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Chimney Swifts
Monday, June 26th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, June 28th, 2017 at 11:30 p.m.

A group of migrating birds, Vaux’s Swifts, are known for the dazzling display they create as they funnel into brick chimneys to roots for the night. These birds are losing their chimney habitat, but one group is working to create a new habitat for this fascinating bird. We take a look into Darwin’s unseen manuscripts. Calwave Power Technologies is harnessing the renewable power of ocean waves to produce both electricity and freshwater. And we see how Penn State students are predicting perfect sunsets.

Ad Campaign
Monday, July 10th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 12th, 2017 at 11:30 p.m.

Archaeologist and researchers from North Carolina have discovered new clues about the fate of the lost Roanoke colony using old maps and technology. Researchers are testing a new type of implant that has the potential to restore vision to the blind. Anindya Ghose, professor of information, operations and management sciences at New York University Stern School of Business shares what our devices reveal about us to potential marketers. And we go inside a shared workspace that is bringing art and science ideas to life.

The Lives of Scientists
Monday, July 17th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 11:30 p.m.

Human activity has encroached on the habitat of endangered songbirds in Tacoma, Washington. Now soldiers are working with conservation biologists to share their training site with the songbirds. New York Times columnist, Claudia Dreifus, is making science more accessible by giving readers a closer look into the lives of scientists. We take a look into the invertebrates as climate change indicators. And scientists at the Pennsylvania State University Center for Quantitative Imaging are examining bones to see what they reveal.

Past Episodes

White-Nose Trouble
We go to Cahokia State Historic Site in Illinois where archaeologists are using modern technology to probe this historic city and reveal secrets about the ancient civilization. A team at Carnegie Mellon University is creating the next generation of wearable electronics. We discuss the most abundant photosynthetic organism on Earth, Prochlorococcus, a tiny plant like bacteria. And we take a look into the White-Nose Syndrome that’s hitting West Coast bat populations.

Soft Robots
We get a look at the PBS documentary ‘Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield’ which goes inside the unique engineering and research center in Pittsburgh with a mission to save and better lives. Discover a new trend in robotics to create durable and malleable robots using soft materials. We explore the uncharted Amazon with a past president. And we examine how one program is equipping students with technical skills to thrive in today’s workforce.

Coffee Obsession
We take a look at the science behind brewing the perfect cup of coffee. Science reporter, Dave Mosher, shares what it is like to experience a total solar eclipse up close and personal. Professor Katrina Cornish of Ohio State University shares her research on how new food waste technology may have us seeing more colorful tires in the future. And one marine biologist is on a mission to scan every known fish species in the world.

Roach ID
Did you know that the cockroaches we sometimes find make up less than one percent of all cockroach species? Join us as we go into the lab with roach researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey. We sit down with retired NASA astronaut and mechanical engineer professor, Michael Massimino, and discuss a program called Extreme Engineering. CEO and Medical illustrator of Embodied Labs shares how virtual reality is taking on the health care industry by storm. And a new generation of ethically and sustainably sourced guitars is explored.

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