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 November 06, 2006

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November 06, 2006: 60-Second Science
Computers Get the Picture
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Computerized systems for labeling photos should save digital image uploaders a lot of time, and cause many more pictures to be found during web image searches.

November 03, 2006: 60-Second Science
Cold Core, Long Life
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Mice with slightly cooler core body temperatures live significantly longer than average.


November 02, 2006: 60-Second Science
And She Bit Two Friends And So On And So On
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More vampire news: a newly published mathematical analysis (geometric progression) says that if vampires existed all humans would be gone by now--but that analysis fails to take into account more complex predator-prey mathematics (coupled differential equations).

November 01, 2006: 60-Second Science
Tobacco To The Drawing Board
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Two touted antismoking measures--media campaigns aimed at parents and ventilation systems to protect nonsmokers in restaurants--may actually increase exposure to smoke.

November 01, 2006: Science Talk
Shocking Research: Electroshock Therapy and Stem Cells
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In this episode, journalist Larry Tye talks about his new book, SHOCK, written with electroshock patient Kitty Dukakis, wife of former governor and presidential candidate Michael Dukakis. Following Tye, Charles Welch, director of the Massachusetts General Hospital electroconvulsive therapy program, discusses the treatments knowns and unknowns. Then Scientific American editor Christine Soares shares some insights about an unusual stem cell research conference held last week in New York City. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include;;

October 31, 2006: 60-Second Science
Stuck in Limbo
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Guest commentator Thrush Limbo (or someone dressing up their voice as such for Halloween) discusses the disconnect between science and politics.

October 30, 2006: 60-Second Science
Drinking Drives Specific Cancers
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Alcohol consumption is linked to oral and other specific cancers. New research pins down the molecular evidence that a chemical compound formed in the metabolism of alcohol is really to blame.

October 27, 2006: 60-Second Science
Special Halloween Edition: The Vampires of New England
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As recently as the 1890s, some New Englanders believed that their dead relatives were vampires, feeding on the living. And, in fact, the dead could look better when exhumed than they did while still alive. Now we know why.

October 26, 2006: 60-Second Science
ICU Not Getting Nicotine
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Studies of smokers in a hospital intensive care unit found that they are probably better off going cold turkey than being given nicotine replacement therapy to deal with withdrawal while hospitalized.

October 25, 2006: 60-Second Science
Yesterday's Animals, Tomorrow's Hot Time
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Three stories from the Geological Society of America's annual meeting: a 5600-year-old corral; 75-million-year-old stomach worms; health impacts of global warming.

October 25, 2006: Science Talk
The Making of the Fittest: A Conversation with Evolutionary Biologist Sean Carroll
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In this episode, evolutionary biologist Sean Carroll talks about his new book, "The Making of the Fittest: DNA and the Ultimate Forensic Record of Evolution." Even without fossils or comparative anatomy, vast amounts of evidence for evolution and its mechanisms exist in the genomes of the organisms alive today. Carroll discusses immortal genes, fossil genes and repetition in evolution, as well as environmental issues in light of evolutionary understanding. Plus we'll test your knowledge of some recent science in the news. Websites mentioned on this episode include;;;;

October 24, 2006: 60-Second Science
Eating Disorders Caught By A Hair
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A test of isotopes found in a patient's hair reveals recent changes in diet and body chemistry associated with anorexia and bulimia.

October 23, 2006: 60-Second Science
U(ranium) Gonna Eat That?
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Sunlight drives the chemistry of life on the surface, but a microbial community found deep underground relies on uranium radiation to fuel life.

October 20, 2006: 60-Second Science
Sex, Drugs and Chocolate Cake