We get an inside look at the race to space with the Google Lunar Xprize followed by an interview with CNET Editor-At-Large, Tim Stevens, on the competition. We take a tour of the New York Botanical Garden’s Steere Herbarium with Director Barbara Thiers. We sit down with Kevin Gibbon, CEO and Co-Founder of Shyp and find out how he’s changing the shipping industry and we take a look at Project Reservoir, a STEM-oriented program at a New Jersey school.
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Florida artist Eric Higgs discusses how his company, LumaStream, is reinventing lighting technology with LED lights. Entrepreneur Brian Hecht discusses disruption of the tech industry. We see the outcome of removing two dams in Washington State has affected the Elwha River. And we take a look inside Cache Makers of Utah, a STEM-focused after school club for kids.
Howard Rosenbaum explains why whales are showing up in New York City waterways and how researchers are tracking the phenomenon in real time. We sit down and discuss what it takes to go on an artic exploration with Professor Robin Bell. We visit the Annual International RoboFest Competition where students have fun while learning the principles of STEM. And we see how the community of San Antonio is working to create solutions to climate change.
Meet the citizen scientists who are tracking the flight patterns of hundreds of American White Pelicans that are appearing in Washington’s Puget Sound. We discover how NASA is using augmented reality to train astronauts and explore the surface of Mars. We visit with an all-female group of engineering students who set out to design and build a hybrid racecar. And we check out a STEM fair for 6th graders based on the PBS math series, Cyberchase.
In this edition of SciTech Now, we explore the rich history of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory. Yale University’s Dr. David Spiegel discusses the fascinating world of synthetic chemistry. Robofest encourages kids to learn how to program robots while peaking their interests in STEM education. And Chapman University researcher Jennifer Funk, shares the future of plant life in drought conditions.
Explore the wonderful world of your own personal microbial cloud wafting around you everyday. Researchers at the University of Oregon reveal that not only can they detect and catalogue the microbial clouds, but every single one is unique. Amy Uhrin, Chief Scientist for the Marine Debris Program at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration discusses the three marine garbage patches floating in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. We see how the popular videogame, “Minecraft, is helping students engage with a variety of topics. And we see a novel way to submerge students in STEM.
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.
We take a look at Hackathons, not the kind that try to crack firewalls or security systems, but those that draw coders, developers and innovators to create solutions or the next big app. The Department of Defense is training teachers to use 3D printers to improve STEM education. Columbia University Earth Institute’s director Shahid Naeem explains the planet’s sixth mass extinction. And we see how some engineers are modeling robots after the animal kingdom to overcome obstacles.
We go inside a lab that creates realistic synthetic humans and animals to help medical and veterinary students alike train. Biomedical engineer, Gilda Barabino, talks about diversity in STEM fields. We sit down with professor of science, Avi Loeb, and uncover some of the mysteries about the toughest animal on the planet: Tardigrades. And we visit a reptile club on a mission to educate people about the Timber Rattlesnakes.
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.
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 and the augmented 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.
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.
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 Downloadable docsary “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.
We take a look at how farming companies today are using a carbon rich material to enhance soils or purify polluted waste water. Ainissa Ramirez, scientist, author, and self-proclaimed science evangelist, sits down with us and shares how Origami can save lives. Founder and CEO of Propel shares how his teams’ mobile app is improving the lives of low-income Americans. And we take a look at innovative robotic technology that is being developed in Tokyo.
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