Many of us feel anxious before getting on an airplane, but some people truly panic when they fly. Here's how several aviophobes got over their fear
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Knock, Knock, Hal's There: Teaching Computers Humor; and the 50th Anniversary of America's First Satellite
In this episode, University of Cincinnati researchers Lawrence Mazlack and Julia Taylor discuss their efforts to improve human-computer communications by teaching computers about contextual humor. And Carl Raggio, formerly of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, talks about the efforts to launch Explorer 1, the first US satellite, which went into orbit on January 31st, 1958, exactly 50 years ago this week. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news.
The NASA Stardust mission sampled dust from a comet and brought it back to earth--where the now studied dust seems more like what asteroids should be made of. Chelsea Wald reports.
Creationist sells mastodon fossil, Monster space roaches and more
For over 150 years, scientists have known that fires can be extinguished with sound waves, but they still don't know how
In this episode, Scientific American editor George Musser talks with Caltech Astronomer Josh Simon about dark matter, and about the efforts to try to locate the so-called missing satellites of the Milky Way--small galaxies that have yet to be found in the numbers that the cold dark matter theory predicts. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include: tinyurl.com/27g9op; www.astro.caltech.edu/~jsimon
The current Standard Model of particle physics begins to unravel when probed much beyond the range of current particle accelerators. So no matter what the Large Hadron Collider finds, it is going to take physics into new territory
The NASA spacecraft MESSENGER this week sent back the first close-up images of Mercury, the solar system's smallest and innermost planet, since the 1973-75 Mariner 10 mission.
Synthetic biology is the attempt to make life more or less from scratch. It could have huge implications for everything from biofuels to drug synthesis. Not to mention the whole playing God thing.
Researchers report they have discovered the first planet around a young star still enshrouded by the disk of dust and gas from which it arose.
The last year took you far--hundreds of millions of miles, in fact. Steve Mirsky reports.
Devastating meteor crashes sometimes seem to leave in their wake opportunities for life to explore new possibilities. Karen Hopkin reports.
A galaxy far, far away—1.4 billion light-years, to be precise—is conjuring up visions of the ultimate weapon in the Stars Wars universe: the planet-shattering Death Star.
Organic molecules inside space rock were probably the result of plain old chemistry
Knowing when a volcano will erupt is as important to our safety as it is to governments who might want to use artificially induced volcanic eruptions as a superweapon...