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Science Friday

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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: Gene Editing, Mind-Body Medicine, C-Section Microbiome

Jo Marchant shares the results of her deep dive into the evidence --and against-- mind-body medicine, from placebo effects to hypnosis and meditation. Plus, gene-editing techniques, and research into restoring the maternal microbiome to babies born via C-section.

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Hr1: News Roundup, War On Cancer, Polling

When President Nixon signed the National Cancer Act of 1971, he waged the War on Cancer. Forty-five years and over $100 billion later, are we winning? Plus, why couldnt the polls predict the Iowa primaries?

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Hr2: Zika, Planet Vulcan, Antarctic Meteorite Hunter

Meteorite hunter Nina Lanza reports back from six weeks scouring the Antarctic ice for space rocks. Plus, an update on the Zika virus, and the cautionary tale of planet Vulcan.

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Hr1: News Roundup, Depression Screening, Octopus Signaling, Political Bias, Macroscope

Between 14-23 percent of women will experience symptoms of depression during pregnancy, according to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Plus, communication between octopuses, and how sitting quietly in a room can generate a personalized cloud of microbes.

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Hr2: Food Sound, Ancient Violence, Apple Design, Subway Bacteria

A look at how sound affects the taste of your food, evidence for a 10,000-year-old massacre, and how an artist creates unconventional portraits of NYC commuters with bacteria.

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Hr1: News Roundup, Planet 9, Drilling Deep, Book Club

Researchers calculate that there may be a large undiscovered ninth planet lurking in the distant reaches of our solar system. Plus, a deep drilling project, and the SciFri Book Club tackles an Oliver Sacks autobiography.

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Hr1: News Roundup, Deep Space Design, Infant Microbiome

Researchers are trying to sort out what effect factors like an infant's delivery method and early diet have on its community of microorganisms. Plus, how space habitations could be constructed out of concrete made of Martian sulfur and inflatable materials, and a roundup of the week's news.

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Hr2: California Gas Leak, Con Psychology, Better Light Bulb

An update on the methane gas leak in California, how how human psychology predisposes us to take the grifter's bait, and using photonic devices to build a better light bulb.

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Hr1: News Roundup, Self-Driving Cars, Beautiful Instruments

Imagine a future in which all cars can drive themselves. What might that do to our cities, towns, and society? Plus, the beauty of early scientific and medical instruments, and a roundup of the week in science.

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Hr2: Western Drought Update, Always Hungry, Winter Gardens

An update on the drought situation in the western US, how certain diets might cause fat cells to suck up too much fuel, and tips for guarding your garden against the winter chill.

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