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

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Past Episodes

Edible Electronics

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.

Eliminating Barriers

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.

Emoji Status

We explore the world of emojis and the organization tasked with deciding what is worthy of emoji status. We join scientist in San Diego, California, for their first planned use of autonomous drones to help study the Arctic’s underwater food web. Navajo hydrologist, Karletta Chief, investigates potential environmental and health impacts of a mine spill that contaminated a river vital to her community. And we see how refined monitoring techniques and new technologies are helping the Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory prepare for the next algae season. 

Enjoyable Discovery

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.

EV Techs

We visit one of the first graduating classes of Tesla car technicians who are headed off to the workplace after an intense training course. We take a look at a new object management system that utilizes radio waves. In North Carolina, a regional acoustic bats survey is underway to identify bats, where they’re going, and how they’re doing in urban and rural environments. And we visit incubators spaces across New Jersey continuing to foster New Jersey’s spirit of invention, while also inspiring the next generation of inventors. 

Exoskeleton

A tech startup has created synthetic asteroid dirt, also known as regolith, to sell to space agencies hoping to learn about asteroid matter. We take a look at wearable technology that could help firefighters, military, and those with limited mobility traverse difficult terrain. And an organization in Texas is providing a space for girls to learn how to code.

Exotic Tastes

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.

Explorers Club

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.

Eye of the Storm

We meet hurricane hunters, who fly directly into the eye of the storm to collect vital data, and learn about the specialized aircrafts and instruments that make their missions possible. Hod Lipson, professor of mechanical engineering and data science at Columbia University, discusses the development of robots comprised of materials similar to those found in living organisms like soft muscle tissue. We join a tech entrepreneur who is combining STEM education, food, and fun. And a Texas company has developed the first holographic toy, changing the way we interact with the virtual world.

Fail Lab

Breaking objects is part of the normal day to day operations at the Materials Test Center. Learn how these experts are breaking everyday items in an effort to save lives. Discover the car seat of the future that potentially could have five expressive behaviors.  Learn how scientists are working to improve our memories by testing an implant that could help, especially for those who suffer from cognitive disorders. And we visit the Texas Department of Transportation where they are teaming up with research institutions to find ways to better warn wrong-way drivers. 

Falling Stars

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.

Fat Bikes

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.

Female Dominate

As more devices connect to the internet, our current 4G system is going to need an upgrade. We take a look at what’s ahead in the 5G future. Discover out how sustainable tree harvesting has revived the timber industry in Michigan. We get the details on University of Alaska Anchorage Community and Technical College’s automotive and diesel programs. And we meet the unisexual Mole Salamander.

Fiber Fast

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.

Fighting Cybercrime

Cybercrime is one of the world’s fastest growing treats and experts from education, government, and cooperate sectors are coming together to discuss the training and skills needed for cybersecurity jobs. We take a look at a mouthwash used to combat oral cancer. And we discover the future of spinal taps. 

Fighting Ebola

Researchers at the University of North Carolina Greensboro are working on innovative way to safeguard honey bees from colony collapse disorder. Research Professor, Joaquim Goes, discusses the algae blooms that are taking over the Arabian sea. Co-host of True North, John Iadarola, discusses his journey to the Artic and how climate change is causing rapid change in the region. And we take a look at the race to find an Ebola vaccine.

Finding a Way

Join us as we explore the largest VR entertainment center in the Western hemisphere and see how visitors are exploring an entirely different reality. CEO and co-founder of WearWorks, Keith Kirkland, shares a new device that communicates with the visually impaired through touch. Discover an online Senior Center creating a platform for socialization from the comfort of home. And a look into Alzheimer’s disease and why researchers are analyzing the role of brain neurons have upon the disease.

Flight of the Bat

Join researchers at Brown University and get an inside look at how the characteristics of bat flight could advance human technology. Scientist, Ainissa Ramirez, discusses the possibility of a genetic marker pointing towards a higher likelihood of one person having concussions more often than others.  We discover how computer modeling is helping in the efforts to understand how surface water and ground water interact. And we look at better ways to be prepared in the event of a mudslide.

Flipped

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.