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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.

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.

Supermassive Dinosaur Would Have ‘Feared Nothing’

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Scientists estimate the dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani would have weighed as much as a Boeing 737.

To Master Test Material, Give Your Brain a Break

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Salvador Dalí and Thomas Edison took very brief naps when they were stuck on artistic and scientific problems.

The Wilderness Act Turns 50

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Fifty years ago this week, legislation set aside over nine million acres of official wilderness.

From Exotic Garden to Eco-Haven

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A former millionaire's estate is becoming an environmental haven and training ground.

Hello, Stranger, Wanna Share a Cab?

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Researchers found that potentially 95 percent of cab rides in New York City could have been shared.

Randall Munroe Asks, ‘What If?’

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In his new book What If?, xkcd comic artist Randall Munroe answers his reader’s hypothetical questions with math and science.

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.