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Meeting The Nation's Bioenergy Goals

May 13, 2010 7:50 am | Podcasts | Comments

A federal renewable fuel standard calls for mixing 36 billion gallons of biofuels into transportation fuel by 2022. But the U.S. produces only one-third of that amount today. Ira Flatow and guests talk about meeting that goal with products like cellulosic ethanol or oil squeezed from algae.

Study Suggests Hand Washing Cleanses The Mind

May 13, 2010 7:50 am | Podcasts | Comments

Reporting in the journal Science, researchers write that hand washing seems to lower the amount of second-guessing and rationalization that occur after making a decision. Study author Spike W.S. Lee discusses the paper, and why the simple act of washing one's hands could ease the mind.

Neanderthal Genome Offers Clues On Early Humans

May 13, 2010 7:49 am | Podcasts | Comments

Researchers present a draft of the Neanderthal genome in the journal Science this week. Ira Flatow talks with researchers about the results of the genetic analyses, including a new finding that some modern humans have Neanderhtal DNA in their genomes.


Looking Ahead To A Busy Hurricane Season

May 13, 2010 7:49 am | Podcasts | Comments

Many forecasts for the 2010 hurricane season predict more named storms and major hurricanes than an average year. Phil Klotzbach, lead forecaster on the Hurricane Forecast Team at Colorado State University, discusses the climate factors that may stir up more Atlantic hurricanes this year.

Finding Light In The Sea's Dark Depths

May 13, 2010 7:49 am | Podcasts | Comments

Edith Widder, of the Ocean Research and Conservation Association, has been exploring the deep sea for 30 years. When Widder descended for the first time, she says she wasn't prepared for the light show she encountered and has been building tools to document bioluminescence ever since.

Bracing For Disaster In The Gulf Ecosystem

May 13, 2010 7:49 am | Podcasts | Comments

Oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico has begun to make landfall in Louisiana's Chandeleur Islands. Nancy Rabalais, director of the Louisiana Universities Marine Consortium, says the spill's effects on the larger Gulf ecosystem could last for years.

Fixing Oil Rig Blowout No Easy Task

May 13, 2010 7:49 am | Podcasts | Comments

Crews are lowering a 100-ton box over a portion of the gushing Deepwater Horizon oil platform in an attempt to capture some of the oil and funnel it to the surface. It's unclear whether the attempt will work, and engineers are examining other options.

Futures in Biotech 59: No Room For Failure

May 13, 2010 7:49 am | Podcasts | Comments

Host: Marc Pelletier A first hand account of the Apollo Missions from the floor of Mission Control. Guest: Michael Vucelic, former Apollo system manager for NASA and Rockwell Show notes Comments and suggestions on Futures in Biotech. For a free audiobook, visit Also...


Research Shows Chemicals from Seaweed Can Kill Coral on Contact

May 13, 2010 7:46 am | by Georgia Tech Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Field studies have shown for the first time that several common species of seaweeds in both the Pacific and Caribbean Oceans can kill corals upon contact using chemical means.

Biomaterial Stretches Like Muscle

May 13, 2010 7:46 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers create a protein-based material that flexes just like the real thing.

DNA Robots on the Move

May 13, 2010 7:46 am | by Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Machines made of DNA could one day assemble complex--and tiny--electrical and mechanical devices.

Boston Scientific Announces FDA Clearance of New Heart Failure Lead Delivery System

May 13, 2010 7:44 am | by Boston Scientific | News | Comments

NATICK, Mass., May 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Boston Scientific Corporation (NYSE: BSX) today announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration clearance of the ACUITY Break-Awayâ„¢ Lead Delivery System for use with cardiac resynch


Surgical lens might not be best treatment for congenital cataracts

May 13, 2010 7:43 am | by Baylor College of Medicine | News | Comments

Surgically implanting lenses in the eyes of infants born with cataracts might increase the rate of surgical complications, said a Baylor College of Medicine eye specialist who took part in a study comparing the use of a contact lens with surgically placing a plastic lens in the baby's eye...


High hopes battle big Q3 losses at pSivida

May 13, 2010 7:43 am | by Mass Device | News | Comments

Ophthalmic drug-delivery device maker pSivida Corp. posts a $2.7 million net loss in its fiscal third quarter, as revenues shrink following a contract expiration in December....


Scientists Alter Developing Brain to Resemble That of Another Species

May 13, 2010 7:43 am | by Georgia Tech Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Biologists have been able to change the brain of a developing fish embryo to resemble that of another species.



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