Science Friday with host Ira Flatow discusses the latest in science, technology, health, and the environment. It's brain fun, for curious people.
How do you teach robots to behave ethically? One way is to feed robots human stories, and train them to model their behavior after the protagonists. Plus, theoretical physicist Carlo Rovelli explains the fundamentals of modern physics in just 80 pages, and a look at social VR.
In 1994, Laurie Garrett and Stephen Ostroff came on Science Friday to contemplate some troubling trends in public health. Twenty-two years later, they are back for a check-up. Plus, stories from the week in science.
More tech companies are pledging to increase diversity in their workforce, but their employee numbers remain the same. Plus, how scientists used living cells to 3-D-print ear, bone, and muscle structures.
El Nino's atmospheric influence is global, affecting fish stocks off Peru and potentially driving up malaria deaths in East Africa. Plus, is malnutrition due to more than just a lack of access to quality food?
After three weeks of reading, the SciFri Book Club is back to discuss the autobiography On the Move, by Oliver Sacks. Plus, how the band OK Go choreographed their latest video in zero-G, and a video about pointy-ness and linguistics.
For the first time, scientists have directly detected gravitational waves, the last unproven part of Einstein's theory of general relativity. Plus, a roundup of the week in science, and a look at genetically engineering malaria-resistant mosquitoes.