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NASA's Reactor

8:00 PM on May 27th, 2019
11:30 PM on May 29th, 2019

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.

Robotic Champs

8:00 PM on June 3rd, 2019
11:30 PM on June 5th, 2019

Students from Bassett Street elementary school in Las Angeles, defined the odds by making it to the world championships of robotics. Filmmaker Vincent Precht, followed their journey in his film Never Give Up: The Journey of Bassett Robotics. Ecologist and scientist, Mikey Tabak, discusses his development in camera trap photography. And we take a look at how aspiring astronauts prepare for their journeys into space.

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Zombie Treatment

Throughout nature simple elements can self-organize into behaviors that seem unexpectedly complex. Scientists are beginning to understand this phenomenon known as emergence. Piero Amodoio of Cambridge University breaks down the evolution of octopus intelligence. And scientists at the University of Texas are studying zombie cells in mice to better understand dementia in humans.

Memory Bank

We take a look at a GPS system for your body that helps detect diseases. Our brains are constantly processing information including memories, but how does our brains decide which memories to keep and which ones to discard? Dr. Daphna Shohamy, Columbia University professor, helps answer this question. We talk to Jeremy N. Smith, author of “Breaking and Entering: The Extraordinary Story of a Hacker Called Alien,” about a hacker’s perfect target. And a design group in Texas is on a mission to give highways a colorful makeover. 

Reasoning Raccoons

Join us as we dive into the mischievous world of raccoons. Researchers at the University of Wyoming are re-evaluating the under-the-radar intelligence of these tricky animals. Computer hackers are a huge problem all over the world, but a company in Texas is working on a different solution to combat them. And we take an in-depth look at a 7,000-year-old underwater discovery off Manasota Key, Florida.  

Telehealth Tech

We take an in-depth look at the cat tongue and uncover small spines that resemble hooks call papillae and other interesting qualities. Self-proclaimed science evangelist, Ainissa Ramirez, breaks down why leaves change color. Two Grand Valley State University student’s passion for space inspired them to create a local astronomy club on campus. Today that club is giving the people of Michigan a special view of space. And the Scientific Computing and Imagining Institute in Salt Lake City, Utah has been exploring how telehealth technology can save time and travel for patients by making specialized medical care available in smaller cities and rural areas.

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