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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.

Does Mars Have What It Takes to Support Life?

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NASA’s Curiosity rover finds evidence of methane and organics on the Red Planet.

Scientists Speak Out About Attacks on Science

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Bioengineer John Dabiri and conservation biologist Terrie Williams, two targets of Senator Tom Coburn's 2014 “Wastebook” look beyond the caricatures painted by politicians and pundits to tell the story of their research.

Weighing In on the ‘Good Carb, Bad Carb’ Debate

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Curbing “high glycemic” carbs may not benefit healthy eaters.

Under the Influence of Beer Foam

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A team of fluid mechanics researchers at Princeton University dive into the anti-sloshing physics of foam.

Moving Ice May Mean More Melting for Greenland

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By 2060, Greenland’s seasonal “supraglacial” lakes will double in number and move farther inland.

Science Goes to the Movies: ‘The Imitation Game’

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SciFri’s scientist-film critics weigh in on the Alan Turing biopic.

Making Space a More Democratic Place

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What if anyone could 3-D-print a satellite in space? Or jet from the Earth to the Moon, using just the hydrogen found in a two-liter bottle of water?

Evidence Mounts for Liquid Water on Mars

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NASA reveals new evidence for a large lake that could have existed for millions of years on Mars.

Alan Alda Challenges Scientists to Answer: What Is Sleep?

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Alan Alda’s “Flame Challenge” asks scientists to answer the big questions that keep them up at night to 11-year-olds around the world.

Food Failures: Cookie Science Secrets

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In this episode, Cooking for Geeks author Jeff Potter gives home bakers tips on how to achieve cookie perfection using different sugars, fats, and flours.

DIY Holiday Gift Hacks

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Avoid the long lines and hack your holiday gifts, from homemade perfume to 3-D printed ornaments.

The Best Science Books of 2014

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Science writers Deborah Blum and Annalee Newitz join Ira to share their favorite science books of 2014.

Climate Deal or Not, Fight Against Global Warming Has Begun

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Last year, for example, new solar plants outpaced coal installations in the U.S., and carbon-trading schemes across state and national borders have already begun.

How Long Does a President’s Legacy Last?

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In 1991, 53 percent of students tested could recall Lyndon Johnson as the 36th president; that number dropped to 20 percent by 2009, according to a new study released in Science.

Paola Antonelli: ‘Design Is More Than Cute Chairs’

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For MoMA curator Paola Antonelli, “design” includes computer interfaces, video games, and maker kits.

You Are ‘When’ You Eat

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In mice, eating within an 8-12 hour window helped to prevent and even reverse obesity and type 2 diabetes.

Test Launch Marks New Phase for NASA

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NASA is in early stage test flights for Orion, its updated crew capsule, but the spaceflight landscape is changing.

What’s Killing West Coast Starfish?

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Scientists have linked an unprecedented starfish die-off along the West Coast to a virus.

Near City Streets, an Insect Cleaning Crew

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Ants and other insects could be able to remove thousands of pounds of food waste from street medians and city parks each year.

Ig Nobel Prizes Salute Science’s Strange and Silly

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In a Science Friday holiday tradition, we’re playing highlights from this year’s 24th First Annual Ig Nobel awards ceremony.