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On the road

Could wood reshape the auto industry? Researchers in Austria hope so. They want to see wood replace steel and plastic parts. Plus, why e-scooters are taking off in Taiwan.

Time's up

Why Germany doesn't have an opioid crisis, a possible end to daylight savings time in Europe, making coffee more environmentally friendly, and some falling leaves…

The world has changed

On this week's show: How a cosmic smash 130 million years ago has altered the way we understand the universe, two teeth that may force us to rewrite the story of the human race, and why the plague (the precursor to the Black Death) is still alive and deadly.

Going cheesy

We find out the secrets to making raw milk cheese. Catch up with some people in India undergoing sex change surgery. And: many experts are worried that Germany's horse chestnut trees will disappear – permanently.  

Changing hands

Technology gets blamed for many things - from causing obesity, to a reduction in our ability to communicate with each other - but could it also be leading to evolutionary changes? Specifically, are our hands changing as a response to tools and gadgets such as smartphones? Also, we talk about how the city of Chicago is struggling with a growing problem with rats.

Chasing the sun

Those who have experienced an extraordinary event like an eclipse say it's the most amazing thing they’ve ever seen. The total eclipse of the sun seems like a good enough reason to collect some interesting facts about it.

On a road trip

Research underway in Austria aims to move wood up a notch or two in the auto industry. The hope is that wood will replace many steel and plastic parts. Also on the show: clean, green, e-scooters are all the buzz in Taiwan.

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