Flora Lichtman

Feb. 06, 2015

Fess Up: We're Taking Your 'Climate Confessions'

Do you have a predilection for beef? Forget to flick off the lights? Or maybe you're a much-too-frequent flier? Call in to confess your climate sins.

the adaptors, flora lichtman, mike berners-lee, climate, climate change, global warming

Aug. 09, 2013

Desktop Diaries: Tim White

This office is not short on artifacts.

University of California, Berkeley, Human Evolution Research Center, tim white, human evolution, evolution, geneology

Aug. 02, 2013

Engineering in Service of a Dark Art

A biologist takes shadow puppetry to the next level.

light, microscopes, shadow puppets, performance, art, Tom McDonagh, rockefeller university

Jul. 19, 2013

DIY Summer Hacks, From the Pool to the Grill

Try your hand at homemade sunscreen, water bottle rockets, and “cooler corn.”

Mike Szczys, eric wilhelm, instructables, hackaday, diy, summer projects, do it yourself, bbq

Jul. 12, 2013

Desktop Diaries: Jill Tarter

“People have described my office as an eight-year-old’s daydream,” says SETI scientist Jill Tarter.

seti, alien intelligence, ufos, alien life, extraterrestrial intelligence, radio signals, astronomy, jill tartar

Jun. 28, 2013

Living Large in 140 Square Feet

Chris Tack made seven unloading trips to Goodwill before moving into the tiny home he and his wife Malissa designed and built.

chris tack, malissa tack, goodwill, tiny house, 140 square feet

Jun. 21, 2013

Coffee’s Natural Creamer

What’s that frothy stuff that sits on top of an espresso?

harold mcgee, on food and cooking, coffee, crema, food, coffee grounds

Jun. 14, 2013

Rolling Out Bamboo Bicycles

Valid Cycles makes handcrafted bamboo bikes in Woodinville, Washington.

valid cycles, bike, bicycle, bamboo, bamboo bicycle, woodinville, washington

Jun. 07, 2013

Comet Shines Light on Sun Dynamics

Comet Lovejoy grazed the sun’s corona and lived to tell the tale. Its tail movements were the most telling.

sun, solar, space, comet lovejoy, corona, orbit, solar system, oort cloud, video, Cooper Downs

May. 31, 2013

Teacher Feature: Ethnobotanist Tom Carlson

A student tells his former professor how much a class meant to him.

student, teacher, ethnobotany, berkeley, california

May. 31, 2013

The SciFri Book Club Takes a Hike

Bill Bryson’s A Walk in the Woods is this month’s book club read.

hiking, bill bryson, a walk in the woods, Appalachian trail, summer reading, books

May. 17, 2013

Desktop Diaries: Daniel Kahneman

A visit with psychologist Daniel Kahneman, who won the Nobel Prize in economic sciences in 2002.

desktop diary, desktop diaries, Daniel Kahneman, nobel prize, psychology, decision-making, desktop diaries

May. 10, 2013

Experts Percolate on How to Brew Coffee

Brewmasters discuss how to get the most out of your grinds.

Sam Lewontin, Sam Penix, Everyman Espresso, Harold McGee, On Food and Cooking

May. 03, 2013

Living Inside the Box

Brooklyn residents Michele Bertomen and David Boyle designed and built a house made of shipping containers.

Apr. 19, 2013

The Bird That Struts Its Stuff

Every year at this time, the greater sage-grouse performs a striking dance routine each morning at dawn.

utah, bird, birding, greater sage grouse, mating ritual, Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Jason Robinson

Apr. 05, 2013

Building Synthetic Tissues from Water Droplets?

Researchers turned tiny water droplets into cooperating networks that can change shape and pass electrical signals.

water droplets, cooperating networks, shape, electrical signals, mechanical work, microfluidics, nanotechnology

Mar. 15, 2013

Physicists Tie Water Into Knots

If you thought a smoke ring was fancy, check out these fluid knots.

William Irvine, Dustin Kleckner, University of Chicago, fluid knot, smoke ring

Mar. 08, 2013

Behold the Mighty Water Bear

Water bears, a.k.a. tardigrades, can withstand boiling, freezing, and the vacuum of space.

water bears, waterbears, tardigrades, biology, video

Mar. 01, 2013

Rap Nerdy to Me

MC Frontalot makes a living rapping about data encryption, rare diseases, video games and the nerd life.

music, rap, hiphop, hip-hop, hip hop, rapper, nerd, nerdcore, geek

Feb. 22, 2013

Surprise: Cockroaches Are Fastidious Groomers!

