Play the "Measures of Melting | Green Batteries" audio
Measures of Melting | Green Batteries

Publication Date

October 2009

The ice sheets in Greenland and Antarctica are constantly changing. In the first part of this podcast, find out how this happens and how scientists are measuring these changes. Then, learn about a type of algae that could significantly improve our current battery technology.

Play the "Let's Play Ball! | Building a Cooler Transistor" audio
Let's Play Ball! | Building a Cooler Transistor

Publication Date

June 2010

Physicist Dr. Alan Nathan from University of Illinois talks about some of the physics of baseball. We will also learn about a new nano-material that may keep computer transistors cooler.

Play the "Jupiter Collision | Using Ivy in Sunscreen" audio
Jupiter Collision | Using Ivy in Sunscreen

Publication Date

September 2010

Discover how during the formation of our solar system, Jupiter may have been involved in a massive collision which has forever altered it. Switching from the very large to the very small, hear about ivy-based nanoparticles that may be used to make a better sunscreen.

Play the "Why Should I Vaccinate? | Building A Better Hand" audio
Why Should I Vaccinate? | Building A Better Hand

Publication Date

November 2009

Listen to Dr. Anita Loughlin from the Boston University Center for Vaccine Research as she answers vaccination questions and dispels vaccine myths. Also, learn how researchers are building a better prosthetic hand by connecting them to nerve cells.

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Robots That Climb Or Act Human

Publication Date

December 2009

New technologies are constantly being developed to improve the function of robots. This week's episode focuses on two different types of robots: biologically inspired climbing robots and a pair of virtual humans. Both are on display at the Museum of Science, Boston in Cahner's ComputerPlace.

Play the "Warm-Blooded VS Cold-Blooded | De-Ice VS Anti-Ice" audio
Warm-Blooded VS Cold-Blooded | De-Ice VS Anti-Ice

Publication Date

December 2009

Hear new evidence in the debate about whether dinosaurs were warm-blooded versus cold-blooded. Also, learn an easier way of getting rid of ice- never have any in the first place.

Play the "Fuel On The Moon | Adaptive Bacteria" audio
Fuel On The Moon | Adaptive Bacteria

Publication Date

January 2010

Find out how we may be able to refuel our space rockets on the moon and learn how well bacterial disinfectants work.

Play the "A New Relative And A Nano Nose" audio
A New Relative And A Nano Nose

Publication Date

November 2009

Anthropologist Jeremy DeSilva from Boston University talks about Ardi, our 4.4 million year old ancestor. Also, a new device uses nanotechnology to detect harmful chemical toxins.

Play the "A Promising Pancreas and CO2 Storage" audio
A Promising Pancreas and CO2 Storage

Publication Date

January 2010

Discover how an artificial pancreas may benefit Type I diabetes patients. Also, while many scientists are trying to reduce carbon emissions, learn how other groups are searching for places to store the carbon dioxide that will be emitted.

Play the "Purifying Pollutants | Running With Or Without Shoes?" audio
Purifying Pollutants | Running With Or Without Shoes?

Publication Date

February 2010

Is it possible to use glass to remove oil from water? Is it better to run with or without running shoes? Find out here, the answers may surprise you.

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