Science Friday

Science Friday

  • SciFri: How a Warming Planet Will Change What's on Your Plate

    Apr 17, 2014 | 22 min
    Climate change has already cut yields of wheat and corn, taking a bite out of gains achieved by better farming technology.
  • SciFri: Amir Aczel: 'Why Science Does Not Disprove God'

    Apr 17, 2014 | 17 min
    Aczel's latest book chronicles the New Atheist movement, taking aim at scientists like Richard Dawkins.
  • SciFri: The Sticky Science Behind Maple Syrup

    Apr 17, 2014 | 13 min
    Plant physiologist Abby van den Berg traces how maple sap flows through trees and onto your plate.
  • SciFri: Discovering Your Inner Fish

    Apr 17, 2014 | 18 min
    Evolutionary biologist Neil Shubin takes us through the evolutionary story of how the human body evolved from our fish and reptilian ancestors.
  • SciFri: E.O. Wilson: ‘A Window on Eternity’

    Apr 17, 2014 | 18 min
    E.O. Wilson discusses the recovery and biodiversity of Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park.
  • SciFri: Spotting Earth's Cousin in the Cosmos

    Apr 17, 2014 | 8 min
    Astronomers have found a planet about the size of Earth, far enough from its star to host liquid water.
  • SciFri: Scientists Study Vole Romance Under the Influence

    Apr 10, 2014 | 12 min
    To learn how alcohol affects relationships, scientists mix prairie voles a drink.
  • SciFri: Reawakening Limbs After Years of Paralysis

    Apr 10, 2014 | 18 min
    Paraplegics were able to stand and move their legs again with the help of a spinal implant.
  • SciFri: With Her Kids' Help, Jean Craighead George’s ‘Ice Whale’ Sees Print

    Apr 10, 2014 | 17 min
    The final novel from My Side of the Mountain author Jean Craighead George takes children underneath the Arctic Ocean.
  • SciFri: Bill Nye Stops By

    Apr 10, 2014 | 13 min
    Bill Nye stops by to chat about teaching science, launching solar sails into space, and more.
  • SciFri: Busting Bad Bacteria With Their Viral Enemies

    Apr 10, 2014 | 18 min
    Phages added to packaged beef or spinach could cut down on E. coli bacteria outbreaks.
  • SciFri: Up Close With the Lunar Eclipse

    Apr 10, 2014 | 17 min
    The lunar eclipse on Tuesday, April 15, will be visible from all over North and South America.
  • SciFri: The Origins of Violence

    Apr 03, 2014 | 35 min
    An anthropologist, a psychologist, and a crime writer ask: Are humans hard-wired for violence?
  • SciFri: Inside Insight: Clearing and Staining Fish

    Apr 03, 2014 | 7 min
    Clearing and staining gobies, stingrays, and sharks has revealed to scientist Adam Summers critical data, as well as the beauty of each fish’s unique form.
  • SciFri: How Will Russian-U.S. Politics Affect Our Relationship in Space?

    Apr 03, 2014 | 13 min
    NASA suspended a majority of its communications with Russia in response to the conflict in Crimea.
  • SciFri: Diving Into the Underground Ocean of One of Saturn’s Moons

    Apr 03, 2014 | 13 min
    Enceladus, one of Saturn’s moons, may have an underground ocean the size of Lake Superior.
  • SciFri: Sir Roger Penrose: Cosmic Inflation Is ‘Fantasy’

    Apr 03, 2014 | 28 min
    What's wrong with modern physics—and could alternative theories explain our observations of the universe?
  • SciFri: Racing Towards Hydrogen Fuel Cell Cars

    Mar 27, 2014 | 9 min
    Toyota plans to release a hydrogen fuel cell car in California by 2015.
  • SciFri: Engineering Life Through Synthetic Biology

    Mar 27, 2014 | 23 min
  • SciFri: Movie Night for Scientists

    Mar 27, 2014 | 12 min
    Movie theaters and scientists pair up to present a National Evening of Science on Screen.
  • SciFri: The Wind Comes Sweeping Down the Plains—of Iowa

