The Biodiversity Crisis Happening Inside of You

Many of us are troubled by stories of how the biodiversity crisis is changing the planet, but what about the biodiversity crisis raging on inside our guts?  As habitat loss, pollution, and global warming drive the disappearance of species and in the worst cases, the collapse of entire ecosystems, on an infinitesimally smaller scale, a […]

The next leap forward since mapping the human genome?

Last week, when news broke that scientists had mapped over a hundred epigenomes – an effort being hailed as the next leap forward since the sequencing of the human genome more than a decade ago – I was excited.  Thrilled, even, for the burgeoning field of epigenomics, which apparently is advancing at an unprecedented pace.  […]

What’s big data and why does it matter?

Perhaps it seemed a little curious last month when The Guardian, the first newspaper to break the NSA surveillance story, posted an online video entitled, “Why your data matters to us.”  Of course, when it says “data,” the British paper isn’t referring to readers’ phone records.  Still, the effort to collect their information – however […]

Want to do Thanksgiving by phone this year?

Brace yourself.  Thanksgiving has arrived, and every form of social media is about to be taken over by the foodie in all of us.  Soon enough, a good part of Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram will be flooded with photos of gooey pecan pie, marshmallow-topped yams, and bowls of every dimension spilling over with cranberry sauce and thick, creamy gravy.  Of course, no […]

Making the Trip to Mars: Are we there yet?

Some say it might happen as early as 2030.  Others, even sooner.  But are we really that close to sending humans to Mars? In search of answers, we invited Dr. Paul Hintze of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to the program.  One of the greatest challenges of reaching Mars, explains Hintze, is the distance itself.  After […]

Is 3D Printing Ready for Mainstreaming?

3-D Printing, or additive manufacturing, may be a technological breakthrough but there are hurdles impacting its widespread use. The Massachusetts Institute of Technology reviews 3D Printing and captures trends that explain how much the technology has advanced and provides insight into the challenges ahead. Click here to read the review.

Space Taxi: To Infinity and Beyond

The next chapter in America’s history of human space flight has launched with NASA’s selection of two private companies that will ferry astronauts to the International Space Station starting in 2017.  This is considered the country’s next step toward its mission to one day send humans to Mars!  Read what NASA Administrator Charles Bolden had […]

Everybody’s Talking…About Apple

The much-anticipated announcement from Apple brought four new products and a music industry first. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus are larger and thinner.  The iPhone 6 Plus with a 5.5 inch screen is Apple’s nod to the growing phablet market. The long-awaited Apple Watch is described by CEO Tim Cook as a “breakthrough,” and […]

The List: What May Change Your World

Each year the MIT Technology Review identifies ten breakthroughs that will matter for years to come.  SciTech Now will bring you news about many on the 2014 Top Ten List in its upcoming programs.  Stay tuned!

Out of this World: Space Age Surgery

The same technologies used to develop robotic arms to build the International Space Station are now being used on Earth, helping doctors perform delicate surgeries on young patients.  KidsArm has an advanced imaging and control system that makes it extremely precise in pediatric surgery. And that’s just one of the medical applications of this space […]