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Hr2: Tongue Muscles, Jill Tarter, Aging Aircraft

From Science Friday - 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.


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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: 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.
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The Physics Of Figure Skating, Aerosols, Volatile Organic Compounds. Feb 16, 2018, Part 2
2018-02-16 14:27:57
While oohing and ahhing at the powerful leaps and nimble spins on the ice at the Olympics, you may not realize you're watching physics in action. Each jump requires a careful balance of matching the time in air to the speed and number of rotations.  From spray can to ocean spray, it's time to talk about aerosols. They do play a role in climate change, but not the one you might think.  There's a new urban air polluter on the block. Volatile organic compounds like wall paints and cleaning agents are becoming our cities' biggest sources of air pollution.  Could UV light zap the flu bug? Scientists are looking into a way to kill the bug even before it has a chance to get into your system, and one type of UV light could be used to disable proteins in the flu virus. 


Distorting Reality With AI, Cryptocurrency Mining, Science Standards In Idaho Schools. Feb 16, 2018, Part 1
2018-02-16 14:27:32
One woman's dubious dance with a cow parasite left her rubbing her eyes—and medical experts scratching their heads. The Idaho legislature is debating how to address human-induced climate change in revised science education standards. A collection of AI-assisted tools could allow the average person to create videos of anyone saying or doing anything. The latest hacking could be used to steal your computer's CPU power without you knowing it.


Venomous Or Poisonous, Crayfish Clones, Immune System Cancer Injection. Feb 9, 2018, Part 2
2018-02-09 13:49:43
Do you know the difference between a poisonous creature and a venomous one? One distinction is that poisons are often ingested or absorbed by the skin, while venoms have to be injected through a wound. Mandë Holford tells us more about her research studying these dangerous creatures. 25 years ago, all-female crayfish species originated from a hobbyist tank in Germany. In the wild, the crustacean developed a mutation that allowed it to pick up a third set of chromosomes and reproduce clonally. Since then, the cloning crayfish have proliferated—invading waters all around the world. What do the neurons of this clonal creature tell us about its ability to adapt to different environments? It's known that the immune system can fight cancer—and there have been heavy investments in the search for a drug that will boost our own body's ability to combat cancer. Now, researchers at Stanford University may have discovered a treatment that's not only quick, but also doesn't send the body's immune system into overdrive.    


Frankenstein Goodbye, Chocolate And Bugs, Ozone Problems. Feb 9, 2018, Part 1
2018-02-09 13:49:27
The Science Friday Book Club nerds out about 'Frankenstein' one last time. A menagerie of insects thrive among cacao trees—and that biodiversity might help boost yields. While the ozone layer above the poles is on the mend, the health of the layer in middle latitudes is less clear. SpaceX successfully launched the Heavy Falcon rocket with two of the three boosters safely landing back onto the launch pad.  


Egyptian Dinosaurs, Leaking Data, Huntington's Research, Mole Rats. Feb 2, 2018, Part 2
2018-02-02 14:20:16
Dinosaurs existed all over the world—fossils have been found on every continent. Africa is no exception, but far fewer fossils have been found there from the late Cretaceous era—the period before the dinosaurs went extinct. But a new discovery in Egypt could provide clues about the evolution of dinosaurs in Africa. Click here to learn more. Last weekend, an Australian researcher pointed out on Twitter that a "heat map" of popular running locations released by the fitness app Strava could be used to help identify the locations of military installations in deserted areas. Is big data revealing more than you know—or want other people to know? New research shows that decades before outward signs of the neurological illness show, Huntington's disease will affect the development of an embryo. What the naked mole rat lacks in conventual cuteness it makes up for with some superpower-like qualities—including an aversion to cancer and the ability to defy the laws of aging. Ira digs into the data to find out what else we could learn from these, well, interesting-looking creatures.


Agricultural Bees, China's Energy Future, Frankenstein In Class. Feb 2, 2018, Part 1
2018-02-02 14:19:51
China's thirst for energy is rising. But to save its cities from suffocating pollution, leaders are looking to carbon-free energy sources and electric vehicles. Click here for more information about China's energy future. We need domestic bees. But what happens to wild bees when they share a space? We discuss the good and the bad in the latest installment of Good Thing, Bad Thing. Plus, Ira checks in with the SciFri Book Club. This week, the club receives a call for help and discuss how Frankenstein is still relevant to today's high school students. And Maggie Koerth-Baker of Five Thirty Eight gives Ira a tour of this week's science headlines in our weekly News Round-up.


Music and Language, Jellyfish, Crystals.
2018-01-26 16:30:00
The untold story of jellyfish is one of perception versus reality.Plus, researchers tested if listeners could identify lullabies, dance, love, and healing songs from different cultures.


Great Lakes Wind, Boosting Vaccination Rates, Flu. Jan 26, 2018, Part 1
2018-01-26 16:30:00
What we are learning about how to convince people that vaccines are safe and necessary. Plus, flu infection boosts the risk of heart attack six fold. An infectious disease physician explains why—and how to protect yourself.


