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.

As the seaweed industry booms, how can we farm seaweed more sustainably?

Sep 24, 2016

Seaweed is trending. Demand for the fast-growing, nutrient-rich food is on the rise, and what’s not being eaten is now used in everything from skincare products to pharmaceuticals and industrial adhesives.

How does a wine's color affect what we think of its flavor?

Sep 24, 2016

Wine aficionados say that drinking wine involves far more than a simple evaluation of taste. Aroma, temperature and a lovely bottle can all factor into our experience of, say, a Bordeaux. But, what if outside factors like a wine’s color, or even the lighting in the room we drink it in, can actually change how we perceive the flavor?

David Munksgard, a winemaker at Iron Horse Vineyards in Sonoma, California, says he uses a bit of red wine in some of his sparkling blends to hint at what the bubbly might taste like — before patrons ever take a sip.

Myth-Busting Your Fitness Routine

Sep 23, 2016

The Fog and the Redwood

Sep 23, 2016

Of Fashion, Faith, and Physics

Sep 23, 2016

A Glimpse Before It’s Gone

Sep 23, 2016

Making the Most of A.I.’s Potential

Sep 23, 2016

Myth-Busting Your Fitness Routine

Sep 23, 2016

A Glimpse Before It’s Gone

Sep 23, 2016

The Fog and the Redwood

Sep 23, 2016

Making the Most of A.I.’s Potential

Sep 23, 2016

Of Fashion, Faith, and Physics

Sep 23, 2016

For a few years, the island fox was a rare find in the wild. But thanks to speedy conservation efforts, the tiny West Coast relative of the mainland gray fox is on the rebound. In fact, since the Endangered Species Act was first enacted in 1973, the island fox has shown the fastest recovery of any endangered mammal, according to the US Fish and Wildlife Service.

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In a meeting of the UN General Assembly on Wednesday, world leaders committed to toughening regulation of antimicrobials and encouraging development of new antibiotics and treatments, among other measures. The agreement was an exceptional move for the group, which has only taken up three other health issues in the past — HIV, non-communicable diseases and Ebola.

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Would you clothe yourself in plastic kitchen wrap to stay cool on a blazing summer day?

Researchers at Stanford University are hoping so — they’ve designed a new polyethylene-based fabric that’s meant to lower its wearer's body temperature by almost four degrees. The invention isn’t just for convenience: If more of our bodies’ thermal radiation can escape through our clothes, we might be less likely to flip a switch to cool down.  

Do dogs understand what we're saying to them?

Sep 18, 2016
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Ever gotten the feeling that your dog is listening not just to what you say, but how you say it? You’re not alone among pet owners — and a new study in Science suggests that you’re not wrong, either.

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