Science Elements Archive: 2010

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Episode 185 - December 27 2010
Six green New Year’s resolutions based on 2010 Science Elements content.
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Episode 184 - December 20 2010
New questions about how fluoride really works. Evidence supporting gluten-free diets for celiac patients. Current insights into bacteria and the company they keep.
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Episode 183 - December 13 2010
How catnip oil repels bloodsucking flies. Fireflies could help detect blood clots. Why we shouldn’t blame The Pill for estrogen in our drinking water.
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Episode 182 - December 06 2010
Why proteins act differently in a crowd. A mild-mannered meat could soon get a flavor boost. How ‘radar’ could help pinpoint perfume scents.
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Episode 181 - November 22 2010
Why scientists say they can cork wine allergies. Po-ta-to, Po-tat-o, why researchers say they can call the whole blight off. How a drug could help foil a terrorist attack.
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Episode 180 - November 16 2010
A new crime solving tool could shine light on once invisible clues. How a Trojan Horse could help sneak a protective drug into brains of stroke patients. Why newly discovered guardian angels could help your garden grow.
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Episode 179 - November 08 2010
Why video game technology could speed the development of new drugs. How scientists are closing in on a more accurate medical test. What piece of conventional dietary wisdom just got called into doubt.
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Episode 178 - November 01 2010
What makes the cone snail so deadly. Why insects hate tobacco. How small particles show big promise in beating unpleasant odors.
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Episode 177 - October 25 2010
How milk and clay could help a common bit of garbage disappear faster. Why certain plastic-producing catalysts are making a comeback. Chemists are closing in on ways to disconnect the world’s smallest cell phones.
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Episode 176 - October 18 2010
Why fantastically small filters could slash the cost of producing safe drinking water. How a popular soft drink could enhance cancer treatment. Newly developed oils could significantly boost gas mileage.
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Episode 175 - October 04 2010
What simple approach could blot out the last remnants of a devastating oil spill. How drug manufacturers are adapting to new regulatory standards. Why beer lovers could soon be toasting scientific innovation.
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Episode 174 - September 27 2010
A soap ingredient could help quell an all-too-common parasitic disease. How an old way of making glue could spruce up the environment. Why ‘dry water’ could be the wave of the future.
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Episode 173 - September 20 2010
What is smaller than peach fuzz yet stronger than steel. Why an old folk remedy is so effective. How a new vaccine could help save the fishing industry.
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Episode 172 - September 13 2010
How some antioxidants may actually promote cancer development and growth. Which has more antioxidants: bottled tea or home-brewed. Why a shortage of radioactive isotopes could threaten the future of modern healthcare.
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Episode 171 - September 6 2010
How frogs could make certain infections go croak. Why a new test could help scientists better gauge the effects of cigarette smoking. What black rice and blueberries have in common.
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Episode 170 - August 30 2010
Why a Nobel Laureate is excited about the future of solar and wind energy. How space-age technology could help increase the efficiency of earth-bound solar panels. Why electricity collected from the air could become the newest alternative energy; How juicing up laptops and cell phones could be as easy as reaching for soda pop or vegetable oil.
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Episode 169 - August 23 2010
How scientist are closing in on a new generation of disease fighters. What mysterious weight-loss beverage really works. How certain fruits might help you keep your wits. Why Mr. Potato Head could be in for a real shock.
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Episode 168 - August 16 2010
Why scorpion venom could improve brain cancer treatment. How a new technique could help doctors detect certain skin cancers much earlier. We celebrate a milestone in cancer prevention and researchers pop a few champagne corks.
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Episode 167 - August 9 2010
How a new forensic test could link suspects to crimes faster than ever before. Why long–term use of certain medications leads to bone loss in some patients/ Planes, trains or automobiles. Which has a greater effect on global warming?
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Episode 166 - August 2 2010
How minute building materials could have a huge impact on construction. Middle school students help scientists glimpse the inner workings of a key enzyme. Why an extract from sea snail saliva could dampen some of our worst aches and pains.
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Episode 165 - July 26 2010
Whether using oil dispersants is a good idea. Why some scientists are questioning the safety and effectiveness of herbal dietary supplements. How a new type of paper could help quash foot odors and keep food fresh.
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Episode 164 - July 19 2010
How chemical disguises could help get drugs into cells. Chemists are decoding secrets hidden in our blood. Small particles could help shroud the undersea movements of submarine.
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Episode 163 - July 5 2010
How thirst quenchers are like roadmaps. Why nanoparticles could revolutionize dentistry. Leaving this world a greener place.
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Episode 162 - June 28 2010
How unraveling proteins could help stave off a nocturnal pest. Why natural products might be a fruitful source of new cancer drugs. Scientists are closing in on new treatments for anthrax.
