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Monday, Mar. 19th, 2018 at 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, Mar. 21st, 2018 at 11:30 p.m.
The Cone Snail, a marine creature armed with deadly venom, is proving to biochemist that there is more potential in its venom than what meets the eye. We discover how 3D printing may change the future of medicine. Andrew Pelling, founder and director of The Pelling Lab, shares how he is creating body parts using produce found in your kitchen. And we visit the North Carolina coastal town of Swan Quarter where rising ocean levels is having a great effect, but a decades old piece of infrastructure is helping mitigate the severity of the damage.
The world's oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth and are comprised of 321 million cubic miles of seawater, yet human actions could alter its chemistry. Scientists in Florida are researching how humans have been altering the PH of the oceans and estuaries. Justin Cappos, professor at New York University Tandon School of Engineering joins us to discuss how researchers are developing systems to protect your high-tech car against cyberattacks. We get an in-depth look at the New Horizon Spacecraft's flyover images which reveal a new perspective on Pluto. And scientists at Caltech are discovering new ways to give robots and drones brains of their own with the hope of helping humans in the future.
Science & Toads
One community in Central New York is learning that even the most pristine of lakes can fall prey to the effects of climate change and the human footprint. Professor of Cognitive Science, Alexandra Horowitz, examines the world of dogs by studying the complexities of their noses. Scientists at the University of Texas in Austin are using detectors to explore the Mayan Pyramids in Belize. And we join Utah’s Hogle Zoo, citizen scientists, and Utah’s Division of Wildlife Resources as they gather data on the health of Utah’s Boreal Toad population.
Flooding and severe storms are one of the biggest worries for municipalities throughout the U.S. as they prepare for the effects of climate change. We head to Detroit to see the creative new ways the community is utilizing vacant lots to store rain water. Theodoros Zanos, head of the Neural Decoding and Data Analytics lab at the Center for Bio Electronic medicine at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in New York, joins us to explain what Bio Electronic medicine is. Professor Jay Melosh discusses the city-sized lava tube that has been discovered on the moon and how it could impact the future of space exploration. And we take a look at a mobile app that is helping drivers find parking with ease.
Howard Rosenbaum explains why whales are showing up in New York City waterways and how researchers are tracking the phenomenon in real time. We sit down and discuss what it takes to go on an artic exploration with Professor Robin Bell. We visit the Annual International RoboFest Competition where students have fun while learning the principles of STEM. And we see how the community of San Antonio is working to create solutions to climate change.