Why do cockroaches spend so much time cleaning themselves?

cockroaches, insects, grooming, antennae, insect behavior, bugs, cleaning

Feb. 22, 2013

The SciFri Book Club Visits “Gorillas in the Mist”

Dian Fossey’s classic account of her fieldwork is on the reading list this month.

Dian Fossey, fieldwork, gorillas, primates, chimpanzees, jane goodall, poaching, primatology

Feb. 15, 2013

Art Meets Geek at Toni Dove’s Studio

"This is geek central," says artist Toni Dove of her New York City studio.

art, sculpture, geek, preformance

Feb. 01, 2013

How Owls Turn Heads

How do these birds turn their heads 270 degrees without damaging their blood vessels?

owl, neck, head, turning head, physiology, anatomy, spinning head

Jan. 25, 2013

Months After Sandy, Mucking and Gutting

Mold has become a concern for residents of a Sandy-damaged neighborhood in Queens.

mold, storm, sandy, remediation, biology, flooding, disaster

Jan. 25, 2013

The Book Club Catches 'The Andromeda Strain'

The Science Friday book club chats about Michael Crichton's 1969 classic sci-fi thriller.

andromeda strain, book club, michael crichton, science fiction, astrobiology, space virus

Jan. 04, 2013

Science Looked Good in 2012

Catfish eating pigeons, water travelling uphill, a blue whale barrel roll -- and other science cinema highlights from the year.

Catfish eating pigeons, water travelling uphill, a blue whale barrel roll,science cinema highlights, 2012 video year in review

Dec. 21, 2012

Shooting Stars: Capturing the Night on Camera

Photographer Colin Legg makes time-lapse movies of celestial scenes.

astronomy, photography, photographer, time lapse, time-lapse, timelapse, stars, night sky

Dec. 21, 2012

The SciFri Book Club Tours 'The Planets'

The book club reviews Dava Sobel’s 2005 homage to the solar system.

planets, nasa, astronomy, planetary science, dava sobel

Dec. 14, 2012

‘Instant’ Looks at Polaroid’s Land

Edwin Land, the inventor behind Polaroid, is the subject of a new book by Christopher Bonanos.

polaroid, camera, photography, invention, instant photography, instagram, art

Nov. 30, 2012

Perhaps Another Reason to Spike That Eggnog?

A perennial holiday mystery: will alcohol kill bacteria in homemade eggnog?

food safety, eggnog, egg nog, salmonella bacteria, food poisoning, eggs, holiday, christmas, alcohol

Nov. 30, 2012

SciFri Book Club Has 'The Right Stuff'

Join the SciFri Book Club regulars for a look back, er...up, at 'The Right Stuff.'

the right stuff, tom wolfe, test pilots, space flight, chuck yeager, sound barrier, astronauts, mercury, nasa

Nov. 16, 2012

Desktop Diaries: Temple Grandin

“I’m pure geek, pure logic,” says Grandin, an animal scientist at Colorado State University.

temple grandin, autism, desktop diaries, animal welfare, agriculture, livestock

Nov. 02, 2012

Seeing Sandy From Space

Scientists are taking a long view of Sandy.

sandy, hurricane, imaging, weather, NOAA, satellite images

Oct. 26, 2012

Plunging Into the Science of BASE Jumping

The physics and neuroscience of jumping off cliffs.

physics, parachute, base jumping, skydiving, aerodynamics, flight, bernoulli principle, air, fear, focus

Oct. 26, 2012

The SciFri Book Club Falls For Mr. Feynman

The Science Friday Book Club discusses the classic book “Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman!”

physics, physicist, richard feynman, nanotechnology, lockpicks, lawrence krauss, space shuttle challenger, bongos, tuva

Oct. 12, 2012

Enter an Optical Illusion

Gravity doesn't behave as expected in a new art exhibition in New York City.

optical illusion, gravity, art

Oct. 05, 2012

Putting the ‘Extreme’ in Extremity

For rhinoceros beetles, size matters.

horn, rhinoceros beetle, Peruvian Sheartail hummingbird, tail, evolution, animals

Sep. 28, 2012

The Biology of Birds of Prey

We’ll check in with biologists studying American kestrels, prairie falcons, red-tailed hawks, and other raptors that nest in Idaho's Snake River Birds of Prey National Conservation Area. Plus, bringing back the California condor.

