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2 Minutes (Closer) To Midnight
We see how one community in Central Florida is working to better cohabitate with the area's black bear population. Climate scientist Richard Somerville comments on the Doomsday Clock and how the state of climate science has moved it two more minutes closer to midnight. Associate Director at the Gruss Magnetic Resonance Research Center at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dr. Michael Lipton, joins us to discuss the use of advanced imaging techniques in concussion research. And how a unique instrument, the Theremin, uses bioelectric magnetic fields to create sound.
We go inside a lab where scientists are studying the Axolotl Salamander’s ability to regenerate their limbs, in hopes of discovering a way for humans to do the same. Serial entrepreneur and digital media executive, Brian Hect unveils some of the latest apps and VR experience in the music industry. We speak with Jason Dunn, Chief Technology Officer and co-founder of Made in Space about how an asteroid could be a space ship. Scientists at Feynman Nano have developed self-cleaning nanostructures that could help reduce infections. And we meet Adrienne Bennett, the first African American woman to become a master plumber.
We take a look at harmful algal blooms in Lake Eerie and how some farmers are taking new steps to reduce algae causing run-off. Richard Waters of the Financial Times shares his thoughts on the future of artificial intelligence. New York Times reporter Natasha Singer discusses data mining and how companies use that data to their advantage. And a professional drift racer uses food waste as a cleaner, more environmentally friendly fuel alternative to petroleum.
A Precious Resource
Jeremy Quittner of Inc. Magazine talks to us about the future of online and mobile payments. We take a look at an excerpt from the Red Sky Productions documentary “Chattahoochee: From Water War to Water Vision” on the state of water as a resource, and what the future holds for its availability. Eric Colson, Chief Algorithms Officer at Stitch Fix, discusses how big data is transforming the way women shop. And we go inside the Cradle of Aviation Museum and Education Center and all it’s doing to get kids excited about STEM education and careers.
Archaeologist and researchers from North Carolina have discovered new clues about the fate of the lost Roanoke colony using old maps and technology. Researchers are testing a new type of implant that has the potential to restore vision to the blind. Anindya Ghose, professor of information, operations and management sciences at New York University Stern School of Business shares what our devices reveal about us to potential marketers. And we go inside a shared workspace that is bringing art and science ideas to life.
Algae & Atlantis
Ever wonder how sex evolved on a cellular level? Scientists in St. Louis are answering this using algae to trace the origins of sex. We check out the new home for the decommissioned space shuttle Atlantis in Orlando, Florida. CEO and co-founder of deCervo, Jason Sherwin, talks with us about the use of neuroimaging in sports and how it's helping determine when to swing a baseball bat. And we dive into mobile security research and what is being developed to keep us safe from hackers.
We take a look at the science behind the mysterious fight or flight response of goosebumps. We look at the quest to understand our human genes and how and why indigenous and minority populations are underrepresented in gene research. A psychology professor encourages people to accept uncertainty. And we discover the great engineering feat that goes into creating the perfect popup book.
Animal Free Leather
An unlikely scientific collaboration between medicine and geoscience is helping one doctor in treating veterans with respiratory problems. We sit down with co-founder and CEO of Modern Meadow, Andras Forgacs, to discuss how the company is growing animal free leather in a lab. We visit post-traumatic stress programs that are helping veterans and others recover from PTS and traumatic brain injuries. And we go to Wagner Texas high school, one of many STEM academies collaborating to bring science, technology, engineering, and math to the students of Texas.
We visit the Turtleback Zoo, a long-term rehabilitation center for turtles, and discover how scientists are trying to help turtle species off the endangered species list before it’s too late. Dr. Solomon Chak shares a new study on the evolution of animal societies involving other animals besides bees and ants. Science filmmaker, Emily Driscoll, brings us the story of how a few scientists turned an accident into an opportunity for innovation. And we go inside a lab that is playing an important role in exploring opportunities in additive manufacturing.
Another Blue Planet?
We visit the first BioDesign event in New York City which challenges young, talented innovators to create some of the next life-changing products. Explore the possibility of life on other planets with the Director of Astrobiology at Columbia University, Caleb Scharf. Neil Harbisson, one of the world’s foremost cyborg rights activists talks about the present and future of human augmentation. And we sit in at Youth Code Jam, a program that brings kids and code together, teaching them important skills in a fun way.
Discover how shark skin could be the key to the spread of harmful bacteria inside hospitals. We check out how New York neighborhoods are going digital with informative websites. iCPooch is an innovative device that allows you to virtually connect with your dog while you're away. And researchers find a connection between a child's socioeconomic status and the surface area of the brain.
A disease called White-Nose Syndrome has been killing bats all over the United States, and researchers in Michigan are looking into ways to save the bats and their ecosystem. Author Ainissa Ramirez discusses her book Newton's Football and how she's trying to make science "cool" again. Tech columnist Geoffery Fowler shares what new delivery apps are emerging. And we look at an exhibit at Utah State University that aims to combine art with science education.
We take an inside look at the American Museum of Natural History’s exhibit, Nature’s Fury, which is helping visitors better understand natural disasters. Techonomy President Josh Kampel discusses the business of technology. SLAC physicists explain how particle accelerators work. And we talk to the 2014 Carl Sagan Medal recipient Brother Guy Consolmagno about his work at the Vatican Observatory and the intersection between science and religion.
Tour the U.S. Department of Energy's newest particle accelerator, NSLS-II, and take a peek at the advanced science and technology behind it. The World Science Festival shares a presentation on synesthesia, the blending of senses, and shows how it affects a small percentage of the population with a special performance. Digital futurist, founder, and CEO of Webbmedia Group, Amy Webb, informs us about digital exhaust and how soon, no one may be anonymous. And we discover the surprisingly large population of bald eagles in New Jersey, and how scientists are helping to save them from extinction.
In this episode of SciTech Now, learn how oil companies are working to reduce waste. Kay Koplovitz, the CEO of Springboard Enterprises, tells us how women and their innovations are taking the world by storm. We see how the Center for Autism is targeting the core cause of Autism and providing therapy and support for those with the disorder. And we see how the worlds of biology and robotics are coming together in the healthcare field.
Advancements in medical technology have meant fewer deaths and more solutions for debilitating injuries in the military. Learn how the Orthotics and Prosthetics Lab in Florida is working with veterans to provide better mobility options. Deborah Estrin, co-founder of the startup Open mHealth, shares what we can learn about our health through small data. We take a look at the future of autonomous vehicle technology. And we see how data from a stranded whaling ship has proven quite valuable to climate scientists today.
Dr. Rene Gifford and her colleague Dr. Allyson Sisler-Dinwiddie discuss how together they developed methods to improve cochlear implants. Scientist author and self-proclaimed science evangelist, Ainissa Ramirez, shares with us how invisibility cloaks may be more than science fiction. We see how biofeedback technology is helping dysphagia patients recover faster. And discover how an underwater virtual reality game is helping patients with multiple sclerosis gain mobility.
