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Episode 793 -  Spending Summer Camp with Bacon lovers

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June 29, 2017 -  Bacon lovers go hog wild at unusual summer camp.

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A bacon fest to die for

Episode 792 - New Food Menu for Polar Bears

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June 28, 2017 -  Climate change is altering polar bear diets.

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Polar bears’ declining mercury levels likely due to climate-related shifts

Episode 791 -  Three Cheers for Gluten-free Beer

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June 26, 2017 -  Scientist hop to it to find grain for gluten-free beer.

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Gluten-free beer from Witkop teff grains

Episode 790 -  The Color of Chemistry

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June 22, 2017 -  The color of chemistry excites the next generation.

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The color of organic chemistry

Episode 789 - A Key Ingredient in Making Foam

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June 21, 2017 -  Researchers find a way to make foam from old car parts, coconut oil.

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Turning car plastics into foams with coconut oil

Episode 788 -  Disabling Chemical Weapons

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June 19, 2017 -  Fabric coating could disable chemical weapons.

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New fabric coating could thwart chemical weapons, save lives

Episode 787 -  Detecting Urine in Swimming Pools

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June 15, 2017 -  Research reveals the ugly facts about what happens when nature calls at the swimming pool.

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How to monitor urine in pools – by testing sweetness

Episode 786 - Electronics that Bend, Flex and Stretch

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June 14, 2017 -  Conductive paper could help electronics bend and stretch.

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Conductive paper could enable future flexible electronics

Episode 785 -  Visualizing Extinct Creatures Using Advance Bone Testing

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June 12, 2017 -  Advances in bone testing could reveal much more about the dead.

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What bone proteomics could reveal about the dead

Episode 784 -  ‘Novel’ Way to Share Passion for Science

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June 08, 2017 -  Young scientist’s novel explores the many meanings of chemistry.

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College lab experiences inspire chemist to write debut novel

Episode 783 - Hot Summer Trees May Cause More City Smog

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June 07, 2017 -  Hot trees in the city might contribute to urban air woes.

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During heat waves, urban trees can increase ground-level ozone

Episode 782 -  Sci-fi Holograms Could Soon be a Reality

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June 05, 2017 -  Researchers stretch the limits of hologram technology.

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Stretchable hologram can switch between multiple images

Episode 781 -  Sniffing a Connection Between Humans and Ants

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June 01, 2017 -  Quirky exhibit explores how scents bind ants and humans.

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Olfactory science meets contemporary art, plus ants

Episode 780 - The 'Scientific way' to Improve Taste

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May 31, 2017 - Scientists seek to improve taste, appeal of French baguette.

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Why a crackly crust is essential to a baguette’s aroma and taste

Episode 779 -  Increased pollution from Air Conditioner

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May 29, 2017 - Spikes in air conditioner use linked to increased air pollution.

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Keeping cool in the summer leads to increased air pollution

Episode 778 -  Detecting Pollution Particles

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May 25, 2017 -  Scientists unravel how air pollution particles move from lungs to blood stream.

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Nanoparticles can travel from lungs to blood, possibly explaining risks to heart

Episode 777 - Electronics from Paper

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May 24, 2017 - Artistic paper inspires development of new charging device for portable electronics.

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Art of paper-cutting inspires self-charging paper device

Episode 776 -  Making Drinking Water Safer

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May 22, 2017 - Researchers detect potent insecticide in drinking water.

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Neonicotinoids detected in drinking water in agricultural area

Episode 775 -  Ideas for Dissertation Poster

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May 18, 2017 -  Wrestling with ideas for a dissertation poster? Check out this student’s effort.

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Wrestling with Ph.D. posters

Episode 774 - Eco-friendly Biofuel from Poop Plant

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May 17, 2017 - Researchers mix poop with invasive plant to create eco-friendly biofuel.

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Turning chicken poop and weeds into biofuel

Episode 773 -  Better self-healing materials from Snake Skin

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May 15, 2017 - Scientists develop self-healing material based on snake skin.

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Water-repellant material sheds like a snake when damaged.

Episode 772 -  Super Sticky Geckos Glue

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May 11, 2017 - Lizard inspires the creation of adhesive.

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Synthetic two-sided gecko’s foot could enable underwater robotics

Episode 771 - The Secret Ingredient to ‘life-saving’ Blood

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May 10, 2017 - Scientists develop alternative to vital blood component.

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Making artificial blood for transfusions

Episode 770 -  New approach to Reducing E-waste Pile-up

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May 08, 2017 - New biodegradable substance could help reduce E-waste pile-up.

