sep. 22, 2014

Picture of the Week: Fused Staghorn Coral

by Chau Tu

This hybrid coral could withstand climate change better than its relatives.

coral, florida, miami, hybrid, ocean, environment
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. 02, 2014

Picture of the Week: Prehistoric Leafcutter Bee Pupa

by Chau Tu

Discovered at La Brea Tar Pits, the pupa helps reveal clues to what the environment was like in Southern California during the Pleistocene Epoch.

tar pits, la brea, bee, leafcutter bee, john harris, anna holden
Aug. 25, 2014

Picture of the Week: Great Bowerbird’s Bower

by Chau Tu

Male great bowerbirds build these structures strictly to attract females for mating.

bowerbirds, great bowerbird, australia, bower
Jul. 08, 2014

Picture of the Week: Domed Land Snail

by Chau Tu

This tiny snail lives in one of the world’s deepest cave systems.

snail, domed land snail, croatia, tiny animal, shell, new species, cave
Jul. 03, 2014

Picture of the Week: Kawah Ijen Volcano

by Chau Tu

This Indonesian volcano burns blue at night, but that’s not lava you’re seeing.

volcano, crater lake, kawah ijen, sulfur, sulfuric acid, miners, indonesia
Jun. 09, 2014

Picture of the Week: Munk's Devil Ray

by Chau Tu

This small ray can breach several feet into the air, causing a loud slapping sound upon its return to the ocean that has earned it the nickname “tortilla.”

devil rays, mobula rays, jumping, breaching, munk's devil ray, cabo pulmo, mexico, gulf of calilfornia, ocean
Jun. 03, 2014

Picture of the Week: The Eye of the Sahara

by Chau Tu

The Richat Structure, or the “Eye of the Sahara,” can be seen from space and might be 100 million-years-old.

richat structure, dome, eye of the sahara, target, dome, michel jebrak
May. 28, 2014

Why Do Songs Get Stuck in Our Heads?

by Chau Tu

Why some tunes lodge in our brains isn’t so clear. Here are a few theories.

earworms, music, repetitive listening, song stuck in our heads
Apr. 28, 2014

Picture of the Week: Llareta

by Chau Tu

This hard-as-a-rock South American cushion plant can live thousands of years.

llatera, plant, bolivia, andes, peru, chile, oldest plant, catherine kleier, cath kleier, philip rundel
Apr. 17, 2014

The Sounds of Space, in Indie Music

by Chau Tu

A new compilation of indie rock music includes sounds collected from the Voyager space missions.

Mar. 12, 2014

Estimate Pi by Dropping Sticks

by Chau Tu

A simulator based on one of the oldest problems in geometrical probability approximates pi.

pi day, pi, 3.14, buffon's needle
Mar. 07, 2014

Picture of the Week: Utah Inversion

by Chau Tu

The Salt Lake Valley's topography lends itself to a natural phenomenon called an inversion, which traps air pollution.

utah, salt lake city, air, pollution, inversion, chemistry
Feb. 21, 2014

Letting the Inner Athlete Shine, With a Techno-Boost

by Chau Tu

For Olympians, there’s interplay between natural athletic ability and suits that provide that extra edge.

technology, olympics, tech doping, doping, swimsuits, LZR racer, athlete, athletic ability, competition
Feb. 10, 2014

Seeing (and Feeling) the Future of Virtual Reality With the Oculus Rift

by Chau Tu

SciFri tests out the cutting-edge virtual reality device at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

oculus rift, virtual reality, gaming, presence, rift
Jan. 31, 2014

The New Frontiers of Filmmaking, at Sundance

by Chau Tu

This year, the Sundance Film Festival's New Frontier exhibition explored humanity's evolving relationship with technology.

Jan. 17, 2014

Picture of the Week: Biofluorescing Fish

by Chau Tu

Researchers have discovered an unprecedented diversity of glowing fish species.

biofluorescing, biofluorescence, fish, john sparks, glowing, gfp
Jan. 07, 2014

Ice Spikes: Your Photos

by Chau Tu

We asked you to submit your own photos of the ice spike phenomenon.

ice spike, ice, photography, frozen water,
Jan. 03, 2014

Picture of the Week: Ice Spike

by Chau Tu

One experiment shows that this little understood phenomenon seems to perform better with distilled water.

ice spikes, freezing, ice, frozen water, ice cubes

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