Play the "New Anthrax Vaccine | More Primate Confusion" audio
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.

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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.

Play the "Sending Humans To Space | Detecting Disease Faster" audio
Sending Humans To Space | Detecting Disease Faster

Publication Date

July 2011

Dr. Ryan Kobrick from the Man Vehicle Lab at MIT talks about some of the lab's projects to help prepare humans for long distance space travel. Also, hear about a new device that uses nanoparticles to detect harmful diseases faster than before.

Play the "Bacteria-Busting Nanoparticles | Tornado Outbreak" audio
Bacteria-Busting Nanoparticles | Tornado Outbreak

Publication Date

May 2011

Learn how a new approach to combating bacteria could lower the incidence of antibiotic-resistance and then hear about the devastating twisters of April 2011.

Play the "Inside the Kinect and a New Blast Detection Badge" audio
Inside the Kinect and a New Blast Detection Badge

Publication Date

February 2011

Guest Alfred Thompson from Microsoft describes how the new XBox Kinect works. Also, we will learn about a blast detector badge being developed for soldiers.

Play the "Addicted to Chocolate?" audio
Addicted to Chocolate?

Publication Date

April 2011

I love chocolate, but am I addicted to it? Harvard graduate student Naveen Sinha talks about the science of chocolate. Also, Dr. Ashley Gearhardt discusses the new issue of food addiction.

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