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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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The perfect microbial storm
To prevent the next pandemic, global health needs a new approach that integrates human, animal and environmental monitoring

Seventy-five percent of all new diseases affecting humans come from animals, and according to the dean of veterinary medicine at Ohio State University, many more pathogens are out there waiting to infect us. In this Week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair visits the Wooster science café where the topic is “The Perfect Microbial Storm.”
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From the belly of the beast
Technology modeled after a cow's digestion system could pave the way to Ohio's energy independence

Ohio is on its way to becoming a national leader in waste-energy production.  At least that’s the vision of one company that turns bio-waste into natural gas and electricity. In this week’s Exploradio   -  how a cow’s belly could be the model for Ohio’s energy independence.
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Lucy and our tangled family tree
A new hall at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History tells the still-emerging story of human evolution

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History has unveiled its new human origins gallery. The highlight of the exhibit is a lifelike model of the prehuman known as ‘Lucy’. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair finds that in the 40 years since her discovery, our prehistory has both expanded, and become more convoluted.
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The true costs of mountaintop removal
New research shows that 3,000 miles of mountain streams have been impacted by mountaintop removal mining to produce just two years worth of coal

Mountaintop removal is the controversial mining process where layers of rock and soil that sit above a thin seam of coal are stripped off and dumped in adjacent valleys. Half the coal produced in central Appalachia now comes from these kinds of mines. New research is putting an environmental price tag on each ton of coal produced this way. And it allows for comparison of mountaintop removal with other energy sources. In this week’s Exploradio, Jeff St.Clair talks with one of the authors of the study, Brian Lutz, bio-geochemistry professor at Kent State University.


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A tree falls in the woods
Scientists from around the world come to Davey Tree's research farm to gather data on the biomechanics of falling trees

Trees are an integral part of our Northeast Ohio landscape. But trees felled by storms cause hundreds of millions of dollars in damage each year.  Likewise, keeping trees healthy and upright can be challenging.   In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair takes us to an international gathering of scientists studying the biomechanics of how trees topple, tilt, and heal.
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Coyote documentary is an inside look at wildlife research
Metroparks' coyote tracking project reveals a healthy, widespread, and elusive population of wild canines in Northeast Ohio

A four-year study tracking and monitoring Northeast Ohio’s coyotes is wrapping up.  And researchers have produced a mini-documentary to share their findings.  In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St. Clair reports on what they learned about our wily neighbors.  
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