Science & Medicine
[LESS INFO] 56 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 08/27/10
With daily reports of bedbugs in movie theaters, clothing stores -- let alone apartment buildings -- bedbug hysteria seems to be reaching new heights. Psychologist Kevin Ochsner, of Columbia University, studies how people regulate emotion. He says "reappraising" a situation -- for example, thinking about a bedbug in a new way-- can help you get your fear under control.
[LESS INFO] 75 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 08/20/10
CreatureCast presents the tale of the fried egg jellyfish and the creatures that hang around it. Trisha Towanda explains the complex web of symbiotic relationships between the jelly and other organisms, and how these relationships change over time.
[LESS INFO] 76 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 08/13/10
Plants have a reputation for staying put. But some plants are moving so quickly, we can't see their motion. Biologist Joan Edwards and physicist Dwight Whitaker broke out the high-speed cameras to capture the story of exploding peat moss.
[LESS INFO] 39 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 07/16/10
Each summer, horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus) along the Atlantic shore crawl onto beaches to mate and lay eggs -- making now a good time for marine scientists like John Tanacredi to monitor population size. Visit a New York beach to catch a glimpse of the action.
[LESS INFO] 48 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 06/25/10
A full-scale model of the James Webb Space Telescope, the planned successor to Hubble, is on the circuit -- making appearances at science conferences and festivals around the world. Science Friday visited the observatory and spoke to its handlers who were in town for the World Science Festival in New York City's Battery Park.
[LESS INFO] 57 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 06/18/10
Need a new perspective on life? Try launching a video camera 50 feet in the air. This DIY sky-cam is one of many experiments outlined in Ken Denmead's new book Geek Dad: Awesomely Geeky Projects and Activities for Dads and Kids to Share.
[LESS INFO] 28 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 06/11/10
Lightning is one of the biggest unsolved mysteries of the atmospheric sciences, researchers say. Scientists at the International Center for Lightning Research and Testing in Florida are inducing lightning to strike so they can understand it better.
[LESS INFO] 71 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 06/11/10
James Bird estimates that he watched thousands of bubbles pop while he was getting his doctorate at Harvard University. With the help of high-speed cameras, he and his colleagues discovered that bubbles birth baby bubbles when they burst, with implications ranging from hot tubs to global climate.
[LESS INFO] 54 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 05/28/10
The Navy brought more than ships and sailors to New York for Fleet Week this year. Meet Octavia -- the Navy's humanoid robot. Greg Trafton, section head of intelligent systems at the Naval Research Laboratory, describes the challenge of designing a robot that acts like a person.
[LESS INFO] 42 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 05/14/10
Tucked in a shallow valley in northeastern Pennsylvania is a mysterious geologic feature: 16 acres of sandstone boulders. Megan Taylor, environmental education specialist at Hickory Run State Park, explains the geologic history of the boulder field.
[LESS INFO] 22 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 05/07/10
Edith Widder, of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association, has been exploring the deep sea for 30 years. When Widder descended for the first time, she says she wasn't prepared for the light show she encountered and has been building tools to document bioluminescence ever since.
[LESS INFO] 31 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 04/30/10
The honk of a horn and the rumble of a truck sound like noise to most people. But to Lucy Fitz Gibbon, and others with absolute pitch, there are notes embedded in the noise. Exactly why some people have this mysterious ability to recognize pitch isn't well understood.