    Mar 27, 2014 | 9 min
    Texas and California dominate the U.S. in wind power generation—but Iowa isn't far behind.
  • SciFri: Robot Builders with Bugs for Brains

    Mar 27, 2014 | 18 min
    The bugs meet the bots in the world of swarm robotics.
  • SciFri: Dwarf Planet Found at the Edge of the Solar System

    Mar 27, 2014 | 12 min
    Dwarf planet 2012 VP-113 takes approximately 4,000 years to orbit the sun once.
  • SciFri: Join the Science Club: Build an Art Machine

    Mar 27, 2014 | 12 min
    Your mission, should you choose to accept it: Build a machine that can make art.
  • SciFri: A Bird-Like ‘Chicken From Hell’ Dino Discovery

    Mar 20, 2014 | 9 min
    Anzu wyliei was a toothless, bird-like dinosaur that weighed 500 pounds.
  • SciFri: Detecting the ‘Bang’ from the Big Bang

    Mar 20, 2014 | 30 min
    Researchers detected waves coming just after the Big Bang 13.8 billion years ago.
  • SciFri: Scientists Test What the Nose Knows

    Mar 20, 2014 | 10 min
    A new study claims the human nose can distinguish one trillion unique smells.
  • SciFri: Food Failures: Knead-to-Know Science Behind Bread

    Mar 20, 2014 | 23 min
    America's Test Kitchen editorial director Jack Bishop talks about the science behind a perfect loaf.
  • SciFri: Sculpting Science

    Mar 20, 2014 | 16 min
    Paleo-artist John Gurche and paleoanthropologist Rick Potts discuss the intersection between art and science.
  • SciFri: Digital Gets Physical

    Mar 20, 2014 | 9 min
    Students in MIT’s Tangible Media Group break down the barriers of graphic interfaces and allow users to touch and manipulate pixels in real life.
  • SciFri: SciFri’s Winter Nature Photo Contest Winner...Revealed!

    Mar 13, 2014 | 11 min
    Winter Nature Photo Contest judge John Weller discusses your top shots.
  • SciFri: Three Years After the Fukushima Nuclear Meltdown

    Mar 13, 2014 | 13 min
    Three out of the six reactors at the Fukushima Daichii nuclear power plant suffered a meltdown.
  • SciFri: Could a Blood Test Help Diagnose Alzheimer’s?

    Mar 13, 2014 | 11 min
    In a preliminary study, researchers identified 10 lipids in the blood that correlated with an increased risk for Alzheimer’s.
  • SciFri: Celebrating Irrational, Transcendental Pi

    Mar 13, 2014 | 27 min
    As we celebrate Pi Day, mathematician Steven Strogatz talks about how the ancients calculated pi—and how you can do it at home.
  • SciFri: EncROACHment: New York’s Invasive Cockroaches

    Mar 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Rutgers University entomologists unravel clues to identify a new invasive roach species in New York City.
  • SciFri: As the Web Turns 25, Where Is It Going Next?

    Mar 13, 2014 | 26 min
    We celebrate the web’s 25th birthday with an archival clip of Tim Berners-Lee, the web’s inventor, and take a look ahead with Lee Rainie of the Pew Research Center.
  • SciFri: ‘Particle Fever’ Captures the Excitement of the Higgs Discovery

    Mar 06, 2014 | 25 min
    Particle Fever takes filmgoers behind the scenes of physics’ big breakthrough: the discovery of the Higgs Boson.
  • SciFri: Delving Into the Security of an Internet of Things

    Mar 06, 2014 | 18 min
    As more devices come online, is enough attention being given to security and privacy?
  • SciFri: Battling HIV, Using a Body’s Own Immune Cells

    Mar 06, 2014 | 12 min
    Researchers are exploring a new approach to fighting HIV infection by genetically modifying a person’s own immune cells to be resistant to the virus.
  • SciFri: Where Do Sea Turtles Go During Their ‘Lost Years’?

