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Futures in Biotech 57: Mechanisms Of Non-Mendelian Inheritance In Evolution

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

Hosts: Marc Pelletier and George W. Farr, Ph.D., vice president of biochemistry and biophysics at Aeromics and adjunct professor of physiology and biophysics at Case Western Reserve University How prion proteins can act in non-mendelian inheritance, or evolution without DNA. Guests:...

Futures in Biotech 58: Vertical Farms and much more with Dick Despommier

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

Hosts: Marc Pelletier and Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D., Professor of Microbiology & Host of This Week in Virology, Host of This Week in Parasitism, Columbia University, New York, NY. Feeding the world with indoor vertical farming. Guest: Dickson D. Despommier, Ph.D., Professor of...

Podcast 13- Cranial Nerves part 4

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

Podcast 13 is the fourth in our series about the cranial nerves - see www.instantanatomy.net for more details

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Offshore Wind Farm Gets Government Go-Ahead

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

After years of delay, the Interior Department has given Cape Wind Associates the go-ahead to develop a 130-turbine wind farm off the coast of Massachusetts. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the project and what it might mean for wind farm development in other parts of the country.

Why Laughter May Be Medicinal

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

A new study of 14 people finds that the body's response to laughter is similar in some ways to its response to repetitive exercise. For example, watching humorous videos lowered blood pressures, the researchers report. Preventive care expert Lee Berk explains the findings.

Finding The Notes Among Us

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

The honk of a horn and the rumble of a truck sound like noise to most people. But to Lucy Fitz Gibbon, and others with absolute pitch, there are notes embedded in the noise. Exactly why some people have this mysterious ability to recognize pitch isn't well understood.

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.

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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 Audible.com/biotech. 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.

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