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Brooke Borel, of Popular Science and the blog Our Modern Plagues, shares this week's top science news.
Researchers rethink discipline in an effort to break down the “school-to-prison” pipeline.
A new study investigates the link between the gut and the brain in mice.
Scientists work to understand the chemistry and benefit of firefly flashes.
In Marin County, California, augmented reality binoculars are helping locals visualize sea level rise—and plan for it.
Researchers sent “wexters” through an obstacle course and found that they took more steps, deviated from the path, and slowed down more than regular walkers.
Google Glass, Fitbits, and the Apple Watch are just the latest products in a long evolution of wearable technology.
Illegal pot farms north of San Francisco are repeating many of the environmental sins of the logging era, like clear-cutting and road building.
BuzzFeed News science editor Virginia Hughes shares her top stories from this week in science, and astronomer Seth Shostack debates the pros and cons of attempting to contact E.T.
From pocket-size drones to camera-equipped quadcopters, drone educator Steve Cohen navigates us through tips for buying and building personal drones.
Dolphins can switch in and out of a metabolic syndrome that resembles pre-diabetes in humans.
Is it time to stop killing bacteria, and start pitting them against each other?
Two studies detect a DNA link between indigenous Amazonians and native Australians and New Guineans.
NASA’s Kepler program has located a planet close in size to Earth, orbiting in the habitable zone of a star similar to our own sun. Plus, new data about Pluto.
Scientists find that self-described experts are more likely to claim knowledge of phony information.
Scientists working on CERN’s LHCb experiment report that they’ve found evidence of a so-called pentaquark particle.
Brandon Keim, a freelance science reporter, shares this week's top science news.
Ice mountains and gaping canyons are just a few of the surprising features the New Horizons spacecraft beamed back this week.
All the scales in the world are calibrated against a 125-year-old chunk of metal in a vault on the outskirts of Paris. Now scientists are looking to redefine the standard of what “kilogram” really means.
Are Minecraft’s digital building blocks the teaching tools of the future?
In his new novel, Aurora, sci-fi writer Kim Stanley Robinson puts the dream of interstellar colonization under the microscope.
A food scientist explores how the microstructure of ice cream controls the rate at which it melts.
Human screams have a unique audio quality not found in other types of speech.
Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post joins us for a roundup of the top science stories this week.
The New Horizons probe is about to capture its prize: a close-up of Pluto.
Climate change has caused bumblebee habitats in North America to retreat by as much as 190 miles in some areas.
Science documentary producer Emily Driscoll stopped by a Willy Wonka-like math lab to see what lollipops can teach us about fluid dynamics.
Nobel Laureate Eric Kandel discusses the role of prions in maintaining long-term memories.
Geek Atlas author John Graham-Cumming help us plot the ultimate geek road trip, with sites spanning the history of science, technology, and mathematics.
Researchers estimate that there are millions of supermassive black holes hidden in the universe.
In The Tale of the Dueling Neurosurgeons, science writer Sam Kean explains how the field of neuroscience emerged from stories of brains gone awry.
In this live interview from the Aspen Ideas Festival, Ira asks mathematicians and educators if there’s a better way to learn math.
A roundtable of scientists discuss ongoing research on the effects and potential applications of marijuana for adolescents in the United States.
The Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge, which was once a chemical weapons manufacturing site, is now one of the nation’s largest urban wildlife sanctuaries.
A survey of 18,000 cyclists seeks to understand why some are more likely to follow traffic rules than others.
Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post joins us for a roundup of her top science stories of the week.
Scientists find evidence of a modern human with a recent Neanderthal ancestor in Romania.
In his new book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future , journalist Ashlee Vance gives the inside story behind Musk’s “relentless drive and ingenious vision.”
A wrap of highlights from Cephalopod Week, and a check-in with SciFri education manager Ariel Zych and biologist Chuck Fisher aboard the exploration vessel Nautilus.
Alicia Jackson, deputy director of DARPA's Biological Technologies Office, says synthetic biology could be the next big thing for military innovation.
Psychology professor Dacher Keltner helped Inside Out’s filmmakers navigate the 11-year-old mind.
Jeff Potter, author of Cooking for Geeks returns to share homemade ice cream hacks.
Tariq Malik of Space.com talks about Philae’s unexpected awakening, and Arielle Duhaime-Ross helps decipher a mystery that has plagued scientists for 50 years.
Paleontologists Lindsay Zanno and Kenneth Lacovara share what made them clap—and cringe—while watching Jurassic World.
The ancient climate of Mars may have been “cold and icy,” according to researchers.
We kick off our second annual Science Friday Cephalopod Week—a celebration of all things tentacled.
Researchers at Columbia University design engines powered by evaporation.
Ever wondered which cooking oil is healthiest? Tom Brenna, a professor of human nutrition at Cornell University, helps us get to the fat of the matter.
Maria Popova and Lee Billings share their summer reading picks.