    Mar 06, 2014 | 17 min
    Biologists crack the case of sea turtles’ “lost years” with a little help from a nail salon technician.
  • SciFri: Michio Kaku Imagines ‘The Future of the Mind’

    Mar 06, 2014 | 23 min
    In "The Future of the Mind," physicist Michio Kaku predicts big advances for our brains.
  • SciFri: Pulsar Pulverizes Incoming Asteroids

    Feb 27, 2014 | 6 min
    A pulsar 37,000 light-years from Earth collided with a billion-ton asteroid.
  • SciFri: A Diverse Energy Diet, to Face a Changing Climate

    Feb 27, 2014 | 17 min
    U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz talks about progress on President Obama’s “all-of-the-above” energy strategy.
  • SciFri: This Fish Sucks

    Feb 27, 2014 | 7 min
    Adam Summers of the University of Washington's Friday Harbor Labs details how the northern clingfish takes the art of suction to new heights.
  • SciFri: Your Brain on Jazz

    Feb 27, 2014 | 10 min
    Researcher and musician Charles Limb created an fMRI-safe keyboard to study the effects of jazz on the brain.
  • SciFri: On Social Media, the Kids Are All Right

    Feb 27, 2014 | 30 min
    In It’s Complicated, Internet scholar danah boyd debunks myths about teens’ online lives.
  • SciFri: Making Sense Out of Bitcoin

    Feb 27, 2014 | 17 min
    Bitcoin is a digital currency that was created by an anonymous developer in 2009.
  • SciFri: A 10,000-Year Stopover En Route to the New World

    Feb 27, 2014 | 8 min
    The ancestors of Native Americans may have lived for millennia on the Bering land bridge before fanning out across the Americas.
  • SciFri: Can Technology Build a Better Athlete?

    Feb 20, 2014 | 10 min
    Will the next big Olympics competition be a race for more technology?
  • SciFri: Olympians Look to Science for a Competitive Edge

    Feb 20, 2014 | 7 min
    Physiologist and aerospace engineer Troy Flanagan shares the science behind Olympic training.
  • SciFri: Artificial Muscles Flex Using Fishing Line and Thread

    Feb 20, 2014 | 10 min
    Researchers create superhuman strength from sewing thread and fishing line.
  • SciFri: The Science Behind the World’s Strangest Sounds

    Feb 20, 2014 | 23 min
    Acoustic engineer Trevor Cox recorded the world’s longest reverberation.
  • SciFri: App Chat: Social Media Gets Newsy

    Feb 20, 2014 | 17 min
    Ellis Hamburger, a reporter at The Verge, talks about why social media giants are betting on news.
  • SciFri: Building an Open 'Internet of Things'

    Feb 20, 2014 | 21 min
    Will the 'Internet of Things' be open to developers—or hindered by proprietary smart boxes?
  • SciFri: Beneath a Sleeping Volcano, Magma Mush Lies in Wait

    Feb 20, 2014 | 7 min
    Despite what Hollywood might show you, there’s no big tank of liquid rock under a volcano. Stored magma spends most of its time as a crystalline mush.
  • SciFri: In Wind Tunnels, Ski Jumpers Become Flying Machines

    Feb 13, 2014 | 10 min
    Wind tunnels help Olympic ski jumpers balance between lift and drag.
  • SciFri: Stem Cell Research Update

    Feb 13, 2014 | 9 min
    Researchers in a recent study report creating stem cells in 30 minutes through an acid bath.
  • SciFri: For Some Olympians, Winning Medals Is All About Flow

    Feb 13, 2014 | 7 min
    Understanding fluid dynamics helps Olympians shave minutes off race times.
  • SciFri: Andy Weir: ‘The Martian’

    Feb 13, 2014 | 18 min
    Andy Weir’s novel of Mars survival mixes science fact and fiction.
  • SciFri: Out of the Bottle: Wine Psychology

