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8:30 PM on August 22, 2016
Chemicals surround us, but which are harmful? We visit the EPA’s labs and watch as scientists perform chemical toxicology tests on things we are constantly being exposed to. We discuss the data used to improve our urban living environments and the future of our cities with Steven Koonin, director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University. The people at Not Impossible Labs 3D print prosthetics for victims of carpet bombings in Sudan. And we see how new technologies are utilized to change and advance the modern theater experience.
Trial and Error
8:30 PM on August 29, 2016
Take a look at the second installment of Science Friday’s “The Real Guide to Imaginary Companions,” and discover if imaginary companions link imagination to creative problem solving. The process of trial and error is built into the scientific method, but students don’t often learn about the failures of great scientists. Associate professor of Cognitive Studies at Columbia University, Xiaodong Lin-Siegler, explains how struggles and failures can improve the ability to learn science. The use of simple and innovative technologies alike, are helping disabled scientists work to improve the wheelchair. And we see how the use of a string quartet is helping people understand and connect to climate change.
8:30 PM on September 5, 2016
Join wildlife volunteers in Oregon as they set out into the desert to remove barbed wire and fencing from a future nature preserve. Theoretical astrophysicist and Yale University professor, Priyamvada Natarajan, sits down with us and discusses scientific theories and how they gain acceptance. We discover that the Mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, may not be integral to all cells. And a team of researchers are utilizing the unique properties of the Jersey shore to study hurricane intensity.
In this episode of SciTech Now, we follow a team of investigators using GPS technology to track America’s e-waste trail. We discover the diverse and nuanced profiles of children who create imaginary friends and see what it takes for scientists to study this playful phenomenon. And we visit a unique café on the University of Central Florida’s campus, The Adult Harness Café.
Shaping the World
Dive deep with us as we investigate the oceans, the world’s largest ecosystem. The Ocean Observatories Initiative is working to bring new research collaboration among universities and institutions with the help of an innovative underwater observatory. Physicist and author of “Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space,” Janna Levin, sits down with us and shares what happens when two black holes collide. And we explore the vast, underground Howe Caverns, which may provide insight into how the world began.
Explore the depths of the ocean with an underwater drone named Blackbeard. Blackbeard looks at oceanic conditions and studies the soundscape of the sea with the help of some high tech gadgets. Bots contribute to everything from chatrooms to Siri. Serial entrepreneur, Brian Hecht sits down and explains how bots contribute to our everyday lives. We learn about Menlo Park’s legendary inventor, Thomas Edison. And we discover a library that is more than just books.
Have you ever wondered how effective therapy is? According to scientists at the University of Washington they can use an advanced new software to analyze therapy sessions and provide detailed feedback to practitioners. We discover how eating exotic species can help protect ecosystems. And we see how one university’s program is bridging the gap between a good idea and getting a product to market.