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Jul. 17, 2014

Sea, Temperature, CO2 Levels All Rise in 2013

by Ira Flatow

NOAA releases its State of the Climate Report for 2013.

global warming, climate change, CO2, earth, greenhouse gases, noaa
May. 08, 2014

Alan Friedman, We Will Miss You

by Ira Flatow

The former director of the New York Hall of Science was a champion for the public's understanding of and involvement with science.

Jan. 03, 2014

Iowa Going Green: What Does It Mean for 2016?

by Ira Flatow

Could new wind energy projects influence votes?

Dec. 05, 2013

Backstage at 'The Big Bang Theory'

by Ira Flatow

Being on set at the popular show left me starstruck.

Big Bang Theory
Nov. 13, 2013

What You Didn't Know About Einstein

by Ira Flatow

When you find yourself wanting to re-read a book that you just finished, you gotta recommend it to others.

einstein, quantum theory, relativity, a. douglas stone
Oct. 30, 2013

Time Traveling at La Brea Tar Pits

by Ira Flatow

The SciFri staff visited La Brea Tar Pits, which is celebrating 100 years of excavation.

Sep. 30, 2013

Les Paul, Audio Pioneer

by Ira Flatow

We had so much fun talking about Les Paul on the show.

Les Paul, guitar, sound, recording, eight-track tape recorder
Sep. 03, 2013

This Is a 'Light Bulb'?

by Ira Flatow

Each tiny square is an LED.

LED, Invention, Technology, Light, light fixture
Jul. 09, 2013

Rich Diversity of Life May Be Locked In Antarctic Lake

by Ira Flatow

A new study suggests that a bevy of bacteria and other life could be dwelling in Lake Vostok.

Antarctica, glacier, Lake Vostok, life
Jun. 12, 2013

The Disappearing #1 in Sports

by Ira Flatow

Put the number 1 back in the scoreboard.

Jun. 04, 2013

The Luddite: Dot Matrix Printers

by Ira Flatow

Sometimes the old tech is the best tech.

luddite, airlines, printers, technology, dot matrix printer
May. 03, 2013

Black Silicon and Smart Wind Turbines

by Ira Flatow

Very quietly, solar and wind technologies are making some important advances. Here are a couple examples.

renewable energy wind solar power
Apr. 01, 2013

How to Get 6,000 People to Talk Science

by Ira Flatow

Bill Nye and I were on a panel discussing how to tell stories about science.

Mar. 15, 2013

Help SciFri Tell Great Stories

by Ira Flatow

Donate $25 to help us tell great stories, and we'll send you a SciFri USB drive with some of our favorites from 2012.

Science Friday, Donate
Mar. 07, 2013

Don't Miss This Comet!

by Ira Flatow

Visible With the Naked Eye

comet, PANSTARR, space, astronomy
Feb. 20, 2013

Open Invitation to Lamar Smith, House Science Committee Chairman: Accepted

by Ira Flatow

Science Friday invites Chairman Lamar Smith to discuss technology that will track objects such as asteroids that threaten Earth.

asteroid 2012 DA14, Lamar Smith, House Science Committee, House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology, Russia, meteor, Russian meteor, asteroid, asteroids, deflecting asteroid
Feb. 12, 2013

Battle of the Electric Cars: "Hydrogen Sucks," Says Elon Musk

by Ira Flatow

War of the Currents Redux: Fuel Cells vs Batteries

elon musk; Tesla; batteries; fuel cells; cars; hydrogen fuel; hydrogen; Edison; Westinghouse; current wars
Jan. 29, 2013

Flatow File: Spider Webs, Tractor Beams, and Beer

by Ira Flatow

This week, I'm focusing on some really geeky -- I should say Benjie* -- research that caught my eye. Be ready for some gorgeous graphics and hi-tech talk.

Star Trek, Physics, Spider
Jan. 22, 2013

Flatow File: Water on Mars, Sea Creatures, NFL Concussions

by Ira Flatow

Once more, lots of intriguing stories making the news this week. Here are a few of my favorites.

Jan. 03, 2013

I May Have Found My Bulb!

by Ira Flatow

For years I've been searching for the best light bulb, and I may have found it.

Dec. 13, 2012

When TED Talks, Pay Attention to the Facts

by Ira Flatow

There is one caveat to be aware of when watching or listening to a TED talk: chances are that no one at TED has vetted the presentation for accuracy.

ira flatow, ted talk, ideas, online culture
Dec. 06, 2012

Greenland: "I'm Melting"

by Ira Flatow

That line from the Wicked Witch of the West aptly describes stunning newly released photos and time-lapse videos showing the rapid melting of ice in the Polar regions, especially in Greenland.

climate change, ice, greenland
Nov. 05, 2012

Post Sandy: Are You More Likely Now to Buy an Electric Car?

by Ira Flatow

Does hurricane Sandy make you any more inclined to buy an electric vehicle?

Sandy, global warming, climate, renewable energy, electric cars
Nov. 01, 2012

Sandy: Katrina Redux

by Ira Flatow

Are Katrina and Sandy linked to climate change?

sandy, global warming, climate, Katrina
Oct. 11, 2012

I'm Ira Flatow, Ask Me Anything

by Ira Flatow

Yesterday I had the opportunity to interact with SciFri fans online as a participant in Reddit's Ask Me Anything (AMA) feature.

scifri, ira,
Oct. 09, 2012

How to 'Break' Einstein's Speed Limit

by Ira Flatow

Can you legally break Einstein's speed limit?

einstein, ira, physics
Sep. 27, 2012

Rover Finds Ancient Stream Bed on Mars

by Ira Flatow

NASA's rover has discovered an ancient stream bed on Mars.

mars, mars rover, curiosity, space, space exploration, water on mars
Sep. 24, 2012

We're Headed to Boise!

by Ira Flatow

Next week we broadcast from beautiful Boise, Idaho.

