Science Diction

from Science Friday

Calling all science, word, history ... and FOOD lovers! A new season of Science Diction is out now.

  • Ketchup: A Fishy History

    Jul 28, 2020
    How a group of volunteers called the Poison Squad helped transform ketchup into the sauce we know and love today.
  • Spanish Flu

    Apr 28, 2020
    The Spanish Flu wasn’t Spanish at all. 
  • Quarantine

    Apr 7, 2020
    Quarantine is on all our minds lately. But the word goes all the way back to the time of the Black Death.
  • Cobalt

    Mar 10, 2020
    ‘Cobalt’ takes its name from a pesky goblin—and mischief is baked into its name.
  • Dinosaur

    Mar 10, 2020
    The origin of the word ‘dinosaur,’ and the story of its self-sabotaging inventor.
  • Vaccine

    Mar 10, 2020
     The origin of the word ‘vaccine’ stretches back to a disease, a test subject, and… a cow.
  • Meme

    Mar 10, 2020
    The word ‘meme’ has more to do with evolutionary biology than the internet.