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Science Friday is a weekly science talk show, broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide. Each week, we focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand. Panels of expert guests join Science Friday’s host, Ira Flatow, a veteran science journalist, to discuss science – and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.

Hr1: News Roundup, Drones, Dolphin Diabetes, Bacterial Hunger Games

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, tips on buying and flying drones, a dolphin view of disease, bacterial warfare.

Hr2: Native American Origins, Space News, Self-Described Experts, Pentaquarks

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Tracing the DNA of the earliest Americans, new data from the Kepler and New Horizons missions, why self-described experts are more likely to claim knowledge of phony information, and the discovery of a pentaquark at CERN.

Hr1: News Roundup, New Horizons, Redefining the Kilogram

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, a new view of Pluto, and why scientists are looking to redefine the standard of what a kilogram really means.

Hr2: Video Games As Teaching Tools, Aurora, Ice Cream Structure, Screams

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Are the digital building blocks of Minecraft the teaching tools of the future? Plus, how sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson puts the dream of interstellar colonization under the microscope, a food scientist explores the microstructure of ice cream, and t

Hr1: News Roundup, New Horizons, Bumblebees, Lollipops

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, Pluto prepares for its closeup, how climate change is affecting bumblebee habitats, and fluid dynamics tackles a question of licking lollipops.

Hr2: Prions and Memory, Science Road Trip, Supermassive Black Holes

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Eric Kandel discusses the role of prions in maintaining long-term memories, Geek Atlas author John Graham-Cumming help us plot the ultimate geek road trip, and a universe containing millions of hidden supermassive black holes.

Hr1:These Brains Changed Neuroscience / Does Math Matter?

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In The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, science writer Sam Kean explains how the field of neuroscience emerged from stories of brains gone awry. Then, is there a better way to teach and learn math?

Hr2: Marijuana and Health / Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge / Why Do Cyclists Break the Rules?

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Ongoing research on the effects and potential applications of marijuana for adolescents in the United States. Then, a look at The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Plus, biking and traffic laws.

Hr1: News Roundup, Neanderthal Jawbone, Elon Musk, Cephalopod Week Wrap-Up

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, a 40,000-year-old jawbone reveals neanderthal ancestry, Elon Musk biography, and wrap-up of our Cephalopod Week celebration.

Hr2: DARPA Biology, Inside Out, Food Failures: Ice Cream

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DARPA explores synthetic biology, meet Inside Out's science advisor, and science hacks for at-home ice cream-making.

Hr1: News Roundup,Science Goes To The Movies, Ancient Mars Climate, Cephalopods

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, paleontologists discuss the summer dino blockbuster, ancient climate on Mars, and a celebration of things tentacled.

Engineering Evaporation, Cooking Oil Science, Summer Science Reading

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Engines powered by evaporation, the healthiness of different cooking oils, and some picks for summer science reading.

Hr 1: News Roundup, Ian Tattersall, Predictive Apps, Silk

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Hr 1: News Roundup, Ian Tattersall, Predictive Apps, Silk

Hr 2: Repurposing Drugs, Skeptical Climate Change Conference, DARPA Robotic Challenge, Smelly Ants

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Hr 2: Repurposing Drugs, Skeptical Climate Change Conference, DARPA Robotic Challenge, Smelly Ants

Hr1: News Roundup, Flame Challenge, Science Club

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, Alan Alda asks communicators to explain sleep, and a look back at our month-long solar celebration.

Hr2: Ocean Habitats, Lymphatic Vessels, BBQ Science, Asexual Sawfish

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How increasing ocean temps affect marine habitats, a possible link between the brain and immune system, beer can chicken myths and summer BBQ science, and how female smalltooth sawfish can reproduce without a mate.

Hr1: News Roundup, A Possible New Hominin, Twin Astronauts

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, a fossil jaw of a possible new hominin species, and a conversation with two twin astronauts, one on board the ISS, one on Earth.

Hr2: Beefy Tomatoes, The Limits of AI, Yeast and Human Genetic Heritage

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The genetics behind the oversized beefsteak tomato, a look at a robot that can evaluate an injury and self-adapt, and swapping yeast genes for human ones.

Hr1: News Roundup, The Small But Mighty Seed, Of Sun and Skin

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, the dizzying diversity of seeds, and sun-induced mutations in normal skin cells.

Hr2: Plankton Goes Viral, Neal Stephenson and Seveneves, Car Apps

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The results of a multi-year ocean expedition, science fiction author Neal Stephenson destroys the moon, and a talk about driving apps and gadgets.