Science Friday Audio Podcast: Episodes

Ira and guests explore why some planets stop rotating, how turning off your smartphone can help you sleep better, and how sea turtles navigate using their sense of magnetism.
A look at the science behind your digital assistant’s voice. Plus, what’s at stake when cyber-security is compromised, and the SciFri Book Club goes in search of lost cities.
In this 1993 interview from the Science Friday archives, writer John McPhee talks plate tectonics and global geology.
The aerodynamics of the badminton birdie, along with a complex chain of movements executed by players, enables it to reach 200 mph.
From the Ebola outbreak to the Rosetta mission to a comet, a look at the biggest science stories of the year.
You may know science, but how well do you know <em>movie</em> science?
NASA’s Curiosity rover finds evidence of methane and organics on the Red Planet.<br />
A team of fluid mechanics researchers at Princeton University dive into the anti-sloshing physics of foam.
Curbing “high glycemic” carbs may not benefit healthy eaters.
Bioengineer John Dabiri and conservation biologist Terrie Williams, two targets of Senator Tom Coburn's 2014 “Wastebook” look beyond the caricatures painted by politicians and pundits to tell the story of their research.
SciFri’s scientist-film critics weigh in on the Alan Turing biopic.
By 2060, Greenland’s seasonal “supraglacial” lakes will double in number and move farther inland.
What if anyone could 3-D-print a satellite in space? Or jet from the Earth to the Moon, using just the hydrogen found in a two-liter bottle of water?
Science writers Deborah Blum and Annalee Newitz join Ira to share their favorite science books of 2014.
Avoid the long lines and hack your holiday gifts, from homemade perfume to 3-D printed ornaments.
In this episode, <em>Cooking for Geeks</em> author Jeff Potter gives home bakers tips on how to achieve cookie perfection using different sugars, fats, and flours.
Alan Alda’s “Flame Challenge” asks scientists to answer the big questions that keep them up at night to 11-year-olds around the world.
NASA reveals new evidence for a large lake that could have existed for millions of years on Mars.
Last year, for example, new solar plants outpaced coal installations in the U.S., and carbon-trading schemes across state and national borders have already begun.<br />
Ants and other insects could be able to remove thousands of pounds of food waste from street medians and city parks each year.<br />
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