Exploradio

Exploradio is a bi-weekly exploration of science and innovation in Northeast Ohio.  As a trained scientist, host Jeff St. Clair considers it a privilege to meet incredibly interesting researchers and business leaders who are at the top of their field, translating their work into meaningful stories. 

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Researchers in Cleveland have come up with a new biosensor that’s a million times more sensitive than current technology.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at how harnessing one of the unusual properties of gold has allowed for a quantum leap forward.

First of all – a biosensor is a something that detects small amounts of a biological chemical – your nose is a good example.  You inhale a molecule, it lands on a receptor inside your nose which sends a signal to your brain. For example, a skunk sprayed your neighbor’s dog – small molecule detected!

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For generations, fathers have felt that part of their job is to make men out of their sons. 

But a researcher at the University of Akron has found that a father’s expectations of manliness actually cause more harm than good.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair explores how a new understanding of masculinity’s role in parenting was discovered with help from a Broadway show about drag queens.

The show is Kinky Boots.  

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Gene therapy was once viewed as a promising new way to treat many incurable diseases -- until a tragic death occurred during a clinical trial. It’s taken nearly two decades for the industry to recover, but now several Northeast Ohio researchers are once again developing DNA as medicine.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at the science and business of gene therapy.

We’re in the auditory lab at NEOMED with researcher Hui Li. He points to a computer image of colored dots lining a small section of a mouse’s inner ear.

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A once common falcon is getting a boost from local researchers who are hoping to rebuild its numbers.

In this week’s Exploradio, WKSU’s Jeff St.Clair looks at efforts to improve living conditions for the tiny, but mighty kestrel.

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After developing underground for 17-years, a swarm of buzzing cicadas will soon emerge across eastern Ohio.

A lot has changed since they were last here in 1999, including the emergence of citizen scientists.

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