Media Mining Digest 347 – Jul 6, 2018: 3D Printing for Dentists, African Industrial Development, AI in Real Estate, Arterial Grafts and Transcranial Stimulation, Blind Commuting to Workplace, Book Trends Cycle, Cleft Palate Repair, Clicker Training, Climate Winners and Losers, Creating Walkable Urban Spaces, Dark Net, Diabetes Treatment, Doomsday Clock, Electric Cars and Pollution, Electricity in the Future, Farming Maggots, Female Author Pay Difference, Flu Vaccines from Tobacco, Food Production and Climate, Food Security, Forensic Failures, Frauds and Scams, Gerrymandering, Hepatitis, Lasers in Medicine, Leprosy, Life Saving Medicine, Media and Democracy, Neuromarketing, Neutron Imaging, North Korea Negotiations, Nuclear Waste Disposal, Pain Management, Pest Control in Agriculture, Racism in San Francisco, Racism Training at Starbucks, Schizophrenia, Smart Grids, Sustainable Energy, Texas Politics, Thermoelectric Generators, Transgender in School, U.S. Army Strategic Plan, Venoms and Toxins, Village Movement for Seniors, Visual Intelligence, Waste and Power, Working Moms

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3D Printing for Dentists 36 mins – “Dental technology has come a long way since you got braces back in 80s. Now with advanced dental 3D printing as an option, treatment for patients has grown faster and more reliable than ever. The possibilities of high resolution polymer 3d printing are truly endless, with companies fighting to dominate several areas, including digital dentistry. One such company is SprintRay, a 3D Printer manufacturer that has revolutionized conventional fabrication methods in dentistry. Faraz Abidi, Head of Software at SprintRay, discusses how they delivered the Moonray 3D printers to over a thousand dentist offices, putting the power of 3D printing directly into the hands of their customers. SprintRay’s founders – Amir Mansouri and Hossein Bassir – were two PhDs out of University of Southern California who did original research on Additive Manufacturing, also known as 3D printing. Faraz Abidi started with Sprintray after meeting Amir Mansouri at USC’s on-campus research lab called Contour. After Sprintray had very successful launch on Kickstarter, Faraz joined the team to help them execute orders for the backers. Now SprintRay has become a runaway success, taking the 3D printing industry to a whole another level. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

African Industrial Revolution 92 mins – “…the Brookings Africa Growth Initiative and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) explored strategies to anticipate and circumvent the challenges the New Industrial Revolution is generating as well as how all of Africa can benefit from Industry 4.0.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.

Ageing Science 62 mins – “How can we stay sharp as a senior citizen? This week, we explore the different biological approaches to understanding healthy ageing, discover a protein that may prevents age-related nerve degeneration and find out how to preserve cognitive function as we age. Plus, why Eunuchs lived longer, and how to turn trousers into catalytic converters that filter polluted air!” At the link find the title, “Dodging Death: Growing Old in Good Health, Sept, 2012,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

