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

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Past Episodes

Flu Factory

We take a look at the work being done by the Girl Scouts and Raytheon to encourage young women to become future leaders in the STEM workforce. We hear from artist Naho Matsuda, who’s art installation “Every Thing Every Time,” transforms static data into tactile and thought-provoking art. We visit the world’s largest cell culture-based flu vaccine factory in North Carolina. And we see how students at Rice University are improving their engineering skills through a program that allows them to make their ideas a reality.

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.

From Apples to Ears

The Cone Snail, a marine creature armed with deadly venom, is proving to biochemist that there is more potential in its venom than what meets the eye. We discover how 3D printing may change the future of medicine. Andrew Pelling, founder and director of The Pelling Lab, shares how he is creating body parts using produce found in your kitchen. And we visit the North Carolina coastal town of Swan Quarter where rising ocean levels is having a great effect, but a decades old piece of infrastructure is helping mitigate the severity of the damage.

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.

Game Changer

We look at the convergence of language arts and digital design as elementary students learn how to tell stories and build video games. Science reporter, Dave Mosher, sits down to discuss a NASA robot on Mars whose days are numbered. Discover how 3D printing is changing the production landscape for prosthetics and other medical devices. And we take a look at the world’s first theme park where special needs children have a chance to interact with video and educational games.

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.

Ghost Forests

In 2019, the Periodic Table of Elements marked its one hundred and fiftieth anniversary. Scientist, educator and host of Science Underground, Ainissa Ramirez, discusses the power of the periodic table and how modern chemist use it today. We take a look at Texas A&M’s indoor positioning system, the first of its kind, which provides a safer environment for students. The accelerated spread of ghost forests over the past decade has ecologist alarmed, eager to understand how they’re formed, and what effect they’ll have regionally and globally. And we take a look at the risks, rewards, and opportunities of a blue economy.

Glowing Neon

Greenwave, an organization that promotes ocean farming is developing kelp growth, creating a new form of sea vegetable. The company StrongArm Technologies has created a platform that collects and analyzes data to create a safer and more efficient workplace. Neon signs combine science with art can leading to endless possibilities. And we take a closer look at the devastating California wildfires and what is being done to prevent future wildfire destruction.

Goat Power

Paleo-artist Gabriel Ugueto reveals the aesthetic challenges he encounters when trying to accurately draw extinct animals like dinosaurs. Everyday items like watches and backpacks can now be turned into wearable technology, but we’ll take a look at high tech fibers and fabrics that could set new expectations in how we use and wear our apparel. Neuroscientist Alex Keene from Florida Atlantic University shares his research on the blind Mexican Catfish and how he hopes the fish could unlock the mystery of sleep loss. And we take a look at the power of goats and how they are helping fight invasive species in the Great Lakes Basin area. 

Going Green

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.

Gravitational Pull

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.

Gravity Derby

On this episode of SciTech Now, we uncover new research at the University of Texas that is helping to predict clouds and weather patterns that affect solar grids. We discuss Tesla in space and planetary protections. We see how churches are moving into the 21st century by connecting worshippers in a digital space. And we travel to North Carolina where young derby drivers are putting their petals to the metal in a series of races where their only power is gravity. 

Growing Bones

Arizona State University curator Laurence Garvie shows us what can be learned from each unique space rock that has landed on Earth. Ainissa Ramirez, a scientist, author, and a self-proclaimed ‘Science Evangelist,’ discusses the secrets behind spacesuits. We explore ten new technologies in the bestselling book called Soonish: Ten Emerging Technologies That’ll Improve and/or Ruin Everything. And we take a look at how bio-engineers are developing degradable bones that, once placed in a human body, will eventually be replaced by a person’s own bone tissue. 

Happy App

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.

Hawking Radiation

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.

Hologram Science

We work to unlock the secrets of our universe with the holographic duality from string theory. Thomas Lin, Editor in Chief of Quanta Magazine, sits down and discusses holographic principles. We visit a high school in California where students are being introduced to computer science and engineering at a younger age, giving them real world experience and allowing their creativity to shine. And the medical industry is using virtual reality to teach students how to react during health emergencies. 

Hurricane Force

We take a look at a full force hurricane at the University of Miami Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and how the complex interactions of air and sea create such extreme conditions. CEO of EVgo, Cathy Zoi, discusses the growing need for electric vehicle charging stations. And we see how researchers are working to save the American chestnut tree from an exotic fungus that entered this county over 100 years ago.

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. 

Imaginary Friends

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.