Oct. 01, 2015

Princess Leia and the Conundrum of Language Translation

by David J. Peterson

An excerpt from David J. Peterson's The Art of Language Invention.

david j. peterson, art of the language invention, linguistics
Sep. 24, 2015

Agatha Christie: From Pharmacist's Apprentice to Poison Expert

by Kathryn Harkup

An excerpt from A is for Arsenic, by Kathryn Harkup.

agatha christie, kathryn harkup, a is for arsenic
Sep. 17, 2015

From Shaking Palsy to Parkinson's: Defining a Neurodegenerative Disease

by Jon Palfreman

An excerpt from "Brain Storms," by Jon Palfreman.

parkinson's disease, brain storms, jon palfreman
Sep. 17, 2015

From Atop an Ecuadorian Peak, an Epiphany About Nature

by Andrea Wulf

An excerpt from Andrea Wulf's "The Invention of Nature."

andrea wulf, alexander von humboldt
Sep. 03, 2015

Aziz Ansari on How to Date Better

by Aziz Ansari

An excerpt from Aziz Ansari's book "Modern Romance."

aziz ansari, online dating
Sep. 03, 2015

The Ritual of Straws

by Steve Silberman

An excerpt from "Neurotribes," by Steve Silberman.

steve silberman, neurotribes
Aug. 11, 2015

Quiz: Is This Panda Pregnant?

by Becky Fogel

Take our Panda Pregnancy Test to see how much you know about panda reproduction.

Jul. 21, 2015

What Do You Know About Science?

by Brandon Echter

Unleash the geek, and let us know how familiar you are with a variety of scientific concepts.

Jul. 16, 2015

A Sleepless Night Aboard the Spaceship

by Kim Stanley Robinson

An excerpt from Aurora, by Kim Stanley Robinson.

kim stanley robinson
Jul. 09, 2015

The Antenna That Detected the Big Bang

by John Graham-Cumming

An excerpt from John Graham-Cumming's Geek Atlas.

Jul. 06, 2015

Take the Science Friday Lollipop Challenge!

by Luke Groskin

Test out how many licks it takes to get to the Tootsie Roll center of a Tootsie Pop, and report back.

lollipop, tootsie pop
Jun. 25, 2015

A Peek Inside the Mind of Elon Musk

by Ashlee Vance

An excerpt from the new biography Elon Musk, by Ashlee Vance.

elon musk, ashlee vance
Jun. 22, 2015

Take a Selfielopod for #CephalopodWeek!

by Brandon Echter

Print one of our cutouts and take your own selfielopod for Cephalopod Week.

cephalopod week
Jun. 12, 2015

What Lemurs Can Teach Us About Human Evolution

by Ian Tattersall

An excerpt from Ian Tattersall's The Strange Case of the Rickety Cossack.

ian tattersall, lemur, paleontology
May. 22, 2015

The Day the Moon Blew Up

by Neal Stephenson

An excerpt from Neal Stephenson's new book, Seveneves.

neal stephenson, excerpt, seveneves
May. 22, 2015

A Date Palm Named Methuselah

by Thor Hanson

An excerpt from The Triumph of Seeds, by Thor Hanson.

thor hanson, seeds
May. 07, 2015

From Feed Lot to Pasture: The State of U.S. Pork

by Barry Estabrook

An excerpt from Barry Estabrook's Pig Tales.

barry estabrook, pig, pork
May. 07, 2015

How Math is Like Baking: You Just Need a Recipe

by Eugenia Cheng

An excerpt from How to Bake Pi by Eugenia Cheng.

eugenia cheng, math, mayonnaise, hollandaise
Apr. 30, 2015

Carl Sagan, and the Rise of the 'Celebrity Scientist'

by Declan Fahy

An excerpt from The New Celebrity Scientists, by Declan Fahy.

carl sagan, fred hoyle, declan fahy
Apr. 30, 2015

From Fever Cure to Coma Therapy: Psychiatric Treatments Through Time

by Jeffrey A. Lieberman

An excerpt from Jeffrey A. Lieberman's book Shrinks.

psychiatry, jeffrey lieberman
Apr. 23, 2015

Attack of the Luddites!

by Sydney Padua

An excerpt from Sydney Padua's graphic novel The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage.

graphic novel, sydney padua
Apr. 16, 2015

The Problem With Superman, and Other Physics Conundrums

by Rhett Allain

The author of Geek Physics answers your pop culture physics questions.

physics, rhett allen, superman, the flash, quicksilver, the avengers, tony starke, iron man, antimatter
Apr. 09, 2015

The Undersea Network That Connects the World

by Nicole Starosielski

An excerpt from The Undersea Network, by Nicole Starosielski.

