Bacterial Kill Switch, Comets Asteroids and...01/22/15
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.
Laser-patterned Metals, Black Holes, Cuban Coral, Explorers Club
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.
STEM, Planet Rotation, Sea Turtle Navigation, Smartphones, and Sleep
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.
Cybersecurity, Synthetic Speech, Book Club Hunts Lost Cities
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.
Bill Nye on the Origins of Evolution
When it comes to evolution, Bill Nye the Science Guy won’t be denied.
Mapping White-Nose Syndrome’s Lethal Course in Bats
Bats infected with white-nose syndrome use up twice as much energy during hibernation as uninfected bats.
Diet Pill Mimics the Effects of Eating
The “imaginary meal” pill helps mice lose weight—but can it do the same in humans?
The Cold Virus Seeks Safety in the Nose
One out of five people harbors a cold virus in their nose at any one time.
A Broadway Hit, With an Autistic Math Whiz at Its Center
Actor Alex Sharp talks about playing a 15-year-old math whiz on the Autism spectrum in the hit Broadway play, The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.
Sifting Soils for New Approaches to Antibiotics
Researchers report that they’ve isolated a new type of antibiotic compound from soil-dwelling bacteria that previously couldn’t be cultured.
Can Diet and Exercise Affect Your Genes?
Researchers are examining how exercise, diet, and your environment play a role in gene expression.
CES 2015: Smart Mirrors, Autonomous Cars, and Safer Home Security
Re/code reviewer Lauren Goode gives her rundown of the best tech at this year's International Consumer Electronics Show.
Families Geek Out! Try These DIY Experiments at Home
Bill Nye the Science Guy writer Lynn Brunelle and Dad’s Book of Awesome Science Experiments author Mike Adamick share fun science experiments parents and kids can do at home.
Could an ‘Ocean’ of Water Be Trapped Within the Earth?
Rocks deep within the earth’s mantle could sequester water for billions of years and release small amounts to the surface.
Don’t Stress! How to (Hopefully) Keep New Year’s Resolutions
A lack of discipline isn’t what might undermine your goals, but rather an abundance of stress.
Birding Into the New Year
We’ll check in on the 115th annual Audubon Christmas Bird Count and hear what birds have made an appearance so far this winter.
An App a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?
Dr. Eric Topol's book The Patient Will See You Now argues that technology will save patients time and money—and put healthcare back in their hands.
SciFri Live: Science Movie Quiz
You may know science, but how well do you know movie science?
John McPhee Assembles California
In this 1993 interview from the Science Friday archives, writer John McPhee talks plate tectonics and global geology.
Making Space a More Democratic Place
What if anyone could 3-D-print a satellite in space? Or jet from the Earth to the Moon, using just the hydrogen found in a two-liter bottle of water?
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