    Feb 13, 2014 | 9 min
    How do our expectations, environment, and social cues trick us into believing our wine tastes better or worse?
  • SciFri: Scientists Hunt for Morning Dew on Mars

    Feb 13, 2014 | 13 min
    Could mysterious dark streaks on Martian slopes be evidence of liquid water flows?
  • SciFri: Solving Life’s Everyday Problems, With Data

    Feb 13, 2014 | 29 min
    Data geeks say our “digital breadcrumbs” can reveal where to eat, who to date, or which bus to take.
  • SciFri: Meet Vermeer, the Engineer

    Feb 06, 2014 | 25 min
    A new documentary, Tim’s Vermeer, shows that the Dutch master painter was a tinkerer, too.
  • SciFri: Greenland’s Fast-Moving Glacier Speeds Up

    Feb 06, 2014 | 12 min
    The Jakobshavn glacier reached speeds of more than 150 feet per day during the summer of 2012.
  • SciFri: What Pulled the Plug on the Bioluminescent Bay?

    Feb 06, 2014 | 10 min
    The glowing bioluminescent bay near Fajardo, Puerto Rico went dark for more than a week in November.
  • SciFri: Can Gaming Make Us More Social?

    Feb 06, 2014 | 20 min
    NYU's Katherine Isbister imagines a future where technology connects us to other people, not avatars.
  • SciFri: Ice Science a Slippery Quandary for Physicists

    Feb 06, 2014 | 10 min
    Friction researcher and avid curler Robert Carpick discusses the tricky physics of ice.
  • SciFri: Crafting the 'Fastest Ice on Earth'

    Feb 06, 2014 | 7 min
    Marc Norman obsessively monitors the ice at the Utah Olympic Oval to create the perfect skating surface.
  • SciFri: Could There Be a Crisis in Physics?

    Jan 30, 2014 | 35 min
    Physicist Lawrence Krauss and Nobel Laureates Frank Wilczek and Brian Schmidt discuss current cosmic challenges.
  • SciFri: At Sundance, Scientists and Screenwriters Are Judges

    Jan 30, 2014 | 30 min
    What makes science work on-screen? This year’s Sundance judges weigh in.
  • SciFri: Hotter Weather, Heavier Rains Threaten Penguins

    Jan 30, 2014 | 13 min
    Move over polar bears—could penguins be the new poster children for climate change?
  • SciFri: Alan Alda’s Challenge to Scientists: Define Color

    Jan 30, 2014 | 17 min
    Alda's 'Flame Challenge' asks scientists to explain color—with children as the judges.
  • SciFri: James Dyson: ‘Failures Are Interesting’

    Jan 23, 2014 | 18 min
    Inventor James Dyson built 5,127 prototypes before completing his first bagless vacuum.
  • SciFri: Is Coding the Language of the Digital Age?

    Jan 23, 2014 | 23 min
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that programming jobs will grow by 12 percent from 2010 to 2020.
  • SciFri: Sara Paretsky: ‘Critical Mass’

    Jan 23, 2014 | 14 min
    In Critical Mass, a crime writer draws inspiration from an overlooked physics pioneer.
  • SciFri: Star-Crossed Galaxies

    Jan 23, 2014 | 10 min
    What happens when two spiral galaxies collide?
  • SciFri: A ‘Personal’ Computer Turns 30

    Jan 23, 2014 | 31 min
    On January 24, 1984, Steve Jobs unveiled the Macintosh computer to the world.
  • SciFri: Is the Universe Built on Math?

