Science Friday

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Gynecology’s Dark History, Antarctic Ice, Moon Craters. Jan 18, 2019, Part 2


Nineteenth-century physician J. Marion Sims has gone down in history as the “father of modern gynecology.” He invented the speculum, devised body positions to make gynecological exams easier, and discovered a method for closing vaginal fistulas, a painfu


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Book Club, Green New Deal, Louisiana Shrimpers. Jan 18, 2019, Part 1


In a world roiled continuously by earthquakes, volcanoes, and other tectonic disasters large and small, a cataclysmic earthquake is about to change the course of human history… again. On the same day, a woman comes home to find her son dead, killed by hi


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Heart and Exercise, Consumer Electronics Show, Black Holes. Jan 11, 2019, Part 2


You’ve heard the news that smoking is bad for your health. But it turns out not exercising could be even worse for your chances of survival, according to a recent study in the journal JAMA Network Open. But is it possible to overdo it? While you’re tryin


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Shutdown and Science, Smartphone and Overdoses. Jan 11, 2019, Part 1


The partial shutdown of the U.S. government is approaching its third week, and it has caused a backlog for scientists employed or funded by the government. Scientists have had to leaving data collection and experiments in limbo. The Food and Drug Adminis


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Diets, Crowd Physics, Snowflake Citizen Science. January 4, 2019, Part 1


Earlier this week, hundreds of thousands of revelers huddled together under the pouring rain in Times Square for an annual tradition: to watch the New Year’s ball drop. But once the clock struck midnight, the song was sung, and the loved ones were kissed


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Winter Birding. January 4, 2019, Part 2


Every year in the dead of winter, bird lovers flock in large numbers to count as many birds as they possibly can on a single day. This is the Audubon Society’s annual Christmas Bird Count, a citizen science effort to track the trends of bird numbers over


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2018 Scifri Year In Review. Dec 28, 2018, Part 1


In 2018, natural disasters around the world bore the unmistakable fingerprints of human-caused climate change. The federal government’s 1,600-page National Climate Assessment predicted even more extreme events—floods that destroy infrastructure, warming


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American Eden, New Horizons To Ultima Thule. Dec 28, 2018, Part 2


Every holiday season, tourists throng Rockefeller Center to see the famous tree, soaring above the paved plazas and fountains. But more than 200 years ago, they would have found avocado and fig trees there, along with kumquats, cotton, and wheat—all spec


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Fetal Cell Research, Schadenfreude, Deer Disease. Dec 21, 2018, Part 2


The Trump administration is cracking down on federal scientists seeking fetal tissue for their work, while it conducts a “comprehensive review” of research involving fetal cells. One HIV research program that uses fetal tissue to create humanized mice ha


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Food Myths, Kids Flu Shot, Europe Plastics Ban. Dec 21, 2018, Part 1


You’ve probably heard of the five second rule, when you drop a cookie on the floor and take a bite anyway because it’s only been a few seconds. What about when you’re at a party and you see someone double dip a chip in the salsa? How much bacteria does t


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