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Soft Tissue Printer
REPEAT - June 27, 2016
We check out P-Tech, a high school in New York that provides both an associate degree and crucial real-world tech experience upon graduation. With 3-D printing on the rise, many applications are emerging. Professor Adam Feinberg of Carnegie Mellon University is raising the bar by constructing soft tissue such as arteries with a consumer grade 3-D printer. Jump on the Atlantis space shuttle as we take a look back at it's 33 missions and the 30-year history of the NASA Space Shuttle Program. And we examine the attributes of what makes some animals cute and others not.

Drop the Beat
8:30 PM on July 4, 2016
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.

Edible Electronics
8:30 PM on July 4, 2016
We go inside New York’s first Monthly Music Hackathon where engineers and musicians join forces to confront different themes and music genres. Researchers at Carnegie Melon University has developed a prototype for edible electronics - battery powered pills programmed to deliver medication when and where it’s needed within the body. The curator of orchids at the New York Botanical Garden shares how the plants manipulate insects into pollinating them. And we see how engineering students at the University of Central Florida are helping people with mobility loss with their new and innovative design for a wheelchair.

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Blast from the Plaque
Being unfamiliar with medical terms can make a trip to the doctor a bit confusing for patients. Educators and doctors in Southern California are working on better patient/doctor communication by studying the importance of clear communication. We chat with Christina Warriner, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, about what dental plaque can tell us about our ancestors. Environmental consultant Jeffrey Morris shares some of the best ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. And we see how the SMART program is helping make health professions more diverse and equal.

Crayfish Crater
In this edition of SciTech Now, we see how an invasive species of crayfish is putting other species at Crater Lake National Park in jeopardy. We sit down with James Ramsey, the creator of the world’s first unground park, and discover how the use of cutting edge technology will bring sunlight underground. We go inside the Suncoast Science Center where both children and tech savvy adults have access to unique tools used by engineers, designers, and scientists. And we see how LED streetlights are changing the way towns feel after dark.

The Garbage Patch
Explore the wonderful world of your own personal microbial cloud wafting around you everyday. Researchers at the University of Oregon reveal that not only can they detect and catalogue the microbial clouds, but every single one is unique. Amy Uhrin, Chief Scientist for the Marine Debris Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration discusses the three marine garbage patches floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We see how the popular videogame, “Minecraft,” is helping students engage with a variety of topics. And we see a novel way to submerge students in STEM.

Open World
Today we join archeology students in North Carolina who are using ground-penetrating radar to try and solve a Revolutionary War mystery. We discuss the prevalence and dangers of counterfeit microchips with Carnegie Mellon professor Ken Mai. More and more universities are offering degrees in gaming sciences and students competing at the College Computer Game Showcase see a future and career in video game design. We visit a university in Potsdam, New York where they are taking steps to educate student entrepreneurs on how to use science and technology to develop inventions and grow a business. And we go inside the extreme sport of drone racing.

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