Black Market Sturgeon
In this episode of SciTech Now, wildlife cops on the Columbia River work hard to stop poachers from catching and killing valuable sturgeon. We go inside the lab of a group of Central Florida engineers who are building a flight simulator to help pilots obtain their flying license. MIT professor Manolis Kellis discusses the importance of mapping the human epigenome. And an expert at the American Museum of Natural History explains dark energy.
Blast from the Plaque
Being unfamiliar with medical terms can make a trip to the doctor a bit confusing for patients. Educators and doctors in Southern California are working on better patient/doctor communication by studying the importance of clear communication. We chat with Christina Warriner, an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma, about what dental plaque can tell us about our ancestors. Environmental consultant Jeffrey Morris shares some of the best ways to reduce, reuse, and recycle. And we see how the SMART program is helping make health professions more diverse and equal.
To help turn the city around, Detroit is finding innovative technology solutions, such as “blexting,” to save its neighborhoods from urban blight. Serial entrepreneur Brian Hecht discusses fitness apps and the future of health. Young astronaut in training, Alyssa Carson, tells us how she is going to get to Mars one day and we go inside one museum that is bringing science to life for students.
Join Hari as he learns to play Pokemon Go in Central Park with Visual Reality expert Mark Swarek. Scientist and author, Ainissa Ramirez reveals some mysteries of magnetism. We visit the Sims Municipal Recycling facility in New York, where 800 tons of recyclable material is sent though a tangle of machines, scanners, and conveyor belts. And scientists are researching how the bring stores and recalls information at the first annual “Tampa Bay Memory Tournament.”
We join astronaut, Jim Lovell, as he returns to the Morehead Planetarium in North Carolina more than 50 years after training there. We take a look at the research behind the hacking of the human body. We visit Cyberchase STEM day at Centennial middle school, where sixth graders are discovering and learning the skills to become future scientist. And a look inside the lab at the Material Research Institute at Penn State University where a 2D material that can enhance our electronics is being created and tested.
We take a look at augmented reality verses virtual reality with Mark Skwarek, director of New York University’s Mobile Augmented Reality Lab. Have you ever wondered how many different areas make up the human brain? We chat with a research team at Washington University who have charted what may be the most accurate map of the brain to date. And we visit North Carolina’s Great Smokey Mountains National Park to see how climate change may be affecting the Carolina Chickadee’s nesting habits.
Breaking the Code
In this episode of SciTech Now programmers and entrepreneurs discuss the current status of women in the tech industry and the existing gender gap. Brian Hecht comments on the growing industry of food tech. Yosef Abramawitz shares his research on global electricity and solar power. And the “Dinosaur Whisperer,” Dustin Growick of Museum Hack explores what makes a dinosaur a dinosaur.
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.
Can you develop a tolerance to spicy foods? Dr. Marco Tizzano once believed so, but as a chef and researcher in chemosensory sensations, he now understands the body’s chemical reactions to eating spicy foods. Serial entrepreneur and digital media executive, Brian Hecht, shares some tech startups that are moving fashion forward. We learn about the climate history on Mars. And cyber security experts explain the need for protecting ourselves from digital invaders.
A group of migrating birds, Vaux’s Swifts, are known for the dazzling display they create as they funnel into brick chimneys to roots for the night. These birds are losing their chimney habitat, but one group is working to create a new habitat for this fascinating bird. We take a look into Darwin’s unseen manuscripts. Calwave Power Technologies is harnessing the renewable power of ocean waves to produce both electricity and freshwater. And we see how Penn State students are predicting perfect sunsets.
The presence of ice and oxygen on Europa, one of Jupiter’s four moons, has lead scientist to hypothesize that the moon could harbor extraterrestrial life. We go into the lab to see what scientist think Europa’s environment might be like. Investigator Juan Pablo Bello shares how and why he and his team are mapping the sounds of New York. Researcher Caren Cooper speaks about how ordinary people are changing the face of scientific discoveries. And a breakthrough discovery of the aspirin of the future.
Urban farms are cropping up in many U.S. cities as a different and innovative way to increase access to health food and biodiversity. We visit a St. Louis, Missouri farm that has taken urban farming to a new level. Director of Columbia University's Center for Climate and Life, Peter de Menocal, sits down to explain the climate innovation gap. Florida's Crystal River is being choked by unwanted algae that has invaded the waterway. We join researchers as they work to reverse the damage that has been done to this once crystal clear waterway. And we investigate a new robotic surgical system that makes precise surgery faster and easier.
We take a look at the science behind brewing the perfect cup of coffee. Science reporter, Dave Mosher, shares what it is like to experience a total solar eclipse up close and personal. Professor Katrina Cornish of Ohio State University shares her research on how new food waste technology may have us seeing more colorful tires in the future. And one marine biologist is on a mission to scan every known fish species in the world.
Join us as we take a look at the physics of snowboarding and how one company has made it their mission to make the most entertaining snowboard ever. Serial inventor, Michael Dubno, shares his thoughts on the Maker Movement, how he’s fueling his passion for gadgets and his goal to share that passion with students around the country. We chat with “Hidden Figures” author, Margot Lee Shetterly, about the untold story of the African American women who helped NASA win the space race. And Researchers in Yellow Stone National park are tracking grizzly bears
Constructing the Future
An excerpt from the Red Sky documentary addresses the construction of the white water rapids run on the Chattahoochee River in Columbus, Georgia. We have a Google Hangout with Jon Habif and Zac Dutton of Raytheon BBN Technologies on quantum computing. Professor Alex McDowell from the University of Southern California School of Cinematic Arts discusses the possible future of film. And two companies in New York are trying to help children learn how to code and create their own games.
We take an in-depth look at Tuvan Throat singing with an ensemble demonstrating both their cultural heritage and vocal mastery. We discuss the promising scientific advancement in the use of artificial lungs with associate professor and biomedical engineer, Keith E. Cook, of Carnegie Mellon University. Meet Zena Carman, one of NASA’s newest astronauts, and discover what it takes to become a space explorer. And we see how conservation programs are faring in Oregon.
Ecologists in Washington State are collaborating to combat wild fires from becoming even more common with unexpected methods. Dr. Wendy Chung, the Principal Investigator at the Simons Variation Project, shares her research and the role genetics plays in the autism spectrum disorder. We get a look at new, innovative technology developed by scientists out of Rutgers University that allows for new exploration of Antarctica and its inhabitants. And the curator of the Department of Astrophysics at the American Museum of Natural History explains how you can hear the echoes of the Big Bang right here on Earth.
What will replace the Hubble Space Telescope when it is retired around the year 2020? We get an inside look at what scientists are working on when it comes to building a new telescope. Researchers at the University of Washington are looking into the unique behavior of live crows when they see the body of a dead crow. Geologist Christine McCarthy discusses the STEM focused organization, Science Cheerleaders. And experts at the American Museum of Natural History share the history of the dinosaur’s elusive cousin, the pterosaur.
