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January 27, 2023

A new study assesses the vast trove of research into the causes and best treatments for long COVID patients. Plus, a professional birder In Colombia has developed trails to help visually disabled people take part in hiking and birding. And meet the art sleuths using science to find frauds.

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In This Science Fiction Book, A Planet Becomes A Character

In their forthcoming novel, 'The Terraformers,' author Annalee Newitz describes a far-away planet with recognizable problems.

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Ocean Priorities

Ira talks with Peter Seligmann, chairman of Conservation International, and with Philippe Cousteau Jr. about the connections between ocean policy, the environment, and the economy.

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Chile Peppers

In this segment, live from Tucson, Arizona, we’ll take a scientific look at the chile pepper, from the chemistry and biology of a pepper’s burn, to the psychology of why some people like it hot. Grab some salsa and listen in!

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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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