AI in Real Estate 27 mins– “In this episode of AI in Industry, we speak with Andy Terrel, the Chief Data Scientist at REX – Real Estate Exchange Inc., about how AI is being used in the real estate sector today. Looking ahead ten years into the future, Andy paints a picture of the areas where he believes AI will change the real estate business. Andy explores how marketing in real estate might change in the future with chatbots and conversational interfaces in real estate which are high value per ticket interactions – a process that will likely vary greatly from the chatbot applications we see for smaller B2C purchases (in the fashion sector, eCommerce, etc). Interested readers can listen to the full interview with Andy here: the link right-click “Direct download: AI in Industry-Andy Terrel-Mixdown.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Alzheimer’s 62 mins – “Alois Alzheimer, who described the first case of the disease now named after him, would have been 150 years old this week. But what have we discovered about the disease since he presented the first Alzheimer’s case over 100 years ago? And how can fruit flies, arm hair and video games untangle the most significant threat to our generation? Plus, in the news, how making mosquitoes male could reduce malaria, protecting astronauts from solar radiation, and why is beetle sex a sticky situation…” At the link find the title, “Untangling Alzheimer’s Disease, Jun, 2014,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Antibiotic Resistance 48 mins – “What is the scale of the superbug problem? How much is antibiotic resistance costing? Can new antibiotics be made that cannot be bypassed by bacteria? And what new drugs are already in the pipeline. In this infectious episode of the Naked Scientists, we put the rise of antimicrobial resistance under the microscope and ask what scientists are doing to combat the problem. Plus, why the abominable snowman hasn’t been discovered…yeti, 46-million-year-old blood from a fossilised mosquito, phage therapy for C. diff and the brain wash-out that happens when we sleep…” At the link find the title, “Stopping Superbugs, Oct, 2013,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Arterial Grafts and Transcranial Stimulation 48 mins – “This week we’re getting inside the workings of the next generation of chips that are set to pack a bigger computing-punch but at a fraction of the energy-expenditure of todays’ models: CTO Mike Muller joins us to explain the revolutionary technology that leading microprocessor-maker ARM is developing. Also, energy-efficient world-wide computing – we find out how distributing data-processing demands around the planet can turn waste energy into useful computations, simultaneously saving CO2 emissions, and in the news this week, a new malarial mosquito threat, rejection-free artificial blood vessels and the electric cap that helps users solve maths puzzle they previously found impossible.” At the link find the title, “Low Energy, High-Power Processing, Feb, 2011,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Blind Commuting to Workplace 43 mins – “Job Insights #5: Transportation to the Workplace – Traveling vs. Exploring. Welcome to Episode 5 of Job Insights with Serina Gilbert and Jeff Thompson. We focus on Employment, Careers, enhancing opportunities and bringing you the latest innovations from across the Vocational Rehabilitation field to ensure your choices lead you down the career pathway that you want and succeed in gainful employment. From getting started with services, to assessments, Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) to gaining the skills to succeed and tools for success, Job Insights will be giving you tips and tricks to help your journey to employment and break down the barriers along the way. Job Insights Episode #5 is all about Transportation, How do you get to work, school or to interviews? With guest, Joe Dinero, a Assistive Technology Instructor from New York City, Serina and Jeff talk about the ways we all get around and how multiple means of transportation is a must in this ever changing world of commuting to and fro….” At the link find the title, “Job Insights #5: Transportation to the Workplace – Traveling vs. Exploring, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files 5JobInsights.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Book Trends Cycle 46 mins – “Even well into the digital age, publishers have persisted in maintaining processes that confine their businesses to a specific format (usually, the book) and to a single business model. Forward-thinking editors, however, demand freedom to reuse and repurpose content in innovative, high value ways, especially on mobile devices.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Chilling Effect 66 mins – “Chilling Effects: The Expected Public-Charge Rule and Its Impact on Immigrant Families The audio from this webinar highlights findings from a Migration Policy Institute report examining the potential impacts of expected changes to the public charge rule by the Trump administration. Leaked draft versions indicate that the rule could allow the administration to make changes to the legal immigration system, in part by making it more difficult for legally present noncitizens to acquire a green card or visa if they or their family members have used public benefits. The rule likely would discourage millions from accessing health, nutrition, and social services for which they or their U.S.-citizen dependents are eligible.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Cleft Palate Repair 50 mins – “Alliance for Smiles, a nonprofit Anita Stangl helped create and guide until 2016, sends medical teams to underserved countries and provides unique services to children who are in need of cleft lip and palate repair. The organization is expanding its work to Morocco and Egypt. Stangl has been an active Rotarian since 1987 and has spoken worldwide about volunteer programs that emphasize cleft lip and palate reconstructive surgery. She has chaired many committees that focus on community, youth and international service and that promote world peace. She has also participated in many international medical missions. Come hear a discussion about Alliance for Smiles and their work around the world. Story of the effort to repair cleft pallets worldwide. At the link find the title, “Alliance for Smiles, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180608_MLF_Alliance Smiles_For_Podcast.mp3”and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Clicker Training 50 mins – “There can be a lot of psychological noise involved in teaching. But what if we replaced all that mental chit chat….with a click? This week, we explore an innovative idea about how we learn. It will take us from a dolphin exhibit in Hawaii to a top teaching hospital in New York. It’s about a method to quiet the noise. The sort of clutter that can turn learning into a minefield of misery.” At the link find the title, “When Everything Clicks, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180604_hiddenbrain_hb clicker_training-final_podcast_mix.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Climate Winners and Losers 51 mins – “Do you live somewhere that might actually benefit from climate change? Rising temperatures and seas will produce losers and winners. Some parts of the world will see more moderate weather and economic gains, while others are already seeing sagging property prices and economic losses. But higher temperatures are more than just an economic issue. “Many people think oh it’s just the temperature, but actually temperature affects everything,” says Solomon Hsiang, Chancellor’s Associate Professor of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley. He co-authored a 2017 paper in the journal Science that outlines the impacts of a warmer world on human health and migration, violent crime, food production and wealth distribution. “This idea that the temperature affects our judgment and our ability and willingness to engage in violence, that’s something that we studied a lot in our research,” says, Hsiang adding that one of the most robust statistical regularities they’ve found is that “hot days, hot weeks, hot months are associated with higher rates of violent crime, all types of crime: sexual assault, regular assault, murder.” At the link find the title, “Climate Winners and Losers, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180617_cl1_WinnersAndLosers.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Creating Walkable Urban Spaces 112 mins – “the Metropolitan Policy Program at Brookings hosted an event featuring the newly released report titled Catalytic development: (Re)creating walkable urban places.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save Link” and “OK” to get the podcast.

