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SciFri 111111 Hour 1: Seasonal Affective Disorder, Walter Isaacson re Steve Jobs, Woodpecker Video

November 22, 2011 5:46 pm | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

Treatments for the winter blues, Walter Isaacson discusses his biography of the Apple leader, and a hunt for an elusive bird.

SciFri 111111 Hour 2: Informal Science Education, Meet the Mythbusters

November 22, 2011 5:46 pm | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

How much science do kids learn outside the classroom? Then, Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman talk mythbusting.

SciFri 111811 Hour 1: Moon and Climate, Solar Update, Oxytocin, Balloon Video

November 22, 2011 5:46 pm | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

Why a moon may not be necessary for life, a battle over solar panel taxes, detecting a genetic difference through observing empathy, and a look at balloon engineering for a major parade.

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Futures In Biotech 89: Towards Curing Malaria With Dr. Elizabeth Winzeler

November 22, 2011 5:45 pm | by Futures in Biotech Podcast Podcasts Comments

Host: Marc Pelletier Dr. Elizabeth Winzeler describes her approaches to drug discovery in an effort to tackle Malaria. Guest: Dr. Elizabeth Winzeler, Ph.D. . We invite you to read, add to, and amend our show notes. Comments and suggestions on Futures in Biotech. Also thanks to Phil...

SciFri 111811 Hour 2: Toilet Technology, Stem Cells

November 22, 2011 5:45 pm | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

Tomorrow is World Toilet Day, so we look at the state of toilet technology. Plus, biotech firm Greon says it is getting out of the business of stem cell research.

Amir Aczel Looks At The LHC

December 31, 2010 8:44 am | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

In his new book, Present at the Creation, Amir D. Aczel tells the story of the European Organization for Nuclear Research's Large Hadron Collider. With the multibillion-euro collider, researchers hope to recreate the conditions that existed just after the Big Bang.

A Visit To Antarctica

December 31, 2010 8:44 am | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

In his new book Fraser's Penguins, writer Fen Montaigne describes the effect climate change is having on Antarctica's penguins. Montaigne, ecologist Bill Fraser and Science Friday blogger Kayla Iacovino (currently in Antarctica) recount their experiences on the continent.

Don't Cork That Champagne

December 31, 2010 8:44 am | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

There may be more mythology about pouring, drinking and storing Champagne than there is about any other fermented grape juice. Chemist Richard Zare and food writer Harold McGee set the record straight on the proper protocol for enjoying sparkling wines this New Year's Eve.

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Year In Review: Science Stories Of 2010

December 31, 2010 8:44 am | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

From the Gulf oil spill and the earthquake in Haiti to the creation of synthetic life and the Icelandic volcano eruption, a lot of science stories made headlines in 2010. Science writers Ron Cowen, Robin Lloyd, Andrew Revkin and Paul Raeburn join Ira Flatow to discuss the year's top...

What Happens When Leaf-Cutters Can't Cut It?

December 31, 2010 8:43 am | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

Leaf-cutter ants rely on their razor-sharp mandibles to snip leaves to pieces. But over time, their mandibles dull. Physicist Robert Schofield of the University of Oregon looked at what happens when the aging ants struggle with their snipping. He found they take on a new job.

Tallying America's Tweeters--The Feathered Ones

December 24, 2010 9:43 am | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

Every year, volunteers throughout the Americas grab their notepads and binoculars to take an inventory of local birds for the National Audubon Society's Christmas Bird Count. Greg Butcher, Audubon's director of bird conservation, talks about this year's tallies and species to look for.

Searching For The Origins of Creativity

December 24, 2010 9:43 am | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

From Darwin's theory of evolution to the invention of YouTube, what factors play a role in innovation? Is there such a thing as an idea whose time has come? Steven Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, talks about great conceptual advances and how to foster creativity.

Eggnog: Spike And Let It Sit, For Safety

December 24, 2010 9:43 am | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

A perennial holiday dilemma: Will alcohol kill bacteria like salmonella in homemade eggnog? Microbiologists Vincent Fischetti and Raymond Schuch, from The Rockefeller University, ran an experiment in the lab to see whether salmonella can survive in a vat of spiked eggnog.

Bee Bonanza: From Hive Politics To Beekeeping

December 24, 2010 9:43 am | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

This Christmas marks the 200th birthday of Lorenzo Langstroth, the "Father of American Beekeeping." May Berenbaum discusses Langstroth's life and his beekeeping inventions, and Tom Seeley talks about the collective decision-making of honeybees, the subject of Seeley's new book, Honeybee Democracy.

Remembering The Y2K Problem

December 24, 2010 9:43 am | by Science Friday Podcast Podcasts Comments

On New Year's Eve in 1999, many people were celebrating the arrival of the year 2000. Some computer experts, however, were on alert, hoping that work reprogramming computers to deal with a date change bug would pay off. Science Friday opens the archives for a look back at the Y2K problem.

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