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Episode 505 – May 21, 2015

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How much is that Nobel in the window? The one with the chemistry tale

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How much is that Nobel Prize in the window?

Episode 504 – May 20, 2015

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Glowing super-cooled liquids could be used in biosensors

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Materials crystalize with surprising properties

Episode 503 – May 18, 2015

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Flame retardants could increase risk of hyperthyroidism in older cats

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flame retardants could increase risk of health problems in older cats

Episode 502 – May 14, 2015

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Could robots soon be able to read your facial expressions?

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Making robots more human

Episode 501 – May 13, 2015

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Scientists strive to make blood readily usable by all.

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Scientists make progress toward universal blood type

Episode 500 – May 11, 2015

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Experimental treatment could eventually save soldiers’ lives.

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Unique nanoparticles could save soldier’s lives after explosions

Episode 499 – May 07, 2015

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Discover could lead to better treatments for dental diseases.

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More effective carbon capture method could reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Episode 498 – May 06, 2015

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Oat cereals may contain surprisingly harmful substance.

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Oat breakfast cereals may contain common mold-related toxin

Episode 497 – May 04, 2015

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New material could help clamp down on greenhouse gas.

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More effective carbon capture method could reduce greenhouse gas emissions

Episode 496 – April 30, 2015

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Genetic defect could be linked to autism, cancer.

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Discovery reveals more about fragile protein linked to cancer, autism

Episode 495 – April 29, 2015

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Scientists seek natural, benign way to clean up oil spills.

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Common food additive could help clean up crude oil spills

Episode 494 – April 27, 2015

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Laboratory study offers new hope for Parkinson’s disease.

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Nanoparticle drug reverses Parkinson’s disease in rats

Episode 493 – April 23, 2015

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Scientists make a splash in the quest to find new treatments for drug-resistant tuberculosis.

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Fresh water compound could help fight drug-resistant tuberculosis

Episode 492 – April 22, 2015

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Say cheese: how one of France’s favorite foods could help explain the French paradox.

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Cheese wedges its way into the French paradox

Episode 491 – April 20, 2015

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Discarded CDs and DVDs could help trap greenhouse gases.

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Discarded CDs and DVDs could help cut carbon emissions

Episode 490 – April 16, 2015

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Scientists unveil tasty tidbit: more flavorful, healthier chocolate.

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More flavorful, healthier chocolate come be on its way

Episode 489 – April 15, 2015

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Allergies becoming more common, are air pollutants to blame?

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Air pollutants could boost potency of common airborne allergens

Episode 488 – April 13, 2015

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Squid-inspired ‘invisibility cloak’ could help soldiers evade detection.

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‘Invisibility stickers’ could help soldiers evade detection

Episode 487 – April 09, 2015

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Scientist create anti-obesity molecule.

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Special microbes make anti-obesity molecule in the gut

Episode 485 – April 06, 2015

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Vitamin D could help slow or reverse growth of certain prostate cancers.

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Vitamin D may keep low-grade prostate cancer from becoming aggressive

Episode 484 – March 19, 2015

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Scientists detect changes in gluten after cooking.

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Scientists uncover effects of cooking, digestion on gluten and wheat allergens in pasta

Episode 483 – March 18, 2015

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‘Smart glue made from DNA might eventually be used to make body parts.

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DNA ‘smart glue’ could eventually be used to build tissues, organs

Episode 482 – March 16, 2015

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Silk could be key material in next generation of sustainable batteries.

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New ‘green’ material could boost performance of lithum-ion batteries

Episode 481 – March 12, 2015

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New flexible cloth nano generator could make wearable electronics more practical.

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Energy-generating cloth could replace batteries in wearable devices

Episode 480 – March 11, 2015

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Music festival drug found in nearby rivers, streams.

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Levels of Illicit drug ‘molly’ spike in rivers, streams near music festivals

Episode 479 – March 09, 2015

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Scientists reveal secrets hidden in shipwrecked beer.

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Science helps beer makers replicate shipwrecked brew

Episode 478 – March 05, 2015

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What health officials and police are doing to crack down on counterfeit pharmaceuticals.

