e of the hottest topics in biology and was the subject of the recently awarded 2006 Nobel Prize for Medicine or Physiology. In addition to the RNAi segment, the NOVA scienceNOW program, presented by Robert Krulwich, also featured a humorous description of the chemistry of fuel cells, complete with electrons attached to the posteriors of "Car Talk" hosts Tom and Ray Magliozzi; a segment on two Brooklyn brothers whose expertise in supercomputing produced a complex digital analysis of the thread patterns in a unicorn tapestry from the collection of the Cloisters Museum in New York; and a look at a glacier in Greenland that is the fastest moving in the world.
Allan Butler of The Science Channel said the winning program used "great analogies that take complex material and make it easy for the lay public to understand." It described science, he said, in "an entertaining, thoughtful and, at times, wonderfully playful manner." Christine Dell'Amore of United Press International said the RNAi segment "offers a rare look into a type of medical research not often covered in the mainstream media, and gives a sense of hope about eradicating the worst of diseases."
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"Living on Earth" took a clear-headed look at the ongoing efforts to understand and tame nuclear fusion, a field in which overly optimistic projections have led some critics to joke that fusion is the energy source for the future and always will be. Kathy Sawyer, a freelance science writer formerly with The Washington Post, called the winning program "a well-produced overview that not only informs listeners about the science, but also about the process of learning the science, with all its uncertainties and controvePage: 1 2 3 4 5 6 Related biology news :1
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