Science Elements

Science news podcasts from the American Chemical Society

A weekly digest of cutting edge research from the American Chemical Society

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Episode 427 – Oct 16, 2014

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Researcher make progress toward 24-7 diabetes monitoring device.

Episode 426 – Oct 15, 2014

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'Electronic skin' could help doctors detect breast cancer earlier.

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‘Electronic skin’ could improve breast cancer detection

Episode 425 – Oct 13, 2014

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Sunscreen ingredients could harm ocean's tiniest inhabitants.

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Sunblock poses potential risk to sea life

Episode 424 – Oct 09, 2014

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Scientists reexamine what triggers depression in the brain.

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Study raises doubts about what triggers depression in the brain

Episode 423 – Oct 08, 2014

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Bird-inspired fog collector could help quench thirst in arid regions.

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Artificial beaks that collect water from fog: A drought solution?

Episode 422 – Oct 06, 2014

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Energetic researchers seek to develop potent new batteries.

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Scientists develop new rechargeable lithium batteries

Episode 421 – Oct 02, 2014

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Scientists close in a way to make colorful plastics the way nature intended.

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Nature inspires a greener way to make colorful plastics

Episode 420 – Oct 01, 2014

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Two popular cooking herbs could one day help some people control type-2 diabetes.

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Popular culinary herbs contain diabetes-fighting compounds

Episode 419 – Sept 29, 2014

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Waste not, want not: scientists discover way to transform leftover food into chairs, rugs.

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Transforming waste from rice, parsley and other foods into biodegradable plastic

Episode 418 – Sept 25, 2014

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New process could help police make a splash in war on drugs.

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New device could help detect illegal ‘bath salts’

Episode 417 – Sept 24, 2014

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Organic or not? Chemists help sort out food controversy

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New test could root out organic food fraud

Episode 416 – Sept 22, 2014

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Mexican plant extract could change how perfumes are made.

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Mexican plant could help reduce environmental impact of perfume industry

Episode 415 – Sept 18, 2014

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Spray-on baking is a piece of cake.

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Cake in a can could have a sweet future

Episode 414 – Sept 17, 2014

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New scanner could improve brain cancer surgery outcomes.

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Handheld scanner could improve brain tumor surgery, reduce risk of recurrence

Episode 413 – Sept 15, 2014

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3-D printers could make organs for transplant readily available.

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Scientists investigate using 3D printing to make transplantable organs

Episode 412 – Sept 11, 2014

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Cyborg science digs into the brain.

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Cyborg science could lead to better treatments for neurodegenerative diseases

Episode 411 – Sept 10, 2014

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Sniffing out smuggled cash without dogs.

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Device could sniff out smuggled money

Episode 410 – Sept 08, 2014

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Flexible covering could dampen burn infection risk

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New biomaterial can coat tricky burn wounds and block out infection

Episode 409 – Sept 04, 2014

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ACS Meeting highlights global sustainability.

Episode 408 – Sept 03, 2014

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Scientists close in on a way to diminish nut allergies.

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New method could make cashews safer for those with nut allergies

Episode 407 – Sept 02, 2014

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Venom gets good buzz as a potential cancer-fighter.

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Scientists suggest venom could lead to development of cancer-fighting drugs

Episode 406 – Aug 28, 2014

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Sweat power could charge up smart phones, other devices.

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Tattoo biobatteries produce power from sweat

Episode 405 – Aug 26, 2014

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Test could detect unwanted fillers in coffee.

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Keeping filler ingredients out of your coffee

Episode 404 – Aug 25, 2014

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New process could transform landfill gases into useful fuel.

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New process could transform landfill waste into hydrogen fuel

Episode 403 – Aug 07, 2014

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Self-healing paint could eliminate automotive scratches.

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Self-healing paint could eliminate scratches on cars and trucks

Episode 402 – Aug 06, 2014

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Tiny DNA pyramids could help eradicate harmful bacteria.

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DNA pyramids could help nix bacterial infections

Episode 401 – Aug 04, 2014

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Scientists predict which sewer pipes might raise a stink.

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Researchers examine ways to predict sewage pipe leaks before they happen

Episode 400 – July 31, 2014

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Supreme Court rules on jilted scientist's "act of war."

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Sprinkling harmful chemicals on mailbox isn’t a war crime, Supreme Court rules.

