Science Friday
Brain fun for curious people.

The 2017 Ig Nobel Prizes saluted the strange and silly in scientific studies.

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Bioacoustician Laura Kloepper trudges through mountains of guano as she works to decode the mysterious communication of bats. Plus, what a closer look at Uranus and Neptune could tell us about our pale blue dot. And useing pollen and spores fossilized in coal to study the environment millions of years ago.

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Spraying sulfur into the stratosphere could slow global warming--but climate engineering is not without risks. Plus, a method to see all the way down to the smallest capillary.

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In his new novel, author Andy Weir creates a sprawling moon metropolis. Plus an ode to the brainy antics of the corvid family, from funerals to tool use to human facial recognition.

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As the world works together to lower carbon emissions, what role will the United States play in fighting climate change? Plus, some small bees—the size of a grain of rice—drink the sweat and tears of animals.

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Three mathematicians give us a peek into their abstract and beautiful world. Plus, should large tech companies be subject to the same regulations as nations?

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Sue Desmond-Hellmann, CEO of the Gates Foundation, says scientists and science journalists can do more to help the public think critically about scientific news. Plus, astronomers detect the first object to travel from another galaxy into our own based on its orbit and speed.

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Researchers found that patients who responded well to immunotherapy had a more diverse mix of gut bacteria. And Supreme Court justices appear befuddled by math in gerrymandering case.

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