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LATEST SHOW | Friday, December 12, 2014

Science Friday: Water On Mars, Alan Alda, DIY Holiday Hacks

This week on Science Friday we look at the mounting evidence of liquid water on Mars and Alan Alda challenges scientists to answer: what is sleep?

Friday, November 21, 2014

Science Friday: Languages, Robot Schedulers, Food Failures, Wormholes

Chinese adoptees living in Canada, who now speak only French, still process Chinese sounds as native speakers do, even if they have no conscious recall of word meaning. This and more on Science Friday!

Friday, November 14, 2014

Image by ESA / Rosetta / Philae / CIVA

Science Friday: First Comet Landing / Crowd-Funded Science / New Environmentalism

The European Space Agency’s Philae lander was deployed from the Rosetta spacecraft and touched down on the Comet 67P/C-G. We'll take you through the bumpy ride and landing, 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the News Station.

Friday, November 07, 2014

Science Friday: U.S. Internet / Apples / G.W. Carver / Insect Evolution / Synthetic Biology

A mix of technology, biology and biography, with a dive into high-speed Internet in the U.S.; apple science; insect evolution; George Washington Carver; synthetic biology; and decreased diversity in our guts. 11 a.m. and 10 p.m. on the News Station.

Friday, October 31, 2014

Photo courtesy of NIAID

Science Friday: Ebola Vaccines, 3-D Printers, Comet Odor, Memory Loss, Scary Stuff

A mixed bag of fresh science, including Ebola vaccines being fast-tracked, and a Halloween-inspired second hour with a look at mummies, creature features, monsters and a haunted house. 11 a.m and 10 p.m. on the News Station.

Friday, October 24, 2014

BBC Panorama photo

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

Tambako The Jaguar / Flickr

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

NASA

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.