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Science Friday Introducing Undiscovered: Episode 1, Boss Hua and the Black Box

Introducing Undiscovered, a brand-new podcast spinoff from SciFri! On China’s most influential microblogging platform, a watch aficionado named Boss Hua accuses a government official of corruption. But, his posts aren’t censored. So what disappears into the black box of Chinese censorship…and what stays online? A team of social scientists cracked this question—by mistake—with big data.
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Covering everything about science and technology -- from the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies -- Science Friday is your source for entertaining and educational stories and activities. Each week, host Ira Flatow interviews scientists and inventors like Sylvia Earle, Elon Musk, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and more.

Science Friday: Live from Notre Dame

Science Friday traveled to the Hoosier state for a live show at the University of Notre Dame on Wednesday, October 15, 2014. In a packed auditorium at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center, Ira chatted with experts on subjects ranging from forensic entomology and Studebakers to detecting art forgeries and tracking invasive species. Watch the video of the live show.

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Science Friday with Michio Kaku

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Creating The Never-Ending Bloom

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*Correction May 1, 2017: At 2:06, a graphic in the video incorrectly wrote the formula for the golden ratio. It should be B/A = A/(A+B). We regret the error.

John Edmark's sculptures are both mesmerizing and mathematical. Using meticulously crafted platforms, patterns, and layers, Edmark's art explores the seemingly magical properties that are present in spiral geometries. In his most recent body of work, Edmark creates a series of animating “blooms” that endlessly unfold and animate as they spin beneath a strobe light.
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Science Friday - What is a Flame?

This is an episode of Science Friday, a podcast on iTunes. This explains exactly what fire is and all the scientific terms and processes that are associated with it. It's a little weird, but way cool, none the less.

SciFriday: Aliens, Monsters, Gods, and the Science of Being Possessed

PLEASE SUBSCRIBE AND SHARE! Our pre-Halloween program looks at legends and stories of demons, witches, vampires, werewolves, gods and demigods, and the modern ancient aliens theory, and how they're all interconnected.

Ira Flatow - Science Friday

Ira Flatow is the host of Science Friday, bringing 2 million radio and Internet listeners a lively, informative discussion on science, technology, health, space and the environment.
Ira is president of Science Friday, Inc. and founder and president of Science Friday Initiative, a 501 (c)(3) non-profit company dedicated to creating audio, video and Internet projects that make science a topic of discussion around the dinner table, Twitter or Facebook.
Ira has shared his enthusiasm with public radio and TV fans for more than 35 years. He recently co-starred on the CBS hit series The Big Bang Theory

His most recent book is entitled Present At The Future.
His numerous TV credits include six years as host and writer for the Emmy-award-winning Newton’s Apple on PBS and science reporter for CBS This Morning. He wrote, produced and hosted Transistorized!, an hour-long PBS documentary. He is also host of the four-part PBS series Big Ideas. A winner of numerous awards, his most recent the Isaac Asimov Award.

Face Time: How Quickly Do You Judge A Face?

By looking at a face for less than a second, we can judge someone’s age, gender, race, emotional state and even their trustworthiness. High-speed scanning and perception experiments by social neurologist Dr. Jon Freeman have revealed our brain’s ability to generate character assessments in less than blink of an eye. These first impressions can linger in our brains and influence our real-world interactions.
Produced by Luke Groskin
Music by Audio Network
MRI Stand-in by Sarah Lewin
Footage ands Stills Provided by Dr. Jon Freeman, Shutterstock, Warren Goldswain, Glasgow Unfamiliar Face Database, Bruce Gionet (C.C. 3.0), Nina Paley (C.C. 3.0), Kim Cramer (C.C. 3.0), “Brain Optic Nerve Impulses,” Produced by Purdue University Calumet senior engineering students supervised by Professors Bin Chen, Ph.D, and Ge Jin Ph.D, with support of the university’s Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation. Full video is available at:

Why Spiders Don't Stick To The Web

Why Spiders Don't Stick to The Web

William Eberhard, of the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and the University of Costa Rica, and colleague Daniel Briceno film spiders in the lab, in the field and under a dissecting microscope to untangle this longstanding arachnological mystery. The secret to not getting stuck? Oily, hairy legs and delicate movements.

