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

Introducing Undiscovered: Episode 1, Boss Hua and the Black Box

Introducing Undiscovered, a brand-new podcast spinoff from SciFri! A team of social scientists stumbles onto a cache of censored Chinese social media posts—and decides to find out what the Chinese government wants wiped from the internet.

Hr2: Endurance, Borne, Giant Larvacean

In Jeff VanderMeer's latest book, a future world overrun by biotech mutants still has hope. And scientists investigate the genetic pathway that leads to better endurance in mice.

Hr1: News Roundup, Spacesuits, Eclipse, Aurora, Hypoliths

The solar eclipse provides an opportunity for scientists to study the solar atmosphere and polar plumes. Plus, in the driest deserts, hardy bacteria cling to the underside of translucent rocks, eking out an existence where nothing else can.

Hr1: News Roundup, Worry, Human Settlement of the Americas, Genius, Spirals

A fossil find in California makes the case for human settlement of the Americas 130,000 years ago--€”more than 100,000 years earlier than previously believed. But not all anthropologists are convinced. Plus, a new TV series based on a biography of Einstein. And a mathematical artist and his never-ending blooms.

Hr2: Forensic Ornithology, Internet Privacy, Health Research

A CSI lab tracks the birds that strike airplanes. The species that hits most often? Not the one you might guess. Plus, practical tools to save some of your online privacy. And a look at how scarce resources and the pressure to publish undermine quests for cures.