In this edition of SciTech Now, we see how an invasive species of crayfish is putting other species at Crater Lake National Park in jeopardy. We sit down with James Ramsey, the creator of the world’s first unground park, and discover how the use of cutting edge technology will bring sunlight underground. We go inside the Suncoast Science Center where both children and tech savvy adults have access to unique tools used by engineers, designers, and scientists. And we see how LED streetlights are changing the way towns feel after dark.
From the PBS Documentary Film Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield, we meet a veteran who is given new hope with a robotic arm. Geochemist of Columbia University, Yael Kiro, shares some of her findings on climate change while studying the Dead Sea. We take a look at a rare wood collection and the one professor who is dedicated to unlocking its scientific secrets. And we dive into the world of plants to see how they detect changes in light.
Researchers at Washington State University investigate how grizzly bears may be able to help find a cure for diabetes. Wall Street Journal Reporter Paul Vigna discusses cryptocurrency and how it is seriously being considered for the future. We see how a theater in New Jersey and Google are making cultural events more accessible to people with disabilities through virtual mapping technology. And American Museum of Natural History curator Ross McPhee explains different methods of de-extinction, or bringing extinct species back into our world.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Oregon is working to solve crimes in the wild with unique investigative processes. The American Library Association President Sari Feldman discusses the state of libraries in the digital age. Steve Brown of Intel shares the complexities of Moore's Law and how transistors are getting smaller by the minute. And Financial Times takes us inside the engineering hub of the Bloodhound supersonic car, which is gearing up to break the land speed record.
Join NPR’s Science reporter, Adam Cole, as he demonstrates how to find the speed of light with peeps and a microwave. We take a look at the experience design firm, Local Projects. We discover how climate change is impacting the Earth’s water cycle. And we visit a St. Louis lab that is engineering bomb-sniffing locusts.
In this episode of SciTech Now we take a look at how The New York Fashion Tech Lab is helping-fashion minded companies modernize the industry. Columbia professor Ruth DeFries talks to us about how the history of human development has impacted our planet. We learn about the Blue Ocean Film Festival and how it is bringing awareness to the public about our precious oceans. And Secrets of the Dead explores the myth of the Trojan horse.
Chemicals surround us, but which are harmful? We visit the EPA’s labs and watch as scientists perform chemical toxicology tests on things we are constantly being exposed to. We discuss the data used to improve our urban living environments and the future of our cities with Steven Koonin, director of the Center for Urban Science and Progress at New York University. The people at Not Impossible Labs 3D print prosthetics for victims of carpet bombings in Sudan. And we see how new technologies are utilized to change and advance the modern theater experience.
We explore the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and talk with those whose mission is to support and celebrate women in science. The St. Louis Zoo is working to come up with a solution to save and boost the numbers of the endangered Hellbender Salamander. An introduction to “Big data” is discussed with a Netflix’s Eric Colson and we get a peek at some never before seen behavior in the animal kingdom thanks to the Penguin-cam.
Drop the Beat
Explore a New York Historical Society exhibition that highlights the advancements in technology from early innovations at the 1964 World’s Fair to modern day tech. Christopher Emdin, a science educator at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College shares the many connections between STEM and hip hop. Exoplanets pioneer, Sara Seager, discusses the importance of not only charting exoplanets, but also naming them. And we take a look at the complicated physics behind removing dams.
We go inside New York’s first Monthly Music Hackathon where engineers and musicians join forces to confront different themes and music genres. Researchers at Carnegie Melon University has developed a prototype for edible electronics - battery powered pills programmed to deliver medication when and where it’s needed within the body. The curator of orchids at the New York Botanical Garden shares how the plants manipulate insects into pollinating them. And we see how engineering students at the University of Central Florida are helping people with mobility loss with their new and innovative design for a wheelchair.
Join wildlife volunteers in Oregon as they set out into the desert to remove barbed wire and fencing from a future nature preserve. Theoretical astrophysicist and Yale University professor, Priyamvada Natarajan, sits down with us and discusses scientific theories and how they gain acceptance. We discover that the Mitochondria, the powerhouse of the cell, may not be integral to all cells. And a team of researchers are utilizing the unique properties of the Jersey shore to study hurricane intensity.
Discover if a massive magnet can help power the world by creating clean, renewable energy. We sit down with Jennifer Vento, managing director of Women Online, on how new technologies and hackathons are helping women stay safe both online and off. Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how he makes science both fun and relatable. And a network of research institutions is working to give scientists access to human brain tissue in order to better understand autism.
Have you ever wondered how effective therapy is? According to scientists at the University of Washington they can use an advanced new software to analyze therapy sessions and provide detailed feedback to practitioners. We discover how eating exotic species can help protect ecosystems. And we see how one university’s program is bridging the gap between a good idea and getting a product to market.
Exploration & Upkeep
CNET Reporter Tim Stevens provides an inside look at Google Lunar X Prize contestants Team Astrobotic and their work in the Mojave Desert. Senior Editor at CNET.com, Bridget Carey, discusses the current state of social media. Kalimah Priforce, Co-Founder of Qeyno Labs, explains how his company is helping high potential youth in low opportunity settings. And we look at an interview with Dr. Jane Goodall on her groundbreaking work as an anthropologist in Tanzania.
Get an inside look inside New York City’s exclusive Explorers Club with an expert from “Science Friday” film by Emily Driscoll, followed by a discussion with the Club’s former president Richard Wiese. An expert from the American Museum of Natural History explains what we know about dark matter, how it was discovered, and what it means to us on Earth. We talk with Lee Cadesky of C-fu Foods on how insects could help solve world hunger. And we tour Rowan University Art Gallery’s Simulte-Permeate exhibition, where artists are using technology to create art.
We take a look at how veterans are getting a chance to apply their military skills to the business world back home with entrepreneurial “bootcamps” across the country. Jere Harris, founder, chairman, and CEO of Production Resource Group joins us and discusses technology in entertainment. We take a close look at a deadly disease affecting species of starfish on the west coast. And the new grandPad is a tablet that is helping senior citizens navigate the world of technology.
Come along as we explore a new winter sport that is designed to adapt to climate change. We talk to a mechanical engineer and a physical therapist who teamed up to develop a device that makes it easier for stroke victims relearn to walk. We talk to the grandson of Charles Lindbergh who shares how he’s pioneering clean, quiet, sustainable flight. And we see how video games are helping patients cope with chronic pain.
We travel to the Biltmore Estate where we discover how it's incorporating the technology of the day and how sustainable the famed Estate really is. Neurologist Rudolph Tanzi takes us on a journey and uproots the long-believed notion that genes determine our biological fate. We take a look at how fiber technologies will change our communication capabilities. And we join a team from the University of Washington on their journey to map the ocean floor.
