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LATEST SHOW | Friday, October 24, 2014

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Science Friday: Nerve Transplant, Neanderthals-Humans, Innovators, BPA, SciClub, Seawater

See how a nerve transplant has a paralyzed man walking; the connection between Neanderthals and humans; meet the innovators of the digital age; see how hand sanitizer and BPAs get along; hear from the Science Club; and seawater nutrition. 11am & 10pm

Friday, October 17, 2014

Science Friday: Plant Microbiomes, Cornflakes-plus, Genetic Tools, Gas vs. Electric Cars...

The importance of plant microbiomes; other inventions from the Kellogg brothers; environmental detectives; the "first" battle of gas versus electric; forensic entomologists; and detecting fake masterpieces. 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the News Station.

Friday, October 10, 2014

Science Friday: Rising Seas, Mortality, Quarks, Containing Ebola, Violin Design, Bacteria, And MSG

The race to contain, rather than cure, Ebola; how the violin got its shape, what it means to be mortal, taking the temperature of the rising seas, and more. 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the News Station.

Friday, October 03, 2014

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Science Friday: Do Chimps Have Culture? And Other Burning Questions.

This week on Science Friday we'll look into the social learning of wild chimps, consider mining the internet for clues to chinese censorship, and talk about a dance inspired by physics.

Friday, September 26, 2014


Science Friday: MAVEN To Mars, Internal Medicine, City Forests, Old Earth Water

Learn about NASA's MAVEN orbiter that began circling Mars last week on a mission to observe the planet's atmosphere. Also find out how water on Earth is a million years older than the Sun... and more. 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the News Channel.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Science Friday: Climate Change, Crossword Puzzles, The Human Face, Peacock Spiders, And More

A mix of science fun, as the UN Climate Summit is discussed, "Dr. Fill" vies for crossword supremacy, the evolution of the human face, and the dance of the Peacock Spider. This and more... 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the News Station.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Science Friday: Volcanic Eruptions, Jovian Moon, Urban Ecosystems and More

This week on Science Friday, checking out volcanic eruptions around the world, a jovian moon with earth-like tectonics and can conservation save bird species?

Friday, September 05, 2014

Science Friday: Giant Dinos, Mastering Tests, Wilderness Act, Exotic Gardens, Cabs, & What If?

Explore the world of a dinosaur that weighed as much as a Boeing 737, then learn how Thomas Edison's naps helped his brain. This, and much more. 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the News Station.

Friday, August 29, 2014

Science Friday: Experimental Therapy Saves Monkeys From Ebola

Reporting in the journal Nature, researchers write that ZMapp—the cocktail of antibodies used to treat two American aid workers infected with the Ebola virus—spared 18 severely ill monkeys from death.

Friday, August 22, 2014

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Science Friday: Gut Bacteria, Antarctic Microbes, SciFri Book Club

This week on Science Friday we look into communication between bacteria in your gut and your brain, microbes thriving in an Antarctic lake buried under ice. The SciFri book club looks at scifi classic Dune. And much more...