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Covering the outer reaches of space to the tiniest microbes in our bodies, Science Friday is the trusted source for news about science, technology, and other cool stuff. Each week host Ira Flatow mixes it up with people in the know and those who want to be. It's brain fun, for curious people. For over 22 years, Science Friday has brought the top stories in science to radio listeners and given them a chance to join in the discussion by asking questions and making comments during the live broadcast. http://www.sciencefriday.com/

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The synth stylings of Kraftwerk. When that song "Autobahn" came out 1974, and, yes, I was around to remember when it came out then, synthesizers were the cutting edge in music technology. It really were a rarity, but not so today. Synthesizers are everywhere. In pop music, from the top 40s, to indie synth pop, you definitely heard synthesizers, maybe you've even seen them in action. But do you know how they work? Yeah.

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This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow. If you tuned into "Jeopardy!" in 2011, you might have heard an exchange like this.

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ALEX TREBEK: Watson, start us, please.

WATSON: The European Union for $200.

Science Book Picks for 2013

Dec 13, 2013

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This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm Ira Flatow and you are invited to join our annual holiday club of the air. This week we'll be talking about some of the best science reads from 2013. I'm going to throw in my favorite one right at the beginning before Deborah and Maria get a chance to put a word in edgewise.

This Doc's Miracle Drug? Exercise

Dec 13, 2013

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Would More Technology Mean Safer Trains?

Dec 6, 2013

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If you're headed to the ballet this season, chances are to hear something like the "Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy" from "The Nutcracker," this season's dance blockbuster as usual. But dance doesn't always sound this sweet. Sometimes it sounds more like this.

Eating 'Wilder' Foods for a Healthier Diet

Nov 26, 2013

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Touchdown confirmed. We're safe on Mars.

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Stores Are Snooping Into Your Smartphone

Nov 22, 2013

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A Handful of Nuts, a Lifetime of Benefits?

Nov 22, 2013

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Searching for Earth 2.0

Nov 15, 2013

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The Myth of the Woolly Bear

Nov 8, 2013

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And it's time for the Video Pick of the Week. And joining me now is video producer Luke Groskin. Hello there, Luke.

LUKE GROSKIN, BYLINE: Hi, John.

DANKOSKY: So what do you got for us this week?

GROSKIN: Well, the video pick this week is the myth of the woolly bear.

DANKOSKY: The woolly bear?

GROSKIN: Yes. And we're not talking about the ursine type of bear, like a grizzly o black bear. We're talking about the caterpillars.

DANKOSKY: The little fuzzy guy, he's sort of rust-colored, kind of black?

India and NASA Home In on Mars

Nov 8, 2013

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #1: Zero plus one, two, three, four...

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UNIDENTIFIED MAN #2: Liftoff.

UNIDENTIFIED MAN #3: Liftoff normal.

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That's the sound from Mission Control in Sriharikota, India, this past Tuesday. The Indian Space Research Organization launched the Mangalyaan Orbiter to probe the Martian atmosphere. It'll take nearly one year for the orbiter to reach Mars and, if it does, India will be the fourth space program to successfully reach the Red Planet.

Navigating Dietary Supplement Regulations

Nov 8, 2013

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This is SCIENCE FRIDAY. I'm John Dankosky. Ira Flatow is away. If you walk into any nutritional supplement store today, it seems there are thousands of herbal remedies to treat anything that ails you: Echinacea for colds, dandelion root to help with water retention, grapeseed to promote healthy aging. So many people are including dietary supplements in their daily routine that it's now become a $5 billion industry.

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When you think about space, usually the big questions come to mind. Is there life on Mars? Did time and space exist before the Big Bang? How do our bodies react to long periods of time in zero gravity? What about some of the smaller questions?

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