Science Friday

Science Friday with host Ira Flatow discusses the latest in science, technology, health, and the environment. It's brain fun, for curious people.

Recent Episodes

Hr1: News Roundup, Tweeting Sharks, Quantum World

Could the space we live in - —our everyday reality— - just be a projection of some underlying quantum structure? Plus, the good and bad of sharks who tweet, and a roundup of the week in science.

Hr2: Genomics, DNA Data Storage, Garden IoT

Genomics pioneer Craig Venter revisits his predictions for the field from a SciFri conversation in 2003. Plus, DNA data storage, and a look at a growing group of apps, sensors, and other technologies that tell you when to water and fertilize, or even what to plant.

Hr1: News Roundup, Cold Lab Mice, Animal Intelligence, Coral

How do you measure the IQ of an octopus? The trick, says primatologist Frans de Waal, is to measure animal intelligence not by human standards, but by octopus or elephant or chimpanzee standards. Plus, coral bleaching, and a roundup of science news.

Hr2: Laserium, Biomimicry, Brainprints

In the '70s, millions of people experienced a groovier side of science: the planetarium laser show. Plus, what technology can learn from nature, and a metal material capable of disintegrating a bullet.

Hr2: Emoji Interpretation, Sonification, Orchid Deception

Proponents of sonification hope that listening to data could lead to more scientific discoveries. Plus, how the emotion of emoji could be lost in translation, and how orchids use mimicry, fraud, and deception to attract pollinators.