Play the "Sleeping in Space | New Nano Flame Retardent" audio
Sleeping in Space | New Nano Flame Retardent

Publication Date

September 2011

Caroline Lowenthal from the Man Vehicle Lab at MIT talks about the importance of sleep on the International Space Station. Also, learn about a potential new flame retardant for clothing using nanotechnology.

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Engineering Cancer Drug Delivery

Publication Date

July 2011

Dr. Sangeeta Bhatia from MIT describes how her team has improved delivery of chemotherapeutics to tumors by linking nanoparticles to our body's own blood clotting system.

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Gecko-Inspired Bio-Bandage

Publication Date

March 2012

What do geckos have to do with medical bandages? Hear how Dr. Jeff Karp, a bioengineer who works in both Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital, was inspired by gecko toepads to create medical tape for internal organs.

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New Solar Cells | Exercising Your Heart

Publication Date

April 2008

This week we will hear about solar power research involving new solar cell design. Also, we will learn how the type of exercise you do can affect the shape of your heart.

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New Anthrax Vaccine | More Primate Confusion

Publication Date

August 2007

This week, we'll look at what it takes to engineer a new vaccine for anthrax, and we'll hear about new confusion in the study of ancient primates.

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Pollution-Fueled Storms | Hydrogen Fuel From the Sun

Publication Date

March 2007

Today we'll hear about a study showing that pollution from Asia is changing the weather as far away as Alaska, as well as a new way to make hydrogen for fuel using only water and sunlight.

Play the "Going Solar at the Department of Energy | Regulating Nano in Our Backyard" audio
Going Solar at the Department of Energy | Regulating Nano in Our Backyard

Publication Date

February 2007

Today we'll examine a step toward solar power being taken by the US government, as well as questions of "nano" safety right in the Boston area.

Play the "Stem Cells and Lung Cancer | Better Solar Panels Through the Study of Bugs" audio
Stem Cells and Lung Cancer | Better Solar Panels Through the Study of Bugs

Publication Date

November 2007

This week we'll talk to a scientist who is examining the role of stem cells in lung cancer, and we'll hear about how researchers are taking a cue from insects to keep solar panels clean.

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China's Smog Experiment | Bending Light . . . Backwards

Publication Date

August 2008

This week we will learn more about two popular news stories. First, China's emission reductions during the Olympic Games has afforded the perfect opportunity to study atmospheric smog. Also, new materials to bend visible light backwards could lead to some interesting new inventions.

Play the "Faster Bacterial Detection | Viagra for Your Heart" audio
Faster Bacterial Detection | Viagra for Your Heart

Publication Date

March 2007

This week, we'll learn about using nanoparticles to speed up bacterial detection, and at a study that gave Viagra to rabbits to help treat heart attacks.

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