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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: ISS Science, Solar Sails, Smarter Every Day

Thursday, April 23 2015 06:00 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 06:00 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 06:00 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 06:00 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 06:00 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 06:00 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 06:00 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 06:00 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 06:00 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 06:00 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 06:00 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 06:00 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 06:00 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 06:00 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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