raptors, birds of prey, hawk, falcon, condor, eagle, idaho, boise idaho

Sep. 21, 2012

Printing Solar Panels in the Backyard

A Kickstarter-funded project aims to build a machine to print micro solar panels.

solar, diy, do it yourself, solar power, solar energy, kickstarter, pocket solar factory

Sep. 21, 2012

The SciFri Book Club Visits ‘Flatland’

Mathematician Ian Stewart joins the September book club meeting for a look at Edwin Abbott’s ‘Flatland.’

math, geometry, scifri book club, lines, flatland, flat land, edwin abbott, shapes, dimensions

Sep. 14, 2012

Field Trip to a Fungi Foray

This convention is for mushrooms and the people who love them.

fungus, fungi, mushrooms, lichens, Northeast Mycological Federation Foray, mycology

Sep. 07, 2012

Tour a Bat Cave

Nickolay Hristov uses a long-range laser scanner and portable thermal cameras to see bats in new ways.

echolocation, bats, nature, thermal imaging, thermal camera, bat cave, cave morphology

Aug. 31, 2012

Unwinding the Cucumber Tendril Mystery

Researchers use time-lapse photography and a prosthetic plant to understand why cucumber tendrils twist.

cucumber, squash, tendril, vine, growing, garden, vegetable

Aug. 10, 2012

Martian Lab Made in Manhattan

What’s it like to build tools for Curiosity? Intense.

mars, martian, robotics, curiosity rover, mars science laboratory

Aug. 10, 2012

SciFri Book Club Talks ‘Monkey Mind’

Peer into the anxious mind of writer Daniel Smith with the SciFri Book Club.

anxiety, anxious, nervous, neurotic, psychology, psychological

Aug. 03, 2012

Making Movies That Zoom into Foreign Worlds

The stars of these films usually have only one cell.

cinemicroscopy, microscope, microorganisms, microbiology

Jun. 29, 2012

Meet the Energy-Saving Gadgets of the Future

Floors that generate electricity from footsteps. A GPS that outsmarts traffic jams. Innovations like these could be the next big thing--and we have student inventors to thank.

invention, energy, student inventors, STEM, science education, Microsoft Imagine Cup, Siemens We Can Change The World Challenge

Jun. 22, 2012

Field Trip! Can You Stomach It?

Philadelphia’s Mütter Museum has a lot of heart, and other organs too.

museum, medical history, philadelphia, medical devices, medical oddities, history, tourism, tourists, Mütter Museum

Jun. 15, 2012

Desktop Diaries: Sylvia Earle

A moray eel, a flock of geese, and a shrunken head are just a few of things found in and around Her Deepness’ office.

pick of the week, video, scientist profile, sylvia earle, oceans, conservation, desktop diaries

Jun. 08, 2012

The Winning Answer to a Burning Question

The winner of Alan Alda’s ‘Flame Challenge’ draws on animation, song and a physics background.

science communication, education, kids, children, schools, teaching science, flame, oxidation, burning

Jun. 01, 2012

Lightning Bug of a Different Color

Forget the fireflies, some millipedes glow in the dark too.

bioluminescence, millipede, insect, glowing, entomology

May. 18, 2012

From Rooftops and Abandoned Lots, an Urban Harvest

How about some rooftop honey or dandelion flower jelly? A look at city harvests.

food, farm, agriculture, vegetables, farming, growing food, raising food, diet, nutrition, cities, city farms, urban farms

May. 04, 2012

Cracking the Egg Sprinkler Mystery

When a hard-boiled egg is spun in a pool of milk, the milk will wick up the sides of the egg and spray off at the equator.

fluid dynamics, physics

Apr. 27, 2012

Designing the Pied Piper of Fish

Maurizio Porfiri designed a robotic fish that attract real fish. Now he’s trying to understand why.

robotics, robot fish, mechanical engineering, fish, marine biology

Apr. 20, 2012

Untangling the Hairy Physics of Rapunzel

Kelly Ward, of Walt Disney Animation Studios, was tasked with bringing Rapunzel's locks to life.

animation, science and the arts, science on screen, computer graphics, computer animation

Apr. 13, 2012

How Humans and Insects Conquered the Earth

E.O. Wilson discusses evolution and natural selection in The Social Conquest of Earth.

