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AK Steel has announced plans to build a "World-Class Research and Innovation Center" one mile east of I-75's Middletown exit near the Atrium Hospital.

The $36 million facility will replace the current one on another Middletown site. Groundbreaking is scheduled for late spring or early summer on the 15-acre site.

AK Steel's Director of Government and Public Affairs Barry Racey says the new research facility will focus on three key areas:

Bisphenol A, or BPA, is a chemical commonly found in food and beverage packaging. Several studies have linked BPA to neurological defects, diabetes, breast and prostate cancer, but the Food and Drug Administration has determined BPA is safe at the current levels occurring in food. In 2012, the FDA, did, however, ban the use of BPA-based materials in baby bottles, sippy cups and infant formula packaging. We look at the latest research on the dangers of BPA with Dr. Scott Belcher, University of Cincinnati associate professor of Pharmacology and Cell Biophysics. A research team led by Dr. Belcher recently conducted a study of BPA.

How Smart are Dogs?

Feb 8, 2013

On the eve of the Westminster Dog Show, everyone believes their dog is smart and you may think yours is the smartest ever. Either way, there is no denying the research that dogs do have an innate intelligence. One man has centered his professional life on researching the intelligence of dogs, and he joins Thane Maynard on the phone. Brian Hare is a professor of Evolutionary Anthropology at Duke University, where he founded the Duke Canine Cognition Center. He’s on the phone to discuss his latest book, The Genius of Dogs: How Dogs Are Smarter than You Think.


Fossil and Fragment Geological Research at UC

Jan 4, 2013

Dr. Joshua Miller from the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Geology joins Thane Maynard to discuss his work collecting and researching fossils and other historical fragments to better understand the population and geographic movements of earlier cultures. He has traveled to the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge (AK), Yellowstone National Park (WY), Denali National Park (AK), Isle Royale National Park (MI), the Wind River Mountains (WY), and Amboseli National Park (Kenya) to seek out information on the movements and ecological challenges faced by early man.


In this week’s Focus on Technology, Ann Thompson reports there’s a new way to study one of the most deadly forms of cancer.


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