What cutting airlines' carbon emissions could mean, why scientists gave eels cocaine, and the good—and bad—of artificial turf.
Modern humans are the only surviving hominin from what was once a rich, fairly bushy family tree. But why did we alone survive?
This week Apple revealed an improved Siri comparable to Android’s Google Now.
Bioengineers at Tufts University are crafting silk protein into medical, optical, and bioelectronic materials.
Could approved drugs be repurposed to discover new treatments for chronic and rare diseases?
This week, the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change convened in Washington, D.C. But don't confuse it with the IPCC.
The DARPA Robotics Competition challenged teams to design robots that could navigate a simulated disaster scenario.
Two entomologists set out to prove the true scent of the odorous house ant.
Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post talks about the week in science, and Christina Warren of Mashable joins to talk about science search results gone wrong.
In his latest "Flame Challenge," Alan Alda asked people to answer the question: "What is sleep?" We talk with the winning respondents.
Science Friday’s Science Club has been on a month-long exploration of the sun: what it is, how we see it, and its effects on our lives.
How will increasing global temperatures affect fish and marine habitats?
Researchers describe previously undiscovered lymphatic vessels in the brains of mice.
Meathead Goldwyn busts “beer can” chicken myths and shares science secrets for a successful backyard barbecue.
Female smalltooth sawfish were found to undergo “virgin births” in southern Florida.
Hawaii Public Radio reporter Molly Solomon talks about a new proposal for Hawaii's Thirty-Meter Telescope, and reporter Rachel Feltman sums up the week in science news.
Scientists uncover evidence of new hominin species in the Afar region of Ethiopia.
Astronaut Scott Kelly—aboard the International Space Station—and his Earth-bound twin brother, Mark, talk about the effects of living in space for one year.
Biologist Zach Lippman describes the genetics behind the oversized beefsteak tomato.
Scientists have unveiled a robot that can sustain injury to one of its six legs, think for a few minutes, and devise a more efficient way to walk.
Scientist swap out yeast genes for human ones, with an almost 50 percent success rate.
In this week’s news roundup, Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post joins us for a roundup of her top science stories of the week.
Biologist Thor Hanson describes the dizzying diversity of seeds. A new documentary, Seeds of Time portrays the fight to save them.
“Normal” human skin cells can contain a surprisingly large number of sun-induced mutations in their DNA, a new study has found.
A multi-year scientific expedition gives scientists new insights into the ocean’s viral communities.
Neal Stephenson’s new novel Seveneves blasts humanity into orbit, only to bring them down to earth...five thousand years later.
Damon Lavrinc, an editor at Jalopnik, talks about driving apps and gadgets.
Virginia Hughes of BuzzFeed News joins us for a roundup of her top science stories of the week.
An expert in the field of ancient DNA explains the why’s and how to’s of woolly mammoth de-extinction.
How—and why—scientists keep a close eye on the activity of our nearest star.
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology passed a bill that would cut NASA’s earth science budget by roughly 20 percent.
A look at what the rise of emoji says about online communication.
The specific combinations of strains of bacteria that live on and in a person can be used to identify an individual—even up to a year later.
Scientists traced the evolution of dinosaurs to birds through the beak of a chicken.
Hear the full show as Ira and Science Friday take the stage at Huntsville, Alabama’s own U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post joins us for a roundup of her top science stories this week.
Barry Estabrook's latest book, Pig Tales, is a journey through the good, the bad and the ugly of hog farming.
This season’s Science Club challenge: Tell us what the sun does.
Reminiscent of the flashy dance halls and shag carpets of the '70s, the disco clam flaunts frilly tentacles and its very own light show.
Could ingested plants be used as a delivery system of therapeutic microRNAs?
In her new book How to Bake Pi, mathematician Eugenia Cheng cooks up digestible math lessons on number theory to topology.
An evolutionary biologist brings big data to bear on 50 years of pop music history.
Several scientists share stories of their favorite Animal Kingdom matriarchs with Science Friday, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Salty aquifers deep under Antarctica could be a blueprint for where life might hide out on Mars.
In his new book, psychiatrist Jeffrey Lieberman documents the profession's early days—a time when malaria was considered an effective cure for mental illness.
How can cities like Kathmandu become more earthquake resistant in the future?
Could Elon Musk’s plan for a home battery fire up an energy revolution?
How should research progress as human gene editing techniques become cheaper, faster, and more precise?
The New Celebrity Scientists profiles scientists who’ve cracked the fame code to become cultural icons.
We all know Dr. Oliver Sacks as a renowned neurologist and a prolific author. But he’s a true Renaissance man, as becomes clear when reading his new memoir, On the Move: A Life.
Amanda Glaze studies perceptions of evolution as well as its religious and societal influences throughout the Southeastern United States.
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Astronauts separate fact from fiction in Alfonso Cuarón's 3-D space epic, Gravit...
Paleontologists Lindsay Zanno and Kenneth Lacovara share what made them clap—and cringe—while watching Jurassic World.