• Blogs

    March 12, 2014

    NASA Needs Asteroid Hunters

    Since a trip to Mars is years and a whole lot of scientific development away, NASA is focusing on asteroids. If you've always dreamed of saving the planet from an asteroid, now is your chance. NASA kicks off a program on March 17 where "citizen scientists" will have the chance to come up with algori ... More >>

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    October 24, 2013
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    August 5, 2013

    Attack of the Frankenfish!

    It's not available yet, but once the FDA finalizes its assessment of AquAdvantage salmon, the genetically engineered fish may find its way to your grocery store fish counter. And you may have no idea that the fish you're eating has been modified with growth hormone regulating genes. These genes al ... More >>

  • Music

    September 6, 2012
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    August 14, 2012

    Where Are We Drinking? Clue: Coffee and Cajeta

    This photo was snapped during a recent coffee crawl around town, during which I felt as if I could conquer the world with my left hand and reconcile quantum mechanics and general relativity with my right. Afterward, however, I crashed for three hours and felt at least 1,000 of my brain cells quietly ... More >>

  • Calendar

    June 14, 2012
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    April 16, 2012

    The Best & Worst-Case Scenarios For The Future Of Musical Holograms

    Like most night owls, I spent early Monday morning watching YouTube clips of a holographic Tupac Shakur playing Coachella with his friends Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg nearly 16 years after his death. It was at once creepy and crass, but altogether interesting no matter how you sliced it, and not just bec ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2012

    Hank Schyma: Southern Backtones Singer Is Fearless Tornado Chaser

    If you saw the dramatic footage out of North Texas Tuesday, hopefully from the safety of your living room or gathered around a TV at work, you know that weather events like those tornadoes can make pretty compelling television. And someone has to head straight into those storms to film all that vide ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2012

    Reality Bites: MonsterQuest

    There are a million reality shows on the naked television. We're going to watch them all, one at a time. Admittedly, the concept of MonsterQuest initially struck me as woefully similar to that of...certain other reality shows, in that I was sure we'd be following around a bunch of yahoos using dubi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2012

    Galveston's Red Tide Appears to Have Dissipated, Oysters Recovering

    Photo by mintprofusionOysters affected by red tide are toxic to humans.​On January 27, two small portions of Texas Gulf waters were conditionally opened to shellfish harvesting after a red tide epidemic forced the indefinite closure of oyster season in October. San Antonio and Espiritu Santo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 25, 2012

    Update: Rough Weather, Tornados Rolling Through Houston, Affecting Airports

    As has been mentioned by weather forecasters in recent days, some pretty rough weather is passing through Houston this morning as part of a cold front. The storms are spanning high winds, torrential rain (some areas could receive up to five inches), flash flooding and potential tornadoes. According ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 26, 2011

    Intelligent Design Tries Again In Texas, Group Says

    Evolution in the cross-hairs​Texas might be getting ready to fill its science textbooks with anti-evolution material, critics are warning. The State Board of Education may soon take another step in its effort to adopt material that pushes Intelligent Design, they say. "Two years ago State Bo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 22, 2010

    Comment Of The Day: Don't Mess With Lunar-Eclipse Fans

    ​We have some great commenters here on Hair Balls, and it's time we paid some damn attention to them. So we'll be highlighting a Comment of the Day each morning, from the previous day's work. Maybe two comments, even. This will all be determined by a highly rigorous scientific formula involv ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Marfa Lights Solved!! It's A Giant Bird!!

    Headin' for Marfa, no doubt​You may have thought that the mystery of the Marfa Lights had been pretty much settled with scientific research showing that the eerie illuminations are just far-off car headlights bouncing off thermal layers. WRONG. Now comes a creationist scientist who has a new ... More >>

  • News

    October 14, 2010

    The Littlest People

    There are maybe 200 primordial dwarfs in the world, and Houstonian Sienna Bernal is one of them. She's also trying to be a regular 11-year-old girl.

  • Calendar

    April 29, 2010

    Big Bite Nite

    Develop your palate at HMNS

  • Calendar

    April 29, 2010

    "Archaeopteryx: Icon of Evolution"

    Look, it's a bird, it's a fossil, it's Super Lizard

  • Blogs

    March 10, 2010

    NASA Had Proof Of Water On The Moon Sitting In Their Storage Closet

    ​NASA famously bombed the moon last year in a desperate attempt to prove there's water on it. While water was indeed discovered, we have yet to hear any reliable figures on collateral damage to the affected areas or the native population.It turns out, instead of almost triggering a Earth-Moon war ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 25, 2010

    "Magic: The Science of Wonder"

    Do we have any volunteers from the audience?