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Degradable electronic components created from corn starch

Episode 769 -  'Artificial Leaf' of the Future

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May 04, 2017 - ‘Artificial leaf’ could lead to better harvests in the future.

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A ‘bionic leaf’ could help feed the world

Episode 768 - Scientists and Sunscreen

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May 03, 2017 - Scientists answer a burning question about sunscreens.

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A beach lover’s dream: A step toward long-lasting sunscreen

Episode 767 -  Sewer Stench Removal

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May 01, 2017 - Researchers close in on ways to banish odors from sewage.

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‘Peeling the onion’ to get rid of odors near wastewater treatment plants

Episode 766 -  Helping Smokers to Quit

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April 27, 2017 - Compounds found in addictive nut could help smokers quit the habit.

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Addictive nut derivatives could help smokers break the nicotine habit

Episode 765 - Countering Birth Defects in Zika Virus

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April 26, 2017 - Scientists take steps to prevent birth defects caused by Zika virus.

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Stopping Zika from crossing the placenta

Episode 764 - 'Super' Metallic Laser Detector

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April 24, 2017 - New laser technique detects metallic structural defects.

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Green laser light probes metals for hidden damage

Episode 763 -  Bacteria Can Be Beaten by Maple Syrup

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April 20, 2017 - Maple syrup ingredient could bolster effectiveness of antibiotics.

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No more ‘superbugs’? Maple syrup extract enhances antibiotic action

Episode 762 - A Stunning Way to Reverse Paralysis

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April 19, 2017 - Scientists seek to reverse paralyzing effects of autoimmune disorders.

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No more ‘superbugs’? Maple syrup extract enhances antibiotic action

Episode 761 -   High-Tech Biosensors in Contact Lens

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April 17, 2017 - Contact lens biosensors help monitor bodily functions in real time.

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Bio-sensing contact lens could someday measure blood glucose, other bodily functions

Episode 760 - Future Sea Creatures in Savage Oceans

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March 30, 2017 - Some sea creatures could survive in the harsher oceans predicted in the future.

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Some marine creatures may be more resilient to future, harsher ocean conditions than expected

Episode 759 - Zika Mosquito Threat May Still Exists!

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March 29, 2017 - Scientist seek ways to corral mosquito responsible for Zika.

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Probing a mosquito problem for clues in the fight against Zika

Episode 758 -   The ‘Chemistry’ Crime-solving Device

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March 27, 2017 - New powerful ‘glow stick’ could help solve crime, diagnostic testing.

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Scientists develop a bright ‘glow-stick’ marker for cells

Episode 757 -  'Super' Vanilla Flavor

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March 02, 2017 - Scientists develop ‘greener’ way to synthesize vanilla flavorings.

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Making vanilla flavoring with less pollution

Episode 756 -  New 'Easy Breezy' Fabric Softeners

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March 22, 2017 - Innovative technique could lead to more eco-friendly fabric softeners.

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Method could speed up design of more eco-friendly fabric softeners

Episode 755 -  New Synthesis Counters Deadly Bacteria

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March 20, 2017 - New compounds could derail deadly ‘superbug’.

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Fighting MSRA with new membrane-busting compound

Episode 754 -   Rare Sugars for Better Blood Levels

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March 16, 2017 - Rare sugars can lead to better management of blood glucose.

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How rare sugars might help control blood glucose

Episode 753 - A ‘Better’ Cancer Fighter

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March 15, 2017 - Combination of compounds in ginger and chili peppers can help lower cancer risk.

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Ginger and chili peppers could work together to lower cancer risk

Episode 752 -  New Bacteria Detector

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March 13, 2017 - New technique could speed the detection of harmful bacteria on fruits and vegetables.

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Moving toward faster, more accurate detection of food- and water-borne bacteria

Episode 751 -  Chocolate Lovers Discovery

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March 09, 2017 - Fruit seeds could help chocolate lovers avoid a meltdown.

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Jackfruit could help ease looming cocoa bean shortage

Episode 750 - New Studies in Cancer Cells

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March 08, 2017 - Scientists detect how cancer cells squeeze through tiny blood vessels.

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How cancer cells spread and squeeze through tiny blood vessels

Episode 749 -  'Safer' Hair dye

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March 06, 2017 - Researchers close in on a safer way to dye hair.

