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Inside the battered brain
Experts in Cleveland look at the challenges of diagnosing, treating, and preventing concussions in athletes and soldiers

A new awareness on the effects of brain injuries in sports and the military brought top experts to Cleveland last week for a national concussion conference. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports on the challenges of diagnosing trauma in the brains of soldiers and athletes.
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From factory to fish farm at the Foundry Project
A Cleveland entrepreneur plans to transform a former factory into a self-sustaining urban oasis anchored by a high-tech fish farm

Empty factories dot the landscape as symbols of Ohio’s faded industrial past.  But in one Cleveland neighborhood, a visionary entrepreneur is working to transform an empty factory into a self-sustainable urban oasis. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair meets the man behind the Foundry Project.
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A deeper look at anger at God
Researchers in Cleveland say anger at God is a common emotion that mirrors normal human relationships

Science and religion are often seen as mutually exclusive, but for researchers in Cleveland, a scientific approach is helping to shed light on one of religion’s most indelible questions. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair meets psychologists who study the phenomenon of anger at God.  
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Restoring touch to a lost limb
Researchers in Cleveland are adding a sense of touch to prosthetics that will allow amputees to feel again

A team of researchers at the Cleveland VA Medical Center are working on a breakthrough technology that will return the sense of touch to those who have lost a hand. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports on the challenges of creating an artificial limb that both moves and feels.
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The challenge of finding a healthy balance with technology
As the use of mobile technology grows, so do the physical, mental, and societal drawbacks of non-stop distractions

Finding a healthy balance with online technology is one of the biggest challenges facing today’s kids. Even college students struggle with the distractions of cell phones, and according to recent research, their grades are suffering. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at growing evidence of the need to resist the siren’s call of technology.
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Retraining the brain to swallow better
From preemies with nerve damage to Alzheimer's patients, swallowing problems can have serious consequences. But brain training can help

It’s one of those things that you don’t pay attention to until something goes wrong. Swallowing is a basic human function that can have serious complications for some people, from preemie babies to elderly adults.  In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair meets a researcher at the Northeast Ohio Medical University who’s studying how to retrain the brain to overcome problems with swallowing.
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Boxing and the brain
The Cleveland Clinic has linked repeated blows to the head to shrinkage in parts of the brain and reduced brain function in fighters

The Cleveland Clinic is expanding a study that’s looking at the effects of boxing on the brain. Most of the research is taking place at the Clinic’s Las Vegas facility, but now fighters from the Midwest and East Coast are coming to Cleveland to be tested. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that the findings extend beyond the world of professional fighting.  
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Improving the lives of paralyzed people
A Cleveland researcher is making progress on the long road of repairing spinal cord injuries

More than 270,000 Americans live with debilitating spinal cord injuries. And while prospects for a cure are far in the future, incremental progress is being made that could improve the lives of paralyzed people. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St. Clair meets a Cleveland researcher who’s unlocking the secrets of how to repair a damaged spinal cord.
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Humor and the emotions of aging
While younger people appreciate caustic humor, older folks prefer to stay on the positive side

New research at the University of Akron explains why older people don’t laugh at the same things as younger adults. And it’s not because they don’t get the joke. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at the emotional underpinnings of aging.  
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Mammoths, mastodons and the first Ohioans
Prehistoric Americans found mammoths, mastodons, and other Ice Age giants when they settled in Ohio, and they may have contributed to the animals' demise

A new exhibit at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History explores the rise and fall of the massive animals that populated Ice Age America. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St. Clair looks at the role humans might have played in the demise of Ohio’s mammoths and mastodons.  
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TimkenSteel stands alone with latest technology
TimkenSteel is a new company with a century-long history -- and the world's largest jumbo bloom vertical continuous caster

TimkenSteel is a new company with a 100 year history of making steel. Shareholders forced Canton’s Timken Co. to split into two entities earlier this year. Now as a small, stand-alone steel maker, an innovative production method could give the new company a competitive edge. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St. Clair takes us on a tour of the latest in steel-making technology.
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Cleveland's growing stem cell scene
Cleveland entrepreneurs are competing with companies on the coasts in the development of a therapeutic stem cell industry

The next breakthrough in medicine could come from a small group of entrepreneurs in Northeast Ohio. Stem cell research has a long-history in Cleveland, but the region is having a hard time building a biotech industry around it. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at the science and business of stem cell therapy.
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This is your brain on management
Advances in brain imaging validate behavioral theories about ethical thinking and effective leadership

Organizational theorist Richard Boyatzis was recently named one of the world’s most influential thinkers in human resources management.  But Boytzis does not think of employees as "resources."  He says they’re people, and effective managers treat them that way.   In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair sat down with Boyatzis to learn how a manager’s way of thinking can either motivate people or shut them down.
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Is Akron really the polymer capital?
The former rubber capital has undergone a decades long transformation into a center for polymer innovation, but does Akron really live up to its claim?

The University of Akron has a new dean of the College of Polymer Science and Engineering.  Why should you care? Well, for one thing, after the decline of the rubber industry, Akron is trying to build its reputation on polymer innovation. And because…polymers are everywhere.

WKSU's Jeff St. Clair reports in this week's Exploradio.
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Avoiding the 'acting-white' trap
Black children face many challenges on the way to academic achievement, including accusations that doing well in school means they're 'acting white'




A group of black students at Kent State University is taking a special interest in the work of one of the school’s psychology professors. Angela Neal-Barnett is studying how the accusation of ‘acting white’ affects a young person’s identity. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair explores how a simple statement impacts what it means to be black in America.
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Fighting against the end of ashes
What was one of the most common trees in Ohio is all but gone, but some communities are still fighting to save the imperiled ash

Scientists are still trying to figure out how to fight an invasive tree-killing pest a decade after it first appeared in Ohio. The emerald ash borer has been the most destructive forest insect ever to hit North America, with hundreds of millions of trees killed and an estimated economic impact of nearly $4 billion in Ohio alone. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at the latest efforts in the war against the ash tree killer.
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