The human impact on our oceans

It seems unimaginable that humans could alter the chemistry of the world’s oceans. But scientists at mote marine laboratories in Sarasota, Florida are researching how we have altered the pH of oceans and estuaries. This segment is part of an ongoing public media reporting initiative called Peril and Promise, our ongoing series of reports on […]

SciTech Now episode 420

In this episode of SciTech Now, we see how humans have an impact on our oceans; how to protect today’s highly computerized cars from hackers; exploring space; and discovering new ways to give robots and drones brains of their own.  

Discovering what lies beneath

The ocean covers nearly three quarters of the earth’s surface, yet 95 percent of the underwater world is still unexplored. Using small high tech submarines, a Florida organization called Project Baseline offers a rare glimpse of what lies beneath.

SciTech Now Episode 219

In this episode, we explore the usage and benefits of wearable technology; architect Jeffrey Pelletier takes us inside his Lego room and reveals some real world applications of the toy; a global initiative to create marine sanctuaries offers hope for oceans; and new drugs may be able to outsmart germs resistant to antibiotics.

Hope spots, vital to the health of the ocean

Maintaining the health of the planet’s largest body of water may start with thinking small. Mission Blue is a global initiative to create marine sanctuaries by identifying what are called hope spots, specific areas that are vital to the health of the ocean.

SciTech Now Episode 217

In this episode, shark skin could be the key to combating the spread of harmful bacteria inside hospitals; an innovative device allows you to virtually connect with your dog; researchers find a connection between a child’s socioeconomic status and the surface area of the brain; and more.

The origins of sex traced back through algae

Algae is one of the most diverse, adaptable and ubiquitous life forms on the planet. More than just pond scum, it’s a source of food and increasingly fuel. And at one algae farm, researchers are employing these tiny green plants to trace the origins of sex.