Apr. 06, 2012

Coyotes Come to the Big Apple

Wildlife biologist Mark Weckel is documenting coyote immigration through camera traps in city parks.

urban wildlife, animals, city, coyotes, wildlife

Mar. 30, 2012

No Joke: Science Is A Laughing Matter

Ira Flatow and guests share science funnies and discover an element of humor (pun intended).

joke, humor, april fools, funny, comedy

Mar. 30, 2012

Why Don’t Spiders Get Stuck In Their Webs?

A sticky question that has plagued arachnologists for decades is finally untangled.

spiders webs spiderwebs arachnids film video

Mar. 23, 2012

Picture An Embryo

Why does looking a picture of a human embryo elicit strong feelings?

video embryo dhuman development potw

Mar. 16, 2012

Teenager Launches LEGO Shuttle Into Space

Raul Oaida sent the payload to space by way of a large helium balloon.

flora film vid space lego

Mar. 09, 2012

Studying Locomotion With Rat Treadmills, Wind Tunnels

For some scientists, a regular day at the office is training a guinea fowl to run on a treadmill.

flora animals locomotion harvard

Mar. 02, 2012

Neil deGrasse Tyson On Exploring Cosmic Frontiers

In Space Chronicles, Tyson argues that space exploration is vital to human progress.

space, astronomy, exploration

Feb. 24, 2012

Secret Life Of Ice

Photographer Edward Aites zoomed in on ice and found a beautiful and foreign landscape.

flora ice

Feb. 17, 2012

Where’s The Cuttlefish

Biologist Sarah Zylinski studies how cuttlefish see the world by looking at their skin.


Feb. 10, 2012

Valentine’s Day Special: Look Of Love

Our pupils change size in response to light, and thoughts.

pupil, eye

Feb. 03, 2012

Blue Marble: The Making Of

There’s artistry in creating the world.

nasa, earth from space, bllue marble, visualization

Jan. 27, 2012

Ode To Ice

Two experts--an ice sculptor and an ice researcher--explain why ice is cool.

ice, water, video

Jan. 20, 2012

Seeing Super-Fast Animals

A high-speed video camera is a must for biologist Sheila Patek.

flora, animals, speed, fast motion

Jan. 13, 2012

Making A Computer From Bubbles

By directing bubbles through etched pathways, bubbles can act as bits and be used to solve computations.

bubble, computer, fluidics, computation, digital logic, fluidics

Jan. 06, 2012

Levitating Fruit Flies To Learn About Space Travel

Using a powerful magnet, physicists are levitating insects to study the effects of zero gravity on biological systems.

flight, weightless, levitiation, magnet

Dec. 23, 2011

Searching For A Ghost Bird

Tim Gallagher’s expedition to save a woodpecker became a trip about his own survival.

flora, bird, woodpecker

Dec. 16, 2011

What Makes Wings Work?

With a speaker and homemade paper aircraft, researchers are studying the mysteries of flight.

flight, video, flora, movie, film, physics, nyu

Dec. 09, 2011

Engineers Give The Jump Rope A Spin

A pickup basketball game inspired a mathematical exercise.

flora film video jumprope physics

Dec. 02, 2011

Flight Of The Wild Pigeon

Researchers at Harvard caught pigeons in a parking garage and filmed them with high speed cameras.

flora, film, video, pigeon, bird, flight, aerodynamics

Nov. 25, 2011

Giant Pumpkin, But Forget About Pie

Robert Sabin grew a 1000-pound pumpkin in his Long Island backyard.

pumpkin, grow, farm, agriculture, thanksgiving, holiday, video

Nov. 18, 2011

Balloon Scientists Prepare For Thanksgiving Day Parade

With the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade less than a week away, it’s crunch time for the balloon technicians.

flora, film, thanksgiving, baloons, parade, engineering

Nov. 11, 2011

Hunt For A Vanishing Woodpecker

In 1956, a dentist and amateur ornithologist captured the Imperial woodpecker on 16 mm color film. It’s the only known photo-documentation of the bird.

video, film, flora, woodpecker, birds, ornithology

Nov. 04, 2011

How An Elegant Moth Stays Aloft

Hawk moths feed like hummingbirds. Ty Hedrick wants to know how they hold steady in the air.


