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NPR: Science Friday Podcast by Ira Flatow

NPR: Science Friday Podcast

Making Science Radioactive

by Ira Flatow

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A weekly staple on many NPR stations across the United States, Science Friday is a great way to keep up to date on the latest trends and issues that surround the scientific community. With the podcast edition, host Ira Flatow and guests discuss topics such as Space Travel, Ancient Archeology, Current Scientific Legislation, Nanotechnology and much more. In a field that grows every day with new discoveries, Flatow manages to present the material in a way that never talks down to the audience and always strives to include listeners in the discussion.


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Science Friday, as heard on NPR, is a weekly discussion of the latest news in science, technology, health, and the environment hosted by Ira Flatow. Ira interviews scientists, authors, and policymakers, and listeners can call in and ask questions as well. Hear it each week on NPR stations nationwide -- or online here!


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Always a good listen
Reviewer ckazilek
 September 26, 2007
This is one show that always has some great content. I look forward to Fridays.

Solid content; some discretion advised
Reviewer jct405
 September 17, 2007
An earlier reviewer's critique labeling this program 'poor science' was based on one program. One would have to agree with him that it is frustrating to waste time listening to shoddy science. But do not throw the baby out with the bathwater. Mr. Flatow has interviewed many, many good scientists along with a few nimrods. His recent interview of Jonathan Graff is one darn good reason to listen regularly. Graff's team at UTSW has published a stunningly important finding: a gene that regulates fat accumulation and metabolism in organisms from fruit flies, worms and mammals that could reasonably (given the current findings) turn out to be the cure for diabetes. It has all the markings of rigorous scientific investigation. And what is more interesting is that the major media has yet to pick up on it. Good work, Mr. Flatow! Yes, screen out the nimrods. But, wow, keep this stuff coming. Thanks.

nhrisd
Reviewer nhrisd
 February 17, 2006
There is really something for everyone in these shows. From leeches and stem cells, to new planets and weight reduction surgery, Science Friday covers a wide range of topics in layman’s terms. The host’s inquisitive and direct questions dissect the issues and help to shed light on the mystery of everyday and esoteric science and related issues. Never boring and always chock full of info, these are a great listen.

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Keeping an Eye on Eruptions Around the World

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


At least 20 volcanoes are probably erupting as you read these words.

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A Jovian Moon With Earth-Like Tectonics

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


The icy surface of Jupiter’s moon Europa may undergo processes similar to plate tectonics on Earth.

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Understanding the Urban Ecosystem

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


Researchers say road salt and dissolving concrete have contributed to increased salinization in urban streams.

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Can Conservation Efforts Save the Birds?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


A look at the effects of conservation efforts and climate change on bird populations in North America.

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After 40 Years, a Blue Whale Population Bounces Back

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


Blue whale populations are only a fraction of what they once were globally, but a California population has nearly made a comeback.

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The Science of ‘Sameness’: Developing Generic Medications

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 11, 2014


As of 2010, generic drugs comprise almost 80 percent of the American pharmaceutical market, compared to 10 percent in 1960.

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Supermassive Dinosaur Would Have ‘Feared Nothing’

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 04, 2014


Scientists estimate the dinosaur Dreadnoughtus schrani would have weighed as much as a Boeing 737.

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To Master Test Material, Give Your Brain a Break

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 04, 2014


Salvador DalĂ­ and Thomas Edison took very brief naps when they were stuck on artistic and scientific problems.

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The Wilderness Act Turns 50

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 04, 2014


Fifty years ago this week, legislation set aside over nine million acres of official wilderness.


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From Exotic Garden to Eco-Haven

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 04, 2014


A former millionaire's estate is becoming an environmental haven and training ground.

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Hello, Stranger, Wanna Share a Cab?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 04, 2014


Researchers found that potentially 95 percent of cab rides in New York City could have been shared.

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Randall Munroe Asks, ‘What If?’

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Sep 04, 2014


In his new book What If?, xkcd comic artist Randall Munroe answers his reader’s hypothetical questions with math and science.

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Experimental Therapy Saves Monkeys From Deadly Dose of Ebola

Author: Science Friday
Fri, Aug 29, 2014


ZMapp, the cocktail of antibodies used to treat two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus, spared 18 severely ill monkeys from death.

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Unraveling the Mysteries of Black Holes

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 28, 2014


High energy x-rays provide a rare glimpse into the behavior of black holes.

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Electric Bacteria Form Nanowires, Shoot Out Electrons

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 28, 2014


USC's Moh El-Naggar says engineers hope to harness bacterial energy using fuel cells.

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Less Flashy Fossils Offer Paleoclimate Clues

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 28, 2014


Uncharismatic microfauna, such as insects and mollusks, are giving scientists at La Brea Tar Pits in Los Angeles a glimpse of the city's cool, humid past.

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From the Lab to the Silver Screen: The Birth of CGI

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 28, 2014


Animator Tom Sito explains how scientists and engineers kickstarted Hollywood’s digital animation revolution.

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Science in the Writers’ Room

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 28, 2014


Hollywood T.V. and film writers explain how they balance scientific accuracy and storytelling.

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Making Hollywood’s Digital Doubles

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 28, 2014


Now that Hollywood’s visual effects wizards can create convincing “digital actors,” will we still need the real thing?