Boise, Science Friday
Sep. 04, 2012

3D Mars Curiosity Photo

by Ira Flatow

Mars, Curiosity, 3D, Rover,
Aug. 08, 2012

Mars Excitement: Back to the Future

by Ira Flatow

Curiosity Lander: Excitement Recalls Viking

Space Mars Curiosity Rover Exploration
Jul. 30, 2012

Footprints on the Moon

by Ira Flatow

Space Apollo Moon Footprint
Jul. 18, 2012

Ira on 'The Ice'

by Ira Flatow

Antarctica changed my life. You don't just visit Antarctica, you experience it. And that experience--from the grandeur of its active volcano (Mt. Erebus) puffing steam each day, to the high desert plateau of the South Pole, to the icy blue glaciers--influences how I see and interact with the world even 33 years after having trodded "the ice" in 1979.

antarctica, glacier, Weddell seals, South Pole
Jul. 05, 2012

First Shadow Of A Single Atom

by Ira Flatow

What does a single atom look like?

Physics atoms
Jul. 04, 2012

What Higgs Boson Evidence Looks Like

by Ira Flatow

Higgs Boson Physics
Jul. 03, 2012

Science: Best Way to Reach Out to Young Women

by Ira Flatow

Two attempts to reach young women. Which works better?

Science Girls Young Women Video, Barber Lab Quartet, Science: It's a Girl Thing, women in science, science education
Jun. 29, 2012

Segment by Segment Podcasts

by Ira Flatow

A few years ago, we changed our podcast format so that listeners had to download the full hour of a show, instead of being able to listen segment by segment. That change never really felt right, so we're going to switch back.

Jun. 21, 2012

Jon Stewart SciFri Shout Out, Third Anniversary

by Ira Flatow

A few years ago I was in the audience for a taping of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Before the show started, Jon introduced himself and asked if anybody had any questions. I asked him if he listens to Science Friday. (Nobody's ever accused me of being a shrinking violet.) Here's how Jon answered that question, in his own....special...way.

daily show, ira flatow, science friday
Jun. 20, 2012

It's 10:00 PM, Do You Know Where Your Face Is?

by Ira Flatow

Facebook buys facial recognition company. Facing up to the consequences.

Facial recognition, ethics, geek, Facebook, face.com
Jun. 06, 2012

Renewable Energy Paradigm Shift: Republicans as Tree Huggers?

by Ira Flatow

Conservative Republicans Supporting Wind, Solar

Rewable energy, politics,
May. 16, 2012

Hottest Year On Record

by Ira Flatow

Past 12 Months Hottest On Record

Drought, Global Warming, Climate Change
May. 10, 2012

How Do We Look?

by Ira Flatow

Welcome to our new Web site. Redesigned with you in mind.

web, design, science friday
May. 04, 2012

Keep The Shuttle Flying

by Ira Flatow

Everyone was so impressed seeing the space shuttle flying atop that 747. Why not keep one in the air?

space, space flight, space shuttle, science education, museum, exhibit, NASA
Apr. 12, 2012

The Paucity of Science Polling

by Ira Flatow

Apr. 04, 2012

What Makes My Job Worthwhile

by Ira Flatow

I spent the morning in Grapevine, Texas, right outside of Dallas, talking to the folks at the National AfterSchool Association convention. A number of folks came up to say hello and I’m always appreciative of the praise they heap on … Continue reading →

Books
Mar. 09, 2012

Trimming The Roses

by Ira Flatow

Went into the backyard and trimmed the rose bushes, which have already begun to grow. New shoots, leaves. Earliest in the season that I can remember. Continue reading →

Climate Changes, Earthquakes, Hurricane
Feb. 21, 2012

God Speed, John Glenn

by Ira Flatow

When soon-to-be astronaut Scott Carpenter voiced the soon-to-be very famous phrase, 50 years ago, America was in a much different place: at the start of a new adventure, the moon in its sights. It was space race all news, all … Continue reading →

Books
Oct. 06, 2011

Thank You, Steve

by Ira Flatow

My brother called me up with the sad news. Steve Jobs was dead. He called me because I was one of the few people he knew who could understand the depth of the loss he felt. And I could. And … Continue reading →

Books, News, Technology, apple, iPad, steve jobs
Oct. 03, 2011

DIY Sci

by Ira Flatow

I just came home from the Flagstaff, AZ, Festival of Science, a ten-day citywide extravaganza, and from the second annual World Maker Faire 2011, at the New York Hall of Science. And boy, is there excitement in the air. The … Continue reading →

Invention, Science, SciFri Podcast, creativity, invention, Maker Faire, NSF, Robots
Aug. 31, 2011

Irene: Rediscovering Radio

by Ira Flatow

Thank you Irene for helping people rediscover radio. As part of my emergency kit for when the lights went out – and they did for three days – was my old transistor radio (not to mention a wind-up model I … Continue reading →

Events, Hurricane, News, Radio
Aug. 24, 2011

Earthquake Strikes Home

by Ira Flatow

The Quake of 2011 brings to mind a running gag-line I’ve used often in my work: “If Capitol Hill sat on a fault line, Congress would stop cutting the budget for earthquake research.” ( I’ve said this about oceans, atmospheric … Continue reading →

Earthquakes, Events, News, budget, Earthquake, Washington

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