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Join us as we take a tour of a bog in Black Moshannon State Park in Pennsylvania and discover carnivorous plants. We discuss the discovery of seven Earth-sized exoplanets orbiting a single star called, Trappist-One, and their potential to support life. We explore the common ground between science and religion and we visit an exhibit at the Witte Museum that reveals how we use math every day, whether we realize it or not.
Breaking objects is part of the normal day to day operations at the Materials Test Center. Learn how these experts are breaking everyday items in an effort to save lives. Discover the car seat of the future that potentially could have five expressive behaviors. Learn how scientists are working to improve our memories by testing an implant that could help, especially for those who suffer from cognitive disorders. And we visit the Texas Department of Transportation where they are teaming up with research institutions to find ways to better warn wrong-way drivers.
Arizona State University curator Laurence Garvie shows us what can be learned from each unique space rock that has landed on Earth. Ainissa Ramirez, a scientist, author, and a self-proclaimed ‘Science Evangelist,’ discusses the secrets behind spacesuits. We explore ten new technologies in the bestselling book called Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything. And we take a look at how bio-engineers are developing degradable bones that, once placed in a human body, will eventually be replaced by a person’s own bone tissue.
Paleo-artist Gabriel Ugueto reveals the aesthetic challenges he encounters when trying to accurately draw extinct animals like dinosaurs. Everyday items like watches and backpacks can now be turned into wearable technology, but we’ll take a look at high tech fibers and fabrics that could set new expectations in how we use and wear our apparel. Neuroscientist Alex Keene from Florida Atlantic University shares his research on the blind Mexican Catfish and how he hopes the fish could unlock the mystery of sleep loss. And we take a look at the power of goats and how they are helping fight invasive species in the Great Lakes Basin area.
We get a look at the PBS documentary ‘Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield’ which goes inside the unique engineering and research center in Pittsburgh with a mission to save and better lives. Discover a new trend in robotics to create durable and malleable robots using soft materials. We explore the uncharted Amazon with a past president. And we examine how one program is equipping students with technical skills to thrive in today’s workforce.
Join us as we go inside Carolina State University’s insect museum and see why these specimens are so valuable. Syntactic foam is strong and buoyant material commonly used in the manufacturing of submarines. Now, a team of researchers have developed a method of 3D printing components of syntactic foam that could take submarines to greater depths. We take a look at the next generation of space telescopes with Zolt Levay of the Space Telescope Science Institute. And we see how computer simulations are helping engineers identify buildings that are at risk of collapsing during an earthquake.