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Science Friday (Host: I. Flatow)

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March 8, 2019 NASA administrator Jim Bridenstine talks about agency ambitions beyond planet Earth. Plus, the story of how our skeletons evolved to look they way they do. And why gene therapy—not bone marrow transplants—could be one piece in the puzzle of neutralizing HIV worldwide.

March 1, 2019 Scientists are creating unnatural base pairs to better understand DNA—and create new medicines and fuels. Plus, a new book tells the story of the engineering missteps that led to the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.

February 22, 2019 Four telescope projects have been nominated to be NASA’s next great observatory. But which will take home the coveted award? Plus, why do grapes spark in the microwave?

February 15, 2019 In the final installment of the winter Book Club, we wrap up exploring N.K. Jemisin’s “The Fifth Season.” Plus, materials scientist Mark Miodownik takes a look at the science behind many of the liquids we encounter every day.

February 08, 2019 We talk the history of buttons and how they’ve changed our relationship with technology. Plus, a project aims to collect and organize maps of the Grand Canyon to help tell its geologic and cultural stories.

February 01, 2019 We reflect on the history and future of coding and technology in art. Plus, scientists study the viscosity and flow of searing-hot lava…from a parking lot.

January 25, 2019 How has the field of weather prediction improved over the past 100 years, and what challenges do forecasters still face? Plus, dozens of doctors have failed to disclose their industry ties to journals.

January 18, 2019 The SciFri Book Club tackles earthquakes and human disaster response with N.K. Jemisin’s apocalyptic ‘The Fifth Season.’ And a new play introduces us to the enslaved women whose bodies paved the way for modern gynecology.

January 11, 2019 Did you know a marathon runner’s heart is built differently from a weightlifter’s? We look at how exercise shapes and conditions your heart. Plus, a look at the effect of the partial government shutdown on scientists.

January 4, 2019 We celebrate winter birds and the people who love them. Plus, how does the movement of crowds change when they behave predictably, and when they don’t?

December 28, 2018 We recap the year in science news, from wildfires to space probes to CRISPR. Plus the story of a revolutionary physician, and the next target of the New Horizons space probe.

December 21, 2018 Does double-dipping a chip really infect the dip? Is the five-second rule real? Plus, what the Trump administration’s crack down on fetal cell research means for the field.

December 14, 2018 The James Webb Space Telescope is a decade late and billions of dollars over budget. But astronomers are already setting their sights on its successors. Plus, second-grader Nina Del Bosque wants to know about stinging caterpillars and their role in the ecosystem.

December 7, 2018 Ira and a panel of guests round up their favorite science books from 2018. Plus, with Congress poised to legalize growing hemp, how does a ‘new’ plant become a thriving agricultural product?

 

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