Undersea Volcanoes, Flu, Sleep Apps
2018-01-19 16:00:00
Most volcanic activity happens under the seaâ€Â"but we know very little about it. Plus, are sleep apps and gadgets really doing anything?


News Roundup: Offshore Drilling, Predictive Algorithms and Public Policy, Tech Frankensteins
2018-01-19 16:00:00
Algorithms in are being used to aid decision-making in courts, child welfare, and other areas of public policy. Plus the unintended consequences of the tech world, and what CEOs could learn from Mary Shelley.


Undersea Volcanoes, Flu, Sleep Apps (20180119 Hr2)
2018-01-19 16:00:00
Most volcanic activity happens under the seaâ€Â"but we know very little about it. Plus, are sleep apps and gadgets really doing anything?


News Roundup, Offshore Drilling, Predictive Algorithms and Public Policy, Tech Frankensteins (20180119 Hr1)
2018-01-19 16:00:00
Algorithms in are being used to aid decision-making in courts, child welfare, and other areas of public policy. Plus the unintended consequences of the tech world, and what CEOs could learn from Mary Shelley.


Physics Dialogues, Frozen Soil (20180112 Hr2)
2018-01-12 16:00:00
A graphic novel that addresses the quantum questions vexing physicists today. And the ecosystem of frozen soil.


News Roundup, Missing Satellite, Squishing Cells, Cosmic Salt Crystals, Bitter Water (20180112 Hr1)
2018-01-12 16:00:00
Scientists study meteorites carrying organic matter, including blue salt crystals, to Earth. Plus how squeezing, squishing, and stretching cells can change their biology—and how medicine can benefit from knowing why.


News Roundup: Missing Satellite, Squishing Cells, Cosmic Salt Crystals, Bitter Water
2018-01-12 16:00:00
Scientists study meteorites carrying organic matter, including blue salt crystals, to Earth. Plus how squeezing, squishing, and stretching cells can change their biology—and how medicine can benefit from knowing why.


Hr2: Growing Better Skin, AI and the Environment, Tinnitus and Hearing
2018-01-05 16:00:00
Lucas Joppa, chief environment officer at Microsoft, says that artificial intelligence has the potential to help answer big environmental questions. Plus, a new way of thinking about hearing loss offers new opportunities for treatment.  


Hr1: News Roundup, IV Shortage, Cybersecurity, Frankenstein
2018-01-05 16:00:00
Everyday it seems there are more ways to get hacked. We will catch you up on the latest security tricks. Plus, we kick off our first book club of the new year: Frankenstein.


Hr2: Wonderful World of Flies, Bourbon Quiz
2017-12-29 15:00:00
We take alook inside the woderful world of flies and maggots. Plus, fermenting, distillation and aging — test your spirit smarts in the SciFri Bourbon quiz.


Hr1: Science Friday 2017 Year In Review
2017-12-29 15:00:00
From colliding neutron stars to the completion of the Cassini mission, a look at 2017's most important science stories.


Hr1: News Roundup, Urban Air, Physics On The Edge
2017-12-22 16:00:00
There is a lot we still do not know about matter, time, and the contents of the universe. That is both a challenge and a thrill for physicists. Plus, the health effects of a a busy urban road.


Hr2: Finance and Climate, Bird Count
2017-12-22 16:00:00
From snowy owls to corn crakes, the annual Christmas Bird Count turns its gaze toward all our feathered friends flying overhead during the winter migration. Plus, how some major investors are beginning to shift their money away from fossil fuels.


Hr2: Humans and Wildfire, Aging Research, Holiday Math
2017-12-15 16:00:00
Researchers continue to chip away at the one thing we all have in common —getting older. Plus, in heavily populated regions, human influence on wildfires appears to override the effects of climate change. But when nature sets the rules, it is a different story.  


Hr1: News Roundup, LED Lighting, Green Transportation, Bitcoin Energy Draw, Data
2017-12-15 16:00:00
More and more data is born into this world as digital bits, with no analog counterpart. How can we preserve it for future generations? Plus, we have electric vehicles. Their popularity is growing. Does this make green transportation inevitable?


Hr1: News Roundup, Coastal Restoration, Science Book Picks
2017-12-08 16:00:00
From Oliver Sacks to graphic novels, Maria Popova and Deborah Blum discuss their favorite science books of the year. Plus, a curated list of engaging science books for kids (and babies too).


Hr2: CA Wildfire, Narwhal Heartbeats, Jellyfish Eater, ISS Microbiome, Holiday Safety
2017-12-08 16:00:00
Record summer temperatures and dry, searing winds triggered a devastating California wildfire season. Plus, stressed narwhals, jellyfish eaters, the microbiome of the space station, and a look at electrical safety for the holidays.


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This week we're discussing glue from two very different times. We speak with Dr. Jianyu Li about his research into a new type of medical adhesive. And Dr. Geeske Langejans explains her work making and investigating Stone Age and Paleolithic glues.