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Graphene: A Sandbox For Physicists, 1 Atom Thick

October 8, 2010 2:34 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Two Russian scientists won the Nobel Prize in physics this week for their work on graphene, a chicken-wire-like lattice of carbon atoms. Joseph Stroscio, of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, talks about why physicists are so fascinated by the material.

Few Americans Finish Their Vegetables

October 8, 2010 2:34 pm | Podcasts | Comments

A recent report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says two-thirds of Americans don't get the recommended two servings of fruit a day; three-quarters miss the target for vegetables. Ira Flatow and guests discuss ways Americans might be persuaded to eat more fresh produce.

Take A Spin In An Electric Car

October 8, 2010 2:34 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Ira Flatow took Nissan's new electric-powered Leaf for a drive around New York City. This car runs on a rechargeable lithium-ion battery -- no oil or gas -- and with a new battery, the car can go between 60 and 130 miles on a charge. The car is set to go into production in the next few...

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Tracking The 'Truthiness' Of Tweets

October 8, 2010 2:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Computer scientists at Indiana University in Bloomington have developed a tool to track the flow of information in Twitter. The goal is to identify deliberately deceptive tweets, and trace them back to their origins. Researcher Johan Bollen explains how the analysis works.

Does Sleep (Or Lack Of It) Affect Weight Loss?

October 8, 2010 2:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

A new study in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggests that dieters' sleep duration affects weight loss. Those who slept less lost more muscle than fat, while dieters who slept more took off more fat. Sleep researcher Michael Lacey explains how sleep relates to weight.

4-H Clubs Conduct Nationwide Science Experiments

October 8, 2010 2:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Add an extra "H" for "hypothesis" to the head, heart, hands, and health that make up the 4-H club motto. This week, 4-H chapters across the country are taking part in science experiments that aim to teach kids in rural and urban areas about water use and carbon footprints.

A History of Space Science, In Ink

October 8, 2010 2:33 pm | Podcasts | Comments

Science Friday listener Josh Scott is on a mission: He wants to get a pictorial history of space exploration tattooed on his arm. What missions or satellites should be included? Apollo? Hubble? Call in with your suggestions and help Scott get sleeved in space science style.

La Jolla Institute to develop San Diego's first center for RNAi genomics research

October 8, 2010 2:33 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology) The La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology will develop San Diego's first Center for RNAi screening -- a breakthrough genomics technology that will further enhance San Diego's reputation as a national research leader and...

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CDRH & #8217;s New Inspections Database Can Be Resource for Devicemakers

October 8, 2010 2:32 pm | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Devicemakers have a new tool to help them find suitable vendors — a CDRH database that provides information about device inspections from 2008 to the present.

Chronic Disease Alliance receives European Health Award 2010

October 8, 2010 1:36 pm | by EurekAlert | News | Comments

(European Society of Cardiology) The European Society of Cardiology is delighted to see the European Health Award 2010 handed to the Chronic Disease Alliance at the 13th European Health Forum held in Gastein October 6-9, 2010.

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Bruker closes $229M buyout of Veeco instruments biz

October 8, 2010 10:34 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Medical technology developer Bruker Corp. has completed its $229.4 million cash acquisition of the Veeco Instruments Inc.'s Atomic Force Microscopy (AFM) and the Optical Industrial Metrology (OIM) instruments businesses.

MoMelan moves skin graft device toward commercialization

October 8, 2010 10:34 am | by Mass High Tech: The Journal of New England Technology | News | Comments

Cambridge-based medical device company MoMelan Technologies is hurtling towards commercialization of a device designed to stretch skin – improving the cost, time and patient experience of skin graft procedures.

Meridia (sibutramine): Market Withdrawal Due to Risk of Serious Cardiovascular Events

October 8, 2010 10:34 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Action based on data from clinical trial showing 16% increased risk of serious heart events.

Slimming Beauty Bitter Orange Slimming Capsules: Undeclared Drug Ingredient

October 8, 2010 10:33 am | by U.S. Food & Drug Administration | News | Comments

Product marketed as a dietary supplement contains sibutramine, which can lead to elevated blood pressure, stroke, or heart attack.

LHC plans earnings report on Nov. 1

October 8, 2010 9:45 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LHC Group, the Lafayette-based provider of home health and hospice services, said Friday that it will report its earnings for the quarter and nine months ended Sept. 30 on Nov. 1.The company said the report will be released after the close of U.S. financial markets.

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