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Rediscovering the lost promise of Thorium energy
A group of nuclear enthusiasts is resurrecting an alternate nuclear reactor design abandoned by the US government in the 1960's


A group in Cleveland is promoting an alternative form of atomic power that promises safer and cheaper nuclear reactors. But critics say it may be too late for the technology to be a real player in the quest for clean energy. In this week’s Exploradio WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at the long-lost promise of energy from Thorium.
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Engineering a Chiari breakthrough
Engineers in Akron are developing the new science of neuro-hydrodynamics to better understand a rare and painful brain disorder

Mechanical engineers at the University of Akron are studying the fluid dynamics of the human body to help fight a rare brain disease. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair takes us inside the Conquer Chiari Research Center.
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The quest for perpetual pavement
Engineers are testing roads built to lasts more than 50 years, and the design seems to be working

As the winter of our discontent continues, potholes and road conditions are forefront in people’s minds. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at road construction research and the quest for perpetual pavement.  
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Unlocking the mysteries of autism
A Cleveland researcher uses mathematical tools borrowed from finance and weather forecasting to reveal the workings of the autistic mind

A Cleveland researcher is trying to unlock the causes of autism … using math. It’s a novel approach to explain why autistic kids struggle with social interaction and communication. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at how this local research points to a possible new way to understand the intense inner world of autism.
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From the factory to the freezer at Nestle's R&D center
Nestle is the worlds largest food company and it's making significant investments in northeast Ohio

The world’s largest food company is expanding its operations in Northeast Ohio.  Nestle is building a new $53 million dollar research facility on its Solon campus.  In this week’s Exploradio WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair goes inside Nestle’s current R&D center to look at the challenges of turning a plate of food into a full-scale product.  
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Wearable tech and fashion innovation
Students compete for cash in a 24 hour hackathon that combines computer hardwear with wearable style

You’ve heard of Google Glass and other ways electronics are being integrated into fashion design.  Earlier this month a group of students at Kent State University spent 24 hours trying to develop the next breakthrough in wearable tech. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair takes us inside a competition that combines style and innovation.
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Akron companies turn plastic back into petroleum
Vadxx Energy and RES Polyflow are part of a small but growing plastics to oil industry that taps into the flood of wasted hydrocarbons

Two companies in Akron are pioneering technology that turns plastic back into what it originally came from -  petroleum.   In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair tells us how that plastic spoon you stirred your coffee with this morning, could soon be powering your car instead of spending eternity in a landfill.
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Service and spirituality help teens in recovery
Two northeast Ohio researchers are adding insight into the workings of AA's 12-step program

New evidence coming out of Northeast Ohio supports two of the main tenets of Alcoholics Anonymous. Research conducted not far from AA’s birthplace is shedding light on how the program’s12 steps can help the 1.4 million American teens battling addiction. WKSU’s Jeff St. Clair has more in this week’s Exploradio.
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Ohioans push for action to save Lake Erie's fisheries
But  the Army Corps is slow to accept the $18 billion re-engineering needed to separate the carp-infested Mississippi system from the Great Lakes

The history of invasive species in America is littered with environmental and economic devastation. Think of kudzu, the boll weevil, gypsy moths, and the emerald ash borer. In the Great Lakes, the economic damage caused by zebra mussels and other invasives each year runs into the hundreds of millions of dollars. And the list goes on. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at what it will take to prevent a looming environmental disaster in Lake Erie.
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3D tumor models advance the war against cancer
Researchers in Akron are working on methods to speed up the testing of new cancer drugs

The National Institutes of Health awarded more than $100 million in grants last year to Ohio researchers fighting cancer.  About half-a-million of those dollars are going to a team at the University of Akron which is developing a novel method for screening anti-cancer drugs. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at how scientists are learning how to grow more life-like tumors for testing.
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Manufacturing meets agriculture in Ohio's hydroponics
Two Ohio companies are embracing novel food-production techniques that combine agriculture with automation

You may have noticed a new addition to the produce aisle in your local grocery store – lettuce with the roots still attached. The plants were grown in water instead of soil. That practice -- called hydroponics -- is getting more popular, locally and around the world. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at two Ohio companies at the forefront of the movement, which is merging agriculture with manufacturing.
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TinyCircuits and small-scale manufacturing
An Akron start-up is transitioning from building electronic circuits by hand to full production of tiny computer components in a mini-factory

Small-scale manufacturing continues to fill up a former tire factory in Akron. Entrepreneurs are experimenting with new products designed for niche markets. In this week’s Exploradio we meet the maker of TinyCircuits.
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Breath tests reveal the body's inner chemistry
Researchers at the Cleveland Clinic are refining techniques to test the breath for subtle signs of disease

Doctors in ancient times were taught to use their sense of smell to help diagnose ailments in patients.  A group of researchers in Cleveland are reviving the practice using electronic detectors more reliable than the human nose. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair explores the growing role of breath tests in detecting disease.  
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Measuring progress in Parkinson's research
A Cleveland-based company is providing tools to help researchers explore unconventional therapies for Parkinson's patients

A technology developed in Cleveland is helping researchers track Parkinson’s disease in patients. In this week’s Exploradio, we see how the diagnostic tool allows scientists to hone new therapies.
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Breast cancer vaccine targets 'retired' protein
A novel approach to cancer prevention teaches the body's immune system to target tumors, but a breast cancer vaccine may be too far outside the box for mainstream funders

A Cleveland scientist has devised a novel approach to treating breast cancer. But in this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports that the hardest part of Vincent Tuohy’s work has been getting fellow researchers to believe cancer prevention is possible.  
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The ancient art and modern science of wine
People have been drawn to the complex chemisty of wine for thousands of years, but wine researchers are only beginning to unlock its secrets

The grape harvest is in full swing in northeast Ohio, and in Wooster’s viticulture research lab, those ripe grapes are being turned into data for the Ohio wine industry. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair explores the complex chemistry of getting wine right.
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