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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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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, 20
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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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What’s the Real Cost of Your Steak?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


Cattle require 28 times more land and 11 times more irrigation water than eggs or poultry.

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The SciFri Book Club Introduces Dune

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


Sci-fi author Kim Stanley Robinson and astrobiologist Sara Imari Walker introduce the SciFri Book Club’s summer selection: Dune.

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New Online Tracking Tool Evades Privacy Settings

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


A new online tracker is snooping on visitors to over 5,600 popular sites—and it's nearly impossible to block.

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HIV/AIDS Update

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


A round-up of the latest HIV/AIDS research news and an update from the International AIDS Conference in Melbourne, Australia.

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‘Moth-ers’ Celebrate Less-Loved Lepidopterans

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


Elena Tartaglia, a co-founder of National Moth Week, gives tips on spotting butterflies' neglected cousins.

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Oarfish: The Ultimate Fish Tale

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 24, 2014


Little is known about the monstrously long oarfish, its life cycle, and how it navigates its deep sea environment.

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Scientists Call Whales the ‘Engineers’ of the Ocean Ecosystem

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


Whales stabilize the ocean ecosystem through a mechanism scientists call the “whale pump,” or fecal plumes.

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Pacemaker Researchers Swap Batteries for Biology

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


With gene therapy, scientists reprogram pig heart cells to improve heartbeat.

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Frozen in Time, a Giant Virus

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


A virus large enough to be seen through a light microscope was recovered from the Siberian permafrost.

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App Chat: Plugging In to the Outdoors

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


Reporter Bob Parks guides us through his favorite outdoor and camping apps.

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As California Dries Up, Locals Hope for El Niño

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


A third of California is now clenched by exceptional drought, and this week the state announced $500 fines for water-wasters. But many residents continue to hope for rain.

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Fashioning the Future

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


A scientist and a designer imagine fashion’s high-tech future.

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Smarty Pants: Testing the Quality of Textiles

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 17, 2014


Confidence in how well our garments suit us shouldn't be taken for granted—we owe much to textile quality assurance.

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The ABCs of 3D

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 10, 2014


Makerbot’s Bre Pettis explains what you need to know to try your own 3D printing.

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Keeping an Eye on Wayward Studies

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 10, 2014


Ivan Oransky, co-founder of the Retraction Watch blog, discusses what happens when scientific studies go bad.

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Concerns Rise Over Pesticide Use, Birds, and Bees

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 10, 2014


Neonicotinoid pesticides have been banned in the E.U. but are still approved for use in the U.S. while the EPA reviews them.

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Could Inducing Hypothermia Help Revive Trauma Patients?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 10, 2014


In a procedure called “Emergency Preservation and Resuscitation,” doctors would replace the blood of patients with cold saline to help buy valuable operating time.

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What’s So Bad About Being Alone With Your Thoughts?

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 10, 2014


A study finds that many people would rather shock themselves than be alone with their thoughts.

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The Surprisingly Predictable Patterns of Random Choice

Author: Science Friday
Thu, Jul 10, 2014


In his new book, Rock Breaks Scissors, author William Poundstone decodes the patterns in big data, sports, and human behaviors.

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