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January 29, 2021

President Biden’s COVID-19 relief effort aims to administer 100 million vaccinations in 100 days. Plus, researchers are using bone records to piece together new insights into medieval life. And the placenta is the only organ that can be grown temporarily and then discarded—but it’s hard to study while it’s doing its job.

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January 22, 2021

Harvard astrophysicist Avi Loeb wants you to believe evidence of aliens has been closer than we think. Plus, a farming technique could make soils, and their microbes, better at capturing carbon.

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January 15, 2021

In the absence of federal requirements, the U.S. has developed 50 different vaccination plans. Plus, the science behind the COVID-19 vaccine. And scientist and author Michael Mann explains why corporate change is needed to prevent a climate crisis.

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January 8, 2020

What the latest coronavirus variants might mean to efforts to control the pandemic. Plus, researchers are exploring whether reversing changes to gene expression in aging cells can reprogram them to a younger state.

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January 1, 2021

The annual Christmas Bird Count is still on this year: plus, how the hundred-year-old community science project is guiding scientists. And a trip into the Science Friday archives for a visit from the band They Might Be Giants.

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December 25, 2020

We review the year in science with “Science Vs” host Wendy Zukerman. Plus, Traditional knowledge can help connect young people to both science and Indigenous North American culture. And the Charismatic Creature Corner dives into the weird, beautiful, and amazing world of marine polychaetes.

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December 18, 2020

Atmospheric carbon dioxide is currently as high as it was in the Pliocene Period. Here’s why looking back millions of years can help us understand the next few hundred. Plus, astronomer Janna Levin takes readers on a journey into black holes and their physics.

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December 11, 2020

Gather round for some of the best science books you might have missed this year. Plus, state and local health departments prepare to receive the vaccine. And one year in, how has Europe’s Green New Deal fared?

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December 4, 2020

David Attenborough joins Ira Flatow to call attention to wonder—and peril—in the natural world. Plus, SciFri used to have a community in Second Life. What happened after we abandoned them? And, the long-term health effects of wildfires.

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November 27, 2020

Meet two scientists working to disrupt the meat industry. Plus, the bacterial and fungal dance responsible for your favorite cheeses. And while the Ig Nobel Prize Ceremony might seem different this year, its celebration of strange and silly science remains.

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