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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.

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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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Would You Trust a Robot to Schedule Your Life?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 20, 2014


Given access to your Google calendar, a personal assistant named Amy will happily schedule all your appointments. The catch? She's a machine—a digital personal assistant.

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Food Failures: The Science of Sides

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 20, 2014


Find out how to avoid Turkey Day trip-ups in the latest episode of our “Food Failures” series.

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‘Hot’ for Turkey

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 20, 2014


Female wild turkeys parse the courtship performances of males to determine their genetic potential.

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Ghosts of Early Language May Linger in the Brain

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 20, 2014


Chinese adoptees living in Canada, who now speak only French, still process Chinese sounds as native speakers do, even if they have no conscious recall of word meaning.

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Into the Wormhole: The Science of 'Interstellar'

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 20, 2014


It’s a sci-fi epic set among black holes, wormholes, and tesseracts. But director Christopher Nolan and physicist Kip Thorne say Interstellar doesn’t break the laws of physics.

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Meet The Brain Scoop’s Emily Graslie

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 20, 2014


YouTube science star Emily Graslie takes viewers behind the scenes of natural history museums with “The Brain Scoop.”

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The First Touchdown on a Comet

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 13, 2014


The European Space Agency’s Philae lander is the first probe to touch down on a comet.

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Lacking Funding, Some Scientists Turn to the Crowd

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 13, 2014


Scientists frustrated by a lack of research dollars are turning to crowdfunding.


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Horns, Claws, and Teeth: The Animal Weapons Arms Race

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 13, 2014


Doug Emlen, author of “Animal Weapons,” unpacks the evolutionary arms race that pushes horns, claws, teeth and other animal defenses to the extreme.

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Here Kitty, Kitty: The Genetics of Tame Animals

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 13, 2014


Researchers discuss the possible genetic underpinnings that make certain cats and rats tame.

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Mining Wikipedia Data to Track Disease

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 13, 2014


By analyzing access to specific health-related pages on Wikipedia, researchers may be able to identify—or even forecast—potential disease outbreaks.


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‘New Environmentalism’ Moves Beyond Pollution and Climate Change

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 13, 2014


Gus Speth, a longtime Washington insider, says it’s time to consider consumerism, economic instability, and a functional democracy as core environmental issues.

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U.S. High-Speed Internet Lags Behind on Price, Cost

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 06, 2014


For less than $40 a month, residents of Seoul, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Bucharest, and Paris can enjoy lightning-fast Internet download and upload speeds of 1,000 Mbps.

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Apple Science, From American Beauty to Zestar

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 06, 2014


Between new crosses and old heritage varieties, there’s a world of apples beyond the Red Delicious.

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Piecing Together the Puzzle of Insect Evolution

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 06, 2014


One hundred researchers studied 144 insect species to fill in the blanks of insects’ evolutionary history.

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Opening Up the Synthetic Biology Toolkit

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 06, 2014


Synthetic biologist Christopher Voigt and biotechnologist Stephen Streatfield discuss current trends in synthetic biology.

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Spilling Our Guts: Decreased Diversity in the Human Microbiome

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 06, 2014


How can hospital stays and the evolution from apes to humans change the diversity of our microbiome?

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George Washington Carver: Renaissance Man

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Nov 06, 2014


Carver was a painter, singer, and piano teacher, taught farmers the virtues of crop rotation, and developed hundreds of recipes for peanuts, sweet potatoes, soybeans and pecans.

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Ebola Vaccines Fast-Tracked As Outbreak Slows

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 30, 2014


Jon Cohen, a staff writer covering the outbreak for Science magazine, says that despite the vaccines’ success in monkeys, their efficacy in humans is far from guaranteed.

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Could This 3-D Printer Print Itself?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 30, 2014


This week, HP announced its new 3-D printer, which it claims can print materials strong enough to lift up a car—and do it 10 times faster than anything on the market today.

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Scientists Sniff Smelly Comet

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 30, 2014


The Rosetta spacecraft has detected the scent of a comet...and it stinks.

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Countering Memory Loss With Cocoa Compounds

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 30, 2014


Researchers try to counteract age-related memory decline with cocoa flavanols.

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Creature Double Feature

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 30, 2014


Witness two tales that will make your skin crawl and your mind reel with fear and curiosity.

