Exploring opportunities in additive manufacturing

Could 3D printing dominate the future of parts manufacturing? The United States Military is exploring opportunities in additive manufacturing and a lab at Penn State University is playing an important role.  

SciTech Now Episode 307

In this episode of SciTech Now, Kenneth Catania of Vanderbilt University studies the curious behaviors of electric eels; learn how lightbulbs can change our daily lives; Meet Dr. Aziz Sancar, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in chemistry; and engineers in Orlando, Florida, are using VR technology to give soldiers real-world training.

Designing prosthetics for veterans

Advancements in medical technology have meant fewer deaths and more solutions for debilitating injuries in the military. Learn how the orthotics and prosthetics lab at Saint Petersburg College in Florida is working with veterans to provide mobility in ways not thought possible just a few years ago.

Could thin screens be the future of technology?

From computers and phones to e-readers and watches, our world is filled with display screens. Now, two researchers at the University of Central Florida are developing nanostructures with tunable pigments, which can be used to create flexible, thin screens.

Veterans get state-of-the-art treatment

The Center for the Intrepid at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas provides patients with state-of-the-art amputee care, helping them to return to their highest physical, psychological and emotional selves.

Microgrids, how might they protect national security?

The U.S. electric grid has been called the world’s largest machine, but the number of major power outages across the country has increased significantly since 2000, creating potential risks for national security. The military is addressing this concern by developing smaller, independent electricity systems known as microgrids. Reporter Dan Boyce has the story.

SciTech Now Episode 221

In this episode, a high tech submarine allows for better underwater exploration; an average nose can sense 1,200 flavors; mysterious stains on St. Louis’ Gateway Arch prompt a tricky testing procedure; and the U.S. military is turning to microgrids to keep its power reliable and secure.

Smart mannequins

If you’ve ever taken a CPR class, you’re probably familiar with the training mannequin called Rescue Annie. Today, much more sophisticated versions of that doll are being used to prepare military personnel to treat battlefield trauma.