The Final Frontier
We take a look at Quasar Energy, a company that developed a sustainable solution to toxic algae blooms. Dr. Seth Shostak from the Center for SETI Research discusses the possibility of other life in our galaxy and how we could discover it. Museum Hack’s “Dinosaur Whisperer” Dustin Growick illustrates how getting excited about dinosaurs could contribute to a landslide of learning. And the founder of Local Projects explains how museums integrate technology to enhance visitors’ experiences.
Fooling Musk Oxen
Joel Berger, a wildlife conservation society scientist, uses unconventional research techniques to study Musk Oxen herds in Alaska. Founder of Biotech without Boarders, Ellen Jorgensen, shares an inside look into the do-it-yourself biotech community. Visit the Discovery Space Children’s Science Museum where children have the opportunity to try their hand in engineering. And we see how the Great Smoky Mountains National Park is monitoring and battling pollution.
We take a look at one school in Washington pioneering the "flip classroom" where lecturing is done at home, and problem solving is done in the classroom. A plant called the Air Potato is posing challenges for wildlife managers, but they're fighting back by letting small critters do what they do best. Peter Platzer, CEO of Spire, shares what he hopes to be the future of weather forecasting. And Mark Siddall of the American Museum of Natural History explains different varieties of venomous animals.
From the Ocean
See how studying Zebrafish is helping researchers make new and exciting discoveries about developmental biology. Founder of SciStarter, Darlene Cavalier, shares with us how ordinary citizens are helping find extraordinary data through a crowdsourcing site for science research. And we take a look at a public heath problem along the southern beaches of the U.S. as a dangerous flesh-eating bacterium surfaces and what steps can be taken to prevent infection.
The Garbage Patch
Explore the wonderful world of your own personal microbial cloud wafting around you everyday. Researchers at the University of Oregon reveal that not only can they detect and catalogue the microbial clouds, but every single one is unique. Amy Uhrin, Chief Scientist for the Marine Debris Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration discusses the three marine garbage patches floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We see how the popular videogame, “Minecraft,” is helping students engage with a variety of topics. And we see a novel way to submerge students in STEM.
Gateways to Science
Get inspired as students design, build and battle their very own robots, jumpstarting a lasting interest in science, technology, engineering, and math. Mark Norell, named "Coolest Dude Alive" by the Wall Street Journal, gives us an inside look at paleontology at the American Museum of Natural History. Dr. Joseph Choi of Chapman University examines how people fall in an effort to develop program that can prevent and minimize serious falls for senior citizens. And a new species of frog with a very distinct sound has been discovered in New Jersey.
Kohilo Wind produces a new, more efficient wind turbine, but it has an unlikely beginning. Hari sees how Statcast is changing the experience of watching a baseball game. Graded motor imagery, or mirror therapy, uses the illusion of reflection to trick the brain into faster recovery. And we check out the zero emission motorcycles helping police departments excel.
The Golden Angle
In the premiere episode of season 4 of SciTech Now we dive into a culinary quest to make 3D printed food a reality. We take an in-depth look at the evolution of the legendary New York City rat. Cornell University’s Professor of Astronomy, Martha Haynes, discusses the CCAT telescope that may lead to many new galactic discoveries. And we look at John Edmark’s sculptures that are both mesmerizing and mathematical using meticulously crafted platforms, patterns and layers.
Our world is filled with display screens and two researchers at the University of Central Florida are working to develop extremely thin and flexible screens of the future. Physicist and Educator Dr. Umberto Cannella discusses the importance of the direct proof of the existence of gravitational waves. We visit Euphony – a company that’s giving a new kind of voice to those with speech disorders. And we see how pesticides used a century ago are affecting residents of a Washington town.
EarthFix gives us an inside look at the illegal trafficking of bald eagle parts and what is being done to prevent the decline of the majestic bird. Tech entrepreneur and co-founder of the so-called emotional fitness platform Happify, Ofer Leidner discusses how his app could boot your emotional wellbeing. Meet the team behind Wubees, a game that strengthens the social interaction skills of children with Autism. And an international team of researchers is using the web application Morpho Bank to build evolutionary maps for different species.
Meet three friends from Cleveland, Ohio who are working together to maintain and expand their urban farm, and transforming their community in the process. We take a look at how researchers at the New Jersey Institute of Technology are exploring ways to use drones in emergency response situations. We discuss black holes and the energy they produce with Stanford University's Adam Brown. And the "Dinosaur Whisperer" Dustin Growick explains the shared characteristics between birds and dinosaurs.
A Helping Hand
We go behind the scenes of Trans Am racing to learn what makes race cars aerodynamic. Jon Schull, the co-founder of e-Nable, joins us to discuss how 3D printer technology is transforming the lives of children born with a hand or arm abnormality. We see what new technologies companies are developing to mitigate some of the risks associated with contact sports. And learn how social media is becoming an integral part of university curriculum.
Explore the depths of the ocean with an underwater drone named Blackbeard. Blackbeard looks at oceanic conditions and studies the soundscape of the sea with the help of some high tech gadgets. Bots contribute to everything from chatrooms to Siri. Serial entrepreneur, Brian Hecht sits down and explains how bots contribute to our everyday lives. We learn about Menlo Park’s legendary inventor, Thomas Edison. And we discover a library that is more than just books.
Hurry Up, Ketchup
We visit the Daytona International Speedway to see how the sport of racing is helping educate the public about renewable energy with its Solar Panel Pavilion. We learn about the physics of ketchup with science evangelist, Ainissa Ramirez. We take a look at the Washington State carbon emissions tax proposal and how alternate energy options could help decrease the use of fossil fuel. We uncover a surprising discovery at the mouth of the Amazon River. And we see how using fire can help researchers learn about the declining giant oak populations in North Carolina.
Ice Shelf Melt
After being hunted off the mainland of New Zealand and almost to extinction, a new generation of the Earth’s rarest sea lion species is making a comeback and ranger, Jim Fyfe, is ensuring their safety. Scientist, author and self-proclaimed science evangelist, Ainissa Ramirez chats with us about women in the space industry. Science reporter, Dave Mosher, talks about the massive iceberg that recently broke free in Antarctica and what effect it may have on our world. And we see how a group of middle schoolers created video games to supplement after school learning.
In this episode of SciTech Now, we follow a team of investigators using GPS technology to track America’s e-waste trail. We discover the diverse and nuanced profiles of children who create imaginary friends and see what it takes for scientists to study this playful phenomenon. And we visit a unique café on the University of Central Florida’s campus, The Adult Harness Café.
Many lucrative jobs now require coding skills and this has led to a push for schools to implement coding into their curriculum. We meet Hillary Lewandowski who discovered her love of coding upon entering college. We discover the impact of great design at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. And we check in on an ongoing science experiment involving a freshwater animal that appears to be immortal.
