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Does The 'Energy Star' Label Need An Update?

September 10, 2010 2:32 pm | Comments

A review in Consumer Reports says it's good news so many products have become energy efficient but calls for strengthening Energy Star standards to guide consumers to truly efficient products. Ira Flatow and guests discuss that report and overlooked ways people can save energy at home.

The Intelligence Of Crowds In 'The Perfect Swarm'

September 10, 2010 2:31 pm | Comments

In his book The Perfect Swarm, Len Fisher talks about swarm intelligence -- where the collective ideas of a group add up to better solutions than any individual could have dreamed up, including an example of how UPS reorganized its driving routes using the logic of an ant colony.

Time To Get Tough, Environmentalists Say

September 3, 2010 4:38 pm | Comments

With no climate change legislation coming out of the Senate, Sierra Club head Michael Brune says it's time to try a new strategy to fight global warming. Author Bill McKibben says it's time to get angry. Brune and McKibben discuss their ideas for curbing climate change.

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Insomnia Means More Than A Bad Night's Sleep

September 3, 2010 4:38 pm | Comments

A new study says men who reported having insomnia and who slept less than 6 hours a night were four times more likely to die over a 14-year period when compared to men who reported sleeping well. Sleep researcher and psychiatrist Alexandros Vgontzas explains the finding.

Can Cognitive Exercise Speed Up Dementia?

September 3, 2010 4:37 pm | Comments

New research suggests that seniors who did mentally stimulating activities such as crossword puzzles postponed the loss of thinking skills, but had an accelerated rate of decline once dementia set in later in life. Neuropsychologist Robert S. Wilson explains the finding.

Stocky Dinosaur With Menacing Toes Unearthed

September 3, 2010 4:37 pm | Comments

Reporting in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, researchers describe a new predatory dinosaur from the late Cretaceous period in Europe. Balaur bondoc (Romanian for "stocky dragon") is huskier than its relative the Velociraptor.

Is Organically Produced Food More Nutritious?

September 3, 2010 4:37 pm | Comments

Reporting in the journal PLoS ONE, researchers write that organically grown strawberries contain more antioxidants and vitamin C than conventional berries. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the findings, and whether the differences would have any meaningful impact on Americans' health.

Studying Computers To Learn About Ourselves

September 3, 2010 4:37 pm | Comments

Clifford Nass, a communications professor at Stanford University, has been studying the ways humans interact with computers to tease out some of the intricacies of how people relate to each other. He talks about those findings in his new book The Man Who Lied to His Laptop.

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Futures in Biotech 65: Tackling Genetic Disease

August 31, 2010 1:33 am | Comments

Hosts: Marc Pelletier and Dave Brodbeck Progress in molecular biology and the latest strategies for tackling genetic disease. Guest: David Thomas, professor and chair, Department of Biochemistry, McGill University; Canada Research Chair in Molecular Genetics We invite you to read, add to,...

What Now For Federally Funded Stem Cell Work?

August 27, 2010 4:38 pm | Comments

A federal judge has blocked President Obama's 2009 executive order expanding embryonic stem cell research. U.S. Rep. Diana DeGett (D-Colo.) and stem cell researcher Rudolph Jaenisch discuss the ruling's impact on scientists, and whether Congress can pass stem cell legislation.

Regulators Give Green Light To Solar, Wind

August 27, 2010 4:38 pm | Comments

Construction is now under way on the world's biggest wind farm in California's Mojave Desert. Federal and state regulators have given the green light to several large solar thermal projects in the Mojave as well. Ira Flatow and guests discuss the future of clean energy in the U.S.

Conquering Your Fear Of Bedbugs

August 27, 2010 4:38 pm | Comments

With daily reports of bedbugs in movie theaters and clothing stores -- let alone apartment buildings -- bedbug hysteria seems to be reaching new heights. Psychologist Kevin Ochsner studies how people regulate emotion and shares tips for how to get your bedbug fear under control.

Sci-Fi High Tech Comes To Life

August 27, 2010 4:38 pm | Comments

The future as imagined in science fiction sometimes becomes a reality. Michael and Denise Okuda, graphic designers for Star Trek, and John Underkoffler, science adviser on Minority Report , talk about envisioning the future.

Gulf Spill Reveals New Oil-Eating Bacteria

August 27, 2010 4:37 pm | Comments

Researchers reporting in the journal Science say they have discovered a new species of oil-eating bacteria living half a mile down in the Gulf of Mexico. Study author Terry Hazen discusses the finding and what these bacteria might mean for future oil spills.

Sniffing Out The Science Of Smell

August 27, 2010 4:37 pm | Comments

There are hundreds of receptors in the human nose that can pick up thousands of odors with each sniff. But how do we make sense of the scents? Smell researchers Stuart Firestein and Donald Wilson discuss the complexities of olfaction and how the brain sorts out what the nose picks up.

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