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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

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.

Birth of a Queen

Discover why researchers at the University of California-Riverside are studying the unique way bumblebees feed their future queens. Science evangelist, Ainissa Ramirez, explains how the telegraph is a precursor to Twitter. Scientist at Cornell University are using x-rays to figure out how grapes can survive New York winters and still produce tasty wines. And microbiologist, after many experiments, have developed a super drug to do what antibiotics cannot. 

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.

Blexting

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.

Body Hacks

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.

Brain Games

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.”

Brain Imaging

We discover how with the help of glowing bacteria, the Bobtail Squid, camouflages itself against the starlit night sky. We take a look at the physical evidence of Earth’s climate swings. We go into the operating room to see how one surgeon utilizes 3D imaging and augmented reality. And we check out NASA’s Cyclone Global Navigation Satellite System and how it helps predict weather patterns. 

Brain Roadmap

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.

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.

Capsaicin Addiction

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. 

Cells in 3D

We visit the cephalopod empire in Massachusetts where a research lab is home to roughly three thousand cephalopods. We sit down with Esther Takeuchi, one of the world’s leading energy storage researchers and most successful women inventors in the United States, to discuss how new battery innovations and technologies are saving lives. We experience a new view of cells with the invention of a 3D microscope. And we visit a robot named Jimi that is making sanitization in hospitals easier.

Chimney Swifts

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.

 

Citizen Science

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.

Clean Waters

Senior Correspondent for space, science, and technology at Business Insider, Dave Mosher, discusses Dragonfly, a drone-like spacecraft that is going to travel to Titan, the largest of Saturn’s moons. Detroit Public Television’s Great Lakes Bureau gives a firsthand look at how clean water and new pipes are starting to resolve the Flint Water Crisis. Upswing, an online platform and virtual assistant, is addressing the struggles of first year and nontraditional students to help them on the path to graduation. And we look at the mind of the octopus to understand how different kinds of brains process information.

Climate & Extinction

Discover a variety of instruments used to survey the climate’s past and present. We discuss a new study that is re-evaluating the extinction of thousands of animal and plant species. We visit the largest planetarium in the western hemisphere where visitors can experience the cosmos in a whole new way. And we take a look at how Fitbit technology is helping students at Lenoir-Rhyne University track and monitor Blue Herons.

Climate Questions

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.

Coffee Obsession

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.

Common Ground

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.