Cybernetics 62 mins – “Where do you stand on becoming part person, part machine? This week we hook up with three pioneers in the field of cybernetics including walking cyborg Kevin Warwick, who volunteered his own nervous system to test out a new way to connect up with the machine world, Markus Groppe, who is trialling an implantable chip to restore vision to the blind, and Andrew Schwartz who’s developing neural interfaces to couple the brain’s motor circuits to a robot. Plus, news of an H5N1 ‘flu furore as scientists create the most dangerous virus imaginable, and a voyage to the deepest subsea vents ever discovered…” At the link find the title, “Mind Meets Machine, Jan, 2012,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Dark Net 58 mins – “This week we delve into the Dark Web, a hidden arm of the Internet where Google doesn’t dare to search and where drugs, guns and hitmen are offered up for sale. We explore how the World Wide Web works, and ask whether it can remain unregulated, free and open as it is now? Plus, in the news this week, the worm found lurking in a patient’s brain, how scientists have grown pain nerves in a Petri dish, and what do dogs hear when we speak to them?” At the link find the title, “The Internet: the good, the bad and the ugly, Dec, 2014,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Diabetes Treatment P1 9 mins – Three podcasts deal with Type 2 Diabetes Treatment. At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu. Do the same for Diabetes Treatment P2 (12m) and Diabetes Treatment Glucagon P3 (9m).

Doomsday Clock 66 mins – At the link find the title, “Doomsday Clock?, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180613_FEA Doomsday Clock for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Driving into the Future 57 mins – “This week, we look into new ways of putting a tiger in your tank! We find out how pond life could help make eco-friendly biodiesel and how new types of batteries can power electric cars for further than ever before without running out of juice. Plus, how Margaret Thatcher’s face can tell us how monkeys recognize each other, what sharks have in common with serial killers and why dolphins are a bit like jet fighters. And in Kitchen Science, we see how batteries work in Arctic conditions.” At the linkf idn the title, “Driving into the Future, Jun, 2009,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electric Cars and Pollution 57 mins – “London and many other European cities face the prospect of a 300 million penalty every year over bad air. Engineers say part of the solution lies with electric transport, so this week the Naked Scientists are getting under the hoods of a new generation of vehicles ranging from the first electric buses to tomorrow’s supercars. Plus, news about how scientists are making objects levitate in the lab – with sound – and why there are now 3 types of “type 2” diabetes…” At the link find the title, “Electric Cars: Pollution Solution?, Nov, 2015,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Electricity in the Future 62 mins – “Current breakthroughs in electricity generation and distribution go under the spotlight in this week’s sizzling edition of the Naked Scientists. We talk to the team with the electrical equivalent of cold-storage that can put power “on ice” until it’s needed, and we hear how bright sparks in the UK are leading the charge to roll out “energy kiosks” to empower rural communities in Africa. We also check out a new form of small-scale turbine to extract power from rivers whilst minimising the environmental impact. In the news, why young people are more likely to fall victim to the flu, how a dose of worms controlled a man’s inflammatory bowel disease and why the discovery of arsenic-loving bacteria is forcing us to rethink the chemistry of life. Plus, in Question of the Week, Diana gets to the bottom of whether it’s possible to drink through your rectum…” At the link find the title, “Electrifying the Future, Dec, 2010,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Entrepreneurship 53 mins – “Are you trying to choose between the stability of a traditional career and the upside of entrepreneurship? Why not have both? Becoming a full-time entrepreneur can look glamorous from the outside. Who doesn’t want to chase their dreams, be their own boss, and do what they love? But the truth is that entrepreneurship is often a slog, with no regular hours, no job security, and very little pay. In this interview, Patrick McGinnis shows you how, by investing just 10% of your time and resources, you can become an entrepreneur without losing a steady paycheck. McGinnis details a step-by-step plan that takes you from identifying your first entrepreneurial project to figuring out the smartest way to commit resources to it.” At the link right-click “download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Epigenetics 58 mins – “Epigenetics controls the activity of genes inside cells and holds the key to new treatments for old diseases. We explore the impacts of epigenetics on embryonic development, cancer, and stem cell biology, and find out how epigenetic changes during pregnancy can even affect your grandchildren! Plus, why parenthood extends your lifespan, and the genetic recipe for the red blood cell.” At the link find the title, “Unravelling Epigenetics, Dec, 2012,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Ethics 58 mins – “This week we interview John Hooker. John Hooker is Professor of Operations Research and Holleran Professor of Business Ethics and Social Responsibility at Carnegie Mellon University. His book, Taking Ethics Seriously: Why Ethics Is an Essential Tool for the Modern Workplacedevelops an intellectual framework for analyzing ethical dilemmas that is both grounded in theory and versatile enough to deal rigorously with real-world issues.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.  