Produced by Flora Lichtman
Video footage: Daniel Briceno and William Eberhard.
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The Neuroscience of Consciousness – with Anil Seth

Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience Anil Seth looks at the neuroscience of consciousness and how our biology gives rise to the unique experience of being you.
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Anil provides an insight into the state-of-the-art research in the new science of consciousness. Distinguishing between conscious level, conscious content and conscious self, he describes how new experiments are shedding light on the underlying neural mechanisms in normal life as well as in neurological and psychiatric conditions.

Anil Seth is Professor of Cognitive and Computational Neuroscience at the University of Sussex, where he is also Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science. He is Editor-in-Chief of Neuroscience of Consciousness and is on the steering group and advisory board of the Human Mind Project.

He has written popular science books, including 30 Second Brain, and contributes to a variety of media including the New Scientist, The Guardian, and the BBC.

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Breakthrough: Connecting the Drops

Bacteria and viruses hitch a ride inside droplets of all kinds—sneezes, raindrops, toilet splatter. By reviewing footage of different types of drops, applied mathematician Lydia Bourouiba records and measures where they disperse in order to better understand how diseases spread. Watch how Bourouiba designs tests—some inescapably humorous and awkward—to study infectious disease transmission.

Publications References:

Bourouiba, L. (2016) A Sneeze. New England Journal of Medicine. 357(8):e15.
Wang, Y. and Bourouiba, L. (2016) Drop impact on small surfaces: thickness and velocity profiles of the expanding sheet in the air. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 814:510-534.
Gilet, T. and Bourouiba, L. (2015) Fluid fragmentation shapes rain-induced foliar disease transmission. Journal of the Royal Society Interface. 12:20141092.
Gilet, T. and Bourouiba, L. (2014) Rain-induced ejection of pathogens from leaves: revisiting the mechanism of splash-on-film using high-speed visualization. Integrative and Comparative Biology. 54:974–984.
Bourouiba, L., Dehandschoewercker, E., and Bush, J. W. M. (2014) Violent respiratory events: on coughing and sneezing. Journal of Fluid Mechanics. 745: 537-563.
Scharfman, B. E., Techet, A. H., Bush, J. W. M. and Bourouiba, L. (2016) Visualization of sneeze ejecta: steps of fluid fragmentation leading to respiratory droplets. Experiments in Fluids. 57:24--1-9

A film by Science Friday
Produced in collaboration with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Produced and Directed by Emily V. Driscoll and Luke Groskin
Filmed by Luke Groskin
Editing and Animations by Jason Drakeford
Music by Audio Network
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Lydia Bourouiba, Yongji Wang, Tristan Gilet, Sophie Lejeune, Claire Lu, and Eline Dehandschoewercker
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Laura A. Helft, Laura Bonetta, Dennis W.C. Liu and Sean B. Carroll - Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Lydia Bourouiba, Christian Skotte, Danielle Dana, Ariel Zych, Jennfier Fenwick, Timothee Jamin, Stephane Poulain, and Maxime Inizan

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Cosmic Queries: Rocket Science is Hard (Full Episode)

Presenting the exclusive, YouTube video version of our full podcast episode, “Cosmic Queries: Rocket Science is Hard,” complete with a few glitches that got edited out of the podcast! Now you can watch host Neil deGrasse Tyson as he answers fan questions about Antares, Rosetta, Philae, the Space Shuttle and more with the help of Planetary Society CEO Bill Nye the Science Guy and comic co-host Chuck Nice. You’ll learn about the differences between ignoring known risks, as with Challenger and Columbia, and underestimating difficulties, as may be the case with Virgin Galactic’s SpaceShipTwo. Find out how Scott Hubbard helped change NASA’s mantra of “Faster, Better, Cheaper” – which led to the failed Mars Climate Orbiter and Mars Polar Lander missions – and replaced it with the successes of Spirit, Opportunity and Curiosity. The trio also discusses the possibility of finding life on comets and asteroids, the growing concern over artificial intelligence and robot uprisings, and the human drive to explore the unknown regardless of the risk.

