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.


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?

Hr1: News Roundup, Political Hangovers, Werner Herzog  

Filmmaker Werner Herzog talks about his new documentary "Into the Inferno," about the devastating power of volcanoes. Plus, how believing in the possibility of change can help you come to terms with this long and polarizing election season.

Hr1: News Roundup, Jumping Spiders, Amyloid  

Scientists are using electrodes to tap into the brains of jumping spiders to study their ability to plan and carry out complex behaviors. Plus, the results of a Phase III clinical drug trial could reveal whether beta amyloid is at the root of Alzheimers disease.

Hr2: Editing DNA, Male Contraception, Bomb-sniffing Spinach  

The CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing system is a less perfect fix for gene editing than news reports make it out to be. Plus, hormonal male birth control can work. But why isnt it commercially available?

Hr1: News Roundup, Internet of Things, Play Anything  

Would grocery shopping be more fun if it were turned into a game? How about mowing the lawn? One game developer tells us how he turns ordinary life into play. Plus, more on the internet hack last week. Could your internet devices threaten your security?

Hr2: SciFri in St. Louis, the Midcontinent Rift, Science Club  

Did you know that St Louis was almost oceanfront property? We look at how geologists decipher the subsurface scars of the midcontinent rift. Plus, the Science Club is back! Your mission? Break it down.

Hr2: Return of the Screwworm, Hidden Figures, Political Polls  

A flesh-eating parasite, previously eradicated on U.S. soil, has decimated endangered Key deer. Can the screwworm be re-eradicated in time to save them? Plus, we remember the African American women mathematicians and engineers whose calculations got us into space.

Hr1: News Roundup, Cyber War, Science Education  

With rumblings about possible U.S. retaliation for alleged Russian-backed hacks, we ask about the rules and norms that govern international cyber conflicts. Plus, meet the educators who have turned Science Friday media into innovative classroom resources.

Hr1: News Roundup, Carbon and Reservoirs, Science Subpoenas  

How Congress, lawsuits, and other challenges are shaping scientific debate over climate science, fetal tissue research, and more. Plus, reservoirs are both sources of renewable energy and one of the worlds biggest producers of greenhouse gases.

Hr2: DTC Blood Tests, Hornless Cow, Digital Assistants  

As tech companies battle to develop the best digital assistant, we ask how they measure up, and why we so often fail to connect. Plus, researchers used gene editing to develop a dairy cow that has no horns. And what happens when direct-to-consumer lab tests take physicians out of the equation?

Hr1: News Roundup, Nobel Prize, Golden Record 2.0, Pop Up Books  

We review the sounds, images, and videos our listeners chose to represent our world. Plus, pop-up designer Matthew Reinhart engineers paper cut-outs that move and extend, sometimes reaching nearly two feet tall.

Hr2: Future Commuting, Astronaut Mike Massimino, Humans To Mars  

As rideshare companies like Uber strike deals with cities to supplement or replace traditional transit options and parking lots, we ask: What is the future of commuting? Plus astronaut Mike Massimino talks about his journey from the suburbs of Long Island to the crew of two shuttle missions to repair the Hubble Space Telescope. And are we ready to go to Mars?

Hr1: News Roundup, Snap Spectacles, Connected Cars, Way Things Work  

Connected cars tap into vehicle sensors to read road signs, determine traffic patterns, and find open parking spaces. Plus, artist David Macaulay on the art of explaining science in pictures.

Hr2: Oysters and Oceans, Trees and Drought, Tardigrades  

Oyster farmers have been hit hard by acidifying seas. Can they adapt? And how curiosity about tardigrades in the 1970s led to a major breakthrough in medical science.

Hr1: News Roundup, Endangered Tourism, Fitness Goals, Fashion In Physics  

Health experts tout the benefits of standing desks, and walking five miles a day. Science says otherwise. Plus theoretical physicist Roger Penrose argues against some prominent theories about the universe, calling them fashion, faith, and fantasy.

Hr2: Fog and Redwoods, Amphibian vs Fungus, AI  

As artificial intelligence advances, it could transform our world. How do we ensure it does so in the best possible way? Plus, what the fight of one frog against the deadly chytrid fungus could mean for the survival of imperiled amphibians around the globe.

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