Probiotic Garden of Eden
A Cleveland company bakes probiotic bacteria into pizza, cookies, candy bars and just about any other food, except yogurt
While anti-biotics kill bacteria in our bodies, research now shows a few foodborne bacteria called pro-biotics can provide a host of other health benefits. In recent years, sales of probiotic foods, mostly yogurt, have grown into a $32 billion industry. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair visits a Cleveland company that’s developed a new type of probiotic that could change the notion of healthy eating.
A new study shows that weight loss surgery is the most effective treatment for patients with diabetes and severe obestity
Topping the Cleveland Clinic’s list of medical innovations this year is evidence that a single procedure can now be used to treat two life-threatening conditions. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair examines a surprising benefit of radical weight-loss surgery.
The Mayan queen
An archeologist from the College of Wooster uncovers the remains of a Mayan queen in Guatemala whose portrait is housed in Cleveland
A professor from the College of Wooster this summer uncovered the remains of a Mayan empress in Guatemala. The discovery also has a Cleveland connection. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair explores a new understanding of the role of women in this ancient culture.
The resilience of tiny beings
Parents of premies in decades past had little more than hope to sustain them, now medical advances bolster faith in the resilience of tiny babies
Each year more than half a million babies in the U. S. are born too early. In fact, one in ten will spend some time in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, or NICU, because of premature birth or other health problem. It’s a time of stress for parents, who rely equally on medical technology and inner resolve to see them through. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair visits a NICU reunion where families share stories of faith and hope.
Cleveland researchers are leading an international team of scientists developing new industrial materials derived from nature.
The National Science Foundation recently awarded 3.8 million dollars to a Cleveland-led team of researchers developing a new generation of industrial materials derived from nature. The goal is to make the renewable energy industry truly sustainable. In this week’s Exploradio, we explore the cutting edge of green chemistry.
Inside the Accelerator
Akron offers entrepreneurs cheap rent, free advice, and a former factory in an effort to rebuild the city's industrial base
For nearly three decades Akron’s Global Business Accelerator has nurtured new ventures through their most critical phases. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair explores the creative act of building businesses.
Ohio invests in open innovation
A Beachwood company pairs businesses in need of innovation with an international network of solution providers
Innovation can happen in a flash, in mythical light-bulb moments. But more often it takes time, effort, and resources for companies that need to make changes quickly. Ohio’s Third Frontier program recently granted $2 million to a Beachwood-based company to help pick up the speed of business innovation in Ohio. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair talks to NineSigma's Andy Zynga about the process of ‘open’ innovation.
Biomimicry is the art of studying nature's way of problem solving. A new biomimicry Ph.D. track at the University of Akron teaches sustainable design.
The University of Akron is offering the world’s first doctorate in the field of biomimicry. It’s a five-year exploration of nature’s solutions to industrial design problems. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at a unique blending of art, science, and business.
A John Carroll University professor takes humanitarian aid into the digital age by organizing a network of volunteer crisis mappers
When disasters strike, accurate information is one of the first casualties. But thanks to the efforts of a John Carroll University professor, a worldwide network of volunteers is now able to take messages pouring out of crisis hotspots and help coordinate relief, response, and understanding of unfolding tragedies. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair explores the emerging science of crisis mapping.
MS - Cause and cure unknown
People are living longer and better with MS, but finding a cure or even a cause of the disease remains elusive
Multiple sclerosis affects 20,000 Ohioans, and 400,000 people nationwide. There is no known cause or cure for MS, but researchers in Northeast Ohio are making progress on both fronts. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at the roles of stem-cells and sunshine in our struggles against MS.
The edge of extinction
A team of researchers and wildlife officials in Ohio are fighting an epidemic that threatens to wipe out bats in the Eastern U.S.
Bats are under siege. A killer fungus has wiped out 90% of bats in parts of the Eastern U.S. and this year the epidemic hit Ohio. Researchers and wildlife officials here are scrambling to save the remaining bats. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair reports from the front-lines in the fight against White Nose Syndrome.
Hunter-gatherer Web design
Much like our ancestors tracked game for survival, information foraging and scent tracking theories explain how we find information on the Web.
With the world at our fingertips, it’s hard to imagine life before the Internet. But modern Web surfers and our hunter-gatherer ancestors have more in common than you might think when it comes to tracking down information. In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St. Clair looks at how Web designers borrow ideas from anthropology to make our wired world work better.
Archiving nature's diversity
The new curator at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History has a passion for mining collections for hidden treasures
The Victorians had an unbridled passion for collecting critters. As a result, thousands of dried bugs have sat since the 1800’s in museum basements around the world. And now Gavin Svenson, the new curator of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, is bringing thousands of century-old specimens of one insect in particular to Cleveland, making Ohio a world center for research on the enigmatic praying mantis. In this week’s Exploradio - the science and art of archiving nature’s diversity.
Advancing advanced energy
There's an uphill battle for emerging energy companies competeing with fossil fuels both in the marketplace and in government largesse
A new report by a new organization says 25,000 Ohio jobs were created during the recession in industries related to alternative energy.
The group Advanced Energy Economy Ohio set up shop last September.
It’s the local chapter of a national organization trying to pull together, and lobby for, industries ranging from solar and wind, to smart grid technology designed to handle renewable energy sources, and even new forms of nuclear power. Kimberly Gibson heads up the Ohio chapter.
Harvesting the energy of motion
An invention born on the Appalacian Trail harvests the energy of the human stride, the wave-power of Lake Erie, and the vitality of Tremont.
Cleveland’s Tremont neighborhood is known for its trendy galleries, taverns, and restaurants. The artsy district is home to Iron Chef Michael Symon’s Lolita and Rocco Whalen’s Fahrenheit - and a technology start-up that feeds on the vitality of the neighborhood. In this week’s Exploradio, we meet an entrepreneur whose invention harvests energy while he hikes the streets of Tremont.
Sound and emotion
Researchers at the Northeast Ohio Medical University are unlocking the secrets of our emotional responses to sound
A beautiful piece of music or a baby’s laugh can make us feel good. While scary sounds make us shake in our boots. Scientists are discovering how the brain decides whether a sound should bring a smile, or makes your pulse race with fear, and how the brain can tell the difference.
In this week’s Exploradio, we explore the connections between sound and emotion
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