This video was shot during the recording of our episode, Cosmic Queries: Rocket Science is Hard. If you'd like to listen to the full podcast, click here:

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Where's The Octopus?

When marine biologist Roger Hanlon captured the first scene in this video, he started screaming. Hanlon studies camouflage in cephalopods -- squid, cuttlefish and octopus -- who are masters of optical illusion.

UEN SciFi Friday Podcast: The Screaming Skull

Psychology professor Renee Galliher of Utah State University discusses the characters in the film “The Screaming Skull.

UEN SciFi Friday offers a weekly science fiction feature film from the heyday of SciFi - the 1920's to 1970's. Join other Utah science fiction movie fans after the film for an accompanying podcast where Utah experts discuss topics from the movie.

The Future of Cosmology - NPR Science Friday on sight broardcast - October 10, 2003

On October 10, 2003, on the campus of Case Western Reserve University, in Cleveland Ohio, I got to attend an onsite broadcast of NPR's Science Friday. It was in conjuction with the opening of The Center for Education and Research in Cosmology and Astrophysics (CERCA), started by Lawrence Krauss, and had in attendance over 70 of the worlds most renowned physicist. This was a 3 day event which started with a talk the previous night, by Stephen Weinberg, and ended the following Monday night with a sold out talk by Stephen Hawking (I didn't have a ticket at the time). I took my video camera with me, and this video is from that camera.
I got to ask the 1st question from the audience in attendance (I am off camera, to the right, though I can be seen on Case Western Reserve University's video which they shot and is archived on their website. Good luck trying to view it though). As I was asking the question, Saul Perlmutter quickly came down the isle and sat to my right. After the question was answered, I shook his hand and went back to my seat. So in effect, though he had not yet won his Nobel Prize, with the shaking of Steven Weinberg's hand after this event, I got to shake the hand of 2 Nobel laureates.
When I got back to my seat, a representive from the city introduced himself to me and gave me his card. That jesture, 3 days later, lead to my attending the sold out Stephen Hawking talk. But before that Monday evening talk, after the NPR broadcast, as I was leaving the building, who do I bump into but Stephan Hawking, so I turned my video camera back on and taped it. That was the cherry on the top of what was a great day for me, and It's at the end of this program. I hope you enjoy it.

HFS Podcast #51 - Linguistics

We use language basically all day, every day without giving it much thought. But how do the words we use and the languages we speak color the way we see and interact with the world?

Hank and company explore this question and many others, such as is it ok to for a stranger to pat your baby on the head?


Panelists: Hank Green, Ceri Riley, Alison Riley, and Victoria Bongiorno
Producers: Caitlin Hofmeister & Sam Schultz
Sound: Hiroka Matsushima
Editor: Sam Schultz
Music Written & Arranged by: Michael Aranda
Performed by: The Unsung


Holy F*****g Science is a Podcast about science that is not for kids in which four people get together to try and astound and amaze each other with the realities of our glorious universe. Secondary goal: To make each other laugh.

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Tested Live Show 2017: Science Friday's Undiscovered

Science Friday's Elah Feder and Annie Minoff join us for this year's stage show, presenting a live version of their awesome podcast Undiscovered. Their show explores the backstories of science, and in this show, examines the task of meteorite hunting around the world.

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Connecting Science and Art (w/ Werner Herzog, Cormac McCarthy and Laurence Krauss)

'Science and art often seem to develop in separate silos, but many thinkers are inspired by both. Novelist Cormac McCarthy, filmmaker Werner Herzog, and physicist Lawrence Krauss discuss science as inspiration for art and Herzog's new film on the earliest known cave paintings.'


ENTP Conspiracy Theory Hour-O-Clock: Jeff Bezos Edition

Is A-Mars-Geddon Dawning in Seattle?
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Science Friday On-Air: The ABCs of 3D Printing

What can't 3D printers do? We've all heard news stories about 3D-printed food and medical prostheses—even cars and entire houses. But how does additive manufacturing, as it's also known, really work? And how can an at-home hobbyist get started? Ira teams up with Makerbot's Bre Pettis to present the ultimate beginner's guide to 3D printing.
Produced by Annie Minoff
Video by Luke Groskin


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