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Drop the Beat
REPEAT - September 26, 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.
Monday, October 3, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.
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.
Tech & Refugees
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trial and Error
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.