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.

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.

Hr1: News Roundup, Psychiatry's Early Days, Earthquake Science

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The week in science, a new book about psychiatry's history, and seismic risk and safety in Nepal

Hr2: The Tesla Battery, Debating Gene Editing, Celebrity Scientists, and Oliver Sacks

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A look at a new battery from Elon Musk, the debate around gene editing, scientists who have become popular icons, and the other side of Oliver Sacks.

Hr1: ISS Science, Solar Sails, Smarter Every Day

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A look inside what may be the most unusual lab available to science, dreaming up the future of space travel, and a conversation with YouTube science star Destin Sandlin.

Hr2: News Roundup, Lovelace and Babbage, NASA Administrator Bolden, Teaching Evolution

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A look at the week in science, a graphic novel featuring pioneers of computing, a conversation with NASA administrator Charles Bolden, and a video about teaching evolution in the classroom.

Hr1: News Roundup, Waning Western Water, Remote Microbiome, Less Dark Dark Matter

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Science blogger Rachel Feltman gives us her top stories this week, a look at snowpack in the Sierra Nevada, studying the microbes that live on and in residents of a remote Amazonian village, and a new look for dark matter.

Hr2: Zero-G Coffee Cup, Geek Physics, Science Documentaries

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A coffee cup suitable for space travel, how Rhett Allain uses physics to answer pop culture and everyday science questions, and a look at science on screen, from old to new.

Hr1: News Roundup, Undersea Cables, Apple Watch, The Macroscope

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Science blogger Rachel Feltman gives us her top stories this week, a tour of the undersea cable network that connects the global internet, Re/Codes Lauren Goode give us her take on Apples new wearable, SciFri producer Luke Groskin introduces the first epis

Hr2: Arctic Permafrost, The Future of Artificial Intelligence, Publication Pollution

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Microbes living in Arctic permafrost could create greenhouse gases, asking questions about the future of artificial intelligence, and medical ethicist Art Caplan says science and medical journals are plagued by fraud.

Hr1: News Roundup, Iran Nuclear Deal, Egg Science, Long-flying Bird

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Eric Holthaus breaks down the new U.S. climate pledge, Energy Secretary Moniz talks Iran, Jeff Potter describes egg cookery, and a look at the 1700 mile flight of the blackpoll warbler.

Hr2: Mercury, BAHFest Science Satire, Cancer Vaccines

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How dust from passing comets could have darkened the surface of Mercury, a festival that challenges science fans to construct real arguments for completely bogus hypotheses, and looking to the genome of a patients tumor to build a cancer vaccine.

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.