Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Podcast Picks of the Day - Science Friday

Science Friday
Changing Blood Groups
Run Time: 7:18

Hosted by Ira Flatow, Science Friday is a weekly podcast featuring the latest from the science and technology. This episode featured a breakthrough for blood donations. In recent experiments, scientists were able to turn blood types A, B and AB into type O, the universal donor blood type, by exposing the blood to enzymes found in certain bacteria. These enzymes are able to remove sugar molecules from the blood cell; the sugar molecules give the blood its group characteristics. The scientist predicted it could be ready for human use in about five years.

This podcast can be found on iTunes and here.

Science Friday
New GM Volt Concept
Run Time: 9:35

This episode of Science Friday focused on a new concept car from GM called the GM Volt. It has some similar characteristics to its predecessor, the EV1. The Volt is a pure electric vehicle having an electric range of 40 miles. It has a small gas engine capable of using alternative fuels, which generate electricity to extend the 40-mile range off the pure electric charge. The GM Volt recharges via a standard 110-volt charge.

This podcast can be found on iTunes and here.

The EV1.

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