Science Friday

News & Talk Stations: Fri, 2-4 pm
  • Hosted by Ira Flatow

Science Friday is your trusted source for news and entertaining stories about science. The educational program features host Ira Flatow’s in-depth discussions with scientists and others from all walks of life whose work influences our daily lives.

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Writing The Fantastic In 2017

Oct 14, 2017

To The Moon, And…Beyond?

Oct 14, 2017

Jane Goodall And Her Life In The Wild

Oct 14, 2017

A Lesson In The Language Of ‘Baby Talk’

Oct 14, 2017

Big Trouble Managing Mustangs

Oct 7, 2017

The World Of Bitcoin Economics

Oct 7, 2017

A Homecoming For The Whales

Oct 7, 2017

Science Club Challenge: Grab A Neat Rock

Oct 7, 2017

The ABCs Of Nuclear War

Sep 30, 2017

The Case For Boredom

Sep 30, 2017

Sleepy Times Under The Sea

Sep 23, 2017

Why Do Dinosaurs Matter?

Sep 23, 2017

Communities along the upper Mississippi River have seen a major uptick in heavy rains and flooding in the last decade.

Residents, environmentalists, engineers and government agencies agree that they need a coordinated strategy to manage flooding. That could be particularly important in the coming years, as scientists predict that climate change will likely bring more heavy rain to the region.

The idea that people have different styles of learning — that the visually inclined do best by seeing new information, for example, or others by hearing it — has been around since the 1950s, and recent research suggests it’s still widely believed by teachers and laypeople alike. But is there scientific evidence that learning styles exist?

“The short answer is no,” says Daniel Willingham, a psychology professor at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Bringing science and engineering stories to life for students

Sep 16, 2017

What does it take to bring science and engineering to life for students?

How about a little news?

That’s the idea behind the Science Friday Educator Collaborative, now in its second year. Seven teachers around the country are designing curiosity-provoking science, technology, engineering and mathematics resources for anyone to use, based on stories from Science Friday.

In July, a new law took effect in Florida, and it concerns what’s in the state’s schoolbooks.

HB 989 allows any Florida resident to “challenge the use or adoption of instructional materials,” and its supporters say the law gives Floridians a greater say in what students are taught. But some in the scientific community worry the new law will be used to target evolution and climate change in classrooms.

How Do We Study Ancient Americans?

Sep 16, 2017

Finding Fossils Under The Sea (Of Kansas)

Sep 16, 2017

When Dung Is What’s For Dinner

Sep 16, 2017

Peeking Under The Skin Of Aging Aircraft

Sep 9, 2017

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