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Science Friday

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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.

Experimental Therapy Saves Monkeys From Deadly Dose of Ebola

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ZMapp, the cocktail of antibodies used to treat two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus, spared 18 severely ill monkeys from death.

Unraveling the Mysteries of Black Holes

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High energy x-rays provide a rare glimpse into the behavior of black holes.

Electric Bacteria Form Nanowires, Shoot Out Electrons

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USC's Moh El-Naggar says engineers hope to harness bacterial energy using fuel cells.

Less Flashy Fossils Offer Paleoclimate Clues

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Uncharismatic microfauna, such as insects and mollusks, are giving scientists at La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles a glimpse of the city's cool, humid past.

From the Lab to the Silver Screen: The Birth of CGI

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Animator Tom Sito explains how scientists and engineers kickstarted Hollywood’s digital animation revolution.

Science in the Writers’ Room

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Hollywood T.V. and film writers explain how they balance scientific accuracy and storytelling.

Making Hollywood’s Digital Doubles

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Now that Hollywood’s visual effects wizards can create convincing “digital actors,” will we still need the real thing?

Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Send Messages to Your Brain?

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Researchers discuss how the microbiome might play a role in anxiety, depression, and autism.

Microbes Thrive in Antarctic Lake Buried Beneath Ice

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Microbes have made a home in a lake trapped beneath an 800-meter-thick ice sheet in Antarctica.

The SciFri Book Club Talks ‘Dune’

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The SciFri Book Club concludes its discussion of Frank Herbert’s ecological epic, Dune.

Oceans Act As the World's Thermostat

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Global temperatures hit a plateau at the turn of the 21st century. Now researchers say they've discovered where that missing heat was hiding: in the oceans.

Making ‘Masstransiscope’

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A filmmaker uses science to transform the New York City subway into a movie theater.

Neanderthals and Modern Humans Mingled for Millennia

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New, more accurate radiocarbon dating suggests the two cultures co-existed in Europe for nearly 5,000 years.

‘Evolutionary Misfit’ Finds Its Way Into the Family Tree

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Scientists piece together how a 14-legged Cambrian worm is related to modern animals.

Tar Noir

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Using paleoforensics, researchers recount the grim details of life and death at the the La Brea Tar Pits.

Close-Up With a Comet

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The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is the first probe to orbit a comet.

Is Healthy Soil the Low-Tech Solution to Climate Change?

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In her book The Soil Will Save Us, writer Kristin Ohlson concludes that the low-cost, low-tech solution to climate change may be directly underfoot—in healthy soil.

Decoding Secret Communication Between Plants

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A new study in Science says that certain parasitic plants spy on their hosts through RNA exchanges.

App Chat: Being Social Without Leaving a Trace

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A growing number of apps allow users to post ephemeral or anonymous messages—and they're catching on quickly with millennials.

Food Failures: Concocting Condiments

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Culinary scientist Ali Bouzari dips into the chemistry behind condiments, from hot sauce to mustard.