Reporter Andrea Vasquez takes us inside the offices of Etsy, a company that is changing the way handcrafted goods are bought and sold. We sit down with Professor Ari Juels, of Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute, and discuss the state of cyber security. We go down to the intricate St. Louis sewer system and see how the city plans to update the underground tunnels. And professionals at Columbia University are working to uncover the vast mysteries of the human brain and treatments for neurological diseases.
Innovation Through Play
Do you love to play video games? We head to New York University Polytechnic School’s Game Innovation Lab and take a look at the ever-changing gaming industry. We sit down with Joanna Stern of the Wall Street Journal and discuss today’s wearable devices. We chat with David Hose; co-founder of Soundwall. And curator Ross MacPhee of the American Museum of Natural History takes us on an adventure-exploring moose in the wild.
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s an insect! We go inside the lab at Pennsylvania State University where high-speed cameras are used to understand the mechanics of insect flight. Science author and self-proclaimed science evangelist, Ainissa Ramirez, explains how plants know which way is up. We take a look at the science behind yawning. And we visit a sustainable cemetery inside a nature preserve.
We discover a wheelchair, created by a choreographer, that allows dancers with disabilities to move in new directions. Maria Yuan, found and CEO of IssueVoter, shares how her online platform uses tech to promote civic engagements. We go behind the scenes at a biotech company where spider DNA is used to alter silkworms to produce spider silk. And we look at the science behind making a great beer.
We look at a few of the invasive species affecting and harming Florida's ecosystem. We discover how job search engines are taking a hint from dating, gaming and social media websites to find what might be missing from paper applications in our technological age. Planetary Physicist Phil Metzger discusses the future of Mars exploration and how the Mars Generation may help us get there. And we go behind the scenes at the American Museum of Natural History to learn all about dinosaur fossils.
Mention fractals and most people will stare at you blankly, but today we dive into the world of fractals at the Kentucky Planetarium. We see how Uncharted Play, a renewable energy company, is creating soccer balls and jump ropes that power lights for hours on end. Sassy Girlz Hackathon aims to encourage middle and high school girls to peruse careers in the tech sector. And we see how Telehealth is helping patients take better care of themselves.
We explore how tech companies are racing to offer the slickest, most efficient smart devices and digital assistants. Founder and publisher of CivSource, Bailey McCann discusses the future of fingerprinting technology. Join Dr. Katherine Luker as she works tirelessly to answer the question: What is breast cancer? And we uncover how proton therapy is a new, less invasive, way to combat cancer.
The elderly brush up on their technology skills at Senior Planet Exploration Center. We sit down with serial entrepreneur, Brian Hecht to discuss some new and innovating products. A biology professor works to combine the sciences with art and we visit the new Rubik’s Cube exhibit in New Jersey where the math and pattern based toy is celebrated.
Watch how scientists at the University of Texas are discovering ways to use 3D printed tissue in organ transplants. We sit down with interactive designer and nature enthusiast Joey Stein who shares his new invented device that is used to communicate with fireflies. Santa Clara University’s professor of philosophy, Shannon Vallor, discusses the ethical issues behind driverless cars. And we see how officials, scientists, and politicians are working together for fight the Zika virus in Florida.
Like the Real Thing
We go inside a lab that creates realistic synthetic humans and animals to help medical and veterinary students alike train. Biomedical engineer, Gilda Barabino, talks about diversity in STEM fields. We sit down with professor of science, Avi Loeb, and uncover some of the mysteries about the toughest animal on the planet: Tardigrades. And we visit a reptile club on a mission to educate people about the Timber Rattlesnakes.
The Lives of Scientists
Human activity has encroached on the habitat of endangered songbirds in Tacoma, Washington. Now soldiers are working with conservation biologists to share their training site with the songbirds. New York Times columnist, Claudia Dreifus, is making science more accessible by giving readers a closer look into the lives of scientists. We take a look into the invertebrates as climate change indicators. And scientists at the Pennsylvania State University Center for Quantitative Imaging are examining bones to see what they reveal.
With so many nail biting referee decisions in football what if there was a way to help pinpoint the ball? We see how researchers are developing electromagnetic footballs to identify exactly where the ball lands to help referee’s make their game calls. We sit down with Shawn Otto, the author of “The War on Science” and discuss the idea of belief verses science. We take a look at the new app, MyFin, that helps anyone manage and save money. And we take a look at some of the possible reasons behind why squids release ink.
Mapping the Future
We visit the MOMATH where we sit down with the Harvard grad who helped make math anything but boring. We take a look at how drones are helping researchers and farmers figure out the future of agriculture. We meet “The Unforgettables,” a choir group that is giving hope to people with dementia and their caregivers and we see how indoor mapping my soon help you with your shopping experience.
Meet the citizen scientists who are tracking the flight patterns of hundreds of American White Pelicans that are appearing in Washington’s Puget Sound. We discover how NASA is using augmented reality to train astronauts and explore the surface of Mars. We visit with an all-female group of engineering students who set out to design and build a hybrid racecar. And we check out a STEM fair for 6th graders based on the PBS math series, Cyberchase.
We take a look at Hackathons, not the kind that try to crack firewalls or security systems, but those that draw coders, developers and innovators to create solutions or the next big app. The Department of Defense is training teachers to use 3D printers to improve STEM education. Columbia University Earth Institute’s director Shahid Naeem explains the planet’s sixth mass extinction. And we see how some engineers are modeling robots after the animal kingdom to overcome obstacles.
Math vs. Cancer
Take a look into the scientific side effect of Superstorm Sandy on Fire Island in New York. Co-Director of The American Chestnut Research & Restoration Project, William Powell, has developed a fungi resistant American Chestnut tree to restore its declining population. We go inside the Moffitt Cancer Center in Florida, where researchers are using mathematical modeling to help fight drug resistant cancers. And biologist Tony Wilson and his lab at Brooklyn College study the genetic links to seahorse pregnancy.
Ever wonder about that digital step counter around your wrist? Today we explore the usage and benefits of wearable technology. Architect Jeffery Pelletier takes us inside his Lego room and offers some real world applications for Lego. We take a look at a global initiative to create marine sanctuaries hoping to help maintain the health of our oceans. And a new genre of drugs may be able to outsmart germs that have become resistant to current antibiotics.
We take a look at the cameras being designed by Google Lunar X Prize Team Part Time Scientists at a lunar surface simulator in Bremen, Germany. Serial Entrepreneur Brian Hecht discusses how your city could be the next “Silicon Valley.” Project Director, Cyd Harrell, of Code of America discusses how they are helping city hall update to the digital age. And we take a look at the state of Utah’s efforts to preserve and conserve one of their most valuable resources, water.
We go into the lab with Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University who studies the curious behaviors of electric eels. Learn how lightbulbs can change our daily lives with Fred Maxik, founder of the Lighting Science Group. The newest Nobel Laureate at the University of North Carolina is Dr. Aziz Sancar; we hear his story about dreams and perseverance and inspiring others. And engineers in Orlando, Florida are using virtual experience to give soldiers real world training.