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Toward a safer permanent hair dye that mimics melanin

Episode 748 -  The Little Black Dress

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March 02, 2017 - Science and fashion come together in the latest version of the ‘little black dress'.

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Graphene enters the fashion fray

Episode 747 - Lizard Blood Medicine

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March 01, 2017 - Substances in lizard blood could lead to the development of new antibiotics.

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Antimicrobial substances identified in Komodo dragon blood

Episode 746 -  New Heating Pad

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February 27, 2017 - New see-through heating pad could help prevent burns.

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See-through heating pad could help prevent burns from thermotherapy

Episode 745 -  New Depression Disorder

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February 23, 2017 - Researchers explore how depression can jumble up our thinking.

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How depression can muddle thinking

Episode 744 - New Discovery in Flint Water Crisis

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February 22, 2017 - Scientists reexamine what really triggered the water crisis in Flint, Michigan.

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A closer look at what caused the Flint water crisis

Episode 743 -  New Wearable Electronics

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February 20, 2017 - Green tea extracts could be used to power wearable electronics.

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Squishy supercapacitors bathed in green tea could power wearable electronics

Episode 742 -  New Artificial Cells

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February  16, 2017 - Scientists try to get real and artificial cells ‘talking’ to each other.

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Passing the chemical Turing test: Making artificial and real cells talk

Episode 741 - New Nano Fertilizer

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February 15, 2017 - Nanoparticle fertilizer could revolutionize agriculture in developing countries.

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Nanoparticle fertilizer could contribute to a new ‘green revolution’

Episode 740 -  Opioid Addiction Solution

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February 13, 2017 - Weight-loss drug could help clamp down on opioid addiction.

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Commercial weight-loss drug could help treat opioid addiction

Episode 739 -  A Cost-effective Way to Diagnose Diseases

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February  09, 2017 - New technique could expand the number of diseases doctors can diagnose without expensive lab tests.

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Expanding point-of-care disease diagnostics with ultrasound

Episode 738 - The 'Bright' Side of Peacocks

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February  08, 2017 - Peacocks inspire ‘greener’ way to dye clothes.

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Peacock colors inspire ‘greener’ way to dye clothes

Episode 737 -  The ‘Smart’ Patch

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February 06, 2017 -  Scientists develop ‘smart’ patch potentially capable of delivering insulin automatically when needed.

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“Smart” patch could soon automatically deliver insulin when needed

Episode 736 -  The Stench in Wine

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February  02, 2017 - Researchers help wine makers solve a stinky problem.

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Corralling stinkbugs could lead to better wine

Episode 735 - New Discoveries in Marijuana Compounds

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February  01, 2017 - Scientists develop better way to measure marijuana compounds in breast milk.

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Testing breast milk for cannabinoids

Episode 734 -  'Heavenly fruit’s Smell'

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January 30, 2017 -  New study reveals secrets behind a heavenly fruit’s hellish smell.

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What’s behind the durian fruits notorious stench

Episode 733 - Life Beyond the Stars

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January 26, 2017 - Researchers ramp up efforts to detect life on other worlds.

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Looking for life in all the right places — with the right tool

Episode 732 - New Disease Detector

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January 25, 2017 - New device could help doctors sniff out disease.

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Nanoarray sniffs out and distinguishes multiple diseases

Episode 731 - 'Firework Fuel'

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January 23, 2017 -  Power-packed fireworks could lead to the development of new alternative fuels.

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Harnessing the energy of fireworks for fuel

Episode 730 - 'Poop perfume'

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January 19, 2017 - ‘Poop perfume’ could help stem disease outbreaks in developing countries.

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Solving poopy problems with science

Episode 729 - New Tattoo medicine

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January 18, 2017 - New ink could allow tattoos used in medicine to disappear after treatment.

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Tattoos mark the spot — for surgery — then disappear

Episode 728 - 3-D Ice Crystals

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January 16, 2017 - 3-D technique reveals how ice crystals really form.

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Scientists gain important insights into how ice crystals form

Episode 727 - Alzheimer’s Disease Biomarker

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January 12, 2017 - Scientists detect possible biomarker for Alzheimer’s disease.

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MAO is a possible Alzheimer’s disease biomarker

Episode 726 - New Technique for Blood Supplies

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January 11, 2017 - New technique could speed access to blood supplies during emergencies.

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Improving cryopreservation for a longer-lasting blood supply

Episode 725 - High-tech Batteries

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January 09, 2017 - Seawater could help power the next wave of high-tech batteries.

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Could a seawater battery help end our dependence on lithium?



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