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.

May. 21, 2015

The Fine Art of Toxic Waste

by Jennifer Balmer

An engineer and an artist are transforming pollution from coal mines into pigments used to tint paint.

toxic paint, pollution, polluted streams, ohio, guy riefler, john sabraw
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. 07, 2015

Booting Up Computer Art

by Daniel A. Gross

In the 1960s, curious computer scientists transformed computers into art machines.

computer art, nake, noll
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. 06, 2015

Beauty and the Brain: Understanding Our Responses to Art

by Stephanie Hughes

The field of neuroaesthetics uses techniques of neurology to understand our response to art.

Mar. 05, 2015

Step Inside a Mad Scientist's Lab

by Christopher Intagliata

Take a video tour of the California-based prop shop Jadis, where technological curiosities both real and imagined intermingle.

Nov. 13, 2014

How to Build a Dinosaur

by Julie Leibach

The puppets in the live stage production Walking With Dinosaurs evoke a convincing "dino-ness."

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. 27, 2014

What Can We Learn From On-Screen Psychopaths?

by Rachel Nuwer

Few psychopaths who terrorize the big screen could pass a reality check, but those who do can be used as teaching tools for aspiring psychiatrists.

Aug. 08, 2014

Dune Discussion Question: Week #3

by Annie Minoff

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

dune, arrakis, book club, discussion, earth, sci-fi
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
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. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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
Oct. 18, 2013

Show, Not Tell: The Rise of the Infographic

by Becky Fogel

Data visualizations are all the rage these days. Here's a sampler of science-based ones to feed both your brain and your eyes.

infographic, gareth cook, new york times, data, data visualization
Sep. 25, 2013

Chasing Time Machines: A Photographer Turns High Energy Physics Into Art

by Becky Fogel

Stanley Greenberg takes pictures of giant structures used to study tiny particles.

cern, snolab, stanley greenberg, mit, large hadron collider, icecube neutrino observatory, fermilab, janet conrad, gary van zante, museum, photography, black and white photography
Jul. 22, 2013

The One That Didn't Get Away

by Annette Heist

James Prosek paints the final moments of his saltwater subjects.

fish, fishing, art, painting, James Prosek, painter, artist, art exhibition
Jun. 03, 2013

A Sculpture Eavesdrops Underwater

by Corey Binns

A submerged piece of art will grow into an artificial reef while recording surrounding marine sounds.

The Listener, Heather Spence, acoustic recorder, marine biology, cancun, Jason de Caires Taylor
May. 17, 2013

The Perils of Plankton

by Amy Kraft

An artist magnifies an overlooked environmental problem in sculptures that are larger than life.

May. 01, 2013

The SciFri Book Club Takes a Walk

by Annette Heist

Get ready to trail along with writer Bill Bryson.

A walk in the woods, bill bryson, Appalachian trail, hiker, hiking, scifri book club
Mar. 29, 2013

Scene in the Sonoran

by Annette Heist

Science Friday hits the desert trail to take in some springtime sights.

desert. Sonoran, Phoenix. Arizona, cactus, cacti, plants
Mar. 18, 2013

Black Bear for the Win

by Annette Heist

Jim Stroner's shot of a bear emerging from its den wins our 2013 Winter Nature Photo Contest.

Winter Nature Photo Contest, Jim Stroner, Lily bear, winner, finalists, photo contest
Mar. 14, 2013

Wildlife Portraits by Our Photo Contest Judge

by Leslie Taylor

Clay Bolt, co-founder of the Meet Your Neighbours photo project, shares some of his shots.

clay bolt, photo contest, winter nature photo contest, wildlife photography, field studio technique
Mar. 12, 2013

Painting by Insects

by Julie Leibach

For a unique artistic style, there's nothing like an insect's feet to get the job done.

