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Science Friday

Friday 12:00 - 1:00pm


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.

MAVEN Maneuvers Into Mars’s Orbit

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MAVEN makes into Mars’ orbit in time to meet a comet and begin unraveling mysteries of the Martian atmosphere.

‘Internal Medicine’ Gives a Resident’s Eye View of the Hospital

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A writer-doctor’s stories reveal the hospital through the eyes of a resident.

Sprouting a Forest in the City

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Foresters are piecing together the complicated ecosystem of the urban forest.

Plant Emissions: How Do Trees Interact With Pollution?

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Certain tree species can add to pollution if they’re planted in certain locations.

Water on Earth Is a Million Years Older Than the Sun

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The cloud of gas and dust that eventually condensed to form the Sun contained "thousands of oceans of water," says astronomer Ted Bergin.

Stories to Make You Think BIG

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With his new story about a 20-kilometer-high skyscraper, sci-fi author Neal Stephenson hopes to get engineers thinking big.

Science Friday Science Club: Observe Everything

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The Science Club embarks on its next project and explores observation.

The People's March Against Climate Change

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Ahead of the United Nations Climate Summit, the People’s Climate March in New York City will bring a public voice to the climate change discussion.

‘Dr.Fill’ Vies for Crossword Solving Supremacy

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A computer program named “Dr.Fill” competes against human solvers for crossword puzzle glory.

Functional Features: The Evolution of the Human Face

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Human social interaction may have been the reason faces evolved to be varied and unique.

Shake Your Silk-Maker: The Dance of the Peacock Spider

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With their ornately colored bodies, rhythmic pulsations, and booty-shaking dance moves, male peacock spiders attract mates and researchers alike.

Artificial Sweeteners Might Sour Your Microbiome

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Researchers say artificial sweeteners may alter the microbiome and the body’s ability to control glucose levels.

Dissecting the Politics and Money Behind Health Care

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In The Cost of Cutting, private practice surgeon Paul Ruggieri delves into the shadowy ways money influences health care.

Food Failures: How to Collect Mushrooms (and Eat Them, Too)

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Eugenia Bone, president of the New York Mycological Society, talks about the dos and don'ts of wild mushroom foraging.

Keeping an Eye on Eruptions Around the World

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At least 20 volcanoes are probably erupting as you read these words.

A Jovian Moon With Earth-Like Tectonics

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The icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa may undergo processes similar to plate tectonics on Earth.

Understanding the Urban Ecosystem

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Researchers say road salt and dissolving concrete have contributed to increased salinization in urban streams.

Can Conservation Efforts Save the Birds?

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A look at the effects of conservation efforts and climate change on bird populations in North America.

After 40 Years, a Blue Whale Population Bounces Back

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Blue whale populations are only a fraction of what they once were globally, but a California population has nearly made a comeback.

The Science of ‘Sameness’: Developing Generic Medications

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As of 2010, generic drugs comprise almost 80 percent of the American pharmaceutical market, compared to 10 percent in 1960.