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Sleek and cheap

The eggbeater design of the vertical axis wind turbine is nothing new but it may be the wave of the future. A small company in Nevada is testing the efficiency of their vertical turbines and, as Spectrum Radio's Prachi Patel-Predd reports, if they pass muster, the relatively inexpensive windmills may soon be on the market for homeowners.

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Allergic reaction to climate change

Alaska used to be a great place to live if you have allergies as pollen counts are low on a tundra. But with climate change, n tundra giving way to flora and insects are moving in. Host Bruce Gellerman talks with Jeffrey Demain, founder/director of the Alaska Allergy Asthma and Immunology Center, about climate change and allergy development.

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Enviropig

Animal manure on industrial farms can wreak environmental havoc. At the University of Guelph in Ontario, microbiologist Cecil Forsberg has found a solution to the problem. He genetically modified pigs to produce low-phosphorous manure.

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Small technology, big questions

Manipulating matter at the molecular level opens amazing opportunities for new medicines and materials, But these materials also create potential risks to health and the environment. Jeff Young looks at nanosilver products already on store shelves.

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Wireless science

It's fast, it's reliable, and it's transforming how scientists do their research. Spectrum Radio's Jean Kumagai reports on a wireless sensor network called HP-WREN.

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Unscientific America

A new Pew Research Center poll has found most Americans don't believe in evolution, don't think climate change is human-induced, and don't know that electrons are smaller than atoms. The findings may point to America's collective scientific illiteracy.

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Tiny architects

They are just the size of pin heads but termites are giving us big ideas about efficient green buildings. Living on Earth's Steve Curwood spoke with J. Scott Turner, who teaches biology at the State University of New York in Syracuse.