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Episode 691 - September 29, 2016

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Nanoparticles could help reduce long-term effects of traumatic brain injury.

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Curbing the life-long effects of traumatic brain injury

Episode 690 - September 28, 2016

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Evidence suggests drugs seeping into rivers and streams coming from multiple sources.

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Pharmaceuticals in streams may come from multiple sources

Episode 689 - September 26, 2016

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Scientists seek to reduce gas flares from oil production.

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Reducing gas flares — and pollution — from oil production

Episode 688 - September 22, 2016

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Scientific know-how keeps biochemist on course for an Olympic medal

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Biochemist helps U.S. women rowing team take gold medal in Rio

Episode 687 - September 21, 2016

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New study sheds light on the limits of genetic code expansion

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Research sheds light on the limits of the expanded genetic code

Episode 686 - September 19, 2016

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Could food waste be used to store solar and wind energy?

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Food waste could store solar and wind energy

Episode 685 - September 15, 2016

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Injectable gels could help prevent heart failure

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Injectable gels could prevent future heart failure after heart attacks

Episode 684 - September 14, 2016

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Scientists seek ways to stop scar formation

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Stopping scars before they form

Episode 683 - September 12, 2016

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New device could lead to better tasting foods made with less fat, sugar and salt

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New device could help improve taste of foods low in fast, sugar and salt

Episode 682 - September 08, 2016

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Citrus compounds could help fend off obesity

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Citrus fruits could help prevent obesity-related heart disease, liver disease, diabetes

Episode 681 - September 07, 2016

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Scientists add a new twist to an old experiment to see what’s really going on in our brains

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Watching thoughts  -- and addiction – form in the brain

Episode 680 - September 05, 2016

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Targeting cold engine starts could lead to reduction in vehicle emissions

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How cars could meet future emissions standards: Focus on cold starts

Episode 679 - August 18, 2016

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New technique could produce nail polish and generate fuel cells simultaneously

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Making nail polish while powering fuel cells

Episode 678 - August 17, 2016

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Self-healing fabric could help rips and tears in clothing fade away

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Clothes that fix their own rips are closer to reality

Episode 677 - August 15, 2016

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Scientists seek to prevent frankfurter fraud

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Frankfurter fraud: finding out what’s in your hot dog

Episode 676 - August 11, 2016

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Scientists probe for harmful substances in e-cigarettes

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Toxins in e-cig vapor increase with heat and device use

Episode 675 - August 10, 2016

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Pokemon invades labs nationwide

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Labs invaded by adorable Pokémon

Episode 674 - August 08, 2016

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New skin patch could deter drunk driving

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Electronic skin patch could help detect blood alcohol levels

Episode 673 - August 04, 2016

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Gene therapy could help prevent blindness

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Gene therapy in a droplet could treat eye diseases, prevent blindness

Episode 672 - August 03, 2016

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Scientists seek more efficient way to harvest water from air

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Harvesting water from air with less energy

Episode 671 - August 01, 2016

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Super-toasted bread used to create eco-friendly carbon foam

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Using bread to make multi-use, stiff carbon foam

Episode 670 - July 28, 2016

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Scientists seek the confectionary holy grail: a tasty low-fat chocolate

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Creating a reduced-fat chocolate that melts in your mouth

Episode 669 - July 27, 2016

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Animal study could lead to new treatment for spinal cord injuries

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Hydrogel scaffold helps repair injured spinal cord

Episode 668 - July 25, 2016

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Egg proteins could be key to developing dissolvable sensors

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Researchers take stride toward dissolvable electronics for implants, sensors

Episode 667 - July 21, 2016

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Study raises questions about new fuel-efficient engine’s impact on the climate

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Could more fuel-efficient engines lead to more global warming?

