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Airs Friday at 2pm on 93.9 FM and AM 820

Science Friday is a weekly science talk show from NPR. Each week, Science Friday's host Ira Flatow, a veteran science journalist, looks at science topics that are in the news brings an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand. Panels of expert guests join Flatow, a veteran science journalist, to discuss science -- to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.

 

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Latest Stories from Science Friday

Hr1: News Roundup,SciFri Book Club, LiFi

Thursday, August 27 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, August 27 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, August 20 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, August 20 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, August 13 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, August 13 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, August 06 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, August 06 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, July 30 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, July 30 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, July 23 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, July 23 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, July 16 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, July 16 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, July 09 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, July 09 2015 07:00 PM

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?

Thursday, July 02 2015 07:00 PM

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?

Thursday, July 02 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, June 25 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, June 25 2015 07:00 PM

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

Hr1: News Roundup,Science Goes To The Movies, Ancient Mars Climate, Cephalopods

Thursday, June 18 2015 07:00 PM

A roundup of the top science stories this week, paleontologists discuss the summer dino blockbuster, ancient climate on Mars, and a celebration of things tentacled.

Engineering Evaporation, Cooking Oil Science, Summer Science Reading

Thursday, June 18 2015 07:00 PM

Engines powered by evaporation, the healthiness of different cooking oils, and some picks for summer science reading.

Hr 1: News Roundup, Ian Tattersall, Predictive Apps, Silk

Thursday, June 11 2015 07:00 PM

Hr 1: News Roundup, Ian Tattersall, Predictive Apps, Silk

Hr 2: Repurposing Drugs, Skeptical Climate Change Conference, DARPA Robotic Challenge, Smelly Ants

Thursday, June 11 2015 07:00 PM

Hr 2: Repurposing Drugs, Skeptical Climate Change Conference, DARPA Robotic Challenge, Smelly Ants

Hr1: News Roundup, Flame Challenge, Science Club

Thursday, June 04 2015 07:00 PM

A roundup of the top science stories this week, Alan Alda asks communicators to explain sleep, and a look back at our month-long solar celebration.

Hr2: Ocean Habitats, Lymphatic Vessels, BBQ Science, Asexual Sawfish

Thursday, June 04 2015 07:00 PM

How increasing ocean temps affect marine habitats, a possible link between the brain and immune system, beer can chicken myths and summer BBQ science, and how female smalltooth sawfish can reproduce without a mate.

Hr1: News Roundup, A Possible New Hominin, Twin Astronauts

Thursday, May 28 2015 07:00 PM

A roundup of the top science stories this week, a fossil jaw of a possible new hominin species, and a conversation with two twin astronauts, one on board the ISS, one on Earth.

Hr2: Beefy Tomatoes, The Limits of AI, Yeast and Human Genetic Heritage

Thursday, May 28 2015 07:00 PM

The genetics behind the oversized beefsteak tomato, a look at a robot that can evaluate an injury and self-adapt, and swapping yeast genes for human ones.

Hr1: News Roundup, The Small But Mighty Seed, Of Sun and Skin

Thursday, May 21 2015 07:00 PM

A roundup of the top science stories this week, the dizzying diversity of seeds, and sun-induced mutations in normal skin cells.

Hr2: Plankton Goes Viral, Neal Stephenson and Seveneves, Car Apps

Thursday, May 21 2015 07:00 PM

The results of a multi-year ocean expedition, science fiction author Neal Stephenson destroys the moon, and a talk about driving apps and gadgets.

Live From Huntsville, Alabama

Thursday, May 14 2015 07:00 PM

Weightlessness in space, using muons to learn about asteroids, backwards biking, and discovering Egyptian settlements...from space, and more.

Thursday, May 14 2015 07:00 PM

Hr1: News Roundup, How To Clone A Mammoth, Space Weather

Thursday, May 14 2015 07:00 PM

A roundup of the top science stories this week, the whys and how-tos of woolly mammoth de-extinction, and how and why scientists keep a close eye on the activity of our nearest star.

Hr2: NASA Earth Science Budget, Emoji, Microbiome ID, Dinosaur Snouts

Thursday, May 14 2015 07:00 PM

Proposed cuts to earth science funding at NASA, a look at what the rise of emoji says about online communication, new research into the microbiome, and how scientists traced the evolution of dinosaurs to birds through the beak of a chicken.

