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NH News
10:48 am
Thu May 31, 2012

Shrinking Stomach, Changing Brain

Ethan Hein Flickr Creative Commons

Thanks to growing awareness of a national obesity epidemic, and the lowering of complication rates since its introduction in the 1960s, gastric bypass procedures have become an increasingly popular treatment option for the morbidly obese.  At least 200,000 people signed up last year in the U.S. alone. 

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Word of Mouth
1:04 pm
Tue May 8, 2012

Of Zombies and Ants

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Recently, popular books like Max Brook’s World War Z, and Colson Whitehead’s Zone One took serious literary stabs at the realm of the living dead.

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Word of Mouth
11:26 am
Tue May 8, 2012

A Fantastic Voyage to Kill Superbugs

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Nano-technology is enabling breakthroughs in a number of scientific fields at an unimaginably small scale. Consider that the basic unit of measurement for nano-particles is 40,000 times smaller than the width of the average human hair.  Recently, researchers at MIT and Brigham and Women’s Hospital developed a nano-particle capable of infiltrating the human immune system and delivering a targeted dose of powerful antibiotics.

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Word of Mouth
12:38 pm
Thu May 3, 2012

Ira Flatow: Live at UNH

A special broadcast of NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday host Ira Flatow, recorded in front of a live audience at the University of New Hampshire in Durham.  

In part one, Flatow talks about the declining state of science coverage in the news, and his hope that new media will be the new outlet for spreading the gospel of science. In part two, I sit down with Flatow and we talk about his career, the challenges of expanding online platforms, and address questions form the audience. 

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Word of Mouth
3:20 pm
Tue May 1, 2012

Does Middle Age Have an Evolutionary Upside?

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All that "40 is the new 30" boosterism aside, midlife is not the start of a downward spiral. David Bainbridge is a clinical veterinary anatomist at Cambridge University, and the author of several books including Middle Age: A Natural History. He believes middle age might be a pivotal part of the human evolutionary process, and potentially the most productive years of our lives. 

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Word of Mouth
3:08 pm
Mon April 30, 2012

Move over, rainforest...

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Sting and Trudie have the rainforest, George Clooney has Sudanese refugees, and Alan Alda has… well, science contests for kids.

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The Exchange
9:00 am
Mon April 30, 2012

Pulitzer Prize Winning Sociobiologist E.O. Wilson

Pulitzer Prize Winning Socio-biologist, E.O. Wilson  has spent a lifetime exploring the ideas of evolution and the genetic basis for social behavior in humans. In his latest book, "The Social Conquest of Earth", Wilson overturns his earlier theory on why our species developed strong social ties. Group selection, Wilson now says, not kin selection is the primary driving force of human evolution

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E.O. Wilson - Biologist, naturalist and author of more than 20 book. His latest is called "The Social Conquest of Earth" 

The Exchange
9:00 am
Thu April 26, 2012

DNA U.S.A.

We sit down with Oxford professor Bryan Sikes whose new book. "DNA U.S.A." explores the complicated genetic melting pot of America. The findings are fascinating, southwestern Spanish Catholics with Jewish genes, African DNA in southern whites. Though we are all born with surnames, Sykes says, "those names fragment and mutate with far more regularity than the DNA we inherit”

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Word of Mouth
11:18 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Are there REALLY baby geniuses?

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Every parent hopes to foster a healthy and safe environment for bright and gifted babies…  but no amount of exposure to classical music, sign language, or Baby Einstein videos can guarantee your kid will be a genius on the level of Heidi Hankins. 

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Word of Mouth
11:07 am
Thu April 19, 2012

Breaking Down the Brain

Scientists at the University of Illinois report that they have mapped the physical architecture of the brain with accuracy never before achieved. Their study, published in Brain: A Journal of Neurology is the largest, most comprehensive analysis so far of the brain structures vital to general intelligence –which depends on a remarkably circumscribed neural system – and to specific cognitive functions, like memory, self-control and recognizing speech. 

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The Two-Way
2:25 pm
Mon April 16, 2012

Math + Physics + Fancy Language + Sneeze = Beating Traffic Ticket

It was science, and a sneeze, that helped Dmitri Krioukov persuade a judge that he had obeyed the sign.
Mark Memmott NPR

Stories about someone beating a traffic ticket by using an imaginative defense always seem to strike a chord.

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Word of Mouth - Segment
11:25 am
Thu April 12, 2012

Space on a Shoestring

Team Astrobotic

Space – a private frontier…

With the shuttle program behind us, companies and enterprising college students are today’s celestial pioneers. Their mission?  To seek out new ways of launching into orbit on a shoe-string budget. 

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Word of Mouth - Segment
8:01 am
Sat November 5, 2011

Survival of the Beautiful

peacock tail
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Author David Rothenberg talks about the mystery of animal's preferences for particular colors, shapes, and songs in his book, Survival of the Beautiful.

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