Farming Maggots 43 mins – “Olympia Yarger is the Founder and CEO of GOTERRA, an Australian-based waste management company that redefines the idea of food waste through decentralized waste management. Their company’s primary goal is to manage food and animal waste using insects of which the byproduct could be used as a feed additive. This approach is an alternative and sustainable way of feeding livestock that also reduces global waste. Today, Olympia shares how maggots can help solve global food waste. She describes what it was like to start a maggot farm, how to manage one, and what makes it unique compared to typical farms. She also explains how maggots convert food waste to animal feed and how this could be the future of sustainable agriculture. “It’s one thing to get the flies to do the act and get viable eggs, but it’s another to manage consistency of production at any scale.” – Olympia Yarger” At the link find the title, “Future of Agriculture 105: How Farming Maggots Can Convert Waste to Feed with Olympia Yarger of GOTERRA, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files 10520FOA20How20Farming20Maggots20Can20Convert20Waste20to20Feed20with20Olympia20Yarger20of20GOTERRA_final.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Female Author Pay Difference 15 mins – ““I’ve always been sort of a practical person. I thought, what’s the best thing for my career and my direction? At one point it was traditional publishing, and then it shifted to self-publishing, now it’s shifted to something else.” At the link find the title, “Weinberg2018Podcast.mp3, An Indie Author Moves Away From Books, May, 2018,” right-click “Media files RiveraPodcast.mp3” and select “Save link As” from the pop-up menu.

Flu Vaccines from Tobacco 62 mins – “In a show not to be sneezed at, we look at the evidence that coughs and sneezes are linked to heart attacks. We also probe the Flu Survey, a new citizen science initiative to gather data on the incidence of influenza-like illnesses in the European population; we talk to the company who are mass producing flu vaccines in tobacco plants and catch up with the Columbia University scientific adviser on Contagion, Hollywood’s latest infectious offering. Plus, why babies don’t tie their umbilical cords in knots and news of a new fat-busting injectible that selectively destroys adipose, evidence that only single strains of HIV are transmitted between partners and the discovery of two pristine primordial gas clouds produced by the Big Bang…” At the link find the tile, “Flu Vaccines from Tobacco?, Nov, 2011,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Production and Climate 58 mins – “Authors Mark Kurlansky and Anna Lappé are two of the country’s most prolific and influential authors writing about feeding a crowded planet with a destabilized climate.  Lappé’s work ranges from her Diet For a Hot Planet to work on factory farms and innovation in the food industry. Kurlansky has written best-selling histories of cod and salt and a new one on milk. His upcoming book is the story of salmon. Kurlansky and Lappé will share stories about the love of food, the fascinating people who produce it for us and how climate change is impacting virtually every corner of the global food system. Mark Kurlansky and Anna Lappé: Plate to Planet, Jun, 2018” At the link right-click “Media files cc_20180603_cl1_Plate to Planet_PODCAST.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Food Security 60 mins – “By 2050 the global population is set to rise to more than 10 billion people. But right now, 1 in 10 people are suffering from chronic hunger. So how do we reconcile a rising population with an already hungry world? Plus in the news, why scientists are one step closer to understanding autism, and we take a moment to say goodbye to the Philae Lander…” At the link find the title, “Food Security: Insects for Dinner?, Feb, 2016,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Forensic Failures 30 mins – “On this week’s TribCast, Emily talks to Evan, Jolie and the New York Times Magazine and ProPublica’s Pamela Colloff on Pam’s two-part “Blood Will Tell” series on blood spatter analysis and the state’s consideration of intellectual disabilities in death row cases.” At the link find the title, ““Blood Will Tell” investigation, death row with disabilities, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files 457926051-texastribune-blood-will-tell-investigation-death-row-with-disabilities.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Fraud and Scams 66 mins – “One in ten older Americans is impacted by scams, frauds or elder abuse each year. Every day brings another way that scam artists, abusers and fraudsters have invented to separate you from your retirement funds. Whether by email, social media, phone or other means, the creativity of these bad actors is matched only by their malicious intent. Learn how to spot the risk factors that make someone vulnerable to scams, and learn what you can do to avoid them. From 2000–2007, Twomey ran a local multi-disciplinary Consortium for Elder Abuse Prevention in San Francisco. Before that, she spent 11 years at AARP and, among other things, ran their National Guardianship Monitoring Project. Mary’s interest in aging and elder justice issues was kindled when her grandparents came to live with her family when she was a child. She has a Master’s degree in Social Work with a concentration in gerontology.” At the link find the title, “Avoiding Scams, Fraud and Financial Exploitation, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180612_MLF_Scams and Fraud for podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gerrymandering 21 mins – “When Florida outlawed partisan gerrymandering, politicians tried to sneak it back in…in disguise.” At the link find the title, “#846: Ungerrymandering Florida, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files 20180608_pmoney_pmpod846v3.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Gluten in Wheat 30 mins – “The internet claims that the increases in celiac disease is rooted in modern wheat varieties, as human intervention in plant genetics must be the cause of human disorders.  But what does the evidence tell us?  In this week’s episode we’re joined by Dr. Senay Simsek from North Dakota State University.  Dr. Simsek is a recognized chemist that specializes in wheat composition. Her recent paper in the journal Food Chemistry examines the levels of gluten in modern varieties and compares it to what was present in heritage varieties.  The results show that associations between modern breeding and gluten sensitivity are not likely due to genetic improvement of wheat varieties.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Green Food 56 mins – “We’re chewing over the topic of food footprints: How green is your lunchbox? What’s the environmental impact of your weekly food shop? Plus, in the news, the prosthetic hand that has allowed an amputee to feel for the first time, a new fatal strain of flu has been identified in a patient in China and Gaia’s goal is to create the most accurate map yet of the Milky Way.” At the link find the title, “Green Foodup menu, Feb, 2014,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-