Oct. 28, 2011

Brian Greene Explains ‘The Fabric Of The Cosmos’

With no shortage of special effects, a new four-part TV series looks at big questions in cosmology.

physics, cosmology, string theory, reality, dimensions

Oct. 21, 2011

Video Pick: Jack-O-Lantern 2.0

Master carvers share tips on how to bring your pumpkin to the next level this Halloween.

pumpkin flora film halloween pumpkin carving

Oct. 14, 2011

Video Pick: Space Eggs

What happens when you spin eggs in space?

flora film space video eggs international space station

Oct. 07, 2011

Video Pick: Mapping Flames

Two engineers are videoing fire with high speed cameras to try to make a 3D reconstruction of a flame.

flora film video

Sep. 30, 2011

Living In A Geodesic Dome Home

Outside the box: visit Kevin Shea’s dome home.

flora film video dome

Sep. 16, 2011

Video Pick: Growing A Wastewater Treatment Plant

The “algal turf scrubber” uses algae to boost water quality.

flora video film

Sep. 09, 2011

Rainfall Brings Bumper Crop Of Fungi

Record-breaking rain in the northeast means more mushrooms, mycologists say.

flora film video fungus fungi

Aug. 26, 2011

Water Striders Don’t Stride, They Row

Mechanical engineer David Hu filmed water striders gliding on food coloring and built his own robostrider.

flora video film insect strider biomechanics

Aug. 19, 2011

An Outhouse For The Sea

This toilet floats. You have to see it to believe it.

video flora toilet sanitation compost

Aug. 12, 2011

Video Pick: Flywheel Bicycle

Maxwell von Stein, a 22 year-old Cooper Union grad, built a bicycle that uses a flywheel to store energy.

video pick bicycle flywheel invention student

Aug. 05, 2011

Squid, Octopus, Cuttlefish: Masters Of Camouflage

In less than a second, cephalopods can change the color, pattern and shape of their skin.

flora film squid camouflage

Jul. 29, 2011

Video Pick: Designing A Green Roof

A rooftop farm in Brooklyn, NY does more than produce food.

roof, design, building, energy, environment

Jul. 22, 2011

Video Pick: Engineering Artificial Cilia

Physicists fabricated a simple version of cilia that will flap spontaneously and even synchronize their movements.

video, flora, bacteria, cilia, paramecium, locomotion, movement

Jul. 15, 2011

In Battle Of The Bulbs, It’s Watts Vs. Lumens

How will energy efficiency standards affect light bulb design?

bulb, lightbulb, electricity, cfl, led lighting, efficiency

Jul. 08, 2011

Probing The Secret Life Of Compost

Composting-pioneer Malcolm Beck explains the art and science of fertilizing organically.

compost organic farming fertilizer san antonio

Jul. 01, 2011

Video Pick: Blowing Bubble Nets

Underwater digital tags show humpback whales use bubbles to trap schools of fish.

whale sea marine biology

Jun. 24, 2011

Student Inventors Dream Up A Better Wheelchair

High school engineering students describe their award-winning invention.

student,,invent, invention, engineering

Jun. 10, 2011

Video Pick: Growing Hearts and Bones

When it comes to engineering tissues, the cells are doing the work, says bioengineer Gordana Vunjak-Novakovic.

film video flora cells tissue heart bones medical

Jun. 03, 2011

Probing The Sun’s Spots

High resolution images from the Swedish Solar Telescope gives scientists a new view of a sunspot’s penumbra.

video, flora, sun solar star physics

May. 27, 2011

Examining The Hummingbird Tongue

Hummingbird tongues are long, forked, muscle-less and excellent at grabbing liquid.

video flora film tongue lick slurp

May. 20, 2011

Office Hours with Michio Kaku

Theoretical physicist and futurist Michio Kaku takes Science Friday on a tour of his office.

video flora film desktop diary kaku physics

May. 13, 2011

The Physics Of Setting Leaves Aflame

Even if cheap pyrotechnics isn't your thing, the physics behind how this works is relevant to anyone with eyes.

film video flora lens leaf sun light

May. 06, 2011

Pick Of The Week: Fluorescent Rocks

Under ultraviolet light, some minerals glow.

video pick flora rocks fluorescence

Apr. 29, 2011

Annoying Book Probes The Science Of Irritations

From the psychology of trash talk to frustrated magnets, a new book asks if science can explain life's annoyances.

flora palca annoying book

Apr. 29, 2011

Bug News Roundup: Ant Rafts To Robot Caterpillars

The pick of the week turns to insect engineers.

