Play the "Mercury Cleanup | Poisonous Bismuth" audio
Mercury Cleanup | Poisonous Bismuth

Publication Date

July 2008

This week's episode is very elemental. We will hear about a new way to clean up mercury. We will also learn about how our own bodies may be making poisonous bismuth compounds.

Play the "Shaping Our Heart | Future of Speakers" audio
Shaping Our Heart | Future of Speakers

Publication Date

November 2008

Guest Dr. Aaron Baggish from Massachusetts General Hospital will tell us how exercise can help reshape our body's most important muscle . . . our heart. We will also learn about new nanotechnology that may be used to create new (and better) audio speakers.

Play the "New Owl Research and Improved Magnetic Technology" audio
New Owl Research and Improved Magnetic Technology

Publication Date

March 2010

Guest researcher Angela Beltrani discusses her work with New England owls and a rare juvenile disease that she is studying. We will also hear about an improved type of magnetic imaging technology.

Play the "It's A Small World: Nano Landscaping and Micro Robotics" audio
It's A Small World: Nano Landscaping and Micro Robotics

Publication Date

April 2010

Hear how Dr. Jennifer Hoffman, a physicist at Harvard University, is able to landscape on the nanoscale by moving around individual atoms. Then Harvard graduate students Ben Finio and Rebecca Kramer talk about how they are using small biological organisms to inspire the design of small robots.

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Nature's Beauty: Bubbles and Diamonds

Publication Date

July 2010

Bubbles and diamonds are not only beautiful, but they may also be important to scientists. The complex way that a bubble pops is now being studied, and diamonds may have use in nanotechnology.

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Wrinkly Fingers | World's Smallest Motor

Publication Date

October 2011

Find out why our fingers get wrinkly in water. Also, Dr. Charles Sykes from Tufts University describes the world's smallest motor.

Play the "Monitoring HIV and Regenerating Nerves" audio
Monitoring HIV and Regenerating Nerves

Publication Date

May 2009

Learn how a local Massachusetts company is helping treat HIV by devising a new piece of monitoring equipment. Also, hear how scientists can actually help nerve cells regenerate.

Play the "5D DVD | 17 Genes of TB" audio
5D DVD | 17 Genes of TB

Publication Date

June 2009

Discover how you may one day be able to store all of your movies and all of your books (and all of the library's books) together on one disk. Also, learn what researchers have found out about how tuberculosis attacks our body.

Play the "Robot Scientist | Nano Muscles" audio
Robot Scientist | Nano Muscles

Publication Date

April 2009

In this week's segment we will learn about experiments that are being performed by a robot scientist. We will also find out about new and improved artificial muscles.

Play the "The Very Small and the Very Old" audio
The Very Small and the Very Old

Publication Date

April 2009

The small world of nanotechnology is making a big splash this summer with water repellent swimsuits. Also, our human ancestor Peking Man finds out he is much older than we thought.