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Potential for Pencils and Electric Eels

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This week we will discover a new way to peel the layers away from a pencil on the nanoscale and then use the remaining graphene sheets for many varied applications. We will also learn how an electric eel generates electricity and about some interesting applications for that knowledge.

An Atomic Pen | The Color Purple

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This week we will learn how to write letters on the atomic scale. We will also find out how to make a purple tomato and what benefits that has for us.

Mercury Cleanup | Poisonous Bismuth

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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.

Shaping Our Heart | Future of Speakers

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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.

New Owl Research and Improved Magnetic Technology

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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.

It's A Small World: Nano Landscaping and Micro Robotics

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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.

Nature's Beauty: Bubbles and Diamonds

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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.

Wrinkly Fingers | World's Smallest Motor

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

Monitoring HIV and Regenerating Nerves

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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.

5D DVD | 17 Genes of TB

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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.

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