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Science Friday | Best Science Podcasts (2017)

Our selection of the best science podcasts of 2017. New science podcasts are updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.

Science Friday
Covering everything about science and technology -- from the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies -- Science Friday is your source for entertaining and educational stories and activities. Each week, host Ira Flatow interviews scientists and inventors like Sylvia Earle, Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more.

Hr2:Ancient Inland Sea, Beetles, Ancient Americans
2017-09-15 12:00:00
Paleontologists are piecing together the bones of giant fish and ancient reptiles that inhabited the long-dried North American inland sea. Plus, great recyclers: dung and carrion beetles. And how anthropologists use genetic information and found artifacts to piece together how the first Americans populated the continent.
47 minutes, 52 seconds

Hr1: Hurricane Irma, Cassini Farewell
2017-09-15 12:00:00
Biologists wait to assess the damage done to a delicate ecosystem by Irma. And in 13 years, the Cassini orbiter showed us lakes on Titan, geysers on Enceladus, and a new understanding of all things Saturn.
47 minutes, 22 seconds

Hr2: Tongue Muscles, Jill Tarter, Aging Aircraft
2017-09-08 12:00:00
Astronomer and SETI co-founder Jill Tarter reflects on her career as an alien hunter. Plus, simple exercise seems to be an effective way to keep the tongue muscles toned, and a look under the skin of aging aircraft.
46 minutes, 13 seconds

Hr1: News Roundup, Big Chicken, Black-Footed Ferrets
2017-09-08 12:00:00
In her new book Big Chicken, journalist Maryn McKenna uncovers how the overuse of antibiotics created the current chicken industry. Plus, on the western prairies, black footed ferrets face an invasive plague, limited food, and the work of staying alive.
47 minutes, 1

Hr2: Florida Textbooks, Education Myths, Educator Collaborative
2017-09-01 12:00:00
Seven innovative science teachers have turned Science Friday stories into lessons you can use in the classroom and at home. Plus, there is little evidence to support the idea that some people are visual versus auditory learners. But the theory persists.
46 minutes, 56 seconds

Hr1: News Roundup, Flood Planning, Hurricane Harvey
2017-09-01 12:00:00
What does Hurricane Harvey mean for future storms and the cities that may be unprepared for them?
46 minutes, 4

Hr2: Renewable Energy Transition, Speech and Pitch, Max Tegmark
2017-08-25 12:00:00
A new study maps out the path for 139 countries to switch entirely to renewable energy sources by 2050. And physicist Max Tegmark contemplates how artificial intelligence could reshape work, justice, and society in the future.
47 minutes, 15 seconds

Hr1: News Roundup, Teenage Brain, Voyager, Indoor Microbiome
2017-08-25 12:00:00
From slime in your shower head to fungi in your drywall, there is no escaping the microbiome of the great indoors. Plus, from solar explorers to record bearers, the many lives of Voyagers 1 and 2.
47 minutes, 17 seconds

Hr2: FDA Fast Track, Evolution, Solar Eclipse App for Visually Impaired
2017-08-18 12:00:00
Researchers say fast-tracked drugs are not being rigorously tested after the approval process. Plus, modern evolutionary science has some advantages Darwin did not. What are we learning from DNA, experimentation, and more? And how researchers are using sound and vibrations to describe the eclipse to visually impaired viewers.
47 minutes, 19 seconds

Hr1: News Roundup, 13 Reasons, Volcanoes, Fake Flavors
2017-08-18 12:00:00
Researchers are using magma trapped in crystal structures to study the life beneath volcanoes. Plus, modern fake flavors owe more to the chemistry of the past than their real fruit counterparts.
46 minutes, 57 seconds

Best Science Podcasts 2017

We have hand picked the best science podcasts for 2017. Sit back and enjoy new science podcasts updated daily from your favorite science news services and scientists.
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