There's an antler obsession in the backcountry wilderness of Oregon. Illegal hunting of deer and elk is putting the animals in danger. Serial Entrepreneur Brian Hecht talks tech on nutrition startup companies. An aquaponics farm in Florida is revolutionizing the way we grow food sustainably, using fish and soilless plant farming. And the Dinosaur Whisperer, Dustin Growick, discusses the accuracies and inaccuracies of the dinosaurs portrayed in the recent film Jurassic World.
We chat with Philip Ross, the CTO of MycoWorks, a startup utilizing mycelium from fungus to create leather-like goods. Hari discovers the possibilities of metal 3D printing and what it entails. A professor at the University of Illinois answers the question, “what if we could improve photosynthesis?” And a woman engineer offers up some good advice.
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.
See how one preschool is reconnecting with the natural world in a nontraditional setting. We discover how big data is being used to track illegal wildlife trade online. Engineers at the Amber Lab at CalTech are using data to help robots walk more like humans. And we sit down with author E.O. Wilson’s, whose recent book details his plan to help save the planet from extinction.
The Need for Speed
We visit the small remote town of Thurman, New York that is completely off the grid and without wireless Internet access, but the town is developing technologies to get more connected. We talk with the founder of RockPaperRobot, Jessica Banks. The CEO and Co-Founder of the startup, Spritz illustrates just how fast we could read and Professor John Armstrong discusses the physics behind cheese making.
One Fish, Two Fish
We dive down deep with the C-Bass, an underwater camera that's helping pioneer a new method of tracking fish populations. Dr. Martin Blaser, author and professor of medicine and microbiology at New York University, discusses the pitfalls of antibiotic use. We talk to John Collins, the self-proclaimed Paper Airplane Guy, about his perfection of the paper airplane and how he managed to break the world record for longest flight. And we take a look at how robotic devices are becoming more prevalent.
One Step at a Time
We get an inside look at The American Modeling Teachers Association and discover how the hands-on teaching approach is a huge help in math and science classes. Wall Street Journal tech columnist Joanna Stern shows us new household devices. We find out just what the startup BitShift is. We “Hangout” with Dr. Paul Hintze of NASA and find out what technology could get mankind to Mars sooner then you think and a Lego robot enthusiast demonstrates how Legos are not just building blocks anymore.
Today we join archeology students in North Carolina who are using ground-penetrating radar to try and solve a Revolutionary War mystery. We discuss the prevalence and dangers of counterfeit microchips with Carnegie Mellon professor Ken Mai. More and more universities are offering degrees in gaming sciences and students competing at the College Computer Game Showcase see a future and career in video game design. We visit a university in Potsdam, New York where they are taking steps to educate student entrepreneurs on how to use science and technology to develop inventions and grow a business. And we go inside the extreme sport of drone racing.
Join us as we see how the largest desalination plant in North America is making Tampa Bay water safer and cleaner. Is there a possibility of architecture in space? Madhu Thengavelu, professor at University of Southern California and an expert in space architecture and engineering shares what could be possible. A medical team performs brain surgeries while patients are awake to help mitigate the symptoms of Parkinson's Disease. And predictions on how one element could change the world.
Out of the Past
We see archaeology move underwater as researchers in Michigan discover clues from the past submerged in a hundred feet of water. We chat with Dr. Phil Metzger, a planetary physicist about NASA's New Horizons flyby. We see how a California couple would like to increase productivity in physical therapy with the help of Microsoft Kinect. And we learn about the haunting repercussions of food scarcity in the colony of Jamestown.
We take a look at a new and innovative product that helps parents administer medicine to babies. We sit down with Sharon Abreu, the executive director of Irthlingsz Art-Based Environmental Education, to discuss her new project, The Climate Monologues. We dive into the software that helps estimate the likelihood of a man-made earthquake. And we learn how fireflies synchronize their flashing light patterns.
Paper or Plastic
In our data driven worlds, developers are integrating tech into our infrastructure and a company in Missouri is working to bring technology to the roadways. Sustainability strategist Leyla Acjaralou helps us bust environmental myths such as the often debated question: paper or plastic? We sit in on the Creative Technology program at Columbia’s University’s Teacher’s College where future teachers are learning how to integrate tech into art classes. And we take a look at a unique collection of scientific and medical devices from decades past.
We take a look at the immense detail that goes into creating the acoustic architecture of a new North Carolina cathedral. An investigation into the technology that monitors pipeline leaks. See how Utah researchers are tracking American White Pelicans with solar backpacks. And we meet General Motors first female CEO.
We take a look at the science behind creating the perfect turf and how turf is impacting sports. Anthony Demelio of Heat Seek shares how the mobile app and sensors collect and graph temperature data helping tenants hold landlords accountable. A British researcher is challenging how we look at death and aging. And we see how students are working to improve access to people with a variety of disabilities though innovative technology solutions.
Power of the Future
We dive deep with a new high tech submarine that allows for better underwater exploration for researchers. We chat with scientist evangelist Ainissa Ramirez about how taste isn't all just in your mouth, but in your nose as well. Mysterious stains have appeared on St. Louis' Gateway Arch and now a tricky testing procedure is in the works to see how and if it can be cleaned. And we check out the microgrids the U.S. military is turning to to keep power reliable and secure, with Fort Carson is leading the way.
Printing the Future
We travel to the world of 3D printing at the Inside 3D Printing Conference and Design Expo in New York City. Imagine multiple explosions happening inside your body, Eric Arndt of MIT discusses just that when it comes to the unique Bombardier Beetle. A hospital in Florida is developing a new parachute implant for patients suffering from heart disease. And a New Jersey high school is revolutionizing the study of biology with the BioDome, a home for plants and animals.
We learn more about urban onshoring from StartUp Box, a company that is creating jobs in the tech and gaming industries and then hear from NYU Associate Professor Prasanna Tambe about quality assurance testing. Geologist Christine McCarthy tells us what’s inside the earth. We see how research on biofluorescence in various species of fish could help with biomedical research. And The Story Collider in Brooklyn, New York is combining science with storytelling to change the way we learn.
Rainforest of the Sea
Coral reefs are at risk in some waters, but researchers in Florida are working to encourage faster growth, thus potentially saving the diverse ecosystems. Researchers at a St. Louis hospital have been working to detect cancer cells in a new and innovative way, with high-tech goggles. We hear about some new and creative ways to eat and drink from Harvard University's David Edwards. And a new app is used to anonymously report bullying, with hopes to prevent cyber-attacks among young people.
A look at three female scientists as they share their experience working on India’s Mars Orbital Mission. We see how seniors are benefitting from virtual reality technology. And a girl’s club in Utah is engaging youth and engineering by building weather balloons to soar above the earth and retrieve data.
