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Most annoying speaker!!

By LTbalticLV - Mar 24 2009
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There is pretty interesting info., but the speaker is just so annoying to listen too that it just isn't worth it. The speaker really does sound like a "phoney used car sales man" (as on reviewer posted earlier).

A little too patronizing

By rusty-border - Jul 30 2008
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Interesting topics but terrible to listen to, each topic was skimed over and the speaker spoke like a phony sales man talling to a bunch of kids.

iTunes Ratings

3 Ratings
Average Ratings
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Most annoying speaker!!

By LTbalticLV - Mar 24 2009
Read more
There is pretty interesting info., but the speaker is just so annoying to listen too that it just isn't worth it. The speaker really does sound like a "phoney used car sales man" (as on reviewer posted earlier).

A little too patronizing

By rusty-border - Jul 30 2008
Read more
Interesting topics but terrible to listen to, each topic was skimed over and the speaker spoke like a phony sales man talling to a bunch of kids.

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Rank #1: Current Event

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Waters from warmer latitudes, or subtropical waters, are reaching Greenland's glaciers, driving melting and likely triggering an acceleration of ice loss, reports a team of researchers from the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

Mar 04 2010

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Rank #2: Viral Vrooom

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Researchers at MIT have shown that they can genetically engineer viruses to build both the positively and negatively charged ends of a lithium-ion battery.

Feb 23 2010

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Rank #3: No Brainer

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Neuroscientists at MIT have developed a powerful new class of tools to reversibly shut down brain activity using different colors of light. When targeted to specific neurons, these tools could potentially lead to new treatments for the abnormal brain activity.

Feb 17 2010

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Rank #4: Mess O' Predators

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A new study led by Oregan State University shows that declining populations of "apex" predators such as wolves, lions or sharks has led to a huge increase in smaller "mesopredators" that are causing major economic and ecological disruptions.

Jan 20 2010

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Rank #5: Amoeba Cheaters

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New research out of Rice University and Baylor College of Medicine says that cheaters may prosper in the short term, but over time they seem doomed to fail, at least in the microscopic world of amoebas where natural selection favors the noble.

Jan 20 2010

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Rank #6: Reservoir Bots

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Michigan State University researchers have designed robots that, in the future, could be ocean-going and cooperatively track moving targets underwater. Schools of swimming robots would be able to work together to do things that one could not do alone, such as tracking large herds of animals or mapping expanses of pollution that can grow and change shape.

Dec 14 2009

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Rank #7: Unreasonable Facsimile

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Princeton University researchers have come up with a new twist on the mysterious visual phenomenon experienced by humans known as the "uncanny valley." That twist is that monkeys experience the same exact feeling. The uncanny valley describes that disquieting feeling that occurs when viewers look at representations designed to be as human-like as possible.

Dec 14 2009

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Rank #8: Sprint Condition

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Longer toes and a unique ankle structure provide some sprinters with the burst of acceleration that separates them from other runners, according to biomechanists at Penn State University.

Dec 03 2009

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Rank #9: Risky Business

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A new analysis of climate risk, published by researchers at MIT and elsewhere, shows that even moderate carbon-reduction policies now can substantially lower the risk of future climate change. It also shows that quick, global emissions reductions would be required in order to provide a good chance of avoiding a temperature increase of more than 2 degrees Celsius above the pre-industrial level.

Nov 13 2009

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Rank #10: Family Roots

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Plants may not have eyes and ears, but they can recognize their siblings, and researchers at the University of Delaware have discovered how. Plants recognize family members by detecting chemical cues secreted by their roots. The finding not only sheds light on the intriguing chemical sensing system in plants, but also may have implications for agriculture and even home gardening.

Oct 29 2009

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