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Light Signals
Monday, December 5, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

Watch how scientists at the University of Texas are discovering ways to use 3D printed tissue in organ transplants. We sit down with interactive designer and nature enthusiast Joey Stein who shares his new invented device that is used to communicate with fireflies. Santa Clara University’s professor of philosophy, Shannon Vallor, discusses the ethical issues behind driverless cars. And we see how officials, scientists, and politicians are working together for fight the Zika virus in Florida.

Brain Games
Monday, December 12, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

Join Hari as he learns to play Pokemon Go in Central Park with Visual Reality expert Mark Swarek. Scientist and author, Ainissa Ramirez reveals some mysteries of magnetism. We visit the Sims Municipal Recycling facility in New York, where 800 tons of recyclable material is sent though a tangle of machines, scanners, and conveyor belts. And scientists are researching how the bring stores and recalls information at the first annual “Tampa Bay Memory Tournament.”

360 Sound
Monday, December 19, 2016 at 8:30 p.m.

We go inside a lab where scientists are studying the Axolotl Salamander’s ability to regenerate their limbs, in hopes of discovering a way for humans to do the same. Serial entrepreneur and digital media executive, Brian Hect unveils some of the latest apps and VR experience in the music industry. We speak with Jason Dunn, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Made in Space about how an asteroid could be a space ship. Scientists at Feynman Nano have developed self-cleaning nanostructures that could help reduce infections. And we meet Adrienne Bennett, the first African American woman to become a master plumber.

Past Episodes

Super Gene
In the third episode of the series “The Real Guide to Imaginary Companions,” child psychologists discover how children form relationships and exercise self-control with imaginary friends. We learn how many products may hold consequences when it comes to waste management, overconsumption, and the environment. We go inside RTI International and see how their biofuel reactors are turning wood waste into gasoline. And we discover that elephant genes may provide a crucial clue in the fight against cancer.

Biotech
Dr. Rene Gifford and her colleague Dr. Allyson Sisler-Dinwiddie discuss how together they developed methods to improve cochlear implants. Scientist author and self-proclaimed science evangelist, Ainissa Ramirez, shares with us how invisibility cloaks may be more than science fiction. We see how biofeedback technology is helping dysphagia patients recover faster. And discover how an underwater virtual reality game is helping patients with multiple sclerosis gain mobility.

Mood Lighting
We go into the lab with Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University who studies the curious behaviors of electric eels. Learn how lightbulbs can change our daily lives with Fred Maxik, founder of the Lighting Science Group. The newest Nobel Laureate at the University of North Carolina is Dr. Aziz Sancar; we hear his story about dreams and perseverance and inspiring others. And engineers in Orlando, Florida are using virtual experience to give soldiers real world training.

Bionic Heroes
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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