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SciTech Now
SciTech Now captures the latest breakthroughs in science, technology and innovation.

Mondays at 8:30 p.m.

Past Episodes

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.

360 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.

Acidic Oceans

The world's oceans cover 70 percent of the Earth and are comprised of 321 million cubic miles of seawater, yet human actions could alter its chemistry. Scientists in Florida are researching how humans have been altering the PH of the oceans and estuaries. Justin Cappos, professor at New York University Tandon School of Engineering joins us to discuss how researchers are developing systems to protect your high-tech car against cyberattacks. We get an in-depth look at the New Horizon Spacecraft's flyover images which reveal a new perspective on Pluto. And scientists at Caltech are discovering new ways to give robots and drones brains of their own with the hope of helping humans in the future.

Ad Campaign

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.

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.

A.I.

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.

AI and Us

We take a look at an innovative program at the University of Texas Health School of Nursing that enables caregivers to experience the symptoms of dementia to better understand what patients are going through. Serial entrepreneur, Brian Hecht, discusses several tech companies that are making an effort to improve upon traditional natural disaster response efforts. We take a look at how artificial intelligence is helping the human race. And we join a group from Pennsylvania State University that is trying to build an autonomous system that can operate underwater.

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.

Amazing Pop-ups

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. 

Animal Societies

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. 

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.

Armored Skin

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.

ARTsySTEM

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.

Atom Plasma

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.

Beamlines

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.

Bionic

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.

Bionic Heroes

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.

Biotech

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.