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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.

Hr1: Chemistry of Early Life, Climate Dance, Split Brains, Left to Right

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A look at conditions on the early Earth, how a choreographer and biologist are tackling the climate conversation, studying the left and right sides of the brain, and our preferences for pictures of moving objects.

Hr2: Liquid 3D Printer, The Dark Side of Physics, Malaria Tricks

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A speedy 3D printing technique, a roundup of physics research, and how the malaria parasite attracts mosquitoes.

Hr1: US CTO, Women In Science History, Caroline Herschel

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A talk with White House CTO Megan Smith, unsung heroines of science, and early astronomer Caroline Herschel.

Hr2: Ganymede Ocean, Humans To Mars, Warming West Coast Waters

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A subsurface ocean on a Jupiter moon, judging technological hurdles for a flight to Mars, and how warmer waters are affecting sea lions and birds.

Hr1: Ebola, Polio-Like Paralysis, Fossil Arthropod, ResearchKit

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Can algorithms break into fiction? Plus, secrets of pi the number, secrets of pie the dessert, and how Pluto got its name 85 years ago this week.

Hr2: Bot Authors, Pi Day, Pie Crust, Naming Pluto

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Can algorithms break into fiction? Plus, secrets of pi the number, secrets of pie the dessert, and how Pluto got its name 85 years ago this week.

Hr1: General Relativity, Dawn Mission, Avoiding the Doctor

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100 years of general relativity, Dawn arrives at Ceres, and how much medical care is too much medical care?

Hr2: Guide to Exoplanets, Fossil Jaw and Human Evolution, Surveillance and Big Data, Mars Plume

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A guide to exoplanets, a how newly discovered fossil jaw pushes back the date of Homo evolution, Bruce Schneier on surveillance, and how an amateur astronomer spotted a Martian mystery.

Hr1: Airport Apiaries, Ideas That Must Die, Food Coaching Apps, Cyborg Bacteria

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Bees by the runway, sweeping away outdated ideas, apps for healthy eating, and bacteria-powered robots.

Hr2: NASA And Civil Rights, Future Crimes, Dietary Guidelines

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NASA during the civil rights era, how criminals are using emergent technologies, and changing guidelines on cholesterol.

Hr1: Kivalina, Shifting Habitats, Hunger Behavior

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Relocating an Alaskan village, shifting Arctic animal habitats, and the finding that hunger may make you want to acquire things -- even things that are not food.

Hr2: Bilingual Babies, Alzheimers and Women, Future of Mapping

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What bilingual babies can teach us about language acquisition, studies on the role of genes and hormones in Alzheimers, and a look at the future of mapping technology.

Hr1: Megadroughts, Medical Fraud, Constellations Play

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An investigation of the FDA claims the agency is not doing enough to expose instances of fraud and misconduct. Plus, future drought predictions, and a play about love in the multiverse.

Hr2: Ocean Plastics, Dog Behavior, Broken Hearts

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Plastic pollution in the oceans, surprising insights about breed-specific dog behaviors, and a history of treatments for maladies of the heart.

Hr1: Smartphone HIV Test, Lost City Exploration, Mars Rover Budget

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The SciFri Book Club discusses the Lost City of Z. Plus, a smartphone STD test, and budgets for space science.

Hr2: Net Neutrality, Climate Confessions, Sea Slug Explosion, Carl Djerassi

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FCC Internet regulations, confessing climate sins, catching up on sea slug science, and remembering the father of the Pill.

Scientific Beliefs, Spare Parts

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A look at how scientists and the public disagree on key issues, and the true story behind the movie Spare Parts.

Robot Rules, Future of Money, Athlete Body Clock, Video Pick

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Making laws for drones and robots, a look at next-gen payment systems, how circadian rhythms affect sports perfomance, and a video about face judgements.

Laser-patterned Metals, Black Holes, Cuban Coral, Explorers Club

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In this hour, we hear about a materials science advance that makes metal repel water, discuss black holes with Roger Penrose, learn about the health of coral reefs off the coast of Cuba, and take a tour of the Explorers Club.

Bacterial Kill Switch, Comets Asteroids and Protoplanets, Bored and Brilliant

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Ira and guests discuss a 'kill switch' for genetically-modified bacteria, an update on recent exploration of the solar system, and a new project from New Tech City urges you to take a closer look at your smartphone use.