    Jan 16, 2014 | 17 min
    In The Mathematical Universe, physicist Max Tegmark argues that the universe is completely mathematical.
  • SciFri: How Fins Gave Way to Feet

    Jan 16, 2014 | 9 min
    Tiktaalik roseae was a fish that had scales, gills, and limb-like front fins.
  • SciFri: Scott Stossel: My Age of Anxiety

    Jan 16, 2014 | 21 min
    An estimated one out of seven Americans suffers from anxiety.
  • SciFri: Medicine's Gender Gap

    Jan 16, 2014 | 18 min
    Heart disease is the leading cause of death for American women. Yet women make up only a third of subjects in cardiovascular clinical trials.
  • SciFri: Science Goes to the Movies: ‘Her’

    Jan 16, 2014 | 30 min
  • SciFri: Cold Snap Knocks Out Some Invasive Insects

    Jan 09, 2014 | 12 min
    Asian long-horned beetle, emerald ash borer: Will they survive the colder weather?
  • SciFri: Out of the Bottle: Tricks of the Trade

    Jan 09, 2014 | 7 min
    Popular wine jargon such as "breathing," "corked," and "wine tears" gets translated into chemistry you can understand.
  • SciFri: Migraine Study Reveals the Power of Placebo

    Jan 09, 2014 | 17 min
    Patients’ expectations can play a role in the effectiveness of medications and placebos.
  • SciFri: 2014 Consumer Electronics Show Round-Up

    Jan 09, 2014 | 17 min
    Chris Ziegler of The Verge discusses technology trends from this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.
  • SciFri: Wine Science: Deconstructing ‘Terroir’ in the Lab

    Jan 09, 2014 | 19 min
    Chemist Gavin Sacks says talk of terroir may often be simply a clever marketing ploy.
  • SciFri: Food Failures: How to Spoil Your Food (and Eat It, Too)

    Jan 09, 2014 | 23 min
    Fermentation guru Sandor Katz solves your pickling problems.
  • SciFri: An Antarctic Expedition, Frozen in Time

    Jan 09, 2014 | 18 min
    Century-old Antarctic photos offer a peek into Shackleton’s ill-fated Ross Sea Party Expedition.
  • SciFri: Forty Years of the Endangered Species Act

    Jan 02, 2014 | 26 min
    Currently, there are 2,142 U.S. and foreign species protected under the Endangered Species Act.
  • SciFri: Why Do Insects Bug Us?

    Jan 02, 2014 | 23 min
    Author Jeffrey Lockwood dissects our complicated relationship with insects.
  • SciFri: Can Plants Think?

    Jan 02, 2014 | 24 min
    Plants can hear, taste and feel, as Michael Pollan writes in his latest piece for The New Yorker. But is any of that evidence of intelligence?
  • SciFri: App Chat: Cutting Clutter From Your Inbox

    Jan 02, 2014 | 13 min
    Ellis Hamburger, a reporter for The Verge, talks about a few of his favorite mail-managing apps.
  • SciFri: Extracting Data From Photos of Our Eyes

    Jan 02, 2014 | 9 min
    Researchers used photographs to recover reflected images 30,000 times smaller than the actual subject.
  • SciFri: Oliver Sacks and the Search for the Giant Squid

    Dec 26, 2013 | 48 min
    In this 1997 conversation, neurologist Oliver Sacks describes the island of the colorblind, then chats with a researcher searching for giant squid.
  • SciFri: Carl Sagan: ‘Science Is a Way of Thinking’

    Dec 26, 2013 | 31 min
    In this 1996 interview, Carl Sagan talks about pseudoscience, UFOs, and the origins of the universe.
  • SciFri: Temple Grandin: ‘My Mind Works Like Google Images’

    Dec 26, 2013 | 18 min
    In this 2006 interview, Temple Grandin explains how her autism helps her understand animal behavior.
  • SciFri: Out of the Bottle: Wine Flavor

    Dec 19, 2013 | 7 min
    A researcher from Cornell details the chemical composition of wine’s diverse flavor profiles.
  • SciFri: Unpacking DARPA’s and Google’s Robotics Interests

    Dec 19, 2013 | 13 min
    Google has purchased eight robotics companies in the last half-year.
  • SciFri: A Year of Ups and Downs for Science

    Dec 19, 2013 | 47 min
    Ira Flatow and a panel of editors and bloggers discuss the year’s biggest science stories.
  • SciFri: Christmas Bird Count 2013