Take a look at a company in Washington State that has developed technology to reuse food waste from grocery stores as fertilizer. We see a clip of the Science Friday film "Brilliant Darkness: Hoaru in the Night" which highlights the importance of fireflies, followed by an interview with the film's director Emily Driscoll. Dr. Robert Zubrin, President of The Mars Society and the author of The Case for Mars, shares the importance of sending humans to Mars. And experts at the American Museum of Natural History discuss the importance of a collection of fossils donated by two professors at Ohio University.
NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California is getting ready to launch the next generation of rover with the hope of finding life on Mars. We get a look inside the lab and discover how this highly advanced rover ever will bring scientific data back from the surface of Mars. Director of Carnegie Mellon CyLab Security and Privacy Institute, David Brumley, discusses how hacking shouldn’t be seen as good or bad, but as a necessary skill. We visit the Mote Marine Laboratory where scientists are studying the long-term effects of The Gulf’s oil spill on fish. And we explore the role physics plays on the sport of baseball.
Researchers apply tech to traditional farming methods in order to feed Earth’s rising population. A company is creating a community microgrid that will change the way energy is bought and sold. We uncover a therapy that can help improve anxiety and PTSD among soldiers returning home from war. And we take a look at a pre-k program that’s engaging students with STEM.
Did you know that the cockroaches we sometimes find make up less than one percent of all cockroach species? Join us as we go into the lab with roach researchers at Rutgers University in New Jersey. We sit down with retired NASA astronaut and mechanical engineer professor, Michael Massimino, and discuss a program called Extreme Engineering. CEO and Medical illustrator of Embodied Labs shares how virtual reality is taking on the health care industry by storm. And a new generation of ethically and sustainably sourced guitars is explored.
In this edition of SciTech Now, we explore the rich history of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Yale University's Dr. David Spiegel discusses the fascinating world of synthetic chemistry. Robofest encourages kids to learn how to program robots while peaking their interests in STEM education. And Chapman University researcher Jennifer Funk, shares the future of plant life in drought conditions.
We take a look at fascinating tiny satellites called CubeSats that have democratized space access by giving researchers, academics and school kids the chance to do space science. Education reporter Nichole Dobo stops by to explain blended learning and how it's helping students. One of humanity's oldest technologies, fermentation, might hold the key to solving the global climate issue and one young man from Aurora, Illinois may have found an even faster way of producing clean energy. And we see what Jerboas, mouse like creatures with massive hind legs, can teach us about the growth of human bones.
Save the Bees
Two scientists have teamed up to save collapsing bee colonies and we take a look at their unconventional remedy – the mushroom. Physicist Brian Greene stresses the importance of breaking down abstract science ideas into thrilling narratives. We take a look at how one hospital television channel is helping young cancer patients and their families cope. And we take a look at how advanced rescue mannequins are helping train military medical personnel.
The Science Guy
See how the Renaissance robots in Florida are helping surgeons and making tricky surgical procedures more feasible. Bill Nye the Science Guy stops by to share his thoughts on evolution, the importance of science in today's world, and his new book. We learn the science behind badminton and the shuttlecock. And we see how scientists in Seattle are working to save the declining population of abalone.
In this edition of SciTech Now, we take a dip to see how the Beluga whale population in the St. Lawrence River estuary and the Great Lakes watershed are a good reflection of the health of the ecosystem. We sit down with scientist evangelist Ainissa Ramirez and discuss why foam and bubbles are so important to our study of comets. And we visit Geekdom, a collaborative workspace that serves as a catalyst for new startups and apps.
The Search for Dark Matter
We travel down 4,850 feet below ground in an abandoned gold mine in South Dakota where a team of physicists are hunting for dark matter. We uncover the depth and implications of cyber security and major data breach crises around the United States. And we see how electrodes implanted on athlete Jennifer French's muscles are helping her compete once again and take home a silver medal from the U.S. Paralympics.
Shaping the World
Dive deep with us as we investigate the oceans, the world’s largest ecosystem. The Ocean Observatories Initiative is working to bring new research collaboration among universities and institutions with the help of an innovative underwater observatory. Physicist and author of “Black Hole Blues and Other Songs from Outer Space,” Janna Levin, sits down with us and shares what happens when two black holes collide. And we explore the vast, underground Howe Caverns, which may provide insight into how the world began.
Slice of Life
A team at Pennsylvania State University is using 3D imaging, machine learning algorithm and the power of a laser to take farming to a whole new level. A look into fossil data that reveals that vision prompted fish to make the leap onto land hundreds of millions of years ago. We see how Oregon is planning to clean up Hanford’s nuclear waste. And an interview with Dave Mosher about his first space shuttle mission story.
WNYC’s New Tech City explores a community in Austin, Texas using technology to conserve energy in the home. At the 2014 World Science Festival Alan Alda and physicist Brian Greene discuss Einstein’s Theory of Relativity. Professor Hao Li chats about the future of virtual reality and we get an exclusive look at PBS Nature’s recent documentary on animal misfits in the wild.
University of Washington researchers are out in the field studying the Green Crab, an invasive crab species that could cause major trouble for the West Coast. Polar Scientist, Marco Tedesco, shows us the difference a few degrees in temperature can change the world. We see how 3D printing is changing the face of medicine. And we visit a regional STEM competition in Florida where we meet students preparing to be the cutting-edge scientists of tomorrow.
In this episode, we follow researchers in Northern Alaska who are racing to understand how climate change is impacting the breeding and migration of Arctic birds. Scientist, author, and self-proclaimed science evangelist Ainissa Remirez explains how snowflakes form and why they have six sides. We stop by The Center for the Intrepid and uncover how they are helping patients return to their highest physical, psychological and emotional selves. And we see how drones are modernizing the farming industry by helping farmers keep an eye on their crops.
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.
Soft Tissue Printer
We check out P-Tech, a high school in New York that provides both an associate degree and crucial real-world tech experience upon graduation. With 3-D printing on the rise, many applications are emerging. Professor Adam Feinberg of Carnegie Mellon University is raising the bar by constructing soft tissue such as arteries with a consumer grade 3-D printer. Jump on the Atlantis space shuttle as we take a look back at it's 33 missions and the 30-year history of the NASA Space Shuttle Program. And we examine the attributes of what makes some animals cute and others not.
Graphs, charts, and spreadsheets probably come to mind when thinking about research, but what about sound? Mark Ballora, professor of Music Technology at Penn State, is discovering the world of sonification and is turning data into sound. See how new type of glass is helping prevent millions of bird deaths by keeping birds from accidentally flying into glass buildings and windows. Early childhood is the most rapid and dynamic period of brain development. Medical researchers at the University of North Carolina are studying the factors that contribute to a healthy brain and early indicators of Autism. And we see how nanotechnology from one innovative company in Florida is fostering a more sustainable living.
