2016 Year in Review

46:55 minutes


The LIGO Observatory detected gravitational waves, ending a century-long quest. Developments in CRISPR moved ahead, including the announcement by a Chinese team of the first use of the gene-editing technique in clinical trials in humans. And Nintendo’s smartphone game Pokémon Go has been downloaded by hundreds of millions of users, showing what the future of augmented reality might look like. Ira Flatow and a panel of science and technology journalists talk about the big science stories of the past year and make a few predictions for 2017.

Segment Guests

Rachel Feltman

Rachel Feltman is author of Been There, Done That: A Rousing History of Sex, and is the host of “The Weirdest Thing I Learned This Week.”

Maggie Koerth

Maggie Koerth is a science journalist based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

David Pogue

David Pogue is a technology columnist for Yahoo Tech and a correspondent for NOVA, CBS Sunday Morning, and Scientific American. He’s based in Connecticut.

Meet the Producer

About Alexa Lim

Alexa Lim was a senior producer for Science Friday. Her favorite stories involve space, sound, and strange animal discoveries.