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Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post joins us for a roundup of her top science stories of the week.
Scientists find evidence of a modern human with a recent Neanderthal ancestor in Romania.
In his new book Elon Musk: Tesla, SpaceX, and the Quest for a Fantastic Future , journalist Ashlee Vance gives the inside story behind Musk’s “relentless drive and ingenious vision.”
A wrap of highlights from Cephalopod Week, and a check-in with SciFri education manager Ariel Zych and biologist Chuck Fisher aboard the exploration vessel Nautilus.
Alicia Jackson, deputy director of DARPA's Biological Technologies Office, says synthetic biology could be the next big thing for military innovation.
Psychology professor Dacher Keltner helped Inside Out’s filmmakers navigate the 11-year-old mind.
Jeff Potter, author of Cooking for Geeks returns to share homemade ice cream hacks.
Tariq Malik of Space.com talks about Philae’s unexpected awakening, and Arielle Duhaime-Ross helps decipher a mystery that has plagued scientists for 50 years.
Paleontologists Lindsay Zanno and Kenneth Lacovara share what made them clap—and cringe—while watching Jurassic World.
The ancient climate of Mars may have been “cold and icy,” according to researchers.
We kick off our second annual Science Friday Cephalopod Week—a celebration of all things tentacled.
Researchers at Columbia University design engines powered by evaporation.
Ever wondered which cooking oil is healthiest? Tom Brenna, a professor of human nutrition at Cornell University, helps us get to the fat of the matter.
Maria Popova and Lee Billings share their summer reading picks.
What cutting airlines' carbon emissions could mean, why scientists gave eels cocaine, and the good—and bad—of artificial turf.
Modern humans are the only surviving hominin from what was once a rich, fairly bushy family tree. But why did we alone survive?
This week Apple revealed an improved Siri comparable to Android’s Google Now.
Bioengineers at Tufts University are crafting silk protein into medical, optical, and bioelectronic materials.
Could approved drugs be repurposed to discover new treatments for chronic and rare diseases?
This week, the Tenth International Conference on Climate Change convened in Washington, D.C. But don't confuse it with the IPCC.
The DARPA Robotics Competition challenged teams to design robots that could navigate a simulated disaster scenario.
Two entomologists set out to prove the true scent of the odorous house ant.
Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post talks about the week in science, and Christina Warren of Mashable joins to talk about science search results gone wrong.
In his latest "Flame Challenge," Alan Alda asked people to answer the question: "What is sleep?" We talk with the winning respondents.
Science Friday’s Science Club has been on a month-long exploration of the sun: what it is, how we see it, and its effects on our lives.
How will increasing global temperatures affect fish and marine habitats?
Researchers describe previously undiscovered lymphatic vessels in the brains of mice.
Meathead Goldwyn busts “beer can” chicken myths and shares science secrets for a successful backyard barbecue.
Female smalltooth sawfish were found to undergo “virgin births” in southern Florida.
Hawaii Public Radio reporter Molly Solomon talks about a new proposal for Hawaii's Thirty-Meter Telescope, and reporter Rachel Feltman sums up the week in science news.
Scientists uncover evidence of new hominin species in the Afar region of Ethiopia.
Astronaut Scott Kelly—aboard the International Space Station—and his Earth-bound twin brother, Mark, talk about the effects of living in space for one year.
Biologist Zach Lippman describes the genetics behind the oversized beefsteak tomato.
Scientists have unveiled a robot that can sustain injury to one of its six legs, think for a few minutes, and devise a more efficient way to walk.
Scientist swap out yeast genes for human ones, with an almost 50 percent success rate.
In this week’s news roundup, Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post joins us for a roundup of her top science stories of the week.
Biologist Thor Hanson describes the dizzying diversity of seeds. A new documentary, Seeds of Time portrays the fight to save them.
“Normal” human skin cells can contain a surprisingly large number of sun-induced mutations in their DNA, a new study has found.
A multi-year scientific expedition gives scientists new insights into the ocean’s viral communities.
Neal Stephenson’s new novel Seveneves blasts humanity into orbit, only to bring them down to earth...five thousand years later.
Damon Lavrinc, an editor at Jalopnik, talks about driving apps and gadgets.
Virginia Hughes of BuzzFeed News joins us for a roundup of her top science stories of the week.
An expert in the field of ancient DNA explains the why’s and how to’s of woolly mammoth de-extinction.
How—and why—scientists keep a close eye on the activity of our nearest star.
The House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology passed a bill that would cut NASA’s earth science budget by roughly 20 percent.
A look at what the rise of emoji says about online communication.
The specific combinations of strains of bacteria that live on and in a person can be used to identify an individual—even up to a year later.
Scientists traced the evolution of dinosaurs to birds through the beak of a chicken.
Hear the full show as Ira and Science Friday take the stage at Huntsville, Alabama’s own U.S. Space & Rocket Center.
Rachel Feltman of The Washington Post joins us for a roundup of her top science stories this week.
Barry Estabrook's latest book, Pig Tales, is a journey through the good, the bad and the ugly of hog farming.
This season’s Science Club challenge: Tell us what the sun does.
Reminiscent of the flashy dance halls and shag carpets of the '70s, the disco clam flaunts frilly tentacles and its very own light show.