Healthcare in Palestine 53 mins – “Steve Sosebee is the president and CEO of the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund. He’s married to Dr. Zeena Salman, a pediatric oncologist working with the PCRF. For 25 years, PCRF has been leading medical missions to help children in the Middle East, helping children get medical treatment abroad, and delivering humanitarian aid. Their recent visit to the Carver College of Medicine gave Short Coats Reem Khodor, Ethan Craig, and Nico Dimenstein a chance to sit down with them to discuss the challenges and realities of working to provide healthcare within the confines of an occupied territory….: At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Healthcare Violence 16 mins – “A Severe Case of Healthcare Violence 2 Years Later” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Hepatitis 60 mins – “Join us to explore the virus behind Hepatitis C. We’ll be investigating the causes, prevention and treatment of this often masked but serious disease.” At the link find the title, “Understanding Hepatitis C, Dec, 2009,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Lasers in Medicine 58 mins – “The role of lasers in biomedicine goes under the spotlight this week as we explore the workings of photodynamic cancer therapy, find out how laser tweezers can be used to force-feed bugs to white blood cells and hear how a new technique uses laser-powered DNA nanoswitches to spot specific genes. Also, why the proton just got smaller, prompting a reevaluation of some trusted laws of physics, how antidepressants in seawater can make shrimps swim towards danger and a novel mechanism for natural selection – beneficial bacteria! Plus, in Kitchen Science, what the patterns produced by laser light shining through a substance can reveal about its structure.” At the link find the title, “Lasers in Medicine, Jul, 2010,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Lin As” from the pop-up menu.

Leprosy 57 mins – “Leprosy goes under the microscope this week as we uncover the origins of one of the oldest known human diseases, recognised this week on World Leprosy Day. A quarter of a million new cases are diagnosed every year, but how is the illness spreading, what damage does it do to the body and can it be stopped? We also hear what archaeologists are unearthing about the history of leprosy and where it came from in the first place. Plus, why it’s time to rethink the workings of the circadian clock, brain scans for bilingualism, cow-stomach bacterial genes for biofuels, and the engineering that lies behind the cat’s eye…” At the link find the title, “Leprosy: The Low Down, Jan, 2011,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Life Saving Medicine 58 mins – “This week we find out what it takes to save a life, from doctors performing open chest surgery in the street to helping people recover in the longer term from severe brain injuries. Plus, news of a real invisibility cloak, how caffeine gives us a boost, and why scientists need you to quiz your dog.” At the linkf idn the title, “How to Save a Life, Sept, 2015,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As’ from the pop-up menu.

Marshall Plan 79 mins – “…the Global Economy and Development program at Brookings and U.S. Agency for International Development co-hosted an event to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Marshall Plan and reflect on strategies for advancing cooperative leadership in global development.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.

Media and Democracy 216 mins – “Governance Studies at Brookings and the Social Science Research Council (SSRC) hosted a half-day forum on the history, circulation, and management of misinformation (untruths circulated without the intention to deceive) and disinformation (untruths intended to deceive).” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.  

Neuromarketing 57 mins – “How do advertisers get inside your head? This week we explore the field of neuromarketing – how a knowledge of your brain and behaviour can help marketers to manipulate your buying habits. We’ll find out how the brain choses what stimuli to pay attention to and the neurological basis of why celebrity sells. In the news, the first Census of Marine Life and how researchers have got wind of the fact that men really are sweatier than women. Plus, we hit the shops to investigate how retailers trick you into overfilling your basket!” At the link find the title, “Neuromarketing – The Brain Basis of Buying Behaviour, Oct, 2010,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Neutron Imaging 58 mins – “This week, join us on a tour of ISIS, the STFC’s Neutron and Muon source. We find out how neutrons can probe the properties of materials, help to protect electronic circuits from failure and shed light on the action of antibiotics. Plus, in the news we hear how to print out perfect replacement cartilage.” At the link find the title, “Investigating ISIS – The Neutron Source, Nov, 2012,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

