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Elevator to Space | Photographing Lightning

Publication Date

October 2008

This week we will be looking to the sky. First, we will hear about new efforts to build a space elevator. Then we will learn about how existing high-speed photography helps us discover new information about lightning.

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The MBTA Hack | It's Alive!?

Publication Date

August 2008

On this episode we will learn about some of the technology behind the MBTA Charlie Card hack. Also, new evidence once again questions whether or not viruses may actually be alive.

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Complex Carbon Footprints | Preservatives for Radiation Protection

Publication Date

February 2008

This week, we'll take a big-picture look at the concept of a carbon footprint, and we'll learn how an ingredient in potato chips could save you from an atomic bomb.

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DNA-Powered Dating Service | Implanting Artificial Eyes

Publication Date

February 2008

This week, we'll celebrate Valentine's Day with a look a a new dating service that matches users based on their DNA, and I'll go on location to hear about a new implantable artificial retina.

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New Electric Trucks in Maui

Publication Date

January 2009

Electric vehicles are becoming more and more prominent, however the long recharging time is often a drawback. Today we will learn how the new lithium titanate battery in the Phoenix Motorcar can be recharged in less than ten minutes.

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Potential for Pencils and Electric Eels

Publication Date

November 2008

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.

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An Atomic Pen | The Color Purple

Publication Date

November 2008

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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