  • Calendar

    January 21, 2010

    The Planets: An HD Odyssey

    The Symphony joins NASA for a match made in Houston

  • Calendar

    December 10, 2009
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    November 26, 2009

    Cosmic Celluloid: 2001: A Space Odyssey

    One small step for computer-kind, one hell of a mess for man

  • Calendar

    November 12, 2009

    Trey McIntyre Project

    The former Houston Ballet choreographic associate shifts shape

  • Calendar

    November 12, 2009

    Between the Folds

    Physics, math and art - all from one sheet of paper

  • Calendar

    October 22, 2009

    Aurora Picture Show Video Salon

    Teenage filmmaker Emily Hagins shares her zombie-movie experience

  • Calendar

    August 13, 2009

    David Eagleman

    It isn't every day that you invent a new school of philosophy

  • Blogs

    February 3, 2009

    Tell NASA Where You Want Hubble to Point

    Hot on the heels of a new report from the Baker Institute suggesting NASA concentrate on improving conditions here on Earth and postpone all this "outer space" foolishness, NASA has come up with yet another neat little thing to help reignite enthusiasm for what it does. We say "yet another" in refe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2009

    Evolution Debate Settled By A&M, To A Degree

    There's less than a week to go before the Evolution vs. Intelligent Design showdown  in Austin, and scientists at Texas A&M - the Aggies - have dropped a bombshell. They've proven evolution exists. Kind of.Aggie researcher and assistant professor Katy Kao has reportedly developed "the first ... More >>

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    January 8, 2009


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    November 13, 2008
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    March 13, 2008

    “Decking the Path to Blessedness”

    Barry Stone places the stars in front of your eyes

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    February 14, 2008

    "CSI: The Experience"

    Exhibit inspired by CBS series puts you behind the evidence

  • Blogs

    November 1, 2007

    Rick Perry Talks Cancer at the Texas Life Science Conference

    Gov. Rick Perry appeared today before 250 national venture capitalists, researchers and business executives at the annual Texas Life Science Conference. During his talk, the governor called for a renewed commitment by the public and private sector to fight cancer. “Cancer is not a new fight fo ... More >>

  • Calendar

    August 2, 2007
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    July 5, 2007
  • News

    August 31, 2006

    Monkey Business

    Primates -- destined for laboratory research -- are being brought into a compound in Houston so carefully and quietly that no one knows they're here

  • Film

    June 8, 2006

    Fahrenheit 2050

    Al Gore takes on the other imminent threat to America

  • Film

    March 18, 2004

    Hamer Time

    This unconventional comedic drama from Norway might be just the ticket

  • News

    February 28, 2002


    Dave Criswell dreams of living on the moon. He has a plan for colonization. Other scientists say his idea is 100 years too early. But he's ready now.

  • News

    December 20, 2001

    All That Glitters...

    Prison's in the past. Joe Champion's chasing after alchemy again.

  • Dining

    April 5, 2001

    How Now Mad Cow?

    Europe has a problem with diseased cattle. Should Texans be wary?

  • Dining

    September 28, 2000

    Pick a Pepper

    Diana Ramos, chef and co-owner of Habanero Blue

  • Best of Houston

    September 21, 2000

    Best Museum Gift Shop

    Houston Museum of Natural Science

  • Music

    November 4, 1999

    Happy Daze

    Nebula conjures up memories of loud Les Pauls, long hair and weed

  • News

    June 3, 1999

    Immune to Reason

    Hundreds of thousands of Texas children, including 250,000 newborn babies, are routinely vaccinated against hepatits B each year. Why? Good question.

  • News

    January 14, 1999
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    August 20, 1998

    Biological Disaster

    Zonagen Inc. took its name from Bonnie Dunbar's groundbreaking research into contraceptive vaccines. Then, when she wasn't looking, the company took her research.

  • Film

    August 3, 1995

    The Wet Look

    Waterworld is a whirlpool of dazzling action, and muddled ideas

  • News

    June 29, 1995

    Dead in the water

    Bothered by shrinking catches, growing regulations and a sense of frustration, Galveston Bay's shrimpers say that they, not the shrimp, are the endangered species.

  • News

    April 7, 1994

    Aggie Alchemy

    John Bockris was known around Texas A&M as a chemist interested in "weird science." Joe Champion gave him all he could handle.

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