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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.
||CleanHr2: Genomics, DNA Data Storage, Garden IoT||Genomics pioneer Craig Venter revisits his predictions for the field from a SciFri conversation in 2003. Plus, DNA data storage, and a look at a growing group of apps, sensors, and other technologies that tell you when to water and fertilize, or even wh||4/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, Tweeting Sharks, Quantum World||Could the space we live in - our everyday reality - just be a projection of some underlying quantum structure? Plus, the good and bad of sharks who tweet, and a roundup of the week in science.||4/29/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, Cold Lab Mice, Animal Intelligence, Coral||How do you measure the IQ of an octopus? The trick, says primatologist Frans de Waal, is to measure animal intelligence not by human standards, but by octopus or elephant or chimpanzee standards. Plus, coral bleaching, and a roundup of science news.||4/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr2: Laserium, Biomimicry, Brainprints||In the 70s, millions of people experienced a groovier side of science: the planetarium laser show. Plus, what technology can learn from nature, and a metal material capable of disintegrating a bullet.||4/22/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr2: Emoji Interpretation, Sonification, Orchid Deception||Proponents of sonification hope that listening to data could lead to more scientific discoveries. Plus, how the emotion of emoji could be lost in translation, and how orchids use mimicry, fraud, and deception to attract pollinators.||4/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, Zika Virus, Brain-Computer Interface, Science Club||The story of a quadriplegic man who regained movement of his arm using a brain-computer interface. Plus, new research into the zika virus, and a challenge to explain your world via sampling.||4/15/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr2: Insulin Pricing, Science From Space, Lab Girl Memoir||Undiscovered tombs and pyramids can be found right on your iPad, if you know what to look for. Plus, the memoir _Lab Girl_ from geobiologist Hope Jahren.||4/8/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, Climate and the Collapse of Ancient Civilizations, Climate Fiction||Writer Paolo Bacigalupi is using fiction to help us imagine our climate change futureÂ—and he is not alone. Plus, how did climate change affect the boom-and-bust cycles of of ancient Southwest civilizations in the United States?||4/8/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr2: Sea Level Rise, Sorting Out Social Media Feeds, Springtime Blooms||A new study suggests a melting Antarctica could pump up global sea levels much more than previously predicted. Plus, social media feed curation, and how springtime can bring some unexpected blooms.||4/1/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
||CleanHr1: News Roundup, How Games Move Us, Spot the Spoof Science Study||Some of todays video games are pushing players into new emotional territory, engaging complex feelings like complicity, empathy, and grief. Plus, how good are you at picking out an authentic research study from a spoof?||4/1/2016||Free||View In iTunes|
Still one of the best programs on the air
I love this program. Science *is* agnostic and liberal--that's what allows people to start with questions and end with answers (rather than the other way around). It's a shame some people want to politicize facts. If you want something that affirms your beliefs, gather each Sunday with a group of people who believe what you do. If you want to question your beliefs and learn a little something, listen to this program each Friday. Of course, some of us are comfortable doing both. ;-)
Give us back the individual items!
I HATE the new format of an entire hour. I loved that this was one long radio show that divided things up so I could listen to the sections I was interested in. You can easily get your podcasts to play one after the other, but it's far harder to fast forward past a section you aren't interested in. Very, very disappointed. :(
listen and decide
There are some very odd reviews here concerning Flatow's abilities as a host. I really like the show and download them all. I listen at the gym and on long flights. Flatow is more than good; he's one of the best. Everyone I recommend this show to thinks so too. Granted that opinions vary on anything and everyone, but the nature of the criticisms seems a bit absurd to me. A little like some of the critiques of Darwin on Amazon... if you catch my drift. It's getting increasingly difficult to separate an honest reviewer from a clever religious or political fanatic. I don't pretend that I can. Anyway, I don't know Flatow, but I hope he keeps it up.