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8:30 PM on May 30, 2016
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.
The Garbage Patch
8:30 PM on June 6, 2016
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.
8:30 PM on June 13, 2016
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.
Early onset Alzheimer’s could be the result of a specific genetic mutation in family history; an experimental drug trial may provide insight for those with the disease. Ever wonder if robots in the classroom would be a reality? Education reporter Nichole Dobo tells us about one school were robots in the classroom are a reality. Studies have shown that certain people associate words with shapes, we find out what makes a word seem round or spiky. And detectives in Washington state are trying to take down poachers who are illegally selling shellfish on the black market.
Paper or Plastic
In our data driven worlds, developers are integrating tech into our infrastructure and a company in Missouri is working to bring technology to the roadways. Sustainability strategist Leyla Acjaralou helps us bust environmental myths such as the often debated question: paper or plastic? We sit in on the Creative Technology program at Columbia’s University’s Teacher’s College where future teachers are learning how to integrate tech into art classes. And we take a look at a unique collection of scientific and medical devices from decades past.
Our world is filled with display screens and two researchers at the University of Central Florida are working to develop extremely thin and flexible screens of the future. Physicist and Educator Dr. Umberto Cannella discusses the importance of the direct proof of the existence of gravitational waves. We visit Euphony – a company that’s giving a new kind of voice to those with speech disorders. And we see how pesticides used a century ago are affecting residents of a Washington town.
Tech for Humanity
Discover how ants and slime mold might help us understand collective human behavior. Founder of Not Impossible Labs, Mike Ebeling, discusses how his lab is making “technology for the sake of humanity.” We visit Mercy hospital in St. Louis and get a sneak peek at one of the world’s first virtual medical centers. And we see how the Maidbot could potentially change the hotel industry.