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Meet Amber Straughn. She Hunts Galaxies.

07/01/15See Comments

For NASA astrophysicist Amber Straughn, every day at work involves peering a little deeper into the universe. She’s sifting through the torrent of data streaming back to...[Read More]


Meet Steve Wolf. He Blows Up Stuff.

07/01/15See Comments

An average day on the job for special effects expert Steve Wolf may involve setting someone on fire or throwing him off a building—or both. And thanks to simple science,...[Read More]


Photo of the Day: Oh Deer

07/01/15See Comments

There’s one unusual feature of the red deer mating season that you don’t see among other types of deer: roaring. The males roar to attract...[Read More]


See Cool Jobs With Explosions, Oceans, and Vultures

06/30/15See Comments

By most standards, “Science Bob” Pflugfelder, Marah Hardt, and Tanya Lowe don’t have ordinary careers—they have Cool Jobs. And at the 2015 World Science Festival,...[Read More]


Take Your Leap Second to Think About the Weird Nature of Time

06/30/15See Comments

Summer is going to stretch on a little bit longer this year thanks to the addition of a leap second. But it’ll be a fleeting add-on....[Read More]

Macro of sea shell - curves and layers are covered with pearl, with golden glitter in the light - great for background

Photo Of The Day: Mother of Pearl

06/30/15See Comments

Many mollusks sport a lovely shimmer on the inside of their shells from nacre, an iridescent substance made primarily from aragonite (a form of calcium...[Read More]


Photo of the Day: Feeling Sssleepy

06/29/15See Comments

Serpents may look like they sleep with their eyes wide open, but that’s not exactly true. Instead of eyelids, snakes have a special transparent scale...[Read More]

Beautiful coral reef and a giant blue clam underwater at Maldives

Photo of the Day: Symbiosis Swap

06/28/15See Comments

Coral reefs are threatened by “bleaching”—the loss of the coral’s algae symbiotes thanks largely to warmer waters. But recent experiments show that some corals may...[Read More]


Photo of the Day: Bug Bite

06/27/15See Comments

The sundew, a carnivorous plant, uses sticky tentacles to trap delicious insects. Sundews and other carnivorous plants supplement their regular photosynthetic diet with bugs because...[Read More]


This Week in Science: Video From Pluto, Yeti Crabs, and Skinny Jean Dangers

06/26/15See Comments

Seven days, lots of science in the news. Here’s our roundup of some of the week’s most notable and quotable items. The first color movies...[Read More]