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As more devices connect to the internet, our current 4G system is going to need an upgrade. We take a look at what’s ahead in the 5G future. Discover out how sustainable tree harvesting has revived the timber industry in Michigan. We get the details on University of Alaska Anchorage Community and Technical College’s automotive and diesel programs. And we meet the unisexual Mole Salamander.
We learn how using only the power of sunlight, a spacecraft called LightSail, is now circling the Earth. In San Diego, California, environmental groups are working to fix cross-boarder water pollution. We discover how a broadcast technology program at an Idaho high school is helping students develop new technical and professional skills. And one health care system in Texas is the first to use what is called RAPID Stroke technology to help with stroke response times.
We explore the world of emojis and the organization tasked with deciding what is worthy of emoji status. We join scientist in San Diego, California, for their first planned use of autonomous drones to help study the Arctic’s underwater food web. Navajo hydrologist, Karletta Chief, investigates potential environmental and health impacts of a mine spill that contaminated a river vital to her community. And we see how refined monitoring techniques and new technologies are helping the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory prepare for the next algae season.
We take a look at the work being done by the Girl Scouts and Raytheon to encourage young women to become future leaders in the STEM workforce. We hear from artist Naho Matsuda, who’s art installation “Every Thing Every Time,” transforms static data into tactile and thought-provoking art. We visit the world’s largest cell culture-based flu vaccine factory in North Carolina. And we see how students at Rice University are improving their engineering skills through a program that allows them to make their ideas a reality.
Director of Education and Human Resources at the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Shirley Malcom, is helping lead the progress in diversity in STEM education and careers. We discover simplicity is the secret weapon for the non-profit organization, Little Inventors. We see how high school students in Texas are leading the way to develop a more efficient and sustainable waste management system. And we learn why one North Carolina company is trying to figure out how to sustainably raise Horseshoe crabs.
Host of the podcast The Episodic Table of Elements, Thomas Appleton, discusses the periodic table of elements and the stories behind them. Students in California are working towards environmental sustainability. We see how the research done decades ago by oceanographer and surf forecasting pioneer, Walker Munk, is changing the lives of surfers today. And we visit a lab in New Jersey that may be close to unlocking the path to fusion energy.
Senior Correspondent for space, science, and technology at Business Insider, Dave Mosher, discusses Dragonfly, a drone-like spacecraft that is going to travel to Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons. Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Bureau gives a firsthand look at how clean water and new pipes are starting to resolve the Flint Water Crisis. Upswing, an online platform and virtual assistant, is addressing the struggles of first year and nontraditional students to help them on the path to graduation. And we look at the mind of the octopus to understand how different kinds of brains process information.