Episode 666 - July 20, 2016

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Plastic packaging could soon be more water-resistant

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Graphene-infused packaging is a million times better at blocking moisture

Episode 665 - July 18, 2016

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Scientists close in on way to harvest energy from body motion for use in biomedical devices

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Cellulose nanogenerators could eventually power implanted biomedical devices

Episode 664 - July 14, 2016

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Transparent wood could allow natural light to shine through walls

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Transparent wood could one day help brighten homes and buildings

Episode 663 - July 13, 2016

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Mouse study suggests endometriosis one day could be diagnose with a blood test

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Scientists close in on a diagnostic blood test for endometriosis

Episode 662 - July 11, 2016

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Scientists investigate the potential aftereffects of a hydraulic fracturing spill

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What happens to hydraulic fracturing water on cropland

Episode 661 - July 07, 2016

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How eating fewer calories could extend our lifespans

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How low-calorie diets could extend lifespan

Episode 660 - July 06, 2016

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Researchers close in on fast, cheap test for Zika virus

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Portable test cheaply and rapidly detects Zika in saliva

Episode 659 - July 04, 2016

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Scientist the next generation of materials to power smartphones, other modern technology

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Ensuring the future affordability of wind turbines, computers and electric cars

Episode 658 - June 30, 2016

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Espresso machines could speed up, simplify  chemical analysis in the lab

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Using espresso machines to do chemistry

Episode 657 - June 29, 2016

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Discovery could lead to new anti-viral treatments for common diseases

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DNA ‘scrunching’ could be new target for antiviral drugs

Episode 656 - June 27, 2016

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How a sponge could help lithium batteries soak up more energy

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Loofah-based material could give lithium batteries a boost

Episode 655 - June 23, 2016

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Analyzing the air city cyclists breathe in

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Measuring the airborne toxicants urban bicyclists inhale

Episode 654 - June 22, 2016

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Paper-making waste product could  strengthen sunscreens

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Lignin from plants boosts the effectiveness of sunscreen

Episode 653 - June 20, 2016

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Eating seaweed could help combat food allergies

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Seaweed could potentially help fight food allergies

Episode 652 - June 16, 2016

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Resistance-proof antiviral could eventually be used to treat many diseases

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Scientists close in on a resistance-proof antiviral

Episode 651 - June 15, 2016

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Researchers share appealing news about bananas and eye health

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Better understanding of bananas could help prevent blindness

Episode 650 - June 13, 2016

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Scientists discover fast, inexpensive way to produce biofuel

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Scientists make biodiesel using cooking oil and a microwave

Episode 649 - June 09, 2016

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Combined wind, solar energy device could propel development of ‘smart’ cities

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Harnessing solar, wind energy in one device could power the “Internet of Things’

Episode 648 - June 08, 2016

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Researchers find potential cause of ‘chemo brain’

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Scientists explore how ‘chemo-brain’ develops in cancer patients

Episode 647 - June 06, 2016

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New sensor could help prevent sunburns

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Scientists develop paper-based sun exposure monitor

Episode 646 - June 02, 2016

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Concrete idea could lead to better lighting on roadways, sideways

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Unearthing light-emitting concrete

Episode 645 - June 01, 2016

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3-D model could advance understanding, treatment of preeclampsia

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3-D bioprinted placenta could lead to new treatments for preeclampsia

Episode 644 - May 30, 2016

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Food scientists close in on a way to determine if Parmesan cheese is the real deal

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Scientists seek to ensure Parmigiano Reggiano is the real deal

Episode 643 - May 26, 2016

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Artist explores uses for ‘blackest-black’ shade

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Artist explores the blackest black

Episode 642 - May 25, 2016

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Scientists detect hidden contaminants in hot tubs and swimming pools

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Hot tubs and swimming pools are not as clean as you may think

Episode 641 - May 23, 2016

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See-though organs could make it easier to track nanoparticles’ journey through our bodies

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Three-Dimensional Optical Mapping of Nanoparticle Distribution in Intact Tissue

Episode 640 - May 19, 2016

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Rock music gives cancer-fighting drugs a big boost

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Rock and roll chemotherapy

Episode 639 - May 18, 2016

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Scientists develop recyclable polyurethane

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Scientists closing in on renewable alternative to traditional polyurethanes