Hr1: News Roundup, Pig Tales, Science Club, Macroscope

Thursday, May 07 2015 07:00 PM

A roundup of the top science stories this week, a look inside hog farming, a challenge to explain the sun, and a video about the disco clam.

Hr2: MicroRNAs, Baking Pi, Musical Evolution, Animal Moms

Thursday, May 07 2015 07:00 PM

MicroRNAs and cancer therapeutics, digestible lessons about number theory, combining elvolutionary theory big data and music, and a look at some of the matriarchs of the animal kingdom.

Hr1: News Roundup, Psychiatry's Early Days, Earthquake Science

Thursday, April 30 2015 07:00 PM

The week in science, a new book about psychiatry's history, and seismic risk and safety in Nepal

Hr2: The Tesla Battery, Debating Gene Editing, Celebrity Scientists, and Oliver Sacks

Thursday, April 30 2015 07:00 PM

A look at a new battery from Elon Musk, the debate around gene editing, scientists who have become popular icons, and the other side of Oliver Sacks.

Hr1: ISS Science, Solar Sails, Smarter Every Day

Thursday, April 23 2015 07:00 PM

A look inside what may be the most unusual lab available to science, dreaming up the future of space travel, and a conversation with YouTube science star Destin Sandlin.

Hr2: News Roundup, Lovelace and Babbage, NASA Administrator Bolden, Teaching Evolution

Thursday, April 23 2015 07:00 PM

A look at the week in science, a graphic novel featuring pioneers of computing, a conversation with NASA administrator Charles Bolden, and a video about teaching evolution in the classroom.

Hr1: News Roundup, Waning Western Water, Remote Microbiome, Less Dark Dark Matter

Thursday, April 16 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, April 16 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, April 09 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, April 09 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, April 02 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, April 02 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, March 26 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, March 26 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, March 19 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, March 19 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, March 12 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, March 12 2015 07:00 PM

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

Thursday, March 05 2015 06:00 PM

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

Thursday, March 05 2015 06:00 PM

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

Thursday, February 26 2015 06:00 PM

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

Thursday, February 26 2015 06:00 PM

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

Hr1: Kivalina, Shifting Habitats, Hunger Behavior

Thursday, February 19 2015 06:00 PM

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

Thursday, February 19 2015 06:00 PM

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

Thursday, February 12 2015 06:00 PM

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

Thursday, February 12 2015 06:00 PM

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

Hr1: Smartphone HIV Test, Lost City Exploration, Mars Rover Budget

Thursday, February 05 2015 06:00 PM

The SciFri Book Club discusses the Lost City of Z. Plus, a smartphone STD test, and budgets for space science.

Hr2: Net Neutrality, Climate Confessions, Sea Slug Explosion, Carl Djerassi

Thursday, February 05 2015 06:00 PM

FCC Internet regulations, confessing climate sins, catching up on sea slug science, and remembering the father of the Pill.

Scientific Beliefs, Spare Parts

Thursday, January 29 2015 06:00 PM

A look at how scientists and the public disagree on key issues, and the true story behind the movie Spare Parts.

Robot Rules, Future of Money, Athlete Body Clock, Video Pick

Thursday, January 29 2015 06:00 PM

Making laws for drones and robots, a look at next-gen payment systems, how circadian rhythms affect sports perfomance, and a video about face judgements.

Laser-patterned Metals, Black Holes, Cuban Coral, Explorers Club

Thursday, January 22 2015 06:00 PM

In this hour, we hear about a materials science advance that makes metal repel water, discuss black holes with Roger Penrose, learn about the health of coral reefs off the coast of Cuba, and take a tour of the Explorers Club.

Bacterial Kill Switch, Comets Asteroids and Protoplanets, Bored and Brilliant

Thursday, January 22 2015 06:00 PM

Ira and guests discuss a 'kill switch' for genetically-modified bacteria, an update on recent exploration of the solar system, and a new project from New Tech City urges you to take a closer look at your smartphone use.

Cybersecurity, Synthetic Speech, Book Club Hunts Lost Cities

Thursday, January 15 2015 06:00 PM

A look at the science behind your digital assistant’s voice. Plus, what’s at stake when cyber-security is compromised, and the SciFri Book Club goes in search of lost cities.

STEM, Planet Rotation, Sea Turtle Navigation, Smartphones, and Sleep

Thursday, January 15 2015 06:00 PM

Ira and guests explore why some planets stop rotating, how turning off your smartphone can help you sleep better, and how sea turtles navigate using their sense of magnetism.

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