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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: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.

Live From Huntsville, Alabama

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Weightlessness in space, using muons to learn about asteroids, backwards biking, and discovering Egyptian settlements...from space, and more.

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Hr1: News Roundup, How To Clone A Mammoth, Space Weather

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, the whys and how-tos of woolly mammoth de-extinction, and how and why scientists keep a close eye on the activity of our nearest star.

Hr2: NASA Earth Science Budget, Emoji, Microbiome ID, Dinosaur Snouts

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Proposed cuts to earth science funding at NASA, a look at what the rise of emoji says about online communication, new research into the microbiome, and how scientists traced the evolution of dinosaurs to birds through the beak of a chicken.

Hr1: News Roundup, Pig Tales, Science Club, Macroscope

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, a look inside hog farming, a challenge to explain the sun, and a video about the disco clam.

Hr2: MicroRNAs, Baking Pi, Musical Evolution, Animal Moms

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MicroRNAs and cancer therapeutics, digestible lessons about number theory, combining elvolutionary theory big data and music, and a look at some of the matriarchs of the animal kingdom.