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Mircotags could help thwart production, sales of counterfeit medicine

Episode 477 – March 04, 2015

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Scientists close in on way to fend off a notorious ‘superbug’.

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Could an HIV drug help corral bacterial infections?

Episode 476 – March 02, 2015

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Where you live could help determine how far you can go in an electric car.

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Electric-car driving range, emissions depend on where you live

Episode 475 – Feb 26, 2015

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Health concerns about e-cigarettes on the rise.

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Surge in e-cigarette sales prompts calls for new health studies, regulation

Episode 474 – Feb 25, 2015

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New technique to root out hair dye could help police solve crimes.

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Hair dye ‘CSI’ could help police solve crimes

Episode 473 – Feb 23, 2015

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Smart phones could lead to more precise air pollution measurement.

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Smart phones can help measure air pollution levels

Episode 472 – Feb 19, 2015

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Edible satellites: an out-of-this-world dining experience.

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Scientist sculpts satellite models out of meat loaf, vegetables

Episode 471 – Feb 18, 2015

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Fish skin could lead to improve wound healing technique.

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Fish skin component could lead to better wound healing

Episode 470 – Feb 17, 2015

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Discovery could lead to better tires, lower auto emissions.

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Discovery could help improve tires, reduce air pollution

Episode 469 – Feb 12, 2015

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Is the medical eyedropper on its way out?

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An end to the medicine dropper for eye injuries?

Episode 468 – Feb 11, 2015

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Cleaner-burning wood chips may be on the horizon.

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Understanding air pollution from biomass burners used for heating

Episode 467 – Feb 09, 2015

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Tiny robotic “hands” may help diagnose cancer, deliver drugs.

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Tiny robotic 'hands' could improve cancer diagnostics, drug delivery

Episode 466 – Feb 05, 2015

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Telling your eyeglasses to change into sunglasses.

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Eyeglasses that turn into sunglasses — at your command

Episode 465 – Feb 04, 2015

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Beer hops could fight Alzheimer's and Parkinson's.

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Beer compound could help fend off Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases

Episode 464 – Feb 02, 2015

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Color-changing film could uncover chemical weapons.

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Detecting chemical weapons with a color-changing film

Episode 463 – Jan 29, 2015

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Vaccine could dampen urge to use cocaine.

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Scientists close in on cocaine vaccine

Episode 462 – Jan 28, 2015

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Orange juice might be healthier than we thought.

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Oranges versus orange juice, which is better?

Episode 461 – Jan 26, 2015

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Smart keyboard could help tighten online security.

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Smart keyboard recognizes users

Episode 460 – Jan 22, 2015

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New hospital gown keeps patients’ backsides covered.

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Designers create dignified, practical hospital gown

Episode 459 – Jan 21, 2015

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Consumers, EPA wrangle over proposed pesticide rule.

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Wrangling over pesticide ingredients reaches climax

Episode 458 – Jan 19, 2015

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Tattoo-like sensor could take the ‘stick’ out of blood sugar testing.

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Tattoo-like sensor capable of measuring glucose levels could eliminate painful finger-prick testing

Episode 457 – Jan 15, 2015

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Finding could help keep a man-made marvel white and bright.

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What’s in the grime tarnishing the Taj Mahal?

Episode 456 – Jan 14, 2015

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Innovative material could dampen pain caused by sensitive teeth.

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New biomaterial could help soothe sensitive teeth

Episode 455 – Jan 12, 2015

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New clothing material could help save energy while keeping us warm.

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Nanowire clothing could help keep us warm

Episode 454 – Jan 08, 2015

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Researchers develop potentially safer, more effective cancer-fighting molecules.

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Scientists discover new cancer-fighting molecules with fewer potential side effects

Episode 453 – Jan 07, 2015

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New evidence suggests hydraulic fracking might have lingering effects on drinking water.

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‘Fracking’ wastewater that is treated for drinking produces potentially harmful compounds

Episode 452 – Jan 05, 2015

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‘Electronic skin’ gets a major touch-up.

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New ‘electronic skin’ offers hope for greater touch sensitivity



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