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Doctors ‘Unwrap’ a 3,000-Year-Old Mummy

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 30, 2014


Radiologists use CT scans to piece together the life, and death, of Egyptian mummies.


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A Haunted House Turned Scientists’ Lab

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 30, 2014


Scientists turn Pittsburgh’s ScareHouse into a real-world lab to discover why some brains thrive on fear.

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Behind the Monster Music: Why Some Tunes Scare Us

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 30, 2014


Neuroscientist Daniel Levitin and Sound Opinions co-host Jim DeRogatis discuss the neuroscience of spooky songs.

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Nerve Transplant Allows Paralyzed Man to Move Legs Again

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 23, 2014


The pioneering treatment uses cells from the nasal cavity and strips of nerve from the ankle to repair a spinal injury.

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Meet ‘The Innovators’ Who Made the Digital Revolution

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 23, 2014


Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators shows how the digital revolution was a team effort.

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Hand Sanitizer May Increase BPA Absorption

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 23, 2014


Hand sanitizer and similar products could increase the amount of BPA absorbed by the skin.

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You Observed...Everything

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 23, 2014


The Science Club meets to discuss your observations of the world around you, from spider habitats to lunar eclipses.

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Making a Meal From a Mouthful of Seawater

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 23, 2014


A manta ray can filter 240 gallons of seawater per minute.

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Fossil Find Pushes Back Neanderthal-Human Mixing

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 23, 2014


Researchers say a leg bone discovered in a Siberian river bank belongs to a man who lived some 45,000 years ago.

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Rooting Out the Plant Microbiome

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


Scientists are uncovering the importance of the plant microbiome for fighting off pathogens and increasing crop yields.

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More Than Cornflakes

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


John Harvey Kellogg and his brother, W.K., are known today for their most famous discovery—corn flakes—but invented many other health foods along the way.

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Forensic Entomologists Hunt Down Insects to Help Catch Criminals

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


To help piece together a crime scene, forensic entomologists examine the insects found in the area.

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Environmental Detectives Use Genetic Tools to Track Invasives

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


A recently developed technique called "environmental DNA" allows invasive species trackers to get a time-sensitive fingerprint of which species are living where—including underwater.

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The 'First' Battle of Gas Versus Electric

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


As plug-in electric vehicles struggle to carve out a slice of today's auto market, it's worth remembering the first such battle—at the turn of the 1900s.


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Is Your ‘Priceless’ Painting a Fake? Better Ask a Scientist

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 16, 2014


Techniques from physics and chemistry can help scientists and art historians sniff out art forgeries.

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Taking the Temperature of Rising Seas

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


Researchers are trying to better understand ocean water temperatures, which is an important factor in rising sea levels.

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Atul Gawande: On Being Mortal

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


In his book Being Mortal, surgeon Atul Gawande argues that more medicine may not be better medicine in end-of-life care.

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How to Make Quark Soup

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


Brookhaven National Laboratory cooks up tiny ephemeral batches of quark-gluon soup that are said to be the most "perfect" fluid ever discovered.

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The Race to Contain, Rather Than Cure, Ebola

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


With production of experimental treatments slow-going, rapid diagnostic testing could be the best bet for containing the ongoing Ebola outbreak.

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How Did the Violin Get Its Shape?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


From its role in biological systems to cultural products, “shape is information that can tell us a story,” says biologist Dan Chitwood.

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Your Home, Your Bacteria

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


The surfaces in a home reflect the distinct blend of bacteria that inhabit the people that live there.

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Is MSG Bad for Your Health?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 09, 2014


Four decades of scientific studies suggest the food additive MSG may not deserve its toxic reputation.

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Do Chimps Have Culture?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 02, 2014


Researchers say a real-world case of “monkey see, monkey do” might model the origins of human culture.

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Mining the Internet for Clues to Chinese Censorship

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 02, 2014


Protests continue in Hong Kong, but only glimpses of the activity make it into mainland China due to censorship.

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Dance and Physics Collide in ‘Quantum’

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 02, 2014


Choreographer Gilles Jobin took inspiration from the movements of physics for his piece Quantum.

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A Whiff of What’s to Come: What Sense of Smell Says About Health

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 02, 2014


Older adults’ sense of smell might be a strong indicator of their risk of mortality within a five-year span.

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Community Labs Practice Do-It-Yourself Biology

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Oct 02, 2014


In DIY biology labs across the country, citizen scientists take the tools of synthetic biology into their own hands.

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