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Greenlit: Making Stuff With David Pogue, PBS NOVA

Making Stuff With David Pogue  (4 x 60′)  New York Times technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue takes a wild ride through the cutting-edge science that is powering a next wave of technological innovation. With his zany humor and zest for discovery, Pogue meets the scientists and engineers who are plunging to the bottom of the temperature scale, finding design inspiration in nature, and breaking every speed limit to make tomorrow’s “stuff”.

  • Making Stuff Colder – Cold is the new HOT, in this brave new world.. For centuries we’ve fought it, shunned it, and huddled against it. Cold has always been the enemy of life, but now it may hold the key to a new generation of science and technology that will improve our lives. David Pogue explores the frontiers of cold science from saving the lives of severe trauma patients and cooling a warming planet to ultracold physics, where bizarre new properties of matter are the norm and the basis of new technologies like levitating trains and quantum computers.
  • Making Stuff Faster -Ever since humans stood on two feet we have had the basic urge to go FASTER. But are there physical limits to how fast we can go? David Pogue wants to find out, and he’ll investigate everything from electric muscle cars and ultrafast cameras to quantum teleportation. Along the way, he finds that speed is more than just getting us from point A to B; it’s also about getting things done in less time. From the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to UPS headquarters and inside a packed 737, Pogue’s quest for ultimate speed limits takes him to unexpected places where he’ll come face-to-face with the final frontiers of speed.
  • Making Stuff Safer – Is it possible to engineer an absolutely safe world for ourselves? David Pogue explores the extent to which science and technology can protect us from monumental forces of nature like earthquakes and epidemics. He challenges researchers to save us from dangers of our own making, like traffic accidents and contact sports. Our increasing reliance on the Internet makes us vulnerable to new risks: Pogue delves into cyber security, where computer experts work to shield us from attacks by hackers and terrorists. Risk is all around us, but can we be safer?
  • Making Stuff Wilder -What happens when engineers open up Nature’s toolbox? David Pogue explores bold new innovations inspired by the Earth’s greatest inventor, Life itself. From underwater wi-fi based on dolphin communication, to robotic “mules” and “cheetahs” for the military, to swarms of robotic bees, Pogue travels the world seeing the “wildest” ideas put into action in new inventions and technologies. It is a journey that sees today’s bacteria turned into tomorrow’s metallurgists, viruses building batteries and even DNA, the Code of Life, put to work in “living” computers. Will the “stuff” of the future take on a life of its own?

 

Channel: PBS NOVA

TX: 16th October  2013

SourcePBS press release (via TV by the Numbers)

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