Science Friday is a weekly two-hour science talk show, broadcast live over public radio stations nationwide. Each week, the show focuses on science topics that are in the news and tries to bring an educated, balanced discussion to bear on the scientific issues at hand. Panels of expert guests join host Ira Flatow, a veteran science journalist, to discuss science and to take questions from listeners during the call-in portion of the program.
Airs on KQED Public Radio on Fridays from 11am to 1pm. Note: Topics for Science Friday may not appear below until the day of the broadcast.
Recently on Science Friday:
Will electric cars ever be popular? A trip into the Science Friday archives for a look at the rise of alternative-fuel vehicles. Plus, developing a way to track nighttime bird migrations, and how heat waves affect air flight.
What we can learn from the man who got stung, willingly, for science. Plus, at the end of Cephalopod Week 2016, we delve into the mysteries of cephalopod ink and the squid microbiome.
A look at how stem cells found in the blood can be used to treat cancer, diabetes and other diseases. Them, Hank Greely explores the legal and ethical frontiers of human reproductive technology, and we collect recommendations for summer science fiction reading.
Some researchers argue that we need more research on nearly every interaction people have with guns -- including storage, training, theft, suicides, accidents, and so on. Plus, the amazing world of the octopus, and news from the week in science.
In Grunt, author Mary Roach looks at the technology used to battle disease, shock, and exhaustion in the ranks. Plus, Google Doodle team leader Ryan Germick joins Ira to give some insight into how doodlers doodle, and a peek inside the Hyperloop project.