Science/Technology

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Astronomy buffs have a rare opportunity Monday to enjoy a rare treat in the sky: a view of planet Mercury as it transits in front of the Sun.


Shedding Pounds, Then Keeping Them Off

May 6, 2016

A Candid Camera for Wildlife

May 6, 2016

Laser-scanning our culture to preserve it

May 5, 2016

Climate-induced apocalypse forthcoming or not, our Earth endures constant environmental stress. Our landscapes erode, our buildings and roads wear down and crumble. Sometimes humans exacerbate the stress; sometimes the structures simply surrender to time.

This computer device allows a paralyzed man to regain movement

May 4, 2016

Columbus State University business student Ian Burkhart was playing in the waves on the outer banks of North Carolina during a vacation in 2010 when he did something that would change his life forever.

He dove into a wave and that wave pushed him down into a sandbar where he broke his neck and damaged his spinal cord. The accident paralyzed him, leaving him unable to move much of his body below his elbows. 

In this memoir, a science lab portrayed as 'homey' and respectful

May 2, 2016
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Kim Kyung-Hoon/Reuters

Much of the language used to teach scientific principles or describe exciting scientific discoveries is anything but exciting. Scientific language, as a rule, is precise, but it can also be boring, elitist, and all but impenetrable to the average listener or reader.

Geobiologist Hope Jahren wants to change all that.  

That emoji you sent might not mean what you think

May 1, 2016

A new study finds that emoji, the tiny graphic images increasingly used in text communications, can be interpreted in a variety of ways. In other words? That round-faced emoticon at the end of your text message might not mean what you think.

Mapping Out the Future of Genomics

Apr 30, 2016

Plugging Into DNA for Digital Data Storage

Apr 30, 2016

Money doesn’t grow on trees, but going green could save homeowners a few bucks. The group PUSH Green is holding an educational event Thursday night to inform residents about the cost efficiency of solar energy.

'Space archaeologists' and activists are using satellites to unearth history

Apr 26, 2016

Satellites are integral for modern communication, navigation and weather forecasting. But advances in satellite technology, however, are allowing for new political and archaeological applications. 

“It's amazing ... the questions that you can answer that you didn’t even know you could answer once you start digging in and exploring what the options are," says Susan Wolfinbarger, director of the Geospatial Technologies Project at AAAS. 

For Your Protection, a New Kind of Metal

Apr 25, 2016

How Do You Measure the I.Q. of an Octopus?

Apr 25, 2016
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Larry Downing/Reuters

It’s been eight years since DJ Patil — then the data and analytics lead at LinkedIn — helped coin the term “data scientist,” and the profession has already become one of the most popular in the country.

UB students among finalists for NASA Mars competition

Apr 21, 2016
courtesy University at Buffalo

A team of five student engineers from the University at Buffalo will travel to Virginia to present their proposal for an important piece of a future Mars mission. The UB team is one of four finalists challenged with designing an inflatable heat shield that could protect tons of equipment, as well as a human crew.


Scientific study? Or spoof? You tell us.

Apr 20, 2016
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Vasily Fedosenko

How good are you at spotting authentic scientific research? Marc Abrahams, editor of the Annals of Improbable Research has compiled three scientific studies, at least one of which is a spoof.

Read on to see if you can tell the real studies from the fake.

#1: Cetaceans, Sex and Sea Serpents

Theories for a sea serpent sighting was likely to have been whales “either without flukes, or possibly, a male in a state of arousal.”

Orchid mantises — particularly juveniles — seem aptly named.

They’re predominantly white with pink or yellow accents, similar to some orchids and other flowers, and their four hind legs are lobed, like petals. But if you search for an exact floral counterpart, as behavioral ecologist James O’Hanlon did, you probably won’t find one. “I spent forever looking for a flower that they look just like,” he says. No luck.

Check out this video of Death Valley’s amazing spring 'super bloom'

Apr 17, 2016

Your local garden center is probably showing off its spring flower display, but nature is putting on a massive show of its own in Death Valley, where plants have broken out in a rare and gorgeous "super bloom."

"It is awesome," says Science Friday’s collaborator Christian Baker, who traveled to Death Valley to witness the park’s rare mass-bloom of flowers.

Listening In on Scientific Data

Apr 16, 2016

Orchids: Masters of Deception

Apr 16, 2016

Zika Virus Transmission Still Mysterious

Apr 16, 2016

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