Pennsylvania State University

Underwater Autonomy

A group at Pennsylvania State University is trying to build an autonomous system that can operate underwater. This unforgiving environment is pushing research into new territory.

SciTech Now Episode 411

In this episode of SciTech Now, a look at how one school is turning data into sound; engineering bird-friendly glass; a study that contributes to a healthy brain; and technology creating clean water and cool air.

A speed-dating science competition

Pennsylvania State University students participate in a contest to condense years of research into a two minute pitch.  The competition helps students hone communication skills and is even dubbed as “Science Speed Dating.”

SciTech Now Episode 406

In this episode of SciTech Now, a look at the topography of teeth; a dwindling supply of plutonium threatens deep space exploration; meet the Kootenai tribe of Idaho who are saving the white sturgeon; and a speed-dating science competition.

Meet a member of NASA’s astronaut class of 2017

Zena Cardman, a Pennsylvania State University research fellow was selected as part of NASA’s astronaut class of 2017. Cardman explains the selection process and the role science has played in her life.

The mechanics of insect flight

It’s a Bird. It’s a Plane. It’s an Insect. Take a look as a team at Pennsylvania State University uses high speed cameras and fluid dynamics to understand the mechanics of insect flight.

High-tech farming

For more than 10,000 years humans have been farming on this planet. Over time farmers have developed tools such as the tractor and fertilizer to make the practice more efficient. Now a team at Pennsylvania State University applied research laboratory is using 3D imaging, machine learning algorithms and the power of a laser to take […]

SciTech Now Episode 339

In this episode of SciTech Now, taking farming to a whole new level; a look into fossil data reveals that vision prompted fish to make the leap onto land; cleaning up nuclear waste; and Science Reporter Dave Mosher tells us about his first space shuttle mission story.