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Science Friday
Science Friday
Science Friday and WNYC Studios

Brain fun for curious people.

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Episodes

Clean Energy Transition Progress | Avian Flu In Cattle And Humans Has Scientists Concerned

Global temperature increases are slowing, electric vehicle sales are growing, and renewable energy is now cheaper than some fossil fuels.... more

19 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
A Cheer For The Physics Of Baseball

When you watch a baseball game, you’re also enjoying a spectacular display of science—from physics to biomechanics.

18 Apr 2024 · 17 minutes
Carbon Cost Of Urban Gardens And Commercial Farms | Why There's No Superbloom This Year

Some food has a larger carbon footprint when grown in urban settings than on commercial farms, while for other foods... more

17 Apr 2024 · 18 minutes
Inside The Race To Save Honeybees From Parasitic Mites

Varroa destructor mites are killing honeybees and their babies at alarming rates.

16 Apr 2024 · 18 minutes
The Brain’s Glial Cells Might Be As Important As Neurons

These lesser-known nervous system cells were long thought to be the “glue” holding neurons together. They’re much more.

15 Apr 2024 · 15 minutes
Limits On ‘Forever Chemicals’ In Drinking Water | An Important Winter Home For Bugs | Eclipse Drumroll

A long-awaited rule from the EPA limits the amounts of six PFAS chemicals allowed in public drinking water supplies. Also,... more

12 Apr 2024 · 25 minutes
Investigating Animal Deaths At The National Zoo

When an animal dies at Washington, D.C.’s National Zoo, a pathologist gathers clues about its health and death from a... more

11 Apr 2024 · 17 minutes
Eating More Oysters Helps Us—And The Chesapeake Bay

In the ever-changing and biodiverse Chesapeake Bay, conservation and food production go hand in hand.

10 Apr 2024 · 18 minutes
How Trees Keep D.C. And Baltimore Cool

Satellite technology—and community outreach—can help harness trees’ cooling power for city residents.

09 Apr 2024 · 12 minutes
Predicting Heart Disease From Chest X-Rays With AI | Storing New Memories During Sleep

Dr. Eric Topol discusses the promise of “opportunistic” AI, using medical scans for unintended diagnostic purposes. Also, a study in... more

08 Apr 2024 · 18 minutes
Recipient Of Pig Kidney Transplant Recovering | Answering Your Questions About April 8 Eclipse

A Massachusetts man who received a kidney from a genetically modified pig is recovering well. Also, on April 8, a... more

05 Apr 2024 · 30 minutes
Our Inevitable Cosmic Apocalypse

We revisit a 2020 interview with cosmologist Katie Mack about how the universe could end. Plus, remembering psychologist Daniel Kahneman.

04 Apr 2024 · 18 minutes
The Complicated Truths About Offshore Wind And Right Whales

Officials say offshore wind turbines aren’t killing North Atlantic right whales. So why do so many people think otherwise?

03 Apr 2024 · 18 minutes
The Bumpy Road To Approving New Alzheimer’s Drugs

After a controversial Alzheimer’s medication was discontinued, a new anti-amyloid drug receives extra scrutiny from the FDA.

02 Apr 2024 · 17 minutes
‘3 Body Problem’ And The Laws Of Physics | In Defense Of ‘Out Of Place’ Plants

Particle accelerators, nanofibers, and solar physics: The science advisor for the Netflix adaptation breaks down the physics in the show.... more

01 Apr 2024 · 23 minutes
Baltimore Bridge Collapse | Mapping How Viruses Jump Between Species

We look into the engineering reasons why the Francis Scott Key bridge collapsed after a ship crashed into it. Also,... more

29 Mar 2024 · 20 minutes
The Legacy Of Primatologist Frans de Waal

In a conversation from 2019, Dr. Frans de Waal tells the story of a female chimp who didn’t produce enough... more

28 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
The ‘Asteroid Hunter’ Leading The OSIRIS-REx Mission

In a new memoir, planetary scientist Dr. Dante Lauretta takes readers behind the scenes of a mission to secure a... more

27 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
Swimming Sea Lions Teach Engineers About Fluid Dynamics

Understanding how sea lions move through water could help engineers design better underwater vehicles.

26 Mar 2024 · 17 minutes
Botanical Rescue Centers Take In Illegally Trafficked Plants

The U.S. Botanic Garden is one of 62 locations across the United States that rescue endangered species poached in the... more

25 Mar 2024 · 17 minutes
2023 Was Hottest Year On Record | The NASA Satellite Studying Plankton

The World Meteorological Organization’s report confirms last year had the highest temperatures on record and predicts an even hotter 2024.... more

22 Mar 2024 · 24 minutes
A Strange-Looking Fish, Frozen In Time

A group of fish called gar, dubbed “living fossils,” may have the slowest rate of evolution of any jawed vertebrate.

21 Mar 2024 · 17 minutes
What We Know After 4 Years Of COVID-19

Four years ago this week, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Experts say it’s far from over.

20 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
Science Unlocks The Power Of Flavor In ‘Flavorama’

In her new book, Dr. Arielle Johnson explains how and what we taste with chemistry.

19 Mar 2024 · 17 minutes
Abortion-Restrictive States Leave Ob-Gyns With Tough Choices

Post-Dobbs, ob-gyns and medical students alike must navigate the risk of criminal prosecution associated with patient care in some states.

18 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
Nasal Rinsing Safely | How Your Brain Constructs Your Mental Health

A recent study looked into life-threatening Acanthamoeba infections, and a few deaths, linked to the use of tap water with... more

15 Mar 2024 · 24 minutes
A New Book Puts ‘Math in Drag’

Do you think math is boring? Drag queen Kyne is on a mission to make math fun and accessible for... more

14 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
With This Rare Disorder, No Amount Of Sleep Is Enough

A new book explores idiopathic hypersomnia, which causes overwhelming daytime sleepiness despite ample sleep.

13 Mar 2024 · 16 minutes
How Election Science Can Support Democracy | The Genetic Roots Of Antibiotic Resistance

The Union of Concerned Scientists has unveiled an election science task force led by experts from across the country. Also,... more

12 Mar 2024 · 18 minutes
Triple Feature: Dune, Mars, And An Alien On Earth

On the heels of the Oscars, we dive into three films that take us to other worlds: A planetary scientist... more

11 Mar 2024 · 30 minutes
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2023 Was Hottest Year On Record | The NASA Satellite Studying Plankton
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The World Meteorological Organization’s report confirms last year had the highest temperatures on record and predicts an even hotter 2024. Also, NASA’s... more