North Korea Negotiations 32 mins – “Trump is set to meet with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore on Tuesday. How will the president navigate the high-stakes negotiations?” At the link find the title, “‘A meet-and-greet-plus’: What to expect from Trump’s sit-down with Kim Jong Un, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files 5b1b077fe4b0833fd5f35998_1351620000001-300040_t_1528498049739_44100_128_2.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Power 59 mins – “This week we’re exploring the future of nuclear energy, including meeting the makers of a new design of nuclear reactor that can consume the fuels that other plants can’t burn. We also delve into ways to unclog pipes inside reactors without the risks of going inside. And where do you stand on the nuclear debate? Should we be exploring alternatives, or is there no alternative to a nuclear-future? We talk to two parties on opposite sides of the debate. Plus, what the Messenger probe has found on Mercury, a blood test to predict an imminent heart attack, flushing out evidence of drug use from sewer water, and a way to block baldness in men…” At the link find the title, “Going Nuclear, Mar, 2012,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Nuclear Waste Disposal 58 mins – “Nuclear energy is always in the news, but how much do you know about nuclear fission and what happens to nuclear waste? To find out how it works, Anna Lacey and Dave Ansell visit Sizewell B power station in Suffolk, and studio guest Ian Farnan discusses nuclear waste disposal and why current methods might not contain the radiation for as long as we thought. But as clinical radiologist Anant Krishnan explains, radiation plays a crucial role in medicine, including allowing us to see broken bones and killing off tumours. Sticking with uses of radiation that save lives, Anna and Dave find out how a smoke detector works in Kitchen Science.” At the link find the title, “Nuclear Power and Radiation in Medicine, Feb, 2007,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Oil Industry 56 mins – “Powering the generators for the show this week is Nicky White who describes how oil is formed, how we find and extract oil and how long oil supplies will last, Lynne Macaskie discusses how fuel cells can be run on hydrogen gas created by bacteria and sugary waste, and Peter Hughes explains how his Electro-Kinetic Road Ramp could soon be powering your street lamps. In Science Update, Bob and Chelsea reveal how llama spit can be used to spot the ultimate power-up, caffeine, and in Kitchen Science Derek Thorne and Chris Muirhead reveal a cool way to chop your vegetables…” At the link find the title, “Oil, Fuel Cells and Alternative Energy, Jun, 2006,” right-click “Media files oil-fuel-cells-and-alternative-energy.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

One-Person Businesses 68 mins – “This podcast episode of The Tim Ferriss Show is coming up on the 11th anniversary of my first book, The 4-Hour Workweek: Escape 9-5, Live Anywhere, and Join the New Rich. While there are parts written by my 29-year-old self that make me cringe, I’m both honored and amazed that it continues to strike a chord with so many. Rather than re-editing the book and risking the loss of whatever made it work in the first place, I’d like to share case studies of people who have used it as a blueprint to build successful businesses as detailed in The Million-Dollar, One-Person Business by freelance journalist Elaine Pofeldt (@ElainePofeldt). Much like 11 years ago, I hope this episode inspires more people to make a change for the better and accomplish more than they thought possible.” At the link find the title, “#318: One-Person Businesses That Make $1M+ Per Year, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files 74298cdd-d63c-4f45-8e3b-804db9dd09d5.mp3” ans select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pain Management 62 mins – “This week we interview Dr. Traci Stein. Dr. Stein is a Columbia-trained, licensed clinical psychologist and health educator. She is also certified in clinical hypnosis by the American Society of Clinical Hypnosis (ASCH). Her focus has been on helping people to reduce uncomfortable physical and emotional symptoms and gain greater insight into who they are and want to be.” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pathology 59 mins – “This week’s Pathological programme brings you a glimpse into the world of the pathologist. We attend a real autopsy to discover how a pathologist uncovers a cause of death, and hear how Cambridge scientists have found a new way to stop Multiple Sclerosis (M.S.) in it’s tracks. We also find out how a common rock can lock away carbon, why forest fungi give out less greenhouse gases when they’re warm, and shed some light on the workings of world’s smallest solar panels. Plus, in place of Kitchen Science, Ben tries to stop a virtual outbreak of the plague!” At the link find the title, “National Pathology Week, Nov, 2008,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Pest Control in Agriculture 38 mins – “Dr. Pamela Marrone is the founder and CEO of Marrone Bio Innovations, a company dedicated to finding practical, sustainable pest management solutions that are safe for people as well as the environment. She is also the founding Chair and former board member of the Biopesticides Industry Alliance, a cluster of over a hundred biopesticide and related companies. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research as well as a member of the Board of Trustees for Cornell University. Today, Dr. Pamela shares the mission behind Marrone Bio Innovations and how their products help farmers through environmentally-safe pest management solutions. She describes what drew her to founding the company and explains why biopesticides are critical for tomorrow’s world. She also enlighten us on the technical aspect of their products and provides examples of how their products can help farmers.” At the link find the title, “Future of Agriculture 104: Fighting Pests Strategically and Sustainably with Dr. Pamela Marrone of Marrone Bio Innovations, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files 10420FOA20Fighting20Pests20Strategically20and20Sustainably20with20Dr.20Pamela20Marrone20of20Marrone20Bio20Innovations20Final.mp3” and select “Save Link as” from the pop-up menu.

