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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.

Hr1: News Roundup,SciFri Book Club, LiFi

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, the SciFri Book Club discusses The Soul of a New Machine, and how LEDs might help with the broadband capacity crunch.

Hr2: Rooftop Solar, Replicating Research, Bird Migration, Black Holes

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A look at whether rooftop solar and utilities can get along, a study that attempted to replicate 100 other psychology studies, a look at the fall bird migration season, and a new view of black holes and information from Stephen Hawking.

Hr1: News Roundup, Workplace Tracking Tech, Garden Whiz

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, the data employers are gathering on their employees, and urine as garden fertilizer.

Hr2: Measuring Earthquakes, Art and Technology, A Play About Medical Ethics

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Seismologist Lucy Jones on measuring earthquakes, LACMAs Art & Technology program, and the play Informed Consent explores the ethics of genetic research.

Hr1: News Roundup, Fires and Forests, Social Octopus, Panda Pregnancy

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, what researchers are learning from monitoring how forest vegetation shifts after catastrophic fires, surprising mating, dwelling, and feeding behaviors in one rare species of octopus, and panda pregnancy.

Hr2: Gold King Mine Spill, Voices and Voting, App Chat on Assistive Technology

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The EPA accidentally triggered a blowout at the Gold King mine in Colorado, releasing three million gallons of wastewater into the Animas River. Then, a look at how voice preferences affect voting, and a look at assistive technology apps.

Hr1: News Roundup, Climate Plan, Arctic Science, Book Club

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, a look at President Obamas Clean Power Plan, and a check-in on ongoing research around the Arctic, and the SciFri Book Club reads Tracy Kidders Pulitzer Prize-winning account of the creation of a new computer

Hr2: Rats on the Job, AC Options, Babies and Humor, Macroscope

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Rats at work, other options for more sustainable air conditioning, whether children can distinguish between joking and pretending, and a video about the tenacious oblong rocksnail.

Hr1: News Roundup, Deconstructing School Discipline, Gut Feelings, So Flashy

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, rethinking school discipline, the link between the gut and the brain in mice, and the chemistry and benefit of firefly flashes.

Hr2: Visualizing Climate Change, Walking While Texting, Wearable Technology, Enviro Impacts of Illegal Marijuana Farming

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Augmented reality binoculars to help visualize sea level rise, how texters change their gait, the evolution of wearable technology, and how illegal pot farms are repeating old environmental sins.

Hr1: News Roundup, Drones, Dolphin Diabetes, Bacterial Hunger Games

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, tips on buying and flying drones, a dolphin view of disease, bacterial warfare.

Hr2: Native American Origins, Space News, Self-Described Experts, Pentaquarks

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Tracing the DNA of the earliest Americans, new data from the Kepler and New Horizons missions, why self-described experts are more likely to claim knowledge of phony information, and the discovery of a pentaquark at CERN.

Hr1: News Roundup, New Horizons, Redefining the Kilogram

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, a new view of Pluto, and why scientists are looking to redefine the standard of what a kilogram really means.

Hr2: Video Games As Teaching Tools, Aurora, Ice Cream Structure, Screams

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Are the digital building blocks of Minecraft the teaching tools of the future? Plus, how sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson puts the dream of interstellar colonization under the microscope, a food scientist explores the microstructure of ice cream, and t

Hr1: News Roundup, New Horizons, Bumblebees, Lollipops

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, Pluto prepares for its closeup, how climate change is affecting bumblebee habitats, and fluid dynamics tackles a question of licking lollipops.

Hr2: Prions and Memory, Science Road Trip, Supermassive Black Holes

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Eric Kandel discusses the role of prions in maintaining long-term memories, Geek Atlas author John Graham-Cumming help us plot the ultimate geek road trip, and a universe containing millions of hidden supermassive black holes.

Hr1:These Brains Changed Neuroscience / Does Math Matter?

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In The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, science writer Sam Kean explains how the field of neuroscience emerged from stories of brains gone awry. Then, is there a better way to teach and learn math?

Hr2: Marijuana and Health / Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge / Why Do Cyclists Break the Rules?

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Ongoing research on the effects and potential applications of marijuana for adolescents in the United States. Then, a look at The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge. Plus, biking and traffic laws.

Hr1: News Roundup, Neanderthal Jawbone, Elon Musk, Cephalopod Week Wrap-Up

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A roundup of the top science stories this week, a 40,000-year-old jawbone reveals neanderthal ancestry, Elon Musk biography, and wrap-up of our Cephalopod Week celebration.

Hr2: DARPA Biology, Inside Out, Food Failures: Ice Cream

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DARPA explores synthetic biology, meet Inside Out's science advisor, and science hacks for at-home ice cream-making.