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Science Friday

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Science Friday, as heard on PRI, is a weekly discussion of the latest news in science, technology, health, and the environment hosted by Ira Flatow. Ira interviews scientists, authors, and policymakers, and listeners can call in and ask questions as well. Hear it each week on PRI stations nationwide -- or online!
Updated: 4 years 42 weeks ago

Hr1: News Roundup, Streetscape Psychology, Dark Matter Hunt

October 15, 2015 - 12:00pm
A look at this week in science, cognitive neuroscientist Colin Ellard studies how our streetscapes shape our bodies, brains, and behavior, and scientists hunt for dark matter deep below the Earth's surface.
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Hr2: Forecasting Flu, DIY Halloween, Mobile Audio Woes

October 15, 2015 - 12:00pm
Researchers seek to track the flu using nasal swabs and search engine queries. Plus, a few ways to geek out this Halloween with do-it-yourself projects, and why mobile audio quality still lags the rest of smartphone technology.
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Hr1: News Roundup, Nobel Prizes, Math Anxiety and Apps

October 8, 2015 - 12:00pm
A look at this week in science, a look at the 2015 Nobel Prizes in science, and how an iPad app helps first graders improve how well they do in math.
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Hr2: Gene Therapy, Reclaiming Conversation, Postnatural History

October 8, 2015 - 12:00pm
An experimental gene therapy for treating congenital blindness, Sherry Turkle discusses the power of face-to-face conversation in a time of always on technological connection, and a museum where modified organisms are the star attraction.
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Hr1: News Roundup, Cosntructing Dothraki, Latinos and Climate Change

October 1, 2015 - 12:00pm
A look at this week in science, how language creator David J. Peterson constructed Dothraki and the Valyrian languages, and the effects of climate change on Latino communities in Florida.
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Hr2: Mars Water, Science Goes to the Movies, Plants In Space

October 1, 2015 - 12:00pm
The evidence for present-day liquid water on Mars, an astronaut and a NASA engineer weigh in on The Martian, and why plant biologists sent a lowly weed to the International Space Station.
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Hr1: News Roundup, Sneaker Innovation, A is for Arsenic

September 24, 2015 - 12:00pm
A look at this week in science, the ever-changing world of sneaker innovation, and the poisons of Agatha Christie.
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Hr2: Drug Pricing, New Car Technology, Trash Talk

September 24, 2015 - 12:00pm
Two experts on the drug industry talk about pricing, a hydrogen fuel cell car takes to the road this fall, and why American landfills may be crowded with twice as much waste as previously thought.
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Hr1: News Roundup, von Humboldt, Moon

September 17, 2015 - 12:00pm
A look at this week in science, the book The Invention of Nature by historian Andrea Wulf, and moon-viewing tips and a dose of lunar lore.
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Hr2: Neutrino Hotspots, Parkinsons, Deep Sea Exploration

September 17, 2015 - 12:00pm
Looking at a global neutrino map, science journalist Jon Palfreman shares his journey with Parkinsons disease, and how humans fit into the future of deep sea exploration.
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Hr1: News Roundup, Science of Story Time, Air Pollution and Urban Biking

September 10, 2015 - 12:00pm
A look at this week in science, the impact of reading on child development, and how a new study is mapping how much air pollution city bikers encounter on their daily routes.
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Hr2: Homo Naledi Fossil Find, Rush Holt on Science Policy

September 10, 2015 - 12:00pm
A paleoanthropological find in a South African cave, and a conversation with Rush Holt, former congressman and plasma physicist, now AAAS head.
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Hr1: News Roundup, Macroscope on Colorblindness, Oliver Sacks Tribute

September 3, 2015 - 12:00pm
A look at this week in science, gene therapy to treat colorblindness in monkeys, and a tribute to neurologist and writer Oliver Sacks.
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Hr2: Teachers In The Lab, NeuroTribes, Modern Dating

September 3, 2015 - 12:00pm
Teachers tell us about their science-filled summer vacations, science writer Steve Silberman on the history of autism, and how text messages, profile pictures, and changing expectations factor into modern dating.
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Hr1: News Roundup,SciFri Book Club, LiFi

August 27, 2015 - 12:00pm
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.
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Hr2: Rooftop Solar, Replicating Research, Bird Migration, Black Holes

August 27, 2015 - 12:00pm
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.
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Hr1: News Roundup, Workplace Tracking Tech, Garden Whiz

August 20, 2015 - 12:00pm
A roundup of the top science stories this week, the data employers are gathering on their employees, and urine as garden fertilizer.
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Hr2: Measuring Earthquakes, Art and Technology, A Play About Medical Ethics

August 20, 2015 - 12:00pm
Seismologist Lucy Jones on measuring earthquakes, LACMAs Art & Technology program, and the play Informed Consent explores the ethics of genetic research.
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Hr1: News Roundup, Fires and Forests, Social Octopus, Panda Pregnancy

August 13, 2015 - 12:00pm
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.
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Hr2: Gold King Mine Spill, Voices and Voting, App Chat on Assistive Technology

August 13, 2015 - 12:00pm
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.
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