Politics and Race in America 58 mins – “The Aspen Institute Symposium on the State of Race in America explores new attitudes, opportunities, and challenges for and about people of color in 21st century America. This event is presented by the Communications and Society Program, in association with Comcast NBCUniversal. Race, Youth, and the American Vote, Jun, 2018” At the link find the title, “What are the ways in which people are viewing voting through the lens of race?” right-click “Media files 8c557263.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism in San Francisco 66 mins – “Does the Bay Area have policies that affirm racism? Join INFORUM and KQED as we explore one of the most polarizing topics of our time, asking the questions that divide us and seeking answers that may unite us. Arrive early or stick around afterwards to mix and mingle with audience members and keep the conversation going. The evening will be moderated by Mina Kim, anchor and host at KQED, and include Alicia Garza, co-founder of Black Lives Matter, and Jeff Adachi, San Francisco public defender. Walls and Bridges: Policy and Racism, Jun, 2018.” At the link right-click “Media files cc_20180604_INF_Walls_Bridges_for_Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Racism Training at Starbucks 60 mins – “Stories about people trying to learn something when no one is clear what the lesson is supposed to be.” At the link right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Schizophrenia 57 mins – “What do sufferers of schizophrenia experience, and why? Might the immune system be to blame? And could an avatar be the answer to treatment? This week we delve deep into the brain circuitry behind this psychiatric condition to uncover the causes, hear what drugs like ketamine can reveal about hallucinations and how a cartoon representation of the voices plaguing patients can block the symptoms. Plus, chemically induced pluripotent stem cells, a gene that leads carriers into snacking temptation and why babies can tolerate extended periods upside down inside their mothers…?” At the link find the title, “The Science of Schizophrenia, Jul, 2013,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Smart Girds 48 mins – “This week we look at how our power grids are going to be transformed. From technology which hopes to reduce our energy prices to new ways to include wind and solar power in the grid. Plus, in the news, what Google have up their sleeve for their next smartphone, the proposed takeover of the UK pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, and why AM radio could be sending birds off course…” At the link find the title, “Powering up the National Grid, May, 2014,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Sustainable Energy 60 mins – “For years we have relied on fossil fuels to produce the light, heat and energy we need to live and work. But these supplies are diminishing, and polluting our environment. So can renewable resources step into the breach annd produce enough energy to power the world? In this special Naked Scientists show, live from the Cambridge Science Centre, we talk to some of the researchers trying to do just that, as well as conducting some energy-related experiments of our own…” At the link find the title, “Powering the Future, Oct, 2014,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Texas Politics 33 mins – “In this edition of the TribCast, Texas Tribune political reporter Patrick Svitek sits down with CEO Evan Smith, executive editor Ross Ramsey and education reporter Aliyya Swaby.” At the link find the title, “Looking at Greg Abbott’s response to Santa Fe, right-click “Media files cc_20180613_INF_Darnell Moore For Podcast_EXPLICIT.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Thermoelectric Generators 60 mins – “Over two-thirds of the energy in the fuel you put into your car is wasted, most of it in the form of heat that exits along the exhaust pipe. The same is true of large-scale power stations, which are only 50% efficient at best. But now researchers are bringing 200 year old physics to bear against the problem by developing thermoelectric generators (TEGs) that can turn waste heat into useful electricity and this week we find out how. Plus, news that disguising cancer cells as Salmonella could hold the key to producing effective anti-cancer vaccines, why the Y chromosome boosts heart attack risk, and a new drug that can knock Alzheimer’s on the head…” At the link find the title, “Reclaiming Wasted Watts – Thermoelectric Generators, Feb, 2012,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Transgender in School 58 mins – “What is being done in California and beyond to safeguard the rights of transgender people, especially as the current administration rolls back Obama-era protections? And what is the role of young people in advancing this issue? As a prominent face of the transgender rights movement, 18-year-old activist Gavin Grimm has unique insight to share on the matter. In 2014, Grimm and his family told his Virginia high school he was transgender, and then, amidst uproar from some parents, the school administration barred Grimm from using the boys’ bathroom. So Gavin sued his district, stating that the decision violated Title IX, which prohibits sex discrimination in schools that receive federal funding. Grimm then quickly gained national attention and the respect of transgender activists including as Laverne Cox and Janet Mock. Today, his case in Virginia is still pending. July 9 marks the 150th anniversary of the ratification of the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution in the wake of the abolition of slavery, and Grimm and moderator Abdi Soltani, executive director of the ACLU Northern California, will address the principles of equal protection afforded by the amendment. At the link find the title,“Gavin Grimm: Youth Activism and LGBTQ Rights, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180605_INF_Gavin_Grimm_for_podcast.mp3” and select Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

U.S. Army Strategic Plan 69 mins – “…the Foreign Policy program at Brookings hosted a discussion on the Army Strategic Plan and other priorities for that service. The discussion featured the Honorable Mark T. Esper, Secretary of the U.S. Army.” At the link left-click the down-pointing arrow, select “Save File” and “OK” to get the podcast.

