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It's officially the holiday season, time for turkey, mashed potatoes, and a few more inches on our waistlines. In this segment, we'll take a look at how mood, memories and even smell influence what we put on our plates--and into our mouths.
Got a weakness for chocolate chip cookies? Kettle chips? Pizza? Ira talks with former FDA commissioner David Kessler about how tasty foods change your brain, and how the food industry designs the snacks you crave.
In new research, people who imagined the details of eating bite after bite of a tempting food before eating consumed significantly less of the delicacy.
A look at how genes, anatomy, history and culture affect the food choices we make.
Gotta have crunch? In The Omnivorous Mind, John S. Allen explains the universal appeal of crispy snacks like tempura and fried chicken.
An new thermal infrared camera might make crime scene investigations easier.
Can samples of the bacteria on a person's hands be enough to identify them?
Fifty years later, forensic scientists apply modern tech to the JFK assassinatio...
A new book traces the early history of blood transfusions.
Forensic anthropologist and writer Kathy Reichs talks about her new novel "Bones...
\tThe La Brea Tar Pits are world-renowned fossil sites for good reason—they're the mass graves of thousands of Ice Age creatures, each with a story to tell. Researchers at the nearby Page Museum clean the asphalt from the fossil remains, and using paleoforensics, recount the grim details of their deaths. In the process, clues emerge about what life was like in prehistoric Los Angeles.