See Science Fair even if you’ve never entered one in your life

Enlarge (credit: Rich Bowen / Flickr) Science documentaries face a real challenge when it comes to drawing in an audience that isn’t already committed to caring about science. Finding new ways to say “You should really go see this, it’s not just about science” is often a struggle. Science Fair is a rare entry in […]

Let science be your guide for the perfect Labor Day BBQ

Enlarge / The secret to yummy brisket and ribs lies in food chemistry and phase transitions. (credit: TayFos/Getty Images) Imagine this nightmare Labor Day scenario. You’ve invited a large group of friends over for pulled BBQ pork or a delicious beef brisket. That morning, you confidently place your meat in the smoker, handy digital thermometer […]

NASA’s new climate science satellites switch on their lasers

NASA’s new climate-monitoring satellites, which SpaceX ferried to orbit in May, are almost ready to keep an eye on our planet’s ice sheets, atmosphere and ocean levels. On June 13th, the twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On (GRACE-FO) satellites switched on their lasers in search of one another for the first time. Those lasers […]

Jordan Peele’s “Twisted-Ass Science Fiction” Anthology ‘Weird City’ Coming to YouTube Premium

Jordan Peele shocked the world with his directorial debut Get Out early last year, and he’s been remarkably busy ever since. His list of active projects has grown to an impressive length, and now he’s adding yet another one to the top of the pile: a show called Weird City, which he calls a “twisted-ass science […]

Why Curie’s no Einstein: A subtle gender bias in science

Enlarge / Who’s this? If your answer didn’t include “Albert,” you’re pretty typical. (credit: Columbia University) When we talk about the most famous scientists, we’re often on a last name basis. For figures like Darwin and Einstein, first names and even titles like “professor” seem irrelevant. We know who they are, and a single name […]