Science Friday Audio Podcast: Episodes

Techniques from physics and chemistry can help scientists and art historians sniff out art forgeries.
As plug-in electric vehicles struggle to carve out a slice of today's auto market, it's worth remembering the <em>first</em> such battle—at the turn of the 1900s.<br />
A recently developed technique called "environmental DNA" allows invasive species trackers to get a time-sensitive fingerprint of which species are living where—including underwater.
To help piece together a crime scene, forensic entomologists examine the insects found in the area.
John Harvey Kellogg and his brother, W.K., are known today for their most famous discovery—corn flakes—but invented many other health foods along the way.
Scientists are uncovering the importance of the plant microbiome for fighting off pathogens and increasing crop yields.
In his book <em>Being Mortal</em>, surgeon Atul Gawande argues that more medicine may not be better medicine in end-of-life care.
Researchers are trying to better understand ocean water temperatures, which is an important factor in rising sea levels.
Four decades of scientific studies suggest the food additive MSG may not deserve its toxic reputation.
The surfaces in a home reflect the distinct blend of bacteria that inhabit the people that live there.
From its role in biological systems to cultural products, “shape is information that can tell us a story,” says biologist Dan Chitwood.
With production of experimental treatments slow-going, rapid diagnostic testing could be the best bet for containing the ongoing Ebola outbreak.
Brookhaven National Laboratory cooks up tiny ephemeral batches of quark-gluon soup that are said to be the most "perfect" fluid ever discovered.
In DIY biology labs across the country, citizen scientists take the tools of synthetic biology into their own hands.
Older adults’ sense of smell might be a strong indicator of their risk of mortality within a five-year span.
Choreographer Gilles Jobin took inspiration from the movements of physics for his piece <em>Quantum</em>.
Protests continue in Hong Kong, but only glimpses of the activity make it into mainland China due to censorship.
Researchers say a real-world case of “monkey see, monkey do” might model the origins of human culture.
This month, North America will be under the skies of a full lunar eclipse on October 8 and a partial solar eclipse on October 23.
With his new story about a 20-kilometer-high skyscraper, sci-fi author Neal Stephenson hopes to get engineers thinking big.
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