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New York, NY

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Description:

Each week, we focus on science topics that are in the news and try to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand. Panels of expert guests join Ira Flatow to discuss science - and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.

Twitter:

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English

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Episodes

Hr1: Hurricane Irma, Cassini Farewell

9/15/2017
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Biologists wait to assess the damage done to a delicate ecosystem by Irma. And in 13 years, the Cassini orbiter showed us lakes on Titan, geysers on Enceladus, and a new understanding of all things Saturn.

Duration: 00:50:07


Hr2:Ancient Inland Sea, Beetles, Ancient Americans

9/15/2017
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Paleontologists are piecing together the bones of giant fish and ancient reptiles that inhabited the long-dried North American inland sea. Plus, great recyclers: dung and carrion beetles. And how anthropologists use genetic information and found artifacts to piece together how the first Americans populated the continent.

Duration: 00:50:38


Hr1: News Roundup, Big Chicken, Black-Footed Ferrets

9/8/2017
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In her new book Big Chicken, journalist Maryn McKenna uncovers how the overuse of antibiotics created the current chicken industry. Plus, on the western prairies, black footed ferrets face an invasive plague, limited food, and the work of staying alive.

Duration: 00:49:53


Hr2: Tongue Muscles, Jill Tarter, Aging Aircraft

9/8/2017
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Astronomer and SETI co-founder Jill Tarter reflects on her career as an alien hunter. Plus, simple exercise seems to be an effective way to keep the tongue muscles toned, and a look under the skin of aging aircraft.

Duration: 00:48:57


Hr1: News Roundup, Flood Planning, Hurricane Harvey

9/1/2017
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What does Hurricane Harvey mean for future storms and the cities that may be unprepared for them?

Duration: 00:48:00


Hr2: Florida Textbooks, Education Myths, Educator Collaborative

9/1/2017
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Seven innovative science teachers have turned Science Friday stories into lessons you can use in the classroom and at home. Plus, there is little evidence to support the idea that some people are visual versus auditory learners. But the theory persists.

Duration: 00:48:16


Hr1: News Roundup, Teenage Brain, Voyager, Indoor Microbiome

8/25/2017
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From slime in your shower head to fungi in your drywall, there is no escaping the microbiome of the great indoors. Plus, from solar explorers to record bearers, the many lives of Voyagers 1 and 2.

Duration: 00:47:44


Hr2: Renewable Energy Transition, Speech and Pitch, Max Tegmark

8/25/2017
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A new study maps out the path for 139 countries to switch entirely to renewable energy sources by 2050. And physicist Max Tegmark contemplates how artificial intelligence could reshape work, justice, and society in the future.

Duration: 00:47:42


Hr1: News Roundup, 13 Reasons, Volcanoes, Fake Flavors

8/18/2017
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Researchers are using magma trapped in crystal structures to study the life beneath volcanoes. Plus, modern fake flavors owe more to the chemistry of the past than their real fruit counterparts.

Duration: 00:48:08


Hr2: FDA Fast Track, Evolution, Solar Eclipse App for Visually Impaired

8/18/2017
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Researchers say fast-tracked drugs are not being rigorously tested after the approval process. Plus, modern evolutionary science has some advantages Darwin did not. What are we learning from DNA, experimentation, and more? And how researchers are using sound and vibrations to describe the eclipse to visually impaired viewers.

Duration: 00:48:30


Hr1: News Roundup, Oroville Dam, Biometrics, Sweat

8/11/2017
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Fingerprint scanners are standard on new smartphones, and new ID methods are on the way. But security researchers say biometrics are still too easily duped. Plus, how humans and other animals have evolved to beat the heat.

Duration: 00:48:58


Hr2: Lunar Magetism, Curiosity, Eclipse Balloons

8/11/2017
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Curiosity drives much of our learning and creativity. Where do we get it from, and how does it change our brains? Plus, the NASA Eclipse Ballooning Project hopes to livestream the solar eclipse from weather balloons across the country. And scientists still do not know when or why the moon lost its magnetic field, but it was at least a billion years later than they thought.

Duration: 00:48:55


Hr1: News Roundup, Eclipse Special

8/4/2017
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Just three weeks remain before the total solar eclipse. Are you ready?

Duration: 00:47:47


Hr2: Gene Editing, Voting Machine Hacks, Neutrinos, Midnight Scan Club

8/4/2017
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Researchers can fix genetic mutations in human embryos. But should they? Plus, physicists were able to take the first measurement of a neutrino interacting with the nucleus of an atom. And a look at what security is in place to protect voter registration databases and voting machines.

Duration: 00:49:41


Hr1: Haptics, Pseudoscience, Superhero Physics

7/28/2017
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Scientists are developing tools that allow you to digitally feel textures like wood and cotton. Plus, a walks through Martin Gardner’s 1950s catalog of pseudoscientific ideas. And, a lesson in the physics of this summer's blockbuster superhero stunts.

Duration: 00:47:41


Hr2: Harassment and Bias, Alan Alda

7/28/2017
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What will it take to bring true equality to research labs? And Alan Alda discusses how he teaches scientists using theater improvisation and other empathy-building exercises.

Duration: 00:48:09


Hr1: News Roundup, Forest Payments, Asteroid Defense, Quindar

7/21/2017
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NASA wants to test our ability to deflect asteroids that could come too close to Earth for comfort. Plus, how Wilco keyboardist Mikael Jorgensen and art historian/musician James Merle Thomas took inspiration from the sounds of NASA missions to weave a tale of human space exploration.

Duration: 00:48:07


Hr2: Alzheimers Care, Particle Physics, Air

7/21/2017
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Physicists have observed subatomic particles decaying in a way that does not jibe with the predictions of the Standard Model, suggesting, if the results are correct, that there could be undiscovered particles at play. Plus, the fascinating story of the air we breathe and the gases that have shaped human history.

Duration: 00:46:56


Hr1: News Roundup, State of Science, Smart Grid, Ice Science

7/14/2017
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The booming growth of solar and wind power is stressing out our ancient electrical grid. How can our grid get a grip? A look at that challenge, and some creative answers: from building neighborhood microgrids to inventing smarter transformers. Plus, a new Science Club challenge to keep you cool this summer.

Duration: 00:48:48


Hr2: Diatoms, Ants, Chasing Coral

7/14/2017
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Ants can build awesome colonies underground. But did you know they can build tall towers too? A look at what engineers can learn by studying a social community of the ant kind. Plus, a filmmaker documents the devastation of bleached coral reefs in the warming oceans. Why he thinks dying coral could stir faster action on climate change.

Duration: 00:48:46

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