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February 26, 2021

While power has been mostly restored, journalists report Texans are now facing water shortages, housing damage, and crop losses. Plus, a conversation with NASA’s first Senior Climate Advisor. And, in a study straight out of “Inception,” scientists find a way to communicate with lucid dreamers.

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Building Social Robots

Sure, robots can weld car parts or stack cartons on an assembly line. But can they develop friendships with people? In this hour, Ira talks with inventors developing robots with personalities. How soon will it be before social, lovable robots enter our homes?

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Sputnik Anniversary

Fifty years ago, a little beeping ball stunned the world. Join Ira Flatow in this hour of Science Friday for a look back at Sputnik and its effect on the way we look at the world.

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