Science & Medicine
[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.
[LESS INFO] 132 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 09/24/10
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.
[LESS INFO] 184 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 09/17/10
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.
[LESS INFO] 133 VIEWS | ADDED 14:10:00 09/10/10
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.
[LESS INFO] 63 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] 83 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] 79 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] 50 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] 62 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.