Episode 638 - May 16, 2016

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Tent campers could be breathing in flame retardant compounds

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Tent camping could lead to flame retardant exposure

Episode 637 - May 12, 2016

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Saliva “fingerprints” could eliminate the need for invasive diagnostic tests

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Saliva testing could simplify diagnosis of certain diseases

Episode 636 - May 11, 2016

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Bio-activated ceramics could help prevent gum disease

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How bioceramics could help fight gum disease

Episode 635 - May 09, 2016

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Science and art come together to perfect Japanese porcelain

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The art and science behind treasured Japanese porcelain

Episode 634 - May 05, 2016

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Rodents help doctors sniff out tuberculosis

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Training hero rats to sniff out TB

Episode 633 - May 04, 2016

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Scientists close in on a way to make fragrances last longer

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Scientists seek longer-lasting fragrances

Episode 632 - May 02, 2016

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New test could help prevent food poisoning

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Paper-based test could help prevent food poisoning

Episode 631 - April 28, 2016

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Smart synthetic skins could make human-like robots even more realistic

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Robots could ‘touchy’ with self-powered smart skin

Episode 630 - April 27, 2016

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Researchers try to crack open what causes cashew allergies

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Purified cashews proteins offer insights into allergic reactions

Episode 629 - April 25, 2016

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Batteries get a charge from bacteria

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So long lithium, hello bacteria batteries?

Episode 628 - April 21, 2016

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Vaccine dampens nicotine’s effects in laboratory mice

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Nicotine vaccine delays the drug’s effects in mice

Episode 627 - April 20, 2016

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Newly developed blood test could detect cancer, other diseases earlier

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Scientists seek to improve early detection of cancer, other diseases earlier.

Episode 626 - April 18, 2016

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Scientists seek to create LCD screens with more vivid colors

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Aluminum nanoparticles could improve electronic displays

Episode 625 - April 14, 2016

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Doodles disclose much about Darwin’s home life

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Newly discovered Darwin doodles disclose human side of great scientist

Episode 624 - April 13, 2016

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Engineered tissue could lead to better drug testing, liver disease treatments

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Lab scientists close in on ways to make liver tissue for drug screening, transplants

Episode 623 - April 11, 2016

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Batteries in electric cars could lead to unforeseen environmental problems

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Electric-car battery materials could harm key soil bacteria

Episode 622 - April 07, 2016

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Spongy graft material could expand possibilities in spinal replacement surgery

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Spongy material helps repair the spine

Episode 621 - April 06, 2016

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Cellular ‘backpacks’ could precisely deliver drugs while minimizing side effects

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Cellular ‘backpacks’ could treat disease while minimizing side effects

Episode 620 - April 04, 2016

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3-D printing could help restore appearance of ears, noses

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3-D printing could one day help fix damaged cartilage in knees, noses and ears

Episode 619 - March 31, 2016

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New technique could help analyze lipstick smears found at crime scenes

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New forensic technique could identify specific lipstick brands found at crime scenes

Episode 618 - March 30, 2016

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Adding eggshell fragments could strengthen bioplastics

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Eggshell nanoparticles could lead to expanded use of bioplastic in packaging materials

Episode 617 - March 28, 2016

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Researchers seek to more accurately measure active ingredients in marijuana munchies

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New technique could more accurately measure dosages in marijuana munchies

Episode 616 - March 10, 2016

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‘Molecular food engineering' gives popular cheese a boost

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What gives Parmesan cheese its unique taste?