Could ingested plants be used as a delivery system of therapeutic microRNAs?
In her new book How to Bake Pi, mathematician Eugenia Cheng cooks up digestible math lessons on number theory to topology.
An evolutionary biologist brings big data to bear on 50 years of pop music history.
Several scientists share stories of their favorite Animal Kingdom matriarchs with Science Friday, just in time for Mother’s Day.
Salty aquifers deep under Antarctica could be a blueprint for where life might hide out on Mars.
In his new book, psychiatrist Jeffrey Lieberman documents the profession's early days—a time when malaria was considered an effective cure for mental illness.
How can cities like Kathmandu become more earthquake resistant in the future?
Could Elon Musk’s plan for a home battery fire up an energy revolution?
How should research progress as human gene editing techniques become cheaper, faster, and more precise?
The New Celebrity Scientists profiles scientists who’ve cracked the fame code to become cultural icons.
We all know Dr. Oliver Sacks as a renowned neurologist and a prolific author. But he’s a true Renaissance man, as becomes clear when reading his new memoir, On the Move: A Life.
Floating 200 miles above the Earth, and speeding at nearly five miles per second, the International Space Station may be the most unusual lab available to science.
Could solar sails, antimatter propulsion, and air-breathing rockets take us to Mars and other galaxies in the future?
YouTube science star Destin Sandlin uses a high speed camera to unpack the science behind everyday phenomena.
Arielle Duhaime-Ross, a science reporter at The Verge, gives us her take on the week's news.
In Sydney Padua’s graphic novel, two real-life Victorian-era computing pioneers build a steam-powered computer and use it to have adventures.
NASA Administrator Charles Bolden discusses the agency's priorities, from understanding conditions on Earth to reaching Mars.
Amanda Glaze studies perceptions of evolution as well as its religious and societal influences throughout the Southeastern United States.
Rachel Feltman of the Washington Post gives us her rundown of the week's science stories.
NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory found that snowpack in the Sierra Nevada is a fraction of what it used to be.
The microbes that live on and in residents of an Amazonian village with no recorded contact with Western civilization are super-diverse—and some carry genes for antibiotic resistance.
Scientists say dark matter may not be as “dark” as once thought.
The cups work using capillary action: Simply press your lips to the rim, and you get a sip, whether you want one or not.
In his book Geek Physics, Rhett Allain uses physics to answer pop culture and everyday science questions.
The first science documentaries are almost as old as cinema itself.
Washington Post science blogger Rachel Feltman gives us her top stories this week, and the BBC’s Jonathan Webb tells us what to expect from the revved-up particle collider.
Ninety-nine percent of the data zipping between continents travels not via satellite, but through thousands of miles of cables.
Re/code’s Lauren Goode give us her take on Apple’s new wearable.
A series of rigorous (and adorable) experiments by Karen Adolph of NYU's Infant Action Lab shatters the myth that babies learn to fear heights as they learn to crawl.
Recent findings suggest that microbes living in Arctic permafrost could produce carbon dioxide and methane as it thaws.
What questions should we ask as research on artificial intelligence progresses?
Medical ethicist Art Caplan says science and medical journals are plagued by fraud, plagiarism, and predatory publishers.
In the news roundup this week, Eric Holthaus breaks down the new U.S. climate pledge.
Energy secretary Ernest Moniz joins us to talk about the science behind the diplomacy.
There’s a better way to make hard-boiled eggs—and it doesn’t involve boiling.
The blackpoll warbler, a songbird that weighs 12 grams, can fly 1,700 miles—non-stop—to its wintering grounds.
Scientists say that dust from passing comets could have darkened the surface of Mercury.
The satirical science festival BAHFest challenges science fans to construct real arguments for completely bogus hypotheses.
Researchers look to the genome of a patient’s tumor to build a cancer vaccine.
The early Earth was no place for life as we know it: Belching volcanoes, meteor strikes, hydrogen cyanide and a healthy bombardment of ultraviolet rays.
A choreographer and a biologist team up to create a dance that’s part high art, part climate change consciousness raising.
Cognitive neuroscientist Michael Gazzaniga discusses his on discovering how these halves communicate.
When we picture rapidly moving things, people seem to have a preference for ones that move from left to right, not right to left.
A new, fast 3-D printer uses ultraviolet light and oxygen to shape liquid resin.
Physicists discuss the quest to understand dark energy and dark matter.
The malaria parasite manufactures lemon-and-pine-scented aromas that attract mosquitoes.
This Women’s History Month, Science Friday celebrates some of the unsung heroines of science.
The nautilus, the “living fossil” of cephalopods, can uncover the origins of the...
Could a stash of ancient bones be the work of a giant cephalopod?
In less than a second, cephalopods can change the color, pattern and shape of th...
Biologist Sarah Zylinski studies how cuttlefish see the world by looking at thei...
\tWith its heavy outer shell, weak vision, and primitive brain, the nautilus lacks much of the excitement of the more flashy and cunning cephalopods. Yet a series of experiments by evolutionary biologists Dr. Jennifer Basil and Robyn Crook involving fish juice, blue lights, and mazes dispels the notion that this ancient species is incapable of basic learning and throws into question the origins of cephalopods' intellectual prowess.