Steven R. Kutcher, Steve Kutcher, insect artist, bugs, Steven Spielberg, insect art, art
Mar. 11, 2013

Vote for the Winner of the Winter Nature Photo Contest

by Julie Leibach

Pick your favorite photo from the 11 finalists.

winter nature photo contest, clay bolt, vote, favorite
Mar. 07, 2013

Meet the Judge of Our Winter Nature Photo Contest

by Annette Heist

Photographer Clay Bolt helps choose finalists out of hundreds of submissions.

Clay Bolt, photography, photographer, photo contest, winter, nature, photo, insects, macro photography
Mar. 01, 2013

Winter Nature Photo Contest: Vote for Your Favorites!

by Julie Leibach

Voting for your favorite Winter Nature Photo Contest submissions starts today at 2 p.m. EST.

Winter Nature Photo Contest, photo contest, nature, Science Friday Winter Nature Photo Contest, voting, vote, professional photographer, judge
Feb. 28, 2013

Petri Culture

by Annette Heist

Artist Klari Reis uses unconventional materials to create microbiologically inspired art.

art, artist, Klari Reis, painting, painter, petri dish, biology, microbiology
Feb. 22, 2013

Minding the Mountain Gorillas

by Annette Heist

Though mountain gorillas are critically endangered, their numbers are up from nearly 25 years ago.

mountain gorilla, Dian Fossey, Annette Lanjouw, Gorillas In the Mist, Mountain Gorillas: Biology, Conservation, and Coexistence
Feb. 21, 2013

Arthropod-Inspired Haikus

by The Bug Chicks

Beat the February blues and jumpstart the creative process by writing photo-inspired haikus!

haiku, insects, science, entomology, The Bug Chicks, photography
Feb. 20, 2013

Wild Advice for Shutterbugs

by Annette Heist

Photographer Alex Wild shares some tips for getting those insect glamour shots.

Alex Wild, biology, photography, photographer, insects, macro photography, entomologist, entomology, ants, Nikon Coolpix 995, Canon DSLR, Thomas Shahan, Pentax DSLR
Feb. 15, 2013

Cold Snap: Our Winter Nature Photo Contest Returns

by Annette Heist

Warm us up with your best winter nature shots.

contest, photography, winter, winter nature, photo contest
Feb. 07, 2013

Below the Feathers

by Annette Heist

Artist Katrina van Grouw looks past the feathers to see the beauty in birds.

art, birds, birding, feathers, avian, avian evolution, taxonomy, taxidermy, Katrina van Grouw
Jan. 31, 2013

And the Award Goes To....

by Annette Heist

The 2012 International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge winners are in...

National Science Foundation, Science, International Science and Engineering Visualization Challenge
Jan. 25, 2013

The Minimalist Brain

by Annette Heist

Artist Greg Dunn combines his two passions: neuroscience and Asian-inspired painting.

brain, painting, neuroscience, artist, neurons
Jan. 18, 2013

An Illustrated Guide to the Mysterious

by Annette Heist

In a new book, artists illustrate the big (and not-so-big) questions in science.

mystery, artist, illustrate, illustration, books, art
Jan. 08, 2013

Nothing but 'Flower'

by Annette Heist

A new book strips the meaning from the blooms.

flowers, gardening, Flower, Andrew Zuckerman, photography
Jan. 02, 2013

Playing Music -- Through a Squid

by Andreas von Bubnoff

What happens if you play music through squid cells?

music, art, biology, squid, chromatophores
Dec. 19, 2012

Pleasing Planets

by Annette Heist

Artist Megan Lee finds inspiration in a blank wall.

tesla, artist, Megan Lee, planets, solar system, design
Dec. 13, 2012

Ruined Polaroids

by Annette Heist

Photographer William Miller saw our call for Polaroids and sent these images from his 2011 project "Ruined Polaroids."

Polaroids, art, photography, William Miller, photographs
Dec. 13, 2012

MoMath: Exhibits for Ending Math Apathy

by Jon Chang

The first math museum in the U.S. opens its doors this week.

math, museum, math museum, science center, children's museum

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