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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.

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.

Hr1: Ebola, Polio-Like Paralysis, Fossil Arthropod, ResearchKit

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Can algorithms break into fiction? Plus, secrets of pi the number, secrets of pie the dessert, and how Pluto got its name 85 years ago this week.

Hr2: Bot Authors, Pi Day, Pie Crust, Naming Pluto

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Can algorithms break into fiction? Plus, secrets of pi the number, secrets of pie the dessert, and how Pluto got its name 85 years ago this week.

Hr1: General Relativity, Dawn Mission, Avoiding the Doctor

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100 years of general relativity, Dawn arrives at Ceres, and how much medical care is too much medical care?

Hr2: Guide to Exoplanets, Fossil Jaw and Human Evolution, Surveillance and Big Data, Mars Plume

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A guide to exoplanets, a how newly discovered fossil jaw pushes back the date of Homo evolution, Bruce Schneier on surveillance, and how an amateur astronomer spotted a Martian mystery.

Hr1: Airport Apiaries, Ideas That Must Die, Food Coaching Apps, Cyborg Bacteria

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Bees by the runway, sweeping away outdated ideas, apps for healthy eating, and bacteria-powered robots.

Hr2: NASA And Civil Rights, Future Crimes, Dietary Guidelines

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NASA during the civil rights era, how criminals are using emergent technologies, and changing guidelines on cholesterol.

Hr1: Kivalina, Shifting Habitats, Hunger Behavior

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Relocating an Alaskan village, shifting Arctic animal habitats, and the finding that hunger may make you want to acquire things -- even things that are not food.

Hr2: Bilingual Babies, Alzheimers and Women, Future of Mapping

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What bilingual babies can teach us about language acquisition, studies on the role of genes and hormones in Alzheimers, and a look at the future of mapping technology.

Hr1: Megadroughts, Medical Fraud, Constellations Play

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An investigation of the FDA claims the agency is not doing enough to expose instances of fraud and misconduct. Plus, future drought predictions, and a play about love in the multiverse.

Hr2: Ocean Plastics, Dog Behavior, Broken Hearts

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Plastic pollution in the oceans, surprising insights about breed-specific dog behaviors, and a history of treatments for maladies of the heart.