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Well, I've got two shows under my belt now. Kind of cool that it's already airing in two of the biggest U.S. markets (DC & NYC), but that's more a function of where I'm working than people already syndicating.

I'm pretty proud of the first two shows... It's got the science lean that I want and probably still has that good NPR feel that I was groomed with. Not all the features are up, but here are the rundowns.

Week 1:

The possible discovery of the tomb of the last Incan Emperor in Ecuador


An aquaculture project at Sarasota's MOTE Labs that is bringing back Siberian Sturgeon and paying for it through the sale of its caviar.


Scientists at Princeton and other labs are working on developing a universal flu vaccine

(link not up yet)

A fun little puppet version of Mozart's Magic Flute that mixes marionettes, video, opera, and invention.


Week 2:

Antarctic Blue Whales are making a comeback after being hunted to almost 99% extinction in the 20th Century. We take a look at the genetic diversity within the remaining population of Earth's largest animal.

Also, the oldest fossilized skeletal remains ever found was located in Southern Austrailia. We talk with the paleobiologist who made the discovery.


And what is the correct dosage of medication to treat a child with ADHD... the latest study shows surprising results concerning focus and retention.

All that, and a story about sexually frustrated drunk fruit flies.

---------- Post added March-24th-2012 at 06:51 AM ----------

If you have any comments or feedback... or heck, love or praise or scathing condemnation-- I'd love to hear about it. Also, feel free to comment on the website itself (it lets the bosses and others know someone is listening. :ols:

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I hope you're not being coy, your offerings are anything but clutter Burg

Paranoid part of me always worries when there are no responses, ya know :)

I love sharing the stuff, but it could be considered spam, ego stuff, etc. And it's only partly that :halo:

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It's not ego when your work is valid. Some of what you do goes over people's heads and not everyone is open to the myriad wonders of the world around us. Our "kultur" screams so loud for every shred of attention that a lot gets lost in the noise, you have to work to actually hear anything beyond the latest celeb scandal.

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Some really amazing stuff on this week's show. I was really blown away by the potential of Albrecht Schmitt's new process/invention that could revolutionize and really, really improve radioactive waste clean up. Really, this is one of the coolest things ever. After that, we learn about the aftermath of the BP oilspill on the food chain, how you can lose weight by eating more chocolate consistantly, and relax in the wilderness with Eugene O'Neil.

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Links to the new pieces, week's three and four, are up now.

Some really interesting energy pieces, I think. The work on radioactive clean up, using sunlight and CO2 to create energy, and some of the others are truly exciting in their potential.

My mind has been blown so many times looking at what we are achieving today, I'm surprised I still have firing neurons. We truly live in the age of Science Fiction.


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On this week's Prism, we delve into the mystery of honey bees and their fascinating ability to self-medicate and develop medicines from resin http://capitolcorrespondent.com/cc/2012/04/04/resin-collected-by-bees-are-used-as-medicine-and-enviornmental-filters-in-the-hive/ . Also, VanGogh's sunflowers were mutants? What's next... the zombie Mona Lisa? http://capitolcorrespondent.com/cc/2012/04/04/tracing-the-origin-of-van-goghs-sunflowers/

Also, a new plastic that changes color under stress and can self-repair when exposed to light http://capitolcorrespondent.com/cc/2012/04/04/new-plastics-warn-if-you-break-them-theyll-be-back/ & a story about electricity produced from CO2 and Light http://capitolcorrespondent.com/cc/2012/04/04/producing-fuel-from-co2-and-sunlight/ . All that, plus a new commentary that I've been told makes me sound like a conservative and was inspired by a thread on ES http://capitolcorrespondent.com/cc/2012/04/04/commentary-dissonant-ideas-are-part-of-a-well-balanced-diet/ .

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  • 2 weeks later...

New Prism tomorrow...

We take a look at the impact of wireless radio on the tragedy of the Titanic, a simple change to roofs in urban environments that could reduce CO2 emissions by more than 150 million tons, and we pupp-it up with the Jim Henson company.

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Newest Prism is up...

Last week, we looked at the role wireless radio played in the the tragedy and rescue of the Titanic


How changing the color of the roofs in temperate urban environments could reduce CO2 emissions by more than 250 million tons... and how this is science that's been understood for hundreds of years.


What a cross between Whose Line Is It Anyway and Jim Henson's Puppets would like (See this show if you get a chance. It was funny as hell)


and the best and brightest your playwrights hit the stage at the Kennedy Center American College Festival


as always, I'd love to hear feedback if ya got any.

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Maybe too late to post this since it already aired, but since part of me thinks I'm the only one reading this thread anyway... :paranoid:

On today's Prism, we look at a new microscopic technology designs to clean up oil spills, catastrophic lake drainage in Greenland, and we take a trip to look at the auroras of Uranus. All that and a little youth slam poetry

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It's hard to believe we're up to our seventh episode. It's a pretty good one too.

On this week's Prism, researchers have discovered a method of delivering a treatment for cerebral palsy using nanoparticles taht seem not only to halt but reverse the motility effects. Then we go to Mars to look at lava flows. A species of bird in Austrailia that actually gardens, clears the ground, plants seeds, removes debris, all in the effort to create the most attractive bower to get a mate. It's apparently the only non human species that we've discovered that actually farms. Finally, we look at how particulate matter from pollution is in the short term slowing down damage related to global warming and climate change.

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I know we've been slow on the web updates, but here's a breakdown of the show that aired today...

On today's Prism, we discovered how stems cells are being used to reverse muscular dystrophy, explored a asteroid crater in Chesapeake that has some of the oldest living organisms on Earth... 35 million year old microbes, we also learn how genetics is being used to breed race horses, and that while an apple a day may keep the doctor away a berry a day is a good thing to remember.

(I do wonder if anybody reads these)

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Whole bunch of new pieces on the web and more on the way.

1 kilometer under the Chesepeake Crater, scientists have discovered microbes that they believe may have arrived to Earth 35 million years ago and been some of the earliest catalysts of life on our planet.


Genetic testing in horse racing... or improving the chance to breed a winner.


This was pretty cool. Nanosponges designed to suck up oil from a spill and ignore everything else. Very promising research.


Catastrophic Lake Drainage in Greenland. Imagine a lake emptying in 24 hours. Now imagine it happening dozens of times in single year. Walk with the geologists studying this phenomenon.


Auroras around Uranus... yeah, stop thinking like Howard Stern


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On tomorrow's Prism, we examine how stress an adversity can change a person on the genetic level, take a spin a dentist's chair and learn how nanotechnology is being used to remineralize teeth, visit an ancient Mayan ruin that boasts mathematical computations that put into question when the world will end, and we blast off at the National Finals of the Team America Rocketry Challenge

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On today's Prism at six... we meet a surgeon who given a quadraplegic back the use of their hand. This formerly paralyzed patient can after her procedure and a year of rehab write, grip a ball and have regained a good deal of strength and motility.

We also look into he amount of plastic debris in the sea and how the wind works to camoflauge the true amount.

Then, we look into the possible impact of antibiotics on male fertility... and the evidence that the damage seems to be passed on multigenerationally.

Finally, we learn about a force even stronger than the pull of a black hole...

Friday at 6.

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