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: Net Neutrality, The Price of Privacy, Expanse  

As we trade more and more of our personal data to big companies in exchange for their services, internet users must decide for themselves where to draw the line on internet privacy. Plus, the minds behind the The Expanse chat about space flight, space politics, and how they keep the show feeling real.

Hr1: News Roundup, Emotion Translator, Battery Technology  

Is there a new battery that can beat lithium ion in electric vehicles? We plug into the world of battery research to find out. Plus, how to squeeze more power out of the electrical grid. And a new wearable aims to help people who feel socially awkward interpret emotions.

Hr2: Heat-sensitive Prosthetic Skin, Flint Water, Ingestible Electronics  

Three years after the Flint water crisis began, lead concentrations in the water are below federal action levels, but residents are still drinking filtered and bottled water. Plus, researchers have designed a battery that runs on stomach acid to power ingestible sensors.

Hr1: News Roundup, Ice, Holographic Cosmology  

Researchers who study icy places have discovered uncanny phenomena. Plus, Holographic cosmology is a way of simplifying mind-boggling mathematical models of our universe. But it does not necessarily mean we live in a hologram.

Hr2: Mesh Networks, Frog Tongues, Solid Hydrogen, Science March  

March for Science organizers want to boost appreciation for research they see as under threat. Plus, scientists theorize that metallic hydrogen could be used to create superconductors and high-powered rocket propellant. And how frog saliva changes from high to low viscosity when it hits an insect.

Hr1: News Roundup, Chimeras, Astrobiology  

New advances in stem cell research will one day make it possible to grow human transplant organs in animal hosts. And astrobiologists are looking at unusual environments on Earth for clues on how to search for life elsewhere in the solar system.

Hr2: Immunizing Against Fake News, Fighting Online Extremisom, Paperfuge  

The Paperfuge is a hand-powered paper centrifuge that costs less than one dollar to produce. And a strategy for building an immunity to fake news.

Hr1: News Roundup, Jerry Brown, Brilliant Girls  

California governor Jerry Brown talks about how states can take the lead on issues like climate change and clean energy--with or without Washington, D.C. plus, internalized stereotypes that can guide career choice manifest as young as age 6.

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.

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