Science Friday

Science Friday

From PRI

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.More from Science Friday »

Most Recent Episodes

Hr2: Fog and Redwoods, Amphibian vs Fungus, AI

As artificial intelligence advances, it could transform our world. How do we ensure it does so in the best possible way? Plus, what the fight of one frog against the deadly chytrid fungus could mean for the survival of imperiled amphibians around the globe.

Hr1: News Roundup, Endangered Tourism, Fitness Goals, Fashion In Physics

Health experts tout the benefits of standing desks, and walking five miles a day. Science says otherwise. Plus theoretical physicist Roger Penrose argues against some prominent theories about the universe, calling them fashion, faith, and fantasy.

Hr1: News Roundup, Endangered Tourism, Fitness Goals, Fashion In Physics

Hr1: News Roundup, Telepresence, Golden Record History

Two of the creators of the Voyager Golden Record remember how they crafted a message for alien civilizations. Plus, can a robotic avatar let you remotely experience a trip to the zoo? And Pluto may be the source of the wispy red cap on the north pole of its moon Charon.

Hr2: Antibiotic Resistance, Silicon Coyboys, Gamification and Fitness

Activity trackers like the Fitbit and the Apple Watch aim to make fitness more fun by incorporating elements of gameplay. But does it work? Plus, how the Silicon Cowboys of Compaqs early days took on the behemoth IBM with a 28-pound portable computer.

Hr1: News Roundup, Seaweed Farms, Audiology, Wine Perception

An audiologist describes overcoming her hearing loss. Plus, how new research could expand the aural world for patients with hearing loss. And the sensory cues that help to enhance your enjoyment of a glass of wine.

Hr2: Abstract Art and the Brain, Dear Data

Neuropsychiatrist Eric Kandel explores the relationship between neuroscience and abstract art. Plus, what small, everyday data can reveal about our thoughts and emotions.

Hr2: Alzheimers, Wind Power, Reef Soundscapes

The U.S. is already a global leader in land-based wind energy. Now momentum is building for offshore wind power, with a new wind farm off the coast of Rhode Island. Plus, why we can be cautiously optimistic about a new drug designed to remove amyloid plaques from the brain.

Hr1: News Roundup, Plastic Clothing, Canine Communication, Lucy

How anthropologists peer inside scarce, ancient fossil bones to find clues about our evolutionary history. Plus, how dogs pick up on our tones, gestures, and moods.

Hr2: Zika, Book Club, Mr. Robot

The viral storm has made landfall in the U.S, but a vaccine remains elusive. Plus, Kor Adana, a write for Mr. Robot, unpacks the toolkit of real-life hackers that inspired the show. And a discussion of Oryx and Crake by Margaret Atwoood.

Bonus Episode: A Conversation With Margaret Atwood (SciFri Book Club)

Margaret Atwood, author of 'Oryx and Crake,' discusses the book with Ira Flatow in a live book club discussion at the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe in New York. Recorded August 23 2016.

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