We get an inside look at the race to space with the Google Lunar Xprize followed by an interview with CNET Editor-At-Large, Tim Stevens, on the competition. We take a tour of the New York Botanical Garden’s Steere Herbarium with Director Barbara Thiers. We sit down with Kevin Gibbon, CEO and Co-Founder of Shyp and find out how he’s changing the shipping industry and we take a look at Project Reservoir, a STEM-oriented program at a New Jersey school.
Discover the mass bank of desert wildflower seeds that lie beneath Death Valley that spring to life when it rains. See how advancements in technology have taken elections beyond fundraisers, debates, and polling booths. Researchers are studying the landing site of the asteroid that lead to the extinction of the dinosaurs in search of clues to see how life recovered after such a devastating world event. And we examine the microbiome of the human armpit.
In the third episode of the series “The Real Guide to Imaginary Companions,” child psychologists discover how children form relationships and exercise self-control with imaginary friends. We learn how many products may hold consequences when it comes to waste management, overconsumption, and the environment. We go inside RTI International and see how their biofuel reactors are turning wood waste into gasoline. And we discover that elephant genes may provide a crucial clue in the fight against cancer.
Scientists attempt to answer the question, "How many licks does it take to get to the center of a lollipop?" and find relevant applications for their findings. Climate scientist Ken Caldeira discusses some of the implications of alternate remedies for global warming. And one school in Tampa, Florida is using technology to facilitate classroom learning.
Tech & Refugees
See how epidemiologists in North Carolina are tracking the spread of the Zika virus, from its beginnings in Africa in 1947 to today. Ben Fox Rubin, CNET senior writer, sits down with Hari and shares how technology and social media are influencing refugees. Discover how octopi taste with their suction cups and many other interesting facts about these curious creatures. And we visit a tech center in San Antonio, Texas created especially for teens.
Florida artist Eric Higgs discusses how his company, LumaStream, is reinventing lighting technology with LED lights. Entrepreneur Brian Hecht discusses disruption of the tech industry. We see the outcome of removing two dams in Washington State has affected the Elwha River. And we take a look inside Cache Makers of Utah, a STEM-focused after school club for kids.
Tech for Humanity
Discover how ants and slime mold might help us understand collective human behavior. Founder of Not Impossible Labs, Mike Ebeling, discusses how his lab is making “technology for the sake of humanity.” We visit Mercy hospital in St. Louis and get a sneak peek at one of the world’s first virtual medical centers. And we see how the Maidbot could potentially change the hotel industry.
We take a look at how farming companies today are using a carbon rich material to enhance soils or purify polluted waste water. Ainissa Ramirez, scientist, author, and self-proclaimed science evangelist, sits down with us and shares how Origami can save lives. Founder and CEO of Propel shares how his teams’ mobile app is improving the lives of low-income Americans. And we take a look at innovative robotic technology that is being developed in Tokyo.
Get an inside look at how the topography of teeth help scientists understand the origins and lineages of humans. Dave Mosher, Business Insider’s Tech and Science Correspondent, shares how a dwindling supply of plutonium threatens deep space exploration. We go to the Kootenai River where the Kootenai Tribe and U.S geological researchers are teaming up to help save the endangered White Sturgeon. And attend a contest where students from Pennsylvania State University see who can condense years of research into the best two-minute pitch.
Trial and Error
Take a look at the second installment of Science Friday’s “The Real Guide to Imaginary Companions,” and discover if imaginary companions link imagination to creative problem solving. The process of trial and error is built into the scientific method, but students don’t often learn about the failures of great scientists. Associate professor of Cognitive Studies at Columbia University, Xiaodong Lin-Siegler, explains how struggles and failures can improve the ability to learn science. The use of simple and innovative technologies alike, are helping disabled scientists work to improve the wheelchair. And we see how the use of a string quartet is helping people understand and connect to climate change.
We travel back in time at an attraction in New Jersey that is helping visitors picture their backyards with the dinosaurs that used to inhabit them. Discover how a new device, goTenna, allows you to communicate even when you don’t have cell service. We see how geneticists and biotech researchers are working together to breed cattle without horns. And we tag along with researchers in Florida as they inspect Loggerhead Sea Turtle nests and learn why the nest numbers were so high in 2016.
Early onset Alzheimer’s could be the result of a specific genetic mutation in family history; an experimental drug trial may provide insight for those with the disease. Ever wonder if robots in the classroom would be a reality? Education reporter Nichole Dobo tells us about one school were robots in the classroom are a reality. Studies have shown that certain people associate words with shapes, we find out what makes a word seem round or spiky. And detectives in Washington state are trying to take down poachers who are illegally selling shellfish on the black market.
We talk with Albert Rizzo, Director of Medical Virtual Reality at the University of Southern California’s Institute for Creative Technology. Reporter Matt Ryan investigates invasive species creeping into America’s lakes. Alexander Heffner of The Open Mind interviews Special Advisor to and former Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation about the state of the Internet today. And we visit NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology.
We know there are plenty of CEO's in the Space Race, but we take a look beyond the space superstars and look at the whole industry of technology that is growing at a rapid rate. Researchers at the University of Central Florida are working with virtual reality technology to develop innovative treatment for veterans with PTSD. We discuss metals so rare that few people have ever heard of them, but they are becoming the building blocks of modern society. And we learn about Pando, one of the oldest and largest single organisms on Earth.
Jump into the world of science, technology and innovation with SciTechNow. Today daily life requires the Internet, but what if you don’t have access? New York City is trying to change that by providing free Wi-Fi hot spots throughout the city. The Hointer app redesigns a consumer’s shopping experience. 3D printing combines art and engineering in exciting, affordable ways and we talk to New York Tech Meetup’s Executive Director, Jessica Lawrence.
We go to Cahokia State Historic Site in Illinois where archaeologists are using modern technology to probe this historic city and reveal secrets about the ancient civilization. A team at Carnegie Mellon University is creating the next generation of wearable electronics. We discuss the most abundant photosynthetic organism on Earth, Prochlorococcus, a tiny plant like bacteria. And we take a look into the White-Nose Syndrome that’s hitting West Coast bat populations.
Who's Driving Who?
Are driverless cars upon us? We sit down with Tim Stevens of CNET and find out. We head to the Bronx River in New York City to explore how restoring the oyster population could help restore the shoreline. We join a Google Hangout with Nick Rubin, the curator of Greenhouse and we explore the world of termites.
Women and Technology
We talk with the founder of Girls Who Code, how women in technology are at and all time low and what we can do to change that. We take a look at the process of digital sculpting. We explore the new idea of the Sharing Economy and how it is shaping the future of certain businesses and we dive into the Andros Barrier Reef exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.
Zero G Greens
Science Friday producer, Emily Driscoll, joins researchers at the University of Florida who are studying weeds and how they fare in extreme conditions and climates such as on the international space station. NASA engineer, Rashied Amini, discusses his new app Nanaya and how it can predict a person's romantic outlook 7 years into the future. And we visit Construction Robotics, a company in New York that has developed a robot to increase the productivity of brick laying.