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Observing Nature

8:00 PM on April 22nd, 2019
11:30 PM on April 24th, 2019

While wondering through the woods you may come across something that resembles a twig, moss, or even a leaf, but it actually be a living organism known as Lichen. We join a scientist as he captures the beauty and colors of these organisms. We take a look at self-healing technology that would allow soft conductive material to maintains electrical function when mechanically damaged. We see how Bird Cams Lab Project at Cornell is allowing citizens to contribute to the public’s understanding of nature. And we visit the Earth Connections Camp in Salt Lake City, Utah, where Native American children learn about a mix of cultural and STEM topics including water, land, plants, animals and indigenous people.

Telehealth Tech

8:00 PM on April 29th, 2019
11:30 PM on May 1st, 2019

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.

Reasoning Raccoons

8:00 PM on May 6th, 2019
11:30 PM on May 8th, 2019

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.  

Past Episodes

California Condors

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.

Hologram Science

We work to unlock the secrets of our universe with the holographic duality from string theory. Thomas Lin, Editor in Chief of Quanta Magazine, sits down and discusses holographic principles. We visit a high school in California where students are being introduced to computer science and engineering at a younger age, giving them real world experience and allowing their creativity to shine. And the medical industry is using virtual reality to teach students how to react during health emergencies. 

Space Tourist

Researchers are studying patterns in the brains of stuttering patients in hopes it could lead to breakthroughs in optimizing brain functions for a wide variety of people. Entrepreneur and scientist, Gregory Olsen, discusses his experience as a space tourist. A project at San Diego State University examines the relationship between local plants and climate change. And we check out the latest medical techniques used to rescue injured turtles. 

The Golden Record

We visit scientists who are developing tiny, injectable, 3D printed devices to deliver medicine to cancerous tumors inside the human body. Scientist author, Ainissa Ramirez, discusses how to decode NASA’s 1977-time capsule called the Golden Record. Researchers in San Diego, California, are deploying a new tool to study the Antarctic’s underwater food web and for the first time using autonomous drones to safely explore the Antarctic underwater world. And a national program is teaching and providing students with the tools to learn how to code.

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