Science Friday

News & Information: Sat • 11am-1pm
  • Hosted by Ira Flatow

Yes, we know it's on Saturday but they wouldn't change the name of the show for us ... we asked.  But we think it's a great program for Saturdays. Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the trusted source for news about science, technology, and other cool stuff. Each week host Ira Flatow mixes it up with people in the know and those who want to be.  It's brain fun, for curious people.

<a href="">NASA</a>/<a href="">CC BY 2.0</a>. Image cropped.

Mike Massimino is one of the few people on the planet who has looked back down on Earth from the Hubble Space Telescope, which is now about 340 miles above us in space. Massimino got this chance twice, in fact, on separate repair missions.

But to hear him tell the story, Massimino’s dreams of becoming an astronaut were always a bit of a long shot. In fact, he was rejected by NASA’s astronaut program three times.

Is All Fair in Love and Cyber War?

Oct 21, 2016

‘It Was Totally Planet Nine’

Oct 21, 2016

How can we save California's forests?

Oct 17, 2016
<a href=",_California.jpg">Gemini2525</a>/<a href="">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>. Image cropped.

To say trees in California are having a tough time may be an understatement. Years of drought conditions and warmer temperatures have stressed millions of trees, and surging numbers of bark beetles, the rice-grain size invaders that attack tree bark, are dealing a death blow.

Cars in the cloud

Oct 16, 2016
Joey Lu/CC0

We may still be a few years away from being shuttled around by fully autonomous vehicles, but cars on the road right now already feature powerful processing equipment like video cameras and radar.

And at the Paris Motor Show, which opened on Oct. 1 and ends Sunday, Oct. 16, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW unveiled cars that use sensors to find open parking spots, read road signs and determine the best route to avoid traffic. Industry insiders say these aren’t one-off tricks by luxury automakers: The future of cars is connectivity.  

That’s Not What the Doctor Ordered

Oct 14, 2016

A Carbon Contradiction

Oct 14, 2016

Science in the Crosshairs

Oct 14, 2016
Noah Siegel/<a href="" target="_blank">CC BY NC-SA</a>&nbsp;via&nbsp;<a href="" target="_blank">Mushroom Observer</a>

It’s easy to see why the fungus Xylaria polymorpha might spook someone.

Is 'last-chance tourism' good or bad for endangered places?

Oct 9, 2016
<a href="">David Restivo, NPS</a>/Public domain. Image cropped.

When you hear that some extraordinary place is undergoing big changes, it’s a natural impulse to want to get out and see it.

The glaciers are retreating in Glacier National Park? Time to finally take your kids to hike them — or for a swim through kaleidoscopic coral at the Great Barrier Reef, which is threatened by bleaching.

Our visits to endangered sites can feel a bit like paying respects — but are they any good for the sites themselves?

Redwoods and fog: a love story

Oct 8, 2016
<a href="">Malcolm Manners</a>/<a href="">CC BY 2.0</a>. Image cropped.

California’s towering redwood trees are iconic symbols of its coastline — and so is the low, rolling fog that often blankets Route 1. And as it turns out, the two are linked in more than just imagery: The fog plays an important role in keeping the redwoods hydrated and healthy. It’s also giving us clues about how the trees might respond to more drastic climate changes.