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847 episodes

New way To Protect Streams and Rivers - Episode 841

November 16, 2017 - Mussels could help keep dirty water from fouling streams and rivers.

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Nov 16, 2017
The Fight against Carcinogens Heats Up - Episode 840

November 15, 2017 - Firefighting increases exposure to carcinogens.

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Nov 15, 2017
Viruses That Can Kill Bacteria - Episode 839

November 13, 2017 - Viruses embedded in new ‘sugar-glass’ coating could help kill bacteria found in food.

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Nov 13, 2017
Sperm Wars - Episode 838

November 09, 2017 -  ‘Star Wars’ parody inadvertently produces something scientifically useful.

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Nov 09, 2017
Stop and Smell the Guano: How Fertilizers Saved the World - Episode 837

November 08, 2017 - A little more than a hundred years ago, the world's fast-growing population was outstripping humanity's ability to feed itself. Mass starvation was only averted when a pair of brilliant German scientists developed a new chemical process to snatch nitrogen gas from the air and use it to make modern fertilizers. As science writer Thomas Hager explains in this episode of Science Elements, it's a story of wars, greed, bird droppings and a discovery that continues to dramatically shape our lives today. Music: "Wash Out" by Broke for Free, licensed under Creative Commons CC-BY 3.0.

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Nov 08, 2017
New Discoveries on Nicotine - Episode 836

November 06, 2017 - Gender and gut differences could influence nicotine’s hold.

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Nov 06, 2017
New ‘Popular’ Energy-Storage Method - Episode 835

November 02, 2017 -  Burned popcorn inspires quest for new energy-storage material.

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Nov 02, 2017
A ‘Sticky’ Situation Between Personal Care Products - Episode 834

November 01, 2017 - A compound banned in soaps products, sticks around.

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Nov 01, 2017
‘New Hope’ in Fighting Blood Cancers - Episode 833

October 30, 2017 -  Discovery offers clues to overcoming drug-resistance in blood cancers.

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Oct 30, 2017
New Surprises for Genes in Bacteria - Episode 832

October 26, 2017 -  Scientists detect a surprising source for antibiotic resistant genes in bacteria.

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Oct 26, 2017
Hotter Than the Dickens: A Tale of Spontaneous Combustion - Episode 831

October 25, 2017 - In this Halloween feature episode, learn how a Dickens novel ignited a Victorian chemical controversy.

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Oct 25, 2017
The ‘Champagne’ of Beef - Episode 830

October 23, 2017 -  Researchers unmask key odorants in the ‘champagne’ of beef.

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Oct 23, 2017
How to Detect Fake Fish - Episode 829

October 19, 2017 - Protein database could help detect ‘fake’ fish.

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Oct 19, 2017
New Cancer Treatment Thanks To Chinese Ink - Episode 828

October 18, 2017 - Ancient Chinese ink could lead to new types of cancer treatment.

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Oct 18, 2017
New Solution for Less Pollution - Episode 827

October 16, 2017 - New leather manufacturing process produces less pollution.

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Oct 16, 2017
Episode 826 - What the Odor of Sleep Smells Like

October 12, 2017 - Scientists explore how smells influence quality of sleep.

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Oct 12, 2017
Episode 825 - Why your body doesn't need detox products

October 11, 2017 - We spoke to Dr. Raychelle Burks, to discuss the detoxing health craze. This episode is first in a series of feature stories produced by Science Elements. Send your feedback to elements@acs.org. Music: "Petal" by Broke for Free (https://soundcloud.com/broke-for-free), used under CC BY 3.0.

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Oct 11, 2017
Episode 824 - ‘Better’ Sustainable Process for Biofuel

October 09, 2017 - Sustainable process transforms olive mill wastewater into biofuel.

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Oct 09, 2017
Episode 823 - Chemists Stand Up for Human Rights

October 05, 2017 - Chemists speak out against sexual harassment.

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Oct 05, 2017
Episode 822 - Episode 822 - New Discovery in Smokers and Nonsmokers

October 04, 2017 - Metabolic changes in smokers who have recently quit begin to match those of nonsmokers.

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Oct 04, 2017
Episode 821 - Measuring Drug use with Mobile Devices

October 02, 2017 - How sewage and mobile phones help scientists measure drug use.

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Oct 02, 2017
Episode 820 - Drugs in streams come from multiple sources

September 28, 2017 - Pharmaceuticals in surface water such as lakes and streams are a growing concern. Scientists are figuring out where they’re coming from.

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Sep 28, 2017
Episode 819 -  Fertilizer from pollen could help feed the world

September 27, 2017 - Scientists in China have made a low-cost, biocompatible fertilizer with carbon dots derived from rapeseed pollen.

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Sep 27, 2017
Episode 818 -  Making 3-D printers safer

September 25, 2017 - Researchers in South Korea say that they have discovered a way to eliminate almost all nanoparticle emissions from some 3-D printers.

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Sep 25, 2017
Episode 817 -  Accidental discovery leads to longer lasting ice cream

September 21, 2017 -An ice-cream additive can slow down the melting process so that the first drips don’t appear for five minutes, even on a hot and sunny day.

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Sep 21, 2017
Episode 816 -  Scientists close in on more rigorous test for 'date rape' drug

September 20, 2017 - Scientists identify a potential biomarker for detecting GHB several hours after its used.

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Sep 20, 2017
Episode 815 -  Scientists embed food allergen detector into keychain

September 18, 2017 - Researchers report the development of a new portable allergen-detection system — including a keychain analyzer — that could help prevent trips to the emergency room.

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Sep 18, 2017
Episode 814 -  Recycled human waste, nutrients could help astronauts reach for the stars

September 14, 2017 - Turning astronauts' waste into fuel and nutrients could enable long-distance spaceflight.

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Sep 14, 2017
Episode 813 -  World's tiniest 'monster truck' reveals surprising discovery

September 13, 2017 - Sept. 13, 2017 - What the world's tiniest monster truck reveals.

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Sep 13, 2017
Episode 812 -  Sweet concoction fatally attracts mosquitoes

September 11, 2017 - Sept. 11, 2017 - Mosquitoes fatally attracted to deadly, sweet-smelling potion.

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Sep 11, 2017