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Paternity & Cataracts

8:00 PM on December 16th, 2019
11:30 PM on December 18th, 2019

Author and professor, Nara Milanich, joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the history of paternity science. In part two of our exploration of how technology is impacting education, we hear from the staff at an Austin, Texas school. And at Utah’s Hogle Zoo a 13-year-old female harbor seal named Nika undergoes cataract surgery to help improve her sight. 

Sky & Sea

8:00 PM on December 23rd, 2019
11:30 PM on December 25th, 2019

As the popularity of drones grows, safety precautions are becoming more important and one company is looking at how to monitor drone usage. We discuss NASA’s New Horizons probe and its unprecedented mission. We take a look at how citizen science is helping the study of Sand Tiger Sharks off the east coast of the U.S. And we visit Firefly Aerospace, a startup in Texas, that’s working to send small launch vehicles to space.

Preserving & Prevention

8:00 PM on December 30th, 2019
11:30 PM on January 1st, 2020

Discover how modern virtual reality technology is preserving the past. Students in New York are among the first in the country to study police body camera footage in the classroom. A research lab at the University of Texas has the potential to revolutionize the pharmaceutical industry. And a biometrics lab is looking into why ACL knee injuries are so high among teen girl athletes and how to help these athletes prevent injuries.

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Winds of Change

Ready to get rid of all those plastic cards in your wallet and put them on your phone? Wall Street Journal reporter, Joanna Stern, took this technology for a test run and shares what could be coming next. We go inside one school in Austin, Texas to understand the role technology can play in education. The chemistry behind foods is discussed. And we discover how small turbines can be used by individual homeowners to generate their own electricity. 

Emoji Status

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. 

On Air

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. 

Female Dominate

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.

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