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Peacock spiders can certainly get down.


I normally hate, and are deathly afraid of, spiders.
But these guys are pretty damn awesome.

But how could you hate/be deathly afraid of something named “Sparklemuffin”?

It’s woolly bear season! In American folklore, you can predict the harshness of the upcoming winter by its stripes (untrue).

But! What those bristles are really for might blow your mind.


A patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola, the first case of the disease to be diagnosed in the United States, federal health officials announced Tuesday.

Officials at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital say the unidentified patient is being kept in isolation and that the hospital is following Centers for Disease Control recommendations to keep doctors, staff and patients safe.”

Happy National Coffee Day! How about a cup of coffee science?

We’ve got a playlist of four videos up on Youtube for your afternoon caffeine dosage.


FTFY: The exact position of the 1881 Orion photo



Galileo recorded changes in the surface of the sun. Darwin noticed differences in the beaks of Galápagos finches. Marie Curie studied uranium rays. Ben Franklin recorded weather patterns and used those observations to develop a theory of storm movement in the atmosphere. Many scientific discoveries started with careful observations.

That’s right, citizen scientists: SciFri Science Club is BACK! This time, we’re observing the world around us like a scientist.

What do we want you to do?

  1. Observe everything until you notice something that interests you
  2. Observe it methodically, keeping a record of your observations
  3. Share your observations with us on Tumblr or by tweeting with #ObserveEverything.

We’ll be sharing our favorites over the coming weeks and discussing them on the radio - so get your notebooks ready and get cracking! Learn more here.

ICYMI over the weekend!


Astronaut Alex Gerst recently captured (September 8th, 2014) this gorgeous photo from the International Space Station.

Pictured are a series of thunderstorms rising above a dust storm in the Sahara Desert.

(Credit: NASA/JSC/Gerst)

Read more here