undersea cable, ocean
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?

april fools day
Mar. 26, 2015

From Animal House to Prufrock House: Memories of Caltech in the '60s

by Michael Gazzaniga

An excerpt from Michael Gazzaniga's Tales From Both Sides of the Brain.

brain, caltech, roger sperry
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. 13, 2015

The Mystique of Pi

by Ian Stewart

An excerpt from Professor Stewart’s Incredible Numbers, by Ian Stewart.

pi, math, mathematics, circle, ian stewart
Mar. 13, 2015

Kitchen Math: How to Eat π Pies

by Eugenia Cheng

Methodically slice up four pies to reach the irrational number pi.

pi, pie, math, mathematics, eugenia cheng
Mar. 12, 2015

Quiz: Pi Versus Pie

by Brandon Echter

Put your pi(e) prowess to the test.

Mar. 06, 2015

There Is Such a Thing As Too Much Medical Care

by H. Gilbert Welch

An excerpt from H. Gilbert Welch's new book, Less Medicine, More Health.

medicine, doctor, health, h. gilbert welch
Mar. 05, 2015

The Problem With Computer Surveillance

by Bruce Schneier

An excerpt from Data and Goliath, the new book by Bruce Schneier.

data, algorithm, bruce schneier
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
Feb. 26, 2015

Is 'Brain Spyware' In Our Future?

by Marc Goodman

An excerpt from Marc Goodman's Future Crimes.

future, crime
Feb. 25, 2015

Should These Scientific Ideas Be Retired?

by John Brockman

Sean Carroll and Seth Lloyd tackle the question, "What scientific idea is ready for retirement?" in the book This Idea Must Die.

idea, universe, falsifiability, sean carroll, seth lloyd
Feb. 12, 2015

How a Bar Fight Paved the Way for Heart Surgery

by Rob Dunn

An excerpt from The Man Who Touched His Own Heart, by Rob Dunn.

heart, rob dunn
Feb. 12, 2015

This Valentine's Day, Say 'I Love You' With Science

by Brandon Echter

SciFri asked real scientists to write love notes. Now you can share them with that special someone.

Jan. 29, 2015

From a Destitute Phoenix School, an Underwater Robotics Team Rises

by Joshua Davis

An excerpt from Joshua Davis' book Spare Parts.

spare parts, joshua davis, robotics
Jan. 08, 2015

Talking Darwin Over Dinner

by Bill Nye

An excerpt from Bill Nye the Science Guy's new book, Undeniable.

bill nye, evolution
Jan. 02, 2015

Make Your Own Fall Foliage With This Dad-Tested Experiment

by Mike Adamick

Learn about why leaves change colors in different seasons with this easy experiment from Mike Adamick, author of Dad's Book of Awesome Science Experiments.

experiment, diy, leaves
Dec. 31, 2014

A New Era of Medicine, Centered on Smartphones

by Eric Topol, M.D.

An excerpt from Dr. Eric Topol's new book, The Patient Will See You Now

Dec. 31, 2014

How to Collect, Preserve, and Make Snowflakes

by Lynn Brunelle

An excerpt from Mama Gone Geek, by Lynn Brunelle.

Dec. 12, 2014

Five Books Guaranteed to Make Kids Love Science

by Rachel Poliquin

These kids’ books spark science curiosity with playful illustrations and facts to match.

kids books, science books
Dec. 12, 2014

Recipe: Jeff Potter’s Patent-Violating* Chocolate Chip Cookies

by Jeff Potter

How to make cookies that stay chewy on the inside with crispy outer edges.

baking, cookies
Nov. 27, 2014

How a Bohemian Engineer Helped Blend Art and Science

by Arthur I. Miller

An excerpt from Arthur I. Miller's new book, Colliding Worlds.

billy kluver, engineer, contemporary art
Nov. 21, 2014

Truth, Educated Guesses, and Speculations in 'Interstellar'

by Kip Thorne

An excerpt from The Science of Interstellar, a new book by Kip Thorne.

interstellar, physics, space, kip thorne
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. 13, 2014

From Antlers to Tusks: Our Obsession With Extreme Animal Weapons

by Douglas J. Emlen

An excerpt from Animal Weapons, a book by Douglas Emlen.

animals, animal weapons, antlers, douglas emlen
Nov. 13, 2014

Where Do We Go From Here? Environmentalism, at a Crossroads

by James Gustave Speth

An excerpt from James Gustave Speth's memoir Angels by the River.

environment, policy, climate change, james gustave speth
Oct. 24, 2014

How Innovation Happens in the Digital Age

by Walter Isaacson

An excerpt from Walter Isaacson's The Innovators.

walter isaacson, innovation, ideas
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

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