Episode 399 – July 30, 2014

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"Green buildings" could improve health of low-income residents

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“Green buildings” could help improve health of low-income residents

Episode 398 – July 28, 2014

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Nano liquids could help prevent computers and other electronic devices from overheating

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Nanofluids could help keep electronics from overheating

Episode 397 – July 24, 2014

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New glass surface could make life easier for mobile device users

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Researchers close in on better anti-glare, anti-reflective displays for mobile devices

Episode 396 – July 23, 2014

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Scientists close in on a way to corral stink bugs

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New finding could help stifle stink bugs naturally

Episode 395 – July 21, 2014

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Used bubble wrap could find new life as medical testing equipment

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Scientists transform bubble wrap into test tube-like containers

Episode 394 – July 17, 2014

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Protein in squid tentacles could lead to creation of new eco-frinedly materials

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Squid “teeth” inspire quest for material that could aid reconstructive surgery

Episode 393 – July 16, 2014

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Researchers unlock a secret hidden in a material older than the dinosaurs

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Secret of ancient amber revealed

Episode 392 – July 14, 2014

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Hot dog!scientists zero on a way to make low-fat wieners more appealing

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Scientists close in on a better tasting low-fat hot dog

Episode 391 – July 10, 2014

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Female scientists can finally say, "Toys are Us!"

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Female scientists can say, "Lego Girl Power!"

Episode 390 – July 09, 2014

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New wound-healing material keeps bacteria in check.

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New material improves wound healing

Episode 389 – July 07, 2014

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Pavement sealant ban lessens environmental risks.

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Pavement sealant ban slashes levels of potentially harmful compounds in lake

Episode 388 – July 03, 2014

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Chemists explain the science behind the 'rockets' red glare and the bombs bursting in air'.

Episode 387 – July 02, 2014

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New technique could help identify inks without harming historic documents.

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New ink identification technique could help preserve historic documents

Episode 386 – June 30, 2014

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New analytical technique could enhance detection of illicit drugs in communities.

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New analytic tool could help police gauge illicit drug use in real time

Episode 385 – June 26, 2014

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White bread encourages growth of 'good' microbes in gut.

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White bread helps boost ‘good’ microbes in the gut

Episode 384 – June 25, 2014

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Scientists reveal how a deadly bacteria eludes detection in the body.

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Protein change helps sneaky bacteria elude detection

Episode 383 – June 23, 2014

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The surprising reason why smog continues to soar in Los Angeles.

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Heavy airport traffic potential major contributor to pollution in Los Angeles

Episode 382 – June 19, 2014

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White, bright and sustainable: researchers help cotton make a fashion statement.

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Scientists develop earth-friendly way to brighten white cotton fabrics

Episode 381 – June 18, 2014

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Vitamin C could reduce risks associated with cardiovascular stents.

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Coating stents with vitamin C could risk reduce clotting risk

Episode 380 – June 16, 2014

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Scientist move closer to a practical way of storing vast amounts of hydrogen fuel.

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A new solution for storing hydrogen fuel

Episode 379 – June 12, 2014

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Researcher question emergency water treatment guidelines.

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Researchers question emergency water treatment guidelines

Episode 378 – June 11, 2014

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New test could speed diagnosis of hepatitis C.

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Paper-based diagnostic tool could help curb hepatitis C pandemic

Episode 377 – June 09, 2014

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Discovery could dampen fire risk in lithium-ion batteries.

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Scientists develop safer lithium-ion battery

Episode 376 – June 05, 2014

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Chemical sensors could help rescuers locate missing people in rubble.

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Dynamic Vapor Generator That Simulates Transient Odor Emissions of Victims Entrapped in the Voids of Collapsed Buildings

Episode 375 – June 04, 2014

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Study links liquid soap ingredient to increased risk of breast cancer.

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Liquid soap ingredient promotes breast cancer cell growth in lab studies

Episode 374 – June 02, 2014

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New 'smart' coating could help cleanup oil spills.

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New smart coating could make oil spill cleanup faster

Episode 373 – May 29, 2014

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New flour could help nix food allergies.

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New flour could help forestall allergic food reactions

Episode 372 – May 28, 2014

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Red wine could help prevent cavities.

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Red wine could help prevent cavities

Episode 371 – May 27, 2014

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Balancing the needs for oil and water is tricky.

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Avoiding water wars between ‘fracking’ industry and residents

Episode 370 – May 22, 2014

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Ultra-thin power source a step closer to reality.