Venoms and Toxins 62 mins – “This week, mind reading children, scientists find a new gene in the lung cancer cocktail, and satnav or map-nav – what’s greener? Plus we become biological weapons inspectors and explore nature’s arsenal of venoms, poisons and toxins, including a scorpion’s sting that can highlight cancer, how funnel web spiders are helping farmers fight off insect pests, the marine cone snail that harbours a painkiller ten thousand times more powerful than morphine, and how a snake bite can help to prevent a heart attack. Meanwhile, in Kitchen Science, Ben samples a more everyday toxin – by making stinging nettle tea.” At the link find the title, “Venoms and Toxins – Natures Arsenal, Aug, 2007,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Village Movement for Seniors 72 mins – “When we unite as peers, we create a purposeful and powerful space for learning, laughter and courage as we take on the future. Villages are nonprofit membership organizations that connect older adults to the community, programming and expertise they need to continue living lives of purpose and meaning. They are led by members who share their skills, experience and support with each other to navigate the challenges and opportunities of aging. Learn how three Bay Area villages are creating new possibilities for what’s next as we age.” At the link find the title, “The Village Movement: Revolutionizing the Experience of Aging in California, Jun, 2018,” right-click “Media files cc_20180607_MLF_VILLAGE MOVEMENT For Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Viruses and Vaccines 58 mins – “In this week’s not-to-be-sniffed-at infectious episode of the naked scientists, we find out the facts of flu, including how the virus hijacks your cells, how new strains of the virus emerge to trigger epidemics and pandemics, and how scientists can combat the threat with vaccines. Also under the microscope is a new technique to identify viruses within just 2 hours, providing patients with a fast track to the right treatment! Also, how bone marrow transplants can overcome organ rejection, how to stop a terrorist with a mobile phone, and the new material 30 times blacker than our current blackest black! Plus, in kitchen science, we’ll be pouring cold water on claims of centrifugal force…” At the link find the title, “Viruses and Vaccines, Jan, 2008,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Visual Intelligence 51 mins – “How observant are you? What things are you missing out on that could have a huge impact on your life. In this episode we speak with Amy Herman about her new book, Visual Intelligence: Sharpen Your Perception, Change Your Life. In this episode you will learn how to create your own luck by becoming a better observer. You will also learn how to identify your “blind spots” and turn them in to opportunities. This information comes directly from Amy’s groundbreaking “The Art of Perception” course which teaches doctors to observe patients instead of their charts, helps police officers separate facts from opinions when investigating crimes, and trains professional from the FBI, State Department, Fortune 500 companies, and the military to recognize the most pertinent and useful information. If you would like to learn more, visit Amy at” At the link right-click “Download” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Waste and Power 60 mins – “How can we extract energy from waste? In this week’s Naked Scientists we explore the technology that turns muck into methane and consider the fertile issue of nutrient overload resulting from returning the finished products to farmland. And what about water? Why do we individually use ten times more water than we actually need, and what’s the solution for a drought-stricken Britain? Plus, in the news, how astronomers have discovered evidence of life in the universe, but only down here on Earth, and the “ungentlemanly” conduct of the upper classes…” At the link find the title, “Wattage from Waste and Watching Our Water, Mar, 2012,” right-click “Media files media.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Watergate Building 62 mins – “The Watergate: Inside America’s Most Infamous Address” At the link find that title, for Jun 6, 2018, right-click “Media files cc_20180629_MLF_The Watergate for Podcast.mp3” and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

Working Moms 20 mins – “Audie Cornish says she had something like an epiphany after posting a photo of herself and her new baby on Twitter in April. “I realized, oh my god, I’m part of the problem,” Cornish tells Greta Johnsen. “Because there is absolutely nothing worse than opening up a glossy magazine and seeing a picture of some woman with, like, a pet and a 3-year-old, everyone’s groomed to the nines, and she’s like, ‘I woke up like this.'” Cornish is the host of NPR’s daily news program ‘All Things Considered.’ She talked with Nerdette host Greta Johnsen about all the people not pictured in that photo that are helping her navigate motherhood for the first time. They also talk about finding forgiveness and having children during times of strife. “There’s always something difficult in the world,” Cornish says. “But it’s so worth it. Because I look at him as being somebody who’s going to be a part of shaping his own world, not that he’s arriving a victim of it.” At the link fin the title, “Power Up: NPR’s Audie Cornish,” right-click the down-pointing arrow and select “Save Link As” from the pop-up menu.

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