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SciTech Now

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

Mondays at 8:30 p.m.

Past Episodes

Computers

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.

Control

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. 

Controlled Burn

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.

Corvus

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.

Crayfish Crater

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.

Creating Hope

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.

Cryptocurrencies

We take a look at what’s ahead for blockchain and cryptocurrencies. We discover what PFAs are, an acronym that stands for a family of chemicals, and why these chemicals are being detected in an increasing number of water systems. We take a look at bacteria art. And FrogWatch USA is helping citizen scientists understand the significance of frogs as an indicator species. 

Cryptocurrency

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.

CSI: Wildlife

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.

Cyborg Locusts

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.

Deep Blue

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.

Digital Musicals

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.

Dino Poop Discoveries

Dinosaurs went extinct millions of years ago, however, paleontologists at the University of Colorado Boulder are learning more about them by digging into their fossilized poop. A Texas high school is working to become a super school by rethinking the typical academic experience. And we take a look at a device that monitors different signals that the body generates.

Dog Thoughts

Ever wonder what’s going on inside your dog’s mind? Neuroscientist, Gregory Berns, is training dogs to sit inside MRI scans to what’s happening inside their brains. We take a look at a major step towards a low-cost, efficient solar cell that can be mass produced. Neurologist, Matthew Leonard, from the University of California discusses the varying perceptions of Laurel versus Yanny. And we discover how the Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse, New York, guides animals to keep them safe and comfortable. 

Doppelganger

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.

Drone World

We join a biochemist on a mission to discover the molecular basis for the Glow Worm’s bio-luminescence. Brian Hecht, serial entrepreneur and advisor to many startups and digital media teams, discusses the next generation of drone technology and its effect on the global community. We join researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as they test facial recognition technology to be a diagnostic tool to determine health risks. And we check out a new solar power facility in Florida.

Droplets of Disease

Bacteria and viruses hitch a ride inside droplets of all kinds-sneezes, raindrops, and toilet splatter. We join an applied mathematician as she records and measures where these types of drops disperse in order to better understand how diseases spread. Psychology professor, Dale Cohen, at the University of North Carolina Wilmington is looking for the answers as to how people make moral decisions. And tuberculosis is the deadliest infectious disease and one of the top ten causes of death in the world. Take a look as scientists in Texas are working towards a tuberculosis vaccine and hopefully, someday, a cure.

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.

Earning Your Wings

We take a look at how engineers are revolutionizing the appearance and function of robots with the use of silicone gels. We discover how biosensors could do everything from sustainable farming to bomb detection. Hopeful scientists research how Naked Mole Rats could hold important answers about the aging process and cancer. And a group of girls from Logan, Utah take to the skies as part of an effort to empower girls to become our nation’s next aviators.