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Hope for Alzheimer's
It effects virtually everyone, either through a loved one, a friend, or our older selves.  Alzheimer's is the biggest area of unmet need in medicine, and the focus of intense research in Cleveland.

Right now, hundreds of clinical trials are underway testing every potential treatment for Alzheimer’s disease.  Few, if any, will be successful.  Still, researchers at Case Western Reserve University are hopeful that, despite a field littered with failed attempts, their approach will combat the incurable disease. In this week’s Exploradio, we meet a team on the frontlines in the fight against Alzheimer’s.
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Quantum philosophy
The rules governing the universe become increasingly mysterious the smaller you look.  Quantum theory holds some, but not all the answers.

There’s more to matter than the protons and electrons we learned in high school.  Scientists have discovered a whole menagerie of subatomic particles that behave in mysterious ways, following their own set of rules called quantum mechanics.  In this week’s Exploradio we dive into the deep world of the very small with Kent State University physics professor Peter Tandy.
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A start-up's steep climb
The rocky road from lab bench to factory floor is littered with could-have-beens, but that's not stopping one Akron start-up

New products usually have three phases on the way to commercial use. First is discovery, then the steep learning curve to pilot production, and finally the jump to full-scale production.

In this week’s Exploradio, we look at some of the challenges of taking an idea from the lab bench to the factory floor.
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Orchid obsessions
No other plant has captured the human imagination like the orchid.  People have created a quarter-million varieties, but the hunger for more is insatiable.

They’re the most diverse group of flowers on earth, and among the  most popular -  more orchids are sold in the U.S. than any potted plant. But for a certain few, orchids are more than a hobby, they’re an obsession.  And as with any obsession, there are risks.  In this week’s Exploradio -   the art, science, and maddening allure of orchids.
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Outwitting ice
A technology invented to prevent icing on airplanes is being adapted to the international wind industry

A small Northeast Ohio company is a world leader in developing a deicing technology for wind turbines.  But it didn’t happen overnight. In this week’s Exploradio, we look at how innovation is equal parts dogged determination and just winging it.
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How to change the light bulb
After 100 years, the world of light bulbs is undergoing a rapid transformation from incandescent to halogen, compact flourescent, and LED.

How many engineers does it take to change a light bulb?  Five. But it took an act of Congress to make it practical.  In this week’s Exploradio we meet a small group of engineers at GE’s East Cleveland lighting headquarters who are changing the light bulb as we know it.
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The march of the bat killer
A quiet killer is stalking bats in Ohio.  Biologists are in a race against time in the fight against white nose syndrome.

Wildlife biologists in Ohio are poking around caves and abandoned mines this month to count hibernating bats.  A recent national bat conference detailed the spread of a killer disease wiping out bats in the Northeast saying nearly 7 million animals have died from white nose syndrome.  In this week’s Exporadio we speak with Ann Froschauer from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.  She’s on the front-lines of the battle for the bats.
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The other side of evolution
Darwin's theory says mutations drive evolution.  The new science of epigenetics describes other mechanisms for change that don't involve DNA.

Darwin expounded on natural selection as the basis of evolution back in the 1850’s.  One hundred years later, Watson and Crick introduced the DNA molecule, and a mechanism for evolutionary change. Another 50 years, and the Human Genome Project sequenced human DNA with its 25,000 genes. Now a new chapter is opeing in our understanding of how we get to be who we are. It’s called epigenetics. In this week’s Exploradio, we look at how epigenetics is providing insight into cancer research in Cleveland.
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A new age for whiskey
A Cleveland entrepreneur enters the tradition-bound industry with a new process that ages whiskey in weeks rather than years

Every now and then an innovation comes along that dramatically changes an industry.  Tom Lix thinks he has such an innovation for the whiskey industry. He’s a Boston transplant who’s using a new process that could put Cleveland on the map as whiskey producer. In this week’s Exploradio: A new age for whiskey.
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Obesity and memory
New research shows that weight loss can improve brain function -  but the opposite is also true, weight gain leads to memory loss.

The holidays are hard on just about everyone’s waistline. But that’s what New Year’s resolutions are for. A new body of research, though, is showing that for seriously obese people, keeping those New Year’s resolutions can actually improve brain function. In this week’s Exploradio, we look at the link between weight loss and memory gain.
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The sea cucumber and the brain
Science sometimes moves in mysterious ways - for example, a lesson learned from the sea cucumber may someday help spinal cord patients.

Researchers at Case Western Reserve University are developing a better way to communicate with the human brain by studying how a simple sea creature defends itself. In this week’s Exploradio, how chemistry borrowed from the lowly sea cucumber allows bioengineers to build a better brain probe.
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The Kinect connection
Researchers at the University of Akron are out to prove that a picture may be worth a thousand words in modern education.

Some educators believe analog education -  think chalk boards and lectures -  is failing to reach a generation of kids raised on high-tech video games and virtual worlds. In this week’s Exploradio, we meet a team of researchers at the University of Akron who believe a 3-D gaming consul can help bridge education’s digital divide.
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The papyrus window
Kent State students are among a handful of undergrads nationwide given access to ancient papyrus texts from Egypt

The discovery of a huge stash of papyrus scrolls in the Egyptian desert 100 years ago is gradually adding to our understanding of life in ancient times.  But it’s taken scholars decades to translate the thousands of fragile papyrus texts. For the first time, a small number of undergraduate students have been enlisted to study the rare finds. In this week’s Exploradio we decipher the papyrus of Oxyrynchus.
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The art of the skull menders
A small start-up in Cleveland uses cutting edge technology and an artist's eye to create custom implants for brain surgery patients

This spring, congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords underwent surgery in which doctors patched her bullet-damaged skull with a custom-made piece of plastic.  In this week’s Exploradio we visit a Cleveland start-up that creates skull implants like the one doctors used for Giffords.  It’s equal parts high-tech science and hands-on artistry.
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Graftech out of the ashes
Caught up in a global carbon cartel in the 1990's Cleveland's Graftech reinvents itself; celebrates 125 years by innovating new uses for a humble material

A company born 125 years ago in Cleveland’s industrial heyday continues to thrive despite declines in heavy industry.  In this week’s Exploradio we look at how the maker of the most humble of materials survived graft and the global downturn by stressing innovation.
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Monkshood patrol
One of America's rarest wild-flowers is clinging to life in Cuyahoga Falls and it takes constant vigilance to keep it safe

A sheltered cliff along the Cuyahoga River is home to one of the last patches of a critically threatened wild-flower.  In this week’s Exploradio we meet the man whose job is to keep critters and people away from the endangered northern monkshood.
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