Episode 615 - March 09, 2016

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Too much salt linked to potential liver damage

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Too much salt could potentially contribute to liver damage

Episode 614 - March 07, 2016

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Hope sprouts for purifying water using artificial leaf

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Leaf-mimicking device harnesses light to purify water

Episode 613 - March 03, 2016

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Scientist crystalizes his vision in monumental structure

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Scientist builds world’s largest model of a crystal structure

Episode 612 - March 02, 2016

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Salad dressing ingredient could help relieve symptoms of ulcerative colitis

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Vinegar could potentially help treat ulcerative colitis

Episode 611 - February 29, 2016

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Squid inspires scientists to develop new, non-toxic printer ink

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Scientists create color printer that uses eco-friendly ink inspired by nature

Episode 610 - February 25, 2016

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What went wrong in Flint? The chemistry behind the city’s water crisis explained

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Scientists investigate how lead contaminated Flint’s tap water

Episode 609 - February 24, 2016

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Taming ‘punchy’ proteins could lead to better ways to deliver drugs in the body

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Punchy proteins could help advance drug delivery

Episode 608 - February 22, 2016

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Scientists suggest out-of-this-world explanation for life’s building blocks

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Scientists explore how life’s building blocks may have formed in outer space

Episode 607 - February 18, 2016

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Scientists create ‘greener’ wrinkle-free fabric

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New process produces ‘greener’ wrinkle resistant cotton fabric

Episode 606 - February 17, 2016

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Cheap, easy-to-use test to quickly detect TB in developing countries

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Devising an inexpensive, quick TB test for developing regions

Episode 605 - February 15, 2016

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New self-cleaning solar panels harvest light from almost any direction

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New solar cells designed to face almost any direction can clean themselves

Episode 604 - February 11 2016

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Light-activated nanoparticle drug delivery system could reduce side effects

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Using light for targeted drug delivery could help fight tumors, infections

Episode 603 - February 10 2016

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New technique could help roads de-ice themselves

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Could roads of the future de-ice themselves?

Episode 602 - February 08 2016

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Changing ocean conditions could disrupt pearl production

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Ocean acidification and warming could affect the culturing of pearls

Episode 601 - February 04 2016

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Scientists help wine vintners cope with a finicky grape

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Scientists seek to improve consistency of Pinot Noir

Episode 600 - February 03 2016

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Exotic fruit, gut bacteria combination could lead to new ways to prevent or treat Alzheimer’s

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Gut bacteria make pomegranate metabolites that may protect against Alzheimer’s disease

Episode 599 - February 01 2016

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New technique could help detect explosives faster.

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Scientists close in on better way to sniff out explosives

Episode 598 – January 28, 2016

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“Red tides” can stir up trouble in household fish tanks

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Toxins related to ‘red tides’ found in home aquariums

Episode 597 – January 27, 2016

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3D printer parts potentially could harm fish and other aquatic life

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3-D printed parts from some commercial devices toxic to zebrafish embryos

Episode 596 – January 25, 2016

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Tiny pollutants found in commonly used seasoning

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Microplastics found in commercial sea salt samples purchased in China

Episode 595 – January 21, 2016

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New test could help clamp down on drug doping in racehorses

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Rooting out doping on racehorses

Episode 594 – January 20, 2016

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‘Motorized’ sperm could increase chances of conception

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‘Spermbots’ could help women trying to conceive

Episode 593 – January 19, 2016

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Fish-flavored cat food linked to feline hyperthyroidism

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Fish-flavored cat food could contribute to feline hyperthyroidism

Episode 592 – January 14, 2016

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Scientists, wine vintners go out on the limb to make a better grape

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Figuring out how to make tastier wines using fewer pesticides

Episode 591 – January 13, 2016

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Researchers identify compounds in coffee that could help prevent type-2 diabetes

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Scientists find compounds in coffee that could help prevent type-2 diabetes

Episode 590 – January 11, 2016

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Clothing resistant to chemical weapons moves a step closer to reality

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A step toward clothing that guards against chemical warfare agents

Episode 589 – January 07, 2016

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Common drug, cosmetics additive detected in marine animals

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Common cosmetic preservative found in dolphins, other marine animals

Episode 588 – January 06, 2016

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New, low-cost test could help detect hepatitis B, other conditions

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Low-cost, paper-based test could detect hepatitis B, male infertility

Episode 587 – January 04, 2016

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Scientists dive into an oil and gas controversy

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How much water do U.S. fracking operations really use?



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