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September 8, 2023

Canopy soil builds up over decades in the nooks and crannies of old trees. But how does it get there? Plus, a rodent biologist reflects on her career. And, scientists successfully created a 14-day old human embryo model without sperm or eggs.

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September 1, 2023

Dr. Vivek Murthy on the intersection of youth mental health, social media, and loneliness. Plus, a computer model can predict the odor of a chemical based on its structure. And, intensive efforts in Brazil’s Atlantic Forest helped the golden lion tamarin recover.

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August 25, 2023

As Alaska begins looking beyond fossil fuels, mining companies are quietly preparing to take over its highways. Plus, a new book uses science and hindsight to figure out how to survive history’s greatest disasters. And, an expert from the Monterey Bay Aquarium talks all things sea otter.

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August 18, 2023

As COVID-related hospitalizations once again surge, virologist Dr. Angela Rasmussen answers listener queries about the latest variant. Plus, a conversation about the gap in womens’ sports science, and why it’s so important to better understand female athletic performance. And, a trip to Reno, NV to check in on a wastewater recycling program.

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August 11, 2023

Science journalist and the author of a new book talks about her research into a mighty fish nicknamed Amelia, and the recovery of the tuna fishery. Plus in the new movie “Pod Generation,” a couple finds out what it’s like to grow their baby inside a high-tech egg. And as the climate shifts, bird species’ ranges are changing–a capture of bird song in Acadia National Park.

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August 4, 2023

Artificial sweeteners are widely used in soft drinks, baked goods, and candy. But are they safe? Plus, Science Friday dives into how nuclear weapons technology has evolved since the Manhattan Project. And, talking about the science behind evolution in light of laws allowing schools to teach creationism.

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July 28, 2023

After the overturning of Roe v. Wade, state abortion bans are causing a shift in reproductive health care that’s rippling across the country. Plus, the kākāpō returns to New Zealand. And, understanding how plastics in your old Barbie doll degrade.

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July 21, 2023

The connections between the brain and the body are complex—we dive in. Plus, on the big screen, moviegoers will be faced with the United States’ contentious nuclear history. And, an unusual white dwarf star appears to be made of hydrogen on one side and helium on another.

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July 14, 2023

Hospitals can’t keep up with the need for mental health treatment in children. What is driving the increase in youth mental health issues? Plus, the children’s book ‘Mother of Sharks’ makes the case for the kings of the deep. And, two companies recently received approval to grow and sell lab-cultivated meat in the U.S.

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July 7, 2023

From pest control to pollination, what might be considered pesky insects actually play essential environmental roles. Plus, bringing back beavers may soften future floods and fires. And, 3D-printed violins are affordable and still sound beautiful.

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