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, Internet of Things, Play Anything

Would grocery shopping be more fun if it were turned into a game? How about mowing the lawn? One game developer tells us how he turns ordinary life into play. Plus, more on the internet hack last week. Could your internet devices threaten your security?

Hr2: Return of the Screwworm, Hidden Figures, Political Polls

A flesh-eating parasite, previously eradicated on U.S. soil, has decimated endangered Key deer. Can the screwworm be re-eradicated in time to save them? Plus, we remember the African American women mathematicians and engineers whose calculations got us into space.

Hr1: News Roundup, Cyber War, Science Education

With rumblings about possible U.S. retaliation for alleged Russian-backed hacks, we ask about the rules and norms that govern international cyber conflicts. Plus, meet the educators who have turned Science Friday media into innovative classroom resources.

Hr2: DTC Blood Tests, Hornless Cow, Digital Assistants

As tech companies battle to develop the best digital assistant, we ask how they measure up, and why we so often fail to connect. Plus, researchers used gene editing to develop a dairy cow that has no horns. And what happens when direct-to-consumer lab tests take physicians out of the equation?

Hr1: News Roundup, Carbon and Reservoirs, Science Subpoenas

How Congress, lawsuits, and other challenges are shaping scientific debate over climate science, fetal tissue research, and more. Plus, reservoirs are both sources of renewable energy and one of the worlds biggest producers of greenhouse gases.