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Energy device for flexible electronics packs a potent punch

Episode 369 – May 21, 2014

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Science could enhance the allure of perfume.

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`Perfumery Radar’ could help create new scents

Episode 368 – May 19, 2014

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Changes in brain trigger job switches in aging bees.

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Scientists link honeybees’ changing roles to brain chemistry

Episode 367 – May 15, 2014

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Beer made from fossilized yeast ready to make a splash.

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Fossil-infused beer

Episode 366 – May 14, 2014

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Why whey could help ease diabetes risk in obese people.

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Nursery rhyme food could reduce diabetes risk in obese adults

Episode 365 – May 12, 2014

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New pressure sensors could lead to safer cars.

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Flexible pressure sensor film shows how much force a surface ‘feels’ – in color

Episode 364 – May 08, 2014

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Researchers find a new way to nix a nautical nuisance.

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Sustainable paint repels barnacles

Episode 363 – May 07, 2014

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Nature calls: Scientists discover a greener way to make a common synthetic fabric.

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A green source of polyester – cork trees

Episode 362 – May 05, 2014

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Scientists take a step toward better understanding of Alzheimer's disease.

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Toward unraveling the Alzheimer’s mystery

Episode 361 – May 01, 2014

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What does platinum have in common in with giant pandas?

Episode 360 – April 30, 2014

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Waste not, want not on the road to space.

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Recycling urine for sustainable space flight

Episode 359 – April 28, 2014

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New technology  could ease detection of counterfeit money.

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Barcodes could foil counterfeiting

Episode 358 – April 24, 2014

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Finding a superbug's Achilles heel.

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Promising agents burst through “superbug” defenses

Episode 357 – April 23, 2014

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Detecting strokes could soon be faster, more accurate.

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Diagnosing stoke faster and more accurately

Episode 356 – April 21, 2014

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New lab technique could reduce need for animal testing.

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‘3D’ test could reduce reliance on animals for testing asthma and allergy drugs

Episode 355 – April 17, 2014

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Two more reasons to indulge in a bit of chocolate.

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Key chocolate ingredients could help prevent obesity, diabetes

Episode 354 – April 16, 2014

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How sparkling is champagne? Let us count the ways.

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How bubbly is your champagne?

Episode 353 – April 14, 2014

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Beer marinade helps make grilled meats healthier.

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Beer marinade could slash levels of potentially harmful substances in grilled meats

Episode 352 – April 10, 2014

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Wee! Something you really shouldn't do in the pool.

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Is it safe to pee in the pool?

Episode 351 – April 09, 2014

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Scientists close in on way to keep electronic parts from clogging up the works.

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Keeping small electronic parts from sticking together

Episode 350 – April 07, 2014

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A shot in the dark? A keen new tool could help solve crimes.

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Improving what investigators can learn from gunshot residue

Episode 349 – April 03, 2014

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What wowed researchers at the ACS National Meeting.

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ACS National Meeting in Dallas

Episode 348 – April 02, 2014

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A 500-year-old musical score gives directions for making the 'philosopher's stone.'

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Chemically-inspired music includes secrets of the ‘philosopher’s stone.’

Episode 347 – March 31, 2014

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A wristband unlike any other could help detect environmental hazards.

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A wristband for a different kind of cause — environmental health

Episode 346 – March 27, 2014

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The hunt is on for a new way to detect diabetes.

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How the science of deer hunting can help patients with diabetes

Episode 345 – March 26, 2014

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The quest to make low and non-fat foods more appetizing.

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Better-tasting reduced-fat desserts, dressings, sauces: Coming soon?

Episode 344 – March 24, 2014

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Using animals in drug testing could be on its way out.

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An end to animal testing for drug discovery?

Episode 343 – March 20, 2014

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Scientists are making key discovering about homegrown vodkas in the Lone Star state.

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Texans are turning to a different kind of spirit — vodka — and saltier is better

Episode 342 – March 19, 2014

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Honey could be one sweet solution to the ever-growing problem of bacterial resistance to antibiotics.

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Honey is a new approach to fighting antibiotic resistance: How sweet it is!

Episode 341 – March 17, 2014

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Scientists close in on a way to make a pain-relieving drug derived from snail venom.

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Advance toward developing an oral pain reliever derived from debilitating snail venom

Episode 340 – March 13, 2014

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Peanut butter and jellyfish: yes, they really go together.

