Bytesize Science Archive: 2008

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Episode 32 – Tiny, paper-thin speakers pack big punch
Good quality stereo speakers are usually big, bulky an heavy, but people put up with their size to get sound with a BOOM. But now, scientists may have come up with a way to shrink speakers without sacrificing that sonic kick.
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National Chemistry Week 2008: Episode 31 – Speedy Swimsuits

Find out how chemists are speeding up swimmers with high-tech new swimwear. The final episode in our four part celebration of National Chemistry Week.
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National Chemistry Week 2008: Episode 30 – Don't Sweat It

Have you ever wondered what happens when we sweat? Or why we even
sweat at all? Listen to this episode to find out! Part three of four episodes
celebrating National Chemistry Week.
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National Chemistry Week 2008: “Having a Ball with Chemistry”

National Chemistry Week 2008: Episode 29 – Go for the Gear!
Chemistry has helped improve sports gear dramatically over the years, making your favorite games faster, more exciting and much safer. Part two of four episodes celebrating National Chemistry Week.
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National Chemistry Week 2008: Episode 28 – Turf Talk

Find out how chemists have improved the stuff below every athlete’s shoes — artificial turf. Part one of four episodes celebrating National Chemistry Week.
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Episode 27 – A new cheese to yak about

In a finding that’s sure to get cheese lovers yakking, researchers in Nepal
and Canada report that cheese from the milk of yaks, a big, hairy cow-like
animal, may be better for you.
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Episode 26 – Fighting global warming — at the dinner table

Scientists say that eating chicken, fish or vegetables once per week in place of red meat can help the environment.
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Episode 25 – Munch-o-matic: Scientists develop the artificial mouth

For years, scientists have tried to build an electronic tongue, a robot that could taste and smell food like we do. But before machines learn to taste their food, they first need to learn how to chew it. Scientists recently designed an artificial mouth that mimics the first vital steps of human digestion -- chewing, saliva release and the initial breakdown of food.
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Episode 24 – Bacteria Vs Man! Winning the war within YOU
For almost 70 years, doctors have given people antibiotic medicines to help people defeat invading germs, or microbes. But there is a constant tug-of-war between these microscopic monsters and people.
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Episode 23 – Digging beneath the Martian surface

Earthlings are about to visit Mars again to search for traces of life. But since we can’t go in person, we are sending another robot spacecraft. Named Phoenix, the vehicle is scheduled to land on Mars on May 25 after a 420 million mile, 9-month voyage from Earth. An article on the Phoenix by Elizabeth K. Wilson appears in the May 25 issue of Chemical & Engineering News, the American Chemical Society's weekly newsmagazine.
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Episode 22 – Alligator blood puts the bite on germs

Scientists are working on ways of using gator blood to put the bite on
germs that make cuts get infected and turn red and puffy with pus
and pain.
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Episode 21 – Electric shocks can help plants boost production of useful chemicals

Now for some shocking news about plants: Scientists in Arizona report that exposing plants to low doses of electricity can boost levels of useful plant chemicals. Their finding could lead to cheaper and faster ways to produce
useful plant-based materials such as medicines and pesticides.

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Episode 20 – The e-Nose: Scientists try to develop an electronic sniffer

For almost 25 years, chemists and other scientists have tried to build an
electronic nose that can take a whiff of the air, food or other objects
and say whether the odor is nasty or nice.
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Episode 19 – An egg-straordinary discovery to help kids with egg allergy

Have you ever heard someone say they have an allergy to eggs? Thousands
of children and adults cannot eat that egg-straordinary food. Thankfully,
chemists in Germany and Switzerland now are reporting some good news
for the egg-allergic.
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Episode 18 – A Recipe for the Pitcher Plant’s Chemical Concoction

For more than 100 years, scientists have tried to discover the full chemical recipe for the pitcher plant’s digestive juices. Now two Japanese scientists have finally figured out this complex cocktail of digestive juices.
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Episode 17 – Rice that 'Snaps, Crackles and Pops' with Protein

Researchers have created a new blend, or hybrid, of rice by mixing a
common species with a wild one. The result is high in protein and
might help feed millions of poor and malnourished people around
the world.
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Episode 16 – New ingredients may keep us screaming for ice cream

Scientists in Wisconsin have discovered an ingredient that prevents the
formation of ice crystals that can spoil the smooth, silky texture of ice
cream and other frozen foods. The substance, which acts like an
antifreeze, is non-toxic and doesn’t change the taste of foods, the
researchers say.
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Episode 15 – Celebrating African-American Chemists

Black History Month is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate the contributions of African American scientists. So this week, we turn our focus on how their amazing work has improved peoples’ lives throughout history.
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Episode 14 – The mystery of shining fish solved at last!

The bright, reflective shine of fish skin is a source of endless fascination for fishermen and aquarium owners. But what gives these swimmers their striking appearance?
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Episode 13 – The secret jungles of ancient France

It seems unlikely, but scientists have discovered evidence that France may have been a hot, wet tropical rainforest 55 million years ago!
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