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California Condors
Monday, Aug. 21th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 23th, 2017 at 11:30 p.m.

The Houston Cinema Arts Festival holds a competition called CineSpace, in which filmmakers from across the country create original short films using footage from NASA. We get a behind the scenes look from last year’s winner. Nikhil Gupta, Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering at New York University, discusses the cybersecurity issues of 3D printing. We go into the lab with two chemists to find out what chemistry is and what chemists do. And we take a look at new efforts trying to help save the critically endangered California Condor.

NASA's Reactor
Monday, Aug. 28th, 2017 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Aug. 30th, 2017 at 11:30 p.m.

We take a look into a technological innovation that evolved to transform the timber industry, the chainsaw. Science Reporter, Dave Mosher, speaks about his experience inside NASA’s decommissioned nuclear reactor. We go inside a lab that is working on regenerative medicine repairing damaged tissues and organs. And we sit down with one of the architects who plans to re-envision the future of the Houston Astrodome.

Past Episodes

Body Hacks
We join astronaut, Jim Lovell, as he returns to the Morehead Planetarium in North Carolina more than 50 years after training there. We take a look at the research behind the hacking of the human body. We visit Cyberchase STEM day at Centennial middle school, where sixth graders are discovering and learning the skills to become future scientist. And a look inside the lab at the Material Research Institute at Penn State University where a 2D material that can enhance our electronics is being created and tested.

Creating Hope
From the PBS Documentary Film Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield, we meet a veteran who is given new hope with a robotic arm. Geochemist of Columbia University, Yael Kiro, shares some of her findings on climate change while studying the Dead Sea. We take a look at a rare wood collection and the one professor who is dedicated to unlocking its scientific secrets. And we dive into the world of plants to see how they detect changes in light.

Snowball Effect
University of Washington researchers are out in the field studying the Green Crab, an invasive crab species that could cause major trouble for the West Coast. Polar Scientist, Marco Tedesco, shows us the difference a few degrees in temperature can change the world. We see how 3D printing is changing the face of medicine. And we visit a regional STEM competition in Florida where we meet students preparing to be the cutting-edge scientists of tomorrow.

Slice of Life
A team at Pennsylvania State University is using 3D imaging, machine learning algorithm and the power of a laser to take farming to a whole new level. A look into fossil data that reveals that vision prompted fish to make the leap onto land hundreds of millions of years ago. We see how Oregon is planning to clean up Hanford’s nuclear waste. And an interview with Dave Mosher about his first space shuttle mission story.

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