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No joke: Jelly fish like peanut butter

Episode 339 – March 12, 2014

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Turning the page: transforming paper mill waste into usable fuel.

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Waste from age-old paper industry becomes new source of solid fuel

Episode 338 – March 10, 2014

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Old garlic can help keep us healthier.

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Don’t throw out old, sprouting garlic — it has heart-healthy antioxidants

Episode 337 – March 06, 2014

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Privacy and safety could get a big boost at airports.

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Improving explosives detectors for remote sensing: The beginning of the end of full-body scanners?

Episode 336 – March 05, 2014

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Google Glass could help stop e merging public health threats around the world.

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Google Glass could help detect emerging health threats

Episode 335 – March 03, 2014

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Scientists move toward a better treatment for Parkinson's disease.

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Novel compound keeps Parkinson’s symptoms at bay in mice

Episode 334 – February 27, 2014

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How a once-disparaged substance could have surprising health benefits.

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Hempseed oil loaded with health-promoting compounds

Episode 333 – February 26, 2014

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How specialized air filters could block potentially harmful particles from getting into cars.

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Special car air filter keeps small particles in check

Episode 332 – February 24, 2014

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Scientists discover how exercise energizes the heart’s cellular powerhouses.

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Exercise helps cellular powerhouses keep hearts in tiptop shape

Episode 331 – February 20, 2014

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How to tell if your champagne is sensational without popping the cork.

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How to tell when bubbly goes bad before popping the cork

Episode 330 – February 19, 2014

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How electronically controlled drugs could minimize side effects.

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Electronically controlled drugs could minimize side effects

Episode 329 – February 17, 2014

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Scientists edge nearer to the day when they can create new tissue to fix damaged hearts.

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Toward fixing damaged hearts through tissue engineering

Episode 328 – February 13, 2014

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Chemistry helps end 50 year Olympic medal drought.

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The chemical ingenuity that may have helped an Olympic quest

Episode 327 – February 12, 2014

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Recharging your cell phone could soon be a breeze.

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Tiny windmills could make recharging cell phones a breeze

Episode 326 – February 10, 2014

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Scientists close in a faster way to detect and prevent foodborne illnesses.

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A faster way to flag bacteria-tainted food – and prevent illness

Episode 325 – February 06, 2014

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Coming up, why Central Park helps keep New Yorkers happy.

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Picturing pain could help unlock its mysteries and lead to better treatments

Episode 324 – February 05, 2014

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What do seashells have to do with preserving old bones? We have the answer coming up on Science Elements.

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Seashells inspire new way to preserve ancient bones

Episode 323 – February 03, 2014

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Why picturing pain could help scientists develop better ways to cope with it. That’s coming up next on Science Elements.

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Picturing pain could help unlock its mysteries and lead to better treatments

Episode 322 – January 27, 2014

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A better understanding of how bacteria take over human cells could lead to better treatments of infections.  How “reprogramming” one of the world’s most notorious bacteria could help us fight off infectious diseases. Researchers are developing a new way to fend off drug-resistant malaria.

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New ways to fight antibiotic-resistant bacteria: Target human cells instead
Recruiting E. coli bacteria to combat hard-to-treatment bacterial infections
New strategy emerges for fighting drug-resistant malaria

Episode 321 – January 20, 2014

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How a new test could help detect genetically modified foods. Scientists have unearthed a way to authenticate one of the world’s most famous and desirable truffles. New research could help chocolate connoisseurs get one step closer to confectionary heaven.

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First comprehensive test to detect genetic modification in food
Scientists unearth secrets of Périgord Truffles
Finally, a way to authenticate premium chocolates

Episode 320 – January 13, 2014

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How an inexpensive paper-based device could expand the use of medical tests in remote regions of the world. How metal inks could ease the way toward flexible books. Why literally laundering money could save billions of dollars.

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Paper-based device could bring medical testing to remote locales
Metal Ink could ease the way toward flexible electronic books, displays
Laundering money – literally – could save billions of dollars

Episode 319 – January 06, 2014

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Why researchers are paying closer attention to substances in shampoos and other personal care products that children and their parents use regularly.  How formula-feeding may be linked to an increased risk of disease in later life. Why scientists are concerned about certain substances in vinyl flooring used in daycare centers and schools.

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Personal care products are possible sources of potentially harmful parabens in babies
Formula-feeding linked to metabolic stress and increased risk of disease in later life
Vinyl flooring linked to potentially harmful substances at schools and daycare centers



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