video pick bugs insects

Apr. 22, 2011

Video Pick: Space Favorites

Science Friday celebrates the shuttle with some of our favorite space videos.

film video flora space shuttle

Apr. 15, 2011

Physics Of The Riderless Bike

A well designed bicycle traveling at the right speed will steer itself--no rider required.

bike, bicycle, exercise, balance, physics

Apr. 08, 2011

Video Pick: Seeing The World Through Whiskers

Rats don't have sharp vision, relying on whiskers to help them navigate.

rat, cat, whiskers, senses

Apr. 01, 2011

Video Pick: Springtime Bug Out

How do bees know when to emerge from hibernation? And what do they do all winter?

video, film, flora, insect, bee

Apr. 01, 2011

Two Scientists Walk Into A Bar

Do 'science' and 'comedy' go together?

joke, humor, funny, april fools, april fool's

Mar. 18, 2011

Deception, Sex, Aeration: The Secret Life Of Orchids

Orchid-growing tips from a master orchid grower.

plant, flower, orchid, biology

Mar. 11, 2011

Robot Invades NYC Bookstore

This week's video pick looks at a robotic printer that can produce books to order.

video, flora, robot, books

Mar. 04, 2011

Brian Greene on The Hidden Reality

Why some physicists think there can be more than one universe.

physics, cosmology, universe, multiverse, string theory, theoretical physics

Feb. 25, 2011

Pick of the Week: Looking At What The Eye Sees

We move our eyes three times a second, over 100,000 times each day. Why isn't life blurrier?

video, film, flora

Feb. 18, 2011

Creature Feature: Jumping Fleas, Burrowing Owls

It's a mystery that has bugged flea experts for decades.

film video flora fleas

Feb. 04, 2011

Plumbing The Depths Of Aquarium Science

Bring the ocean into your living room with a coral reef aquarium.

fish, fishtank, acquarium, acquaria, acquariums, coral, tropical fish

Jan. 28, 2011

Digital Sampling and Remix Culture: Creativity or Criminality?

How much of someone else’s work should artists be able to use? How much should they pay for it? Is copyright law stuck in the age of analog?

sampling, music, beats, copyright, remix, digital culture, dj

Jan. 21, 2011

Pick of the Week: Young Filmmakers Make Litter Scary

High school students from Miami Beach film a cautionary tale about trashing the beach.

ocean, video

Jan. 14, 2011

Video Pick: Reconstructing a Dino Find

We'll take a look at Eodromaeus, a newly-discovered small predator that lived about 230 million years ago.

video, flora, dinosaur, sereno

Jan. 07, 2011

Video Pick: Printing in 3D

3D printers allow rapid prototyping of designs, and computer-aided construction of complex shapes.

print, make, fabricate, geek, video

Dec. 31, 2010

Video Pick: The Toiling Ant

Leaf-cutter ants rely on their razor sharp mandibles to snip leaves to pieces. What happens when the ants can't cut it?

grasshopper ant

Dec. 24, 2010

The Eggnog Diaries

It's holiday news you can use - a holiday rebroadcast of our research into alcohol content and eggnog food safety.

video, eggnog, egg nog, alcohol, food

Dec. 17, 2010

Taxidermy and 'A Kingdom Under Glass'

A new book profiles the life of Carl Akeley, a pioneering taxidermist responsible for the look of natural history museum displays around the country.

natural history, taxidermy, animals

Dec. 10, 2010

Video Pick: A Snowflake Solution

It's the time of year when people think about snow. We'll tell you how you can grow your own snowflakes. Well, sort of.

snow, ice, crystal, video, flora

Dec. 03, 2010

Oliver Sacks and 'The Mind's Eye'

Neurologist Oliver Sacks talks with Ira about vision, the brain, and how the two can work together -- or can work against each other.

brain, vision, eye, sacks, cancer, desktop diaries

Nov. 19, 2010

Video Pick: Rapunzel Hair Physics

It's a question that's kept many a physicist and beautician up at night (well, maybe not.)

physics, hair, rapunzel, movie

Nov. 12, 2010

Video Pick: We Like Lichens

Not a fungus, not a plant...both? Neither?

fungus mold lichen plant biology

Nov. 05, 2010

Video Pick: The Precocious Brush Turkey

A new study looks at the early-flying brush turkey.

