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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.

Mosquito-Borne Viruses Raise Public Health Concern

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This summer, two different and currently untreatable mosquito-borne viruses were identified on the East Coast.

A Newly Discovered Virus That Lives in Our Gut

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Researchers discovered a virus that lives in the gut of half of the world’s population.

What’s the Real Cost of Your Steak?

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Cattle require 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than eggs or poultry.

The SciFri Book Club Introduces Dune

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Sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson and astrobiologist Sara Imari Walker introduce the SciFri Book Club’s summer selection: Dune.

New Online Tracking Tool Evades Privacy Settings

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A new online tracker is snooping on visitors to over 5,600 popular sites—and it's nearly impossible to block.

HIV/AIDS Update

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A round-up of the latest HIV/AIDS research news and an update from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

‘Moth-ers’ Celebrate Less-Loved Lepidopterans

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Elena Tartaglia, a co-founder of National Moth Week, gives tips on spotting butterflies' neglected cousins.

Oarfish: The Ultimate Fish Tale

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Little is known about the monstrously long oarfish, its life cycle, and how it navigates its deep sea environment.

Scientists Call Whales the ‘Engineers’ of the Ocean Ecosystem

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Whales stabilize the ocean ecosystem through a mechanism scientists call the “whale pump,” or fecal plumes.

Pacemaker Researchers Swap Batteries for Biology

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With gene therapy, scientists reprogram pig heart cells to improve heartbeat.

Frozen in Time, a Giant Virus

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A virus large enough to be seen through a light microscope was recovered from the Siberian permafrost.

App Chat: Plugging In to the Outdoors

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Reporter Bob Parks guides us through his favorite outdoor and camping apps.

As California Dries Up, Locals Hope for El Niño

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A third of California is now clenched by exceptional drought, and this week the state announced $500 fines for water-wasters. But many residents continue to hope for rain.

Fashioning the Future

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A scientist and a designer imagine fashion’s high-tech future.

Smarty Pants: Testing the Quality of Textiles

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Confidence in how well our garments suit us shouldn't be taken for granted—we owe much to textile quality assurance.

The ABCs of 3D

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Makerbot’s Bre Pettis explains what you need to know to try your own 3D printing.

Keeping an Eye on Wayward Studies

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Ivan Oransky, co-founder of the Retraction Watch blog, discusses what happens when scientific studies go bad.

Concerns Rise Over Pesticide Use, Birds, and Bees

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Neonicotinoid pesticides have been banned in the E.U. but are still approved for use in the U.S. while the EPA reviews them.

Could Inducing Hypothermia Help Revive Trauma Patients?

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In a procedure called “Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation,” doctors would replace the blood of patients with cold saline to help buy valuable operating time.

What’s So Bad About Being Alone With Your Thoughts?

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A study finds that many people would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts.