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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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Saving America's most endangered animals
The eastern U.S. has more freshwater mussel species than anywhere else in the world, and more than half of them are facing extinction

Ohio is the last home of one of the rarest animals in the world. It’s a formerly widespread freshwater mussel called the purple cat’s paw. Only about 20 of the mollusks are known to exist. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff  St.Clair examines a species on the brink and how protecting it could help save Ohio’s waterways.
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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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Gojo and the science of clean
Hospital acquired infections affect 1.7 million patients and cost health providers $4 billion a year, and better hand washing is the cure

A company that got its start in the grimy machine shops of post-war Akron is now the world leader in fighting hospital-acquired infections.  In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at how Gojo is changing the way we think about clean.
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Filling the pediatric void
Medical devices for babies lag years, even decades behind similar devices available for adults. That's something a Cleveland non-profit is working to remedy.

Developing new medical devices is an expensive process, but companies can usually recoup the costs when the products hit the market.  That formula doesn’t work for pediatric devices because, like the patients, the profit margins are small.   In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at how a Cleveland non-profit is working to bring life-saving technology to the smallest patients.    
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Dragons and Damsels
Summer is the season of dragonflies and damselflies, and a local guidebook opens up the world of these ancient insects to new discovery.

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Where there’s water, you’ll find dragonflies.  They lived long before the dinosaurs, when they cruised primordial swamps on three-foot wingspans.

Today 140 types of dragonfly, and their smaller cousins the damselflies, hunt mosquitoes in the backyards, rivers, and ponds of Northeast Ohio. On this week’s Exploradio WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair hunts them with naturalist Larry Rosche. He’s co-author of The Cleveland Museum of Natural History’s guide to dragons and damsels.
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The beauty in evolution
Natural selection is how new species evolve, but sexual selection is also a powerful driver and one group of birds has taken it to the extreme

Evolution is the process where animals change, adapt and eventually become new species. It’s usually described as ‘survival of the fittest,’ but in this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at how beauty also drives evolution.
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The nutraceutical gap
Research shows that natural products can treat a range of diseases, but basic research isn't enough to make nutraceuticals mainstream

Americans spend around $4.3 billion each year on herbal medicine.  Nearly one out of five take botanicals of some kind each day, very few of them under doctor’s orders.  But in this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair finds that researchers at the Northeast Ohio Medical University are proving plants can provide powerful medicine.  
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