    Dec 19, 2013 | 29 min
    An update from the annual birding holiday tradition: the Audubon Christmas Bird Count.
  • SciFri: In a New Play, Trusty Sidekick Is a Supercomputer

    Dec 12, 2013 | 17 min
    Madeleine George’s new play explores our dependency on technology—and each other.
  • SciFri: Fixing ‘Misfolded’ Proteins for New Drug Treatments

    Dec 12, 2013 | 7 min
    Researchers were able to restore the function of incorrectly folded proteins in mice.
  • SciFri: Reggie Watts Builds a Synthesizer, Bit by Bit

    Dec 12, 2013 | 25 min
    How do synths work? Reggie Watts shows off a synthesizer you can build yourself.
  • SciFri: This Doc's Miracle Drug? Exercise

    Dec 12, 2013 | 23 min
    Doctor Jordan Metzl says specific cardio and strength training regimens can treat a variety of ills.
  • SciFri: Science Book Picks for 2013

    Dec 12, 2013 | 23 min
    Journalist Deborah Blum and Maria Popova of Brainpickings.org share their top science books of 2013.
  • SciFri: Dissecting America's $3 Trillion Medical Bill

    Dec 05, 2013 | 18 min
    Steven Brill discusses "Bitter Pill," his investigation of skyrocketing healthcare costs.
  • SciFri: China Shoots ‘Jade Rabbit’ Rover to the Moon

    Dec 05, 2013 | 13 min
    BBC science editor David Shukman talks about the motivations behind China's moonshot.
  • SciFri: Speech Science: Tongue Twisters and Valley Girls

    Dec 05, 2013 | 15 min
    Unraveling the speech patterns behind tongue twisters and Valley girls. . .and boys.
  • SciFri: Would More Technology Mean Safer Trains?

    Dec 05, 2013 | 16 min
    Seventy thousand miles of track will need to be outfitted with "positive train control" technology by 2015.
  • SciFri: The Simpsons’ Secret? It’s Written by Math Geeks

    Dec 05, 2013 | 35 min
    The secret behind The Simpsons math jokes? A writers’ room full of ex-mathematicians.
  • SciFri: Annual Prizes Honor the Stranger Side of Science

    Nov 27, 2013 | 49 min
    The IgNobel Prizes salute unusual research, such as an investigation of dung beetle navigation.
  • SciFri: Eating ‘Wilder’ Foods for a Healthier Diet

    Nov 27, 2013 | 23 min
    Author Jo Robinson digs up tips on how to get the most nutrition out of our fruits and vegetables.
  • SciFri: At STREB Action Lab, Dance and Physics Collide

    Nov 27, 2013 | 24 min
    Choreographer and gravity-junkie Elizabeth Streb pushes the boundaries of physics—with dance.
  • SciFri: Stores May Be Snooping Into Your Smartphone

    Nov 21, 2013 | 8 min
    Stores can tap into your smartphone’s Wifi signal to track your in-store movements.
  • SciFri: Budget Cuts Leave Curiosity and Cassini in Limbo

    Nov 21, 2013 | 17 min
    Under NASA’s proposed 2013 budget, planetary science would receive $1.217 billion.
  • SciFri: ISON: The Comet of the Century . . . or Is It?

    Nov 21, 2013 | 13 min
    As Comet ISON skirts the sun, it could be destroyed—or emerge, even more spectacular than before.
  • SciFri: Using Modern Ballistics to Crack ‘Cold Case JFK’

    Nov 21, 2013 | 23 min
    Fifty years later, forensic scientists apply modern tech to the JFK assassination.
  • SciFri: A Handful of Nuts, a Lifetime of Benefits?

    Nov 21, 2013 | 10 min
    Researchers linked daily nut consumption to a lower risk of dying from major chronic diseases.
  • SciFri: When Water Flows Uphill

    Nov 21, 2013 | 5 min
    Researchers test ridged surfaces in order to control the movements of hot water.

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