Science Friday

Science Friday

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Covering everything about science and technology -- from the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies -- Science Friday is your source for entertaining and educational stories and activities. Each week, host Ira Flatow interviews scientists and inventors like Sylvia Earle, Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more.


Hr1: Special Coverage: How Will Scientific Research Fare Under President Donald Trump?  

From cabinet nominees to Congressional wishlists, a look at what could realistically change for scientists in the coming years.

Hr2: Automation, Twisted Science, Worm Indecision, Concussions  

A blood test may help athletes gauge concussion recovery. Plus, a new report looks at potential impacts of automation and artificial intelligence on jobs in a variety of industries.

Hr1:News Roundup, Uber Data, Obama Science Legacy, Asteroid Missions  

What effect has the Obama administration had on science? Plus, we discuss two new NASA missions that will investigate the metal world of asteroids.

Hr2: Malaria Vaccine Trial, Dino Eggs, Tractor Beam, Slow Science  

A 140-year-old seed study and an evolution project more than 66,000 generations old -- we take a look at long-lived experiments. Plus, A new approach to defeating malaria looks safe, but will it be effective?

Hr1:CES, Solar Prices, Convincing Climate Change, Rep Bill Foster  

A conversation with Congressman and physicist Bill Foster. Plus, how to talk about climate change if you want to convince someone it is happening.

Hr2: Bird Count, Champagne Bubbles  

Every December, tens of thousands of birders grab binoculars and head outside for Audubon's Christmas Bird Count. Plus, we talk with bubbleologists about the fizz in your champagne flute.

Hr1: 2016 Year in Review  

Gravitational waves, CRISPR, and Pokemon Go, a look at the big science stories of 2016.

Hr 2: Apollo 13, Expanding Universe  

In this 1995 segment from the Science Friday archives, Apollo 13 mission commander Jim Lovell tells the story of the flight’s survival after an explosion in space. Plus, In a 1999 conversation from the Science Friday archives, astrophysicists Neta Bahcall and Wendy Freedman explain the then-new revelation that the universe’s expansion was accelerating...not decelerating.

Hr1: Facts From Space, Moana Animation, Science Scores  

Astronomer Dean Regas shares some of his favorite stellar trivia, and gives an guide to the big skywatching event of 2017 -- the solar eclipse. Plus, the challenges of animating Moana's water, and the subteties of scoring science movies.

Hr2: Christmas Tree Genetics, Opioid Epidemic, Virtual Field Trip, Indian Mars Mission  

Possible solutions to stem the flow of prescription pain pills contributing to the opioid epidemic. Plus, how scientists are studying the environmental and genetic factors that cause Christmas trees to drop their needles.

Hr1: Clean Energy Investment, Sexual Harassment and Bias  

A deep dive on the hurdles still facing women scientists in 2016, from sexual harassment down to the grant gap. Plus, a new group of wealthy investors are betting a billion dollars on an uncrowded but risky market.

Hr2: 21st Century Cures Act, Space Photography, Glass Universe  

Astronaut Don Pettit has taken hundreds of thousands of photos from the International Space Station. Plus, how at the beginning of the 20th century, a team of female astronomers at the Harvard College Observatory worked to classify the stars.

Hr1: Drug Co-Pay Coupons, US Data Science, Science Club  

What will be the legacy of the Obama administration's big data programs? Plus, the Science Friday Science Club meets to wrap up their latest project, devoted to the idea of disassemby.

Hr2: Personal Medical Records, Taxidermy, Gut Microbes  

A look at the science—and art—of preserving dead animals through taxidermy. Plus, tips on obtaining your personal medical records, and tracking the rhythms of the microbiome.

Hr1: News Roundup, Winter Boots, Best Science Books, Cassini  

The best science books of 2016. Plus, updates on Cassini and Juno, and a cold, hard look at how winter boots fare in icy conditions.

Hr2: IgNobel Awards 2016  

An annual awards ceremony honors scientific research that first makes you laugh, but then makes you think.

Hr1: Indigenous Genes, Beatrix Potter, Never Built New York  

Outside of Mr. McGregor's garden and in her own life, Beatrix Potter--author of The Tale of Peter Rabbit--had a curious eye for the nature world around her. Plus an alternate history of New York City architecture lives on in Never Built New York.

Hr2: Science Goes To The Movies in Arrival, Thanksgiving Food Failures, Mushroom Leather  

The science behind roasting a browner bird and sweetening sweet potatoes. Plus, how would real scientists achieve mutual understanding with an alien race?

Hr1: News Roundup, Fake News, The Common Cold  

We answer your questions about the cold virus, and introduce you to the viruses you have to thank for that stuffy nose.

Hr2: Wireless Spinal Tech, Climate Policy, Moon Impact  

Swiss researchers created a wireless device that enabled paralyzed monkeys to walk again. Plus, how might climate change policy fare under President Trump?

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