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Another Blue Planet?
Monday, October 24, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

We visit the first BioDesign event in New York City which challenges young, talented innovators to create some of the next life-changing products. Explore the possibility of life on other planets with the Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University, Caleb Scharf. Neil Harbisson, one of the world’s foremost cyborg rights activists talks about the present and future of human augmentation. And we sit in at Youth Code Jam, a program that brings kids and code together, teaching them important skills in a fun way.

Hurry Up, Ketchup
Monday, October 31, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

We visit the Daytona International Speedway to see how the sport of racing is helping educate the public about renewable energy with its Solar Panel Pavilion. We learn about the physics of ketchup with science evangelist, Ainissa Ramirez. We take a look at the Washington State carbon emissions tax proposal and how alternate energy options could help decrease the use of fossil fuel. We uncover a surprising discovery at the mouth of the Amazon River. And we see how using fire can help researchers learn about the declining giant oak populations in North Carolina.

Bionic Heroes
Monday, November 7, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

Advancements in medical technology have meant fewer deaths and more solutions for debilitating injuries in the military. Learn how the Orthotics and Prosthetics Lab in Florida is working with veterans to provide better mobility options. Deborah Estrin, co-founder of the startup Open mHealth, shares what we can learn about our health through small data. We take a look at the future of autonomous vehicle technology. And we see how data from a stranded whaling ship has proven quite valuable to climate scientists today.

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Brain Roadmap
We take a look at augmented reality verses virtual reality with Mark Skwarek, director of New York University’s Mobile Augmented Reality Lab. Have you ever wondered how many different areas make up the human brain? We chat with a research team at Washington University who have charted what may be the most accurate map of the brain to date. And we visit North Carolina’s Great Smokey Mountains National Park to see how climate change may be affecting the Carolina Chickadee’s nesting habits.

Tech & Refugees
See how epidemiologists in North Carolina are tracking the spread of the Zika virus, from its beginnings in Africa in 1947 to today. Ben Fox Rubin, CNET senior writer, sits down with Hari and shares how technology and social media are influencing refugees. Discover how octopi taste with their suction cups and many other interesting facts about these curious creatures. And we visit a tech center in San Antonio, Texas created especially for teens.

Super Bloom
Discover the mass bank of desert wildflower seeds that lie beneath Death Valley that spring to life when it rains. See how advancements in technology have taken elections beyond fundraisers, debates, and polling booths. Researchers are studying the landing site of the asteroid that lead to the extinction of the dinosaurs in search of clues to see how life recovered after such a devastating world event. And we examine the microbiome of the human armpit.

Drop the Beat
Explore a New York Historical Society exhibition that highlights the advancements in technology from early innovations at the 1964 World’s Fair to modern day tech. Christopher Emdin, a science educator at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College shares the many connections between STEM and hip hop. Exoplanets pioneer, Sara Seager, discusses the importance of not only charting exoplanets, but also naming them. And we take a look at the complicated physics behind removing dams.

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