Science & Medicine
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Are you dreaming of a white Christmas? Try making your own winter wonderland. Ken Libbrecht, Caltech physicist and author of The Secret Life of a Snowflake, devised an experiment to grow a snow crystal in an old plastic bottle. Dry ice required.
[LESS INFO] 405 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 12/03/10
Many of us spend more waking hours at our desk than anywhere else. Writer and neurologist Oliver Sacks explains what his desk means to him. From lumps of metal to lemurs, Sacks describes some of his treasures, his preferred method for writing his books and why he takes comfort in dense metals.
[LESS INFO] 496 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 11/24/10
With the holiday season fast approaching, we hit the streets of New York City to see if people were feeling especially stressed. Paul Rosch, president of The American Institute of Stress and a professor at New York Medical College, and Sheldon Cohen, psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University, weigh in on the effects of stress and offer a few tips for how to mitigate it.
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Kelly Ward, senior software engineer for Walt Disney Animation Studios, was tasked with bringing Rapunzel's locks to life in Disney's new movie, "Tangled." The hair had to look realistic, but not too real -- otherwise Rapunzel would be towing 80 pounds of hair behind her.
[LESS INFO] 437 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 11/12/10
Lichens grow practically everywhere, but they have been neglected by scientists for years, says James Lendemer, a lichenologist with New York Botanical Garden. Lendemer took Science Friday on a trip to the Tannersville Cranberry Bog in Pennsylvania to track down these misunderstood creatures.
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Pumpkins of the Atlantic Giant variety can weigh more than 1800 pounds. For a mechanical engineer with an interest in plus-sized fruit, like Georgia Tech’s David Hu, this raises an interesting physics question: how can the pumpkin get so big without breaking?
[LESS INFO] 181 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 10/01/10
Did you know Mark Twain tried his hand at science fiction? Author Sam Kean writes about Twain in his book, "The Disappearing Spoon." Here, Kean narrates an animated look at Twain's story, "Sold to Satan." It's about Twain, typewriters, radium, and, naturally, Satan.
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Stephen Mancusi worked for the New York Police Department for 27 years as a forensic artist. He specializes in composite sketching -- the process of interviewing victims and witnesses to create a drawing of a perpetrator that is released to help police find suspects.
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New Caledonian crows are among only a handful of species on the planet that have been shown to use tools. They use twigs to fish out beetle larvae from dead trees. Researchers explore why these birds evolved to have this unusual trait.
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Evolutionary psychologist Nick Neave filmed men dancing, converted the videos into dancing avatars and asked women to rate the avatars' dancing ability. The researchers found that the highly-rated male dancers had some moves in common.