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: Science Improv, Thing Explainer

Science students at Stony Brook University have an unusual offering on the class roster: JRN 503: Improvisation for Scientists. Plus, Randall Munroe of XKCD explains nuclear power, continental drift, and the periodic table, using just the thousand most common English words.

Hr2:Encryption, Transit Maps, Science Club

What role does encryption play in surveillance, security and privacy? Plus, how psychology and cognitive science are shaping transit maps, and your innovative methods for getting a message from one place to another.

Hr1: News Roundup, Illegal Plant Trade, Swarming Intelligence

A roundup of the week in science, a look at software in the classroom, trade in illegal plants, and a Macroscope video about how ant colonies and the multi-nucleated slime mold organize themselves into dynamic structures.

Hr2: News Roundup, Concussions, Science Club

A roundup of the week in science, the whole story on whole milk, football and Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy, and a Science Club project that asks you to build your own communications device.