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Technology Old and New: Silk Production and Paper Diagnostics

Publication Date

March 2009

Hear how China may not have held the ancient patent on silk production technology. Also, discover future ways that paper technology can help diagnose patients, even outside of medical facilities.

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Helpful Bee Stings | Prehistoric Primates

Publication Date

October 2009

Although bee stings can be painful and possibly harmful, discover how the toxin may also be able to help kill cancer cells. Then, find out if ancient primates Ida and Afradapis are our cousins or our ancestors.

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The Secret Life of Robotic Bees

Publication Date

August 2009

Spying, exploring, pollinating. These are just some of the many uses for robotic bees. Hear how a wide range of scientists and engineers at Harvard University are designing a mechanical form of this social insect.

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Bomb Detecting Nanosensors | Listeria Outbreak

Publication Date

November 2011

Dr. Daniel Heller from MIT describes how he uses nanosensors and bee venom to detect explosives. PhD candidate Kyle Perry from Harvard gives the facts about the recent Listeria outbreak connected to cantaloupes.

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Top 10 Science Stories of 2011

Publication Date

December 2011

From cutting edge technologies to natural disasters, the Current Science and Technology team has been keeping up with innovative research and the latest in breaking scientific news all year. We chose the 10 most interesting and important of those stories to present to you in this podcast.

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Shape Shifting Proteins | New Bio-Bandage

Publication Date

February 2012

Dr. Jeremy England from MIT talks about his work understanding how proteins change their shape. Then Dr. Paula Hammond from MIT describes her lab's bio-bandage, a quick and effective way to stop bleeding on a battlefield.

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Early Bow And Arrow Use | Making A Better Grid Battery

Publication Date

January 2012

Archaeologist Justin Pargeter describes current evidence for the first bows and arrows believed to have been used in South Africa over 60,000 years ago. Also, find out how we can improve our electrical power grid with storage batteries made with new nanomaterial technology.

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How To Read Minds and Filter Water

Publication Date

October 2010

What am I thinking right now? Find out how scientists are trying to read the minds of paralyzed patients. Also, learn about new filters to purify drinking water.

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Making Stuff!

Publication Date

December 2010

Material scientists Dr. Amy Moll and Dr. Ainissa Ramirez join us for Nova's Making Stuff Day. They talk about their own research on how to make electronics stronger, smaller and greener.

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Diamonds and Light

Publication Date

January 2012

Dr. Marko Loncar and two of his graduate students talk about using diamonds to create optics based computers that are smaller, faster, and 'cooler' than our current computational machines.