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Episode 161 - June 21 2010
Why oil dispersants might not be best way to clean-up after the spill. How a new teaching tool could help students embracing science in the wake of the oil spill learn more about chemistry. Using smokeless tobacco could be more harmful than previously thought.
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Episode 160 - June 14 2010
How plastics may soon grow on trees. A plastic antibody one day could help you fend off infections. Fungi could one day help fill up our gas tanks or perhaps even create new plastics.
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Episode 159 - June 07 2010
An important step forward in diabetes research. The first paper “dipstick” test for determining blood type. New evidence that a chili pepper ingredient fights fat.
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Episode 158 - May 31 2010
Why aviation could have greater influence on global warming in the future. How a new test could lead to earlier detection of gum disease. Where science is closing in on a new way to test for cosmetic allergies without using animals.
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Episode 157 - May 24 2010
Why chemistry could help minimize oil spill damage along the Gulf of Mexico. How scientists are closing in an affordable biodiesel made from sewage. A new device that could help detect serious complications of diabetes.
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Episode 156 - May 17 2010
How new guidelines may make it easier to share information on green products. Why cigarette butts could help protect oil wells. A new plastic-like material that could silence disease-causing microbes.
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Episode 155 - May 10 2010
Why mom was right all along about something she urged us to do every day. How a drug could boost the effectiveness of certain vaccines. new simplified treatment could help patients better cope with a common eye infection.
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Episode 154 - May 3 2010
How new cleansers could swiftly scrub away the remnants of certain terrorist threats. Where you might find the biggest electronic trash heaps in the next 20 years. Ultra-small innovations promise big benefits for cancer patients.
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Episode 153 - April 26 2010
A surprising source of smog in California. The ongoing quest for soft toilet paper. A possible answer to a universal question that has boggled scientists for decades.
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Episode 152 - April 19 2010
Why human activity could lead to unprecedented planetary changes that could last millions of years. What scientist are discovering about a potentially harmful substance in eggs. How scientists have found a new way to recover, recycle, and reuse valuable nanoparticles.
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Episode 151 - April 12 2010
How certain household cleansers could lead to the formation of harmful substances in waste water. Scientists may be closing in on a new way to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease. An evolving branch of science is revolutionizing gourmet dining.
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Episode 150 - April 5 2010
Substances in unroasted coffee beans could help kill insects and protect crops. Safety labels on some household pesticides may do more harm than good. How insects can harm endangered meat-eating plants in an unexpected way.
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Episode 149 - March 29 2010
How bathing could be washing more than just dirt off your body. Why ingredients in some shampoos could help fight global warming. Green technology might re-tire your car. Making biofuels could soon be a lot cheaper. Some scientists are turning over a new leaf when it comes to generating power.
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Episode 148 - March 22 2010
A new roof coated with something found in almost every fast food restaurant could help save energy. A process used in plasma TVs could produce an ultra-clean fuel. Eating less meat and dairy products probably won’t affect global warming. We conclude this week’s special edition of Science Elements with a pair of stories: sourdough bread and wine.
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Episode 147 - March 15 2010
World crude oil production may peak earlier than some predict. NoMix toilets are taking hold in Europe. How a form of carbon could revolutionize the electronics industry.
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Episode 146 - March 09 2010
Substances that helped us avoid one environmental problem could be worsening another. How microbes in the soil are becoming more resistant to antibiotics. Why supermarket lighting could actually boost the nutritional value of spinach.
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Episode 145 - March 01 2010
A sex hormone found in an unexpected place. Electrifying news about body movement. And a laser surgery technique that is helping to restore some of the world’s great masterpieces.
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Episode 144 - February 22 2010
How green tea could help fend off eye diseases. Scientists have developed molecules “smart” enough to get from here to there. Why making “lab-on-a-chip” devices could soon be as easy as stitching with needle and thread.
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Episode 143 - February 8 2010
A tool used to search for new medicines could help dampen the effects of global warming. A few chemical tweaks could make PVC plastics safer. How a sophisticated medical technology could help foil art forgeries.
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Episode 142 - February 1 2010
New doubts about the safety of Ginkgo herbal medicines. The secret life of smoke in fostering rebirth and renewal of forests and grasslands. An eco-friendly way of decomposing BPA-containing plastic.
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Episode 141 - January 25 2010
How blueberry juice could improve memory in older adults; Why people older than 50 should be concerned about copper and iron; A blood test for a common mental illness that could be available soon.
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Episode 140 - January 18 2010
Research in Singapore could help streamline production of a common anti-flu drug. Chinese scientists have detected a new set of biomarkers for colon cancer. Chemists in Japan may have unraveled the secret behind a painful weapon used by one of the world’s strangest creatures.
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Episode 139 - January 11 2010
High blood pressure drugs might help subdue a common complication of diabetes. A new fabric could help improve blood circulation in people who have diabetes. How coal linked to an ancient mass extinction could still be taking lives today.
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