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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.

SciFri: The Sticky Science Behind Maple Syrup

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Plant physiologist Abby van den Berg traces how maple sap flows through trees and onto your plate.

SciFri: Discovering Your Inner Fish

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Evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin takes us through the evolutionary story of how the human body evolved from our fish and reptilian ancestors.

SciFri: Amir Aczel: 'Why Science Does Not Disprove God'

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Aczel's latest book chronicles the New Atheist movement, taking aim at scientists like Richard Dawkins.

SciFri: How a Warming Planet Will Change What's on Your Plate

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Climate change has already cut yields of wheat and corn, taking a bite out of gains achieved by better farming technology.

SciFri: E.O. Wilson: ‘A Window on Eternity’

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E.O. Wilson discusses the recovery and biodiversity of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park.

SciFri: Spotting Earth's Cousin in the Cosmos

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Astronomers have found a planet about the size of Earth, far enough from its star to host liquid water.

SciFri: Busting Bad Bacteria With Their Viral Enemies

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Phages added to packaged beef or spinach could cut down on E. coli bacteria outbreaks.

SciFri: Bill Nye Stops By

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Bill Nye stops by to chat about teaching science, launching solar sails into space, and more.

SciFri: Up Close With the Lunar Eclipse

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The lunar eclipse on Tuesday, April 15, will be visible from all over North and South America.

SciFri: Scientists Study Vole Romance Under the Influence

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To learn how alcohol affects relationships, scientists mix prairie voles a drink.

SciFri: Reawakening Limbs After Years of Paralysis

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Paraplegics were able to stand and move their legs again with the help of a spinal implant.

SciFri: With Her Kids' Help, Jean Craighead George’s ‘Ice Whale’ Sees Print

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The final novel from My Side of the Mountain author Jean Craighead George takes children underneath the Arctic Ocean.

SciFri: How Will Russian-U.S. Politics Affect Our Relationship in Space?

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NASA suspended a majority of its communications with Russia in response to the conflict in Crimea.

SciFri: Sir Roger Penrose: Cosmic Inflation Is ‘Fantasy’

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What's wrong with modern physics—and could alternative theories explain our observations of the universe?

SciFri: Inside Insight: Clearing and Staining Fish

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Clearing and staining gobies, stingrays, and sharks has revealed to scientist Adam Summers critical data, as well as the beauty of each fish’s unique form.

SciFri: Diving Into the Underground Ocean of One of Saturn’s Moons

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Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, may have an underground ocean the size of Lake Superior.

SciFri: The Origins of Violence

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An anthropologist, a psychologist, and a crime writer ask: Are humans hard-wired for violence?

SciFri: Join the Science Club: Build an Art Machine

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Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Build a machine that can make art.

SciFri: Robot Builders with Bugs for Brains

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The bugs meet the bots in the world of swarm robotics.

SciFri: The Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plains—of Iowa

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Texas and California dominate the U.S. in wind power generation—but Iowa isn't far behind.