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Science Friday Audio Podcast: Episodes

Will the next human pandemic start in an animal? Writer David Quammen talks about Ebola, HIV and other diseases that “Spillover” from animals to humans.
The plan identifies 285,000 acres of public land in six Western states for solar energy projects.
What do Earth’s radiation belts sound like? Wonder no more.
The <em>Old Farmer's Almanac</em> predicts winter weather months in advance. But how scientific are those predictions? And are NOAA and Accuweather any better at the art of seasonal forecasting?
Feeling a little overwhelmed by all the presidential polls? A neuroscientist and statistician talk about how to make sense of the election -- and why not all votes are created equal.
Two new studies present very different ideas about how the Moon was formed -- a riddle that one scientist says may never be solved.
Did the rover shed a piece of plastic while collecting its first scoop of Martian soil?
This year’s Nobel laureates changed our understanding of our bodies and the world around us.
Inventor Nick Holonyak describes the creation of the visible light-emitting diode, or LED.
Gravity doesn't behave as expected in a new art exhibition in New York City.
The Antarctic ozone hole reaches its largest size by late September -- but then it disappears again.
A federal appeals court is set to hear the scientific case for marijuana's therapeutic effects.
Gorilla Glass isn't unbreakable. But it's twice as durable as regular glass -- at half the thickness.
Did you know some infinities are bigger than others? Or that one is equal to .99999999999 repeating? Just a few of the math mysteries in <em>The Joy of X</em>, a new book by Steven Strogatz.
Stem cells can be turned into heart, liver, and brain cells -- but what about a whole new organism? A study in <em>Science</em> explains the transformation from stem cell to egg to mouse pup.
For rhinoceros beetles, size matters.
The black hole resides at the center of a galaxy located 50 million light-years from Earth.
Researchers are studying how gene regulation influences memory.
Crown-of-thorns starfish are partly to blame for the Great Barrier Reef's alarming loss of coral cover.
Mapping streets is easy. The trick is pinning down businesses and giving accurate turn-by-turn directions.
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