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

Hr2: Transit of Mercury, Weight Loss, Camera Traps

What The Biggest Loser can teach us about how the body loses and maintains weight. Plus, Dean Regas shares tips for viewing the upcoming transit of Mercury, and other sights in the spring skies, and a look at camera traps for wildlife.

Hr1: News Roundup, Biotech Startups, GPS, Robot Surgery

Has your GPS ever gotten you in trouble? It is so common in National Parks that rangers in Death Valley call it death by GPS. Plus, a look at a new robot that can perform sutures and other delicate operations completely autonomously.

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, 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: 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.

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.