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Physics Of Giant Pumpkins

October 22, 2010 10:34 am Podcasts Comments

Pumpkins of the Atlantic Giant variety can weigh more than 1,800 pounds. For a mechanical engineer with an interest in plus-sized fruit, like Georgia Tech's David Hu, this raises an interesting physics question: How can the pumpkin get so big without breaking?

Ira Asks: How Are Eyeglasses Made?

October 22, 2010 10:34 am Podcasts Comments

After a prescription leaves the optometrist's office, how are eyeglasses actually made to order? Larry Enright, general manager of Perferx Optical, talks about the shaping, sanding, polishing, cutting and beveling behind each lens' journey into a pair of finished frames.

'Yellow Dirt': The Legacy of Navajo Uranium Mines

October 22, 2010 10:34 am Podcasts Comments

In her book Yellow Dirt: An American Story of a Poisoned Land and a People Betrayed, former Los Angeles Times reporter Judy Pasternak documents the toxic legacy of uranium mining in the Navajo lands of northeastern Arizona, where radioactive dust wound up in Navajo homes and drinking water.

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Geek Out To Freak Out On Halloween

October 22, 2010 10:33 am Podcasts Comments

Halloween may be the biggest do-it-yourself holiday in America, where creative types turn their cars into Batmobiles and their jack-o'-lanterns into computerized Silly String squirters. Instructables founder and CEO Eric Wilhelm talks about these and other crafty projects for Halloween.

Science Diction: The Origin Of The Word 'Cancer'

October 22, 2010 10:33 am Podcasts Comments

Around 400 B.C., Hippocrates is said to have named masses of cancerous cells karkinos -- Greek for crab. Science and medical historian Howard Markel discusses a few hypotheses on why Hippocrates named the disease after a crab, and how well cancer was understood in the ancient world.

Puzzling Over A Man And His Cube

October 22, 2010 10:33 am Podcasts Comments

Professor Erno Rubik's iconic puzzle, a simple, yet complex multicolored cube, took the world by storm in the 1980s and sold millions of copies. The inventor will receive a Lifetime Science Education Achievement Award from the USA Science & Engineering Festival this weekend.

Simplify Medical Compliance and Audit Processes with Omnify Software

October 20, 2010 11:31 am | by omnifysoftware Videos Comments

PLC Medical is able to simplify their FDA/ISO compliance processes through training management, DHF and DHR reports,and electronic change management within Omnify as well as create an easier audit process.

Benefits of PLM Software for Medical Device Manufacturers-PLC Medical

October 20, 2010 11:31 am | by omnifysoftware Videos Comments

PLM Case Study: PLC Medical Systems, Inc, a leader in innovative technologies for the cardiac and vascular markets, discusses their use of product lifecycle management for FDA/ISO compliance

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Futures in Biotech 69: The Power Of Yeast Genetics

October 19, 2010 12:36 pm Podcasts Comments

Hosts: Marc Pelletier and Vincent Racaniello, Ph.D., host of This Week in Virology and This Week in Parasitism, Professor of Microbiology, Columbia University, New York, NY. Looking at one of the most powerful genetic model systems: Saccharomyces cerevisiae. Guest: Malcolm Whiteway, Ph.D...

'Pot Book' Explores History And Science Of Marijuana

October 18, 2010 10:37 am Podcasts Comments

Next month, voters in four states will consider whether to change laws regulating marijuana use. But how much is known about marijuana's effects on the body? Ira Flatow talks with psychiatrist Julie Holland, editor of a new collection of essays titled The Pot Book, about the plant.

Punk Rock Professor Talks Anarchy And Evolution

October 18, 2010 10:37 am Podcasts Comments

At the same time Greg Graffin was starting the legendary punk rock band Bad Religion, he was becoming fascinated by evolutionary biology. Both would become lifelong pursuits. He talks about the connection in his new book, Anarchy Evolution: Faith, Science, and Bad Religion in a World Without God.

Celebrating The MIT Media Lab's 25th Birthday

October 18, 2010 10:37 am Podcasts Comments

In 1985, when high-tech computing meant a Commodore 128, Jerome Wiesner and Nicholas Negroponte formed the MIT Media Lab, the birthplace of innovations such as e-ink for digital readers and the technology behind the game Guitar Hero. Negroponte talks about the lab's past, present and future.

Google Isn't The First To Dream Of Robotic Cars

October 18, 2010 10:37 am Podcasts Comments

In May 1958, Popular Science published an article titled "The Car that Drives Itself: The Car in Your Future Will Be Run By Black Boxes While You Watch." Sound familiar? Harry McCracken, founder and editor of Technologizer.com, discusses Google's self-piloted car, and dreams that came before it.

How Do Immune Cells Find Wounds?

October 18, 2010 10:37 am Podcasts Comments

Reporting in the journal Science, Paul Kubes and colleagues filmed immune cells called neutrophils finding their way to a mouse's wounded liver. The researchers wanted to understand how neutrophils locate sterile injuries when bacteria aren't around to signal the damage.

Carrying Wind Power, Underwater

October 18, 2010 10:37 am Podcasts Comments

This week, investors including Google announced a $5 billion plan to build an underwater transmission line off the East Coast. The line will tie power from offshore wind farms to the Eastern power grid. Willett Kempton, of the University of Delaware, explains the project.

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