What would happen if we found a message from a civilization on another planet? Chances are, they won’t be speaking English. We can’t talk to dolphins, dogs, or trees. What makes us think we ever would able to understand a message from not only another species, but from another planet? How would we go about […]
When you think of ways general science is communicated to the public, you probably think of a PBS documentary, a fun youtube video, the science section of Barnes and Nobel, or maybe even your favorite podcast (wink wink). But can scientific comics be an equally effective way at communicating science? Matteo Farinella thinks so. Matteo […]
If someone on the other side of the world uses a different type of spoon to eat their soup than you do, chances are it’s not going to bother you. But if they engaged in practices that hurt women and children, it would. What is the difference? It turns out that choices that we see […]
What happens to old satellites? Or to astronauts’ trash? It turns out that the Earth is surrounded by a sphere of garbage – often referred to as space junk. This consists of everything from bits of frozen coolant, paint flecks, astronauts’ tools, and even a toothbrush. There is no trash collection in space. What happens, […]
Where do you get your news from? Can you trust it? Gone are the days when most people read the newspaper. Instead, many people now get their news from their Facebook feed, Twitter, or a host of other online sources. Unfortunately, amid the cat videos and photos of friends, it may be hard to tell […]
Science is all around us, but sometimes, it is easy to be intimidated by the formulas, math, and terminology. That’s why today’s guest, Dr. Meenakshi Prabhune (or Minu for short), goes about teaching science using things we see in everyday life and things we can relate to – namely, animals. Growing up in India, she had […]
Are humans the only species that use language? Perhaps not. Today we talk to Jeremy Karnowski from the University of California at San Diego, who talks about how dolphins communicate, how they can call to each other by name, and even answering the question – do dolphins gossip?