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Can the Bacteria in Your Gut Send Messages to Your Brain?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 21, 2014


Researchers discuss how the microbiome might play a role in anxiety, depression, and autism.

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Microbes Thrive in Antarctic Lake Buried Beneath Ice

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 21, 2014


Microbes have made a home in a lake trapped beneath an 800-meter-thick ice sheet in Antarctica.

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The SciFri Book Club Talks ‘Dune’

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 21, 2014


The SciFri Book Club concludes its discussion of Frank Herbert’s ecological epic, Dune.

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Oceans Act As the World's Thermostat

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 21, 2014


Global temperatures hit a plateau at the turn of the 21st century. Now researchers say they've discovered where that missing heat was hiding: in the oceans.

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Making ‘Masstransiscope’

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 21, 2014


A filmmaker uses science to transform the New York City subway into a movie theater.

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Neanderthals and Modern Humans Mingled for Millennia

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 21, 2014


New, more accurate radiocarbon dating suggests the two cultures co-existed in Europe for nearly 5,000 years.

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‘Evolutionary Misfit’ Finds Its Way Into the Family Tree

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 21, 2014


Scientists piece together how a 14-legged Cambrian worm is related to modern animals.

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Tar Noir

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 21, 2014


Using paleoforensics, researchers recount the grim details of life and death at the the La Brea Tar Pits.

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Close-Up With a Comet

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 14, 2014


The European Space Agency’s Rosetta spacecraft is the first probe to orbit a comet.

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Is Healthy Soil the Low-Tech Solution to Climate Change?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 14, 2014


In her book The Soil Will Save Us, writer Kristin Ohlson concludes that the low-cost, low-tech solution to climate change may be directly underfoot—in healthy soil.

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Decoding Secret Communication Between Plants

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 14, 2014


A new study in Science says that certain parasitic plants spy on their hosts through RNA exchanges.

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App Chat: Being Social Without Leaving a Trace

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 14, 2014


A growing number of apps allow users to post ephemeral or anonymous messages—and they're catching on quickly with millennials.

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Food Failures: Concocting Condiments

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 14, 2014


Culinary scientist Ali Bouzari dips into the chemistry behind condiments, from hot sauce to mustard.

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Sylvia Earle’s ‘Mission Blue’

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 14, 2014


Oceanographer Sylvia Earle bears witness to troubling changes in our oceans in the documentary Mission Blue.

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Bridging the Rift: Oculus' Answer to Virtual Reality

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 14, 2014


Technological and design innovations inside the Oculus Rift make virtual reality poised for a mass-market debut.

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Listening In on Elephant ‘Mating Pandemonium’

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 07, 2014


In a “mating pandemonium” event, a group of elephants roar after a pair of elephants mate.

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Behind the Scenes at the City Morgue

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 07, 2014


Forensic pathologist Judy Melinek’s memoir Working Stiff goes behind the scenes at the New York City morgue.

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Giving Viruses a License to Kill...Cancer

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 07, 2014


Scientists transform common viruses like measles and herpes into potential cancer treatments.

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Can an Experimental Therapy Be Used to Treat Ebola?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 07, 2014


A look at the experimental therapy used to treat two Americans who were infected with Ebola.

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"Lucy" Debunked

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 07, 2014


A neurobiologist reveals sci-fi thriller Lucy’s neuroscience bloopers.

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Close Your Eyes and Listen to the Night Sky

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 07, 2014


If the bright “supermoon” drowns out the Perseid meteor shower this year, why not listen for meteors instead?

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Can Science Build a Better Piano?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 07, 2014


Scientists have created a 3D acoustical scan of the piano's resonance—and say it could help refine the art of piano-making.

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Algorithm Turns Everyday Objects Into Microphones

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Aug 07, 2014


Sound waves trigger tiny vibrations in objects. By studying the vibrations, researchers can recreate the sounds that caused them.

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Ebola Outbreak Continues in West Africa

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 31, 2014


Ebola specialist Daniel Bausch provides an on-the-ground view of treating the disease in West Africa.

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How Ultramarathons Affect the Heart, Blood, and Brain

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 31, 2014


Exercise scientists Tamara Hew-Butler and Greg Whyte talk about how the body changes after dozens of hours in motion.

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Can Animals Go Mad?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 31, 2014


From depressed dogs to anxious gorillas, author Laurel Braitman explores mental illness in animals.

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Tapping Into Musical Memory

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 31, 2014


A new documentary, Alive Inside, exposes the connections between music and memory.

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Can’t Stop Worrying? Blame It on Your Habenula

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 31, 2014


The habenula is a pea-sized part of the brain that tracks our expectations of negative events.

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Will Big Data Answer Big Questions on Health?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 31, 2014


Google's latest big idea is called "Baseline Study"—an effort to catalog the DNA of thousands of healthy people, along with their blood, urine, saliva, breath, and tears.

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Mosquito-Borne Viruses Raise Public Health Concern

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


This summer, two different and currently untreatable mosquito-borne viruses were identified on the East Coast.

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A Newly Discovered Virus That Lives in Our Gut

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


Researchers discovered a virus that lives in the gut of half of the world’s population.

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  • Published: 2002
  • LearnOutLoud.com Product ID: N007036