video, flora, bird, flight, flying, briush turkey, film

Oct. 29, 2010


Eye of newt, toe of frog...don't forget the eels.

eels fish water food

Oct. 22, 2010

Video Pick: The Physics of the Great Pumpkin

How big does YOUR pumpkin grow? And, more importantly, how does it get so big?

pumpkin, halloween, video, farm

Oct. 15, 2010

Video Pick: The March of the Immune Cells

New research looks at the twisted paths the immune system uses to clear diseased cells.

immune system, antibodies, white blood cells

Oct. 08, 2010

Video Pick: Ira Drives the Leaf

Ira goes for a spin in Nissan's upcoming electric car.

car, electric, leaf, volt

Oct. 01, 2010

Video Pick: Mark Twain’s Scary Sci-Fi

A look at the pioneering science fiction of...Mark Twain?

twain, art, history, video, flora

Sep. 24, 2010

Video Pick of the Week: Composite Sketch

How do police artists get accurate depictions of a suspect, based on the hazy recollections of a handful of witnesses? Our video looks at the artistry -- and psychology -- of creating a good composite sketch.

art, forensics, composite sketch, crime scene, witness, police

Sep. 17, 2010

Video Pick: Crows Use Tools Too

People use tools. Other primates use tools. But... crows?

tools crows, birds,

Sep. 10, 2010

Video Pick: Gotta Dance

New research tackles a difficult subject: what makes a man a good (or bad) dancer?

dance movement biomechanics video flora

Sep. 03, 2010

Video Pick of the Week: A Stocky Predator

We meet a newly discovered dinosaur that researchers describe as a 'stocky dragon' -- with claws that could pack a real punch.

flora film video dinosaur amnh

Aug. 27, 2010


They come out at night to hunt for blood. We'll talk about the science and psychology of bedbugs.

bedbugs, bed bugs, insect, blood, psychology

Jul. 23, 2010

Video Pick of the Week: Robot Fish

It swims and can lead a school of fish -- but it's a robot.

flora film video fish robot

Jul. 02, 2010

Sun Activity

The sun has been in a relatively quiet period in recent years -- but astronomers say that's going to change soon.

sun, solar, heliosphere, solar storm, sunspots

Jun. 25, 2010

Video Pick of the Week: Webb Telescope

The upcoming James Webb Telescope is set to go on beyond Hubble.

telescope, astronomy, physics

Jun. 25, 2010

Geek Update - What's the Word?

Listeners react to last week's suggestion that it's time to rebrand the 'geek.'

diy, geek, nerd, projects, geek dad

Jun. 18, 2010

The Geek Dad on Father's Day

This weekend is Father's Day - but instead of wrapping up tools or a tie, how about sharing a geeky family activity?

diy, geek, nerd, projects, geek dad

Jun. 11, 2010

Video Pick of the Week: Bubble Physics

High-speed, high-definition video reveals the secret world of popping bubbles.

flora, film, bubbles, video

May. 28, 2010

Video Pick of the Week: Robot Joins the Navy

Naval researchers are at work on a humanoid robot named 'Octavia.'

robot, video

May. 21, 2010

Video Pick of the Week: Frogs Shake it Up

How do tree frogs get the word out? New research published this week says male red-eyed treefrogs communicate with one another in aggressive contests by using vibrations they send through their plant perches.

flora, film, frogs

May. 14, 2010

Video Pick of the Week: Boulder Field

A trip to a geologic attraction: a boulder field.

flora, video, film, geology, rock boulder stone glacier

Apr. 30, 2010

Flora on film

Flora and Ira talk video.

flora, video, film, music, pitch

Apr. 23, 2010


Got allergies? We'll talk about the biology and physics of pollen.

pollen, allergies, plants, botany

Mar. 26, 2010

Tracking an Amphibious Caterpillar

Several newly-discovered species of caterpillar in Hawaii function equally well in water or on land.

caterpillar, amphibious, water, insect

Mar. 19, 2010

Flora on Film

Flora and Ira talk film.

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Jan. 29, 2010

Rotifers, Reproduction, and the Red Queen

New research tackles the question of how one species of aquatic microorganism has managed to survive without the benefit of sexual reproduction for millions of years.

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Michael Pollan Talks Plants and Food

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Hollywood Science


Mystery Box

Science Goes to the Movies: Jurassic World

Paleontologists Lindsay Zanno and Kenneth Lacovara share what made them clap—and cringe—while watching Jurassic World.

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