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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.

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.
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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.

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Episodes

Hr2: Artemis Builds An Lunar City, Crows, Passenger Pigeons

11/17/2017
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In his new novel, author Andy Weir creates a sprawling moon metropolis. Plus an ode to the brainy antics of the corvid family, from funerals to tool use to human facial recognition.

Duration: 00:49:15


Hr1: News Roundup, Coal Ash, Geoengineering, Blood Video

11/17/2017
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Spraying sulfur into the stratosphere could slow global warming--but climate engineering is not without risks. Plus, a method to see all the way down to the smallest capillary.

Duration: 00:48:49


Hr2: Mathematical Careers, Net States

11/10/2017
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Three mathematicians give us a peek into their abstract and beautiful world. Plus, should large tech companies be subject to the same regulations as nations?

Duration: 00:49:24


Hr1: News Roundup, Florida Panthers, Climate Policy, Tiny Bees

11/10/2017
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As the world works together to lower carbon emissions, what role will the United States play in fighting climate change? Plus, some small bees—the size of a grain of rice—drink the sweat and tears of animals.

Duration: 00:49:37


Hr1: Freelance Science, Thinking Critcally, Space Rock, Cone Snails

11/3/2017
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Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation, says scientists and science journalists can do more to help the public think critically about scientific news. Plus, astronomers detect the first object to travel from another galaxy into our own based on its orbit and speed.

Duration: 00:50:13


Hr2: Cancer Microbiome, World Microbiome, Math in the Courtroom

11/3/2017
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Researchers found that patients who responded well to immunotherapy had a more diverse mix of gut bacteria. And Supreme Court justices appear befuddled by math in gerrymandering case.

Duration: 00:50:11


Hr1: News Roundup, CAPTCHAs, Death Practices, Spiders

10/27/2017
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Caitlin Doughty traveled the world to document how different cultures deal with their dead. Now, she challenges us to develop a better relationship with mortality. Plus, two scientists want you to stop worrying and love spiders.

Duration: 00:49:23


Hr2: Robo-Insect, CRISPR Advances, Soonish

10/27/2017
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Scientists expand the gene editing functions of CRISPR, making it safer and more precise. Plus, an insect-like robot can take off using-and from under-water. And Kelly and Zach Weinersmith ponder the good and bad of emerging technologies.

Duration: 00:48:39


Hr1: News Roundup, Wifi Security, LIGO Update, DaVinci

10/20/2017
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Walter Isaacson discusses how Leonardo da Vinci combined the arts and sciences to create his masterworks. Plus, astronomers talk about the impact of an ancient neutron star collision.

Duration: 00:49:37


Hr2: Post-Wildfire Health, Unconscious Mind, Blade Runner 2049

10/20/2017
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A look at the potential health hazards of the smoke and debris from California wildfires. Plus, a new book explains how hidden influences affect our behavior and feelings towards others. And a look at the science of Blade Runner 2049.

Duration: 00:49:27


Hr1: News Roundup, P-Values, Jane Goodall, Baby Talk

10/13/2017
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Jane Goodall reflects on her life, and A.I. researchers decode baby talk.

Duration: 00:49:19


Hr2: US Space Goals, Other Worlds

10/13/2017
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From other planets to our own future, writers can take us places we've never seen. Authors Cory Doctorow, N.K. Jemisin, and Annalee Newitz are among them. Plus, a recent meeting of the National Space Council signaled a shift of U.S. goals in space.

Duration: 00:50:11


Hr1: News Roundup, Flooding, Cryptocurrency, New York Whales

10/6/2017
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The ABCs of altcoins, blockchains and cryptocurrency. Plus, one of the largest animals in the world is making a return to New York harbor.

Duration: 00:49:55


Hr2: Neanderthal DNA, Mustangs, CFS, Science Club

10/6/2017
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Some 75,000 wild horses roam the sagebrush-lined slopes and basins of the American West—and the government can not figure out what to do with them. Plus, what genetic advances are telling us about Neanderthal DNA.

Duration: 00:49:44


Hr1: News Roundup, Offshore Wind, Nuclear War, Puerto Rico

9/29/2017
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In Puerto Rico, how will rescue efforts progress on a flooded island? Plus, we break down what would actually happen during a nuclear war.

Duration: 00:47:36


Hr2: The Experiments of Darwin, Bored and Brilliant

9/29/2017
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Paddling a duck foot in water and other small experiments led to Darwin's big theory of evolution. Plus, how our smartphones are robbing us of an undervalued cognitive resource--€”and what to do about it.

Duration: 00:48:04


Hr1: News Roundup, Malaria Test, Wildfires, Glow Worm

9/22/2017
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Most wildfires are started by humans. Will that number increase in the future? Plus, how does a glow worm glow? Hint: not the same way as a firefly.

Duration: 00:49:00


Hr2:Jellyfish Sleep, Why Dinos Matter, Memory

9/22/2017
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Is memory manipulation the stuff of Hollywood, or a glimpse into the near future? Plus, long dead dinosaurs have plenty to teach us about the future of Earth. And new research indicates that even animals as simple as jellyfish have the need to doze.

Duration: 00:48:17


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

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