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Plants and Climate Change

Is climate change affecting how plants reproduce? That’s the question behind a project launching at San Diego State and 18 other California Universities. Here’s a look at the scientists taking part in this critical research to understand the relationship between what our local plants tell us about global issues.

Fashion Forward Science

Fast fashion is all the rage but there are environmental consequences to making clothes quickly and inexpensively. In this next segment a team of scientists looked to plants and solar energy for a new way to create nylon.

The extinction crisis

A new study is re-evaluating the extinction of thousands of animal and plant species. Leading this project is Columbia University professor and biologist Don Melnik. He joins Hari Sreenivasan to explain why he believes current extinction estimates are vastly underestimated.

How do plants know which way is up?

Ainissa Ramirez is a scientist, author and a self-proclaimed “Science Evangelist.” She is the creator of a podcast series called “Science Underground.” She joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss one of her latest podcast episodes about how plants know which way is up.

SciTech Now Episode 402

In this episode of SciTech Now, a look into how scientists are using cameras to understand insect flight; the study of how plants know which way is up; the reason why yawning occurs; and a sustainable cemetery inside a nature preserve.

The changing world of plants

The presence of clouds and shadows mean plants live in a constantly changing world of light. Researchers have identified that plants can detect shadows but how do they do it and how do they maximize efficiency for capturing sunlight?

SciTech Now Episode 341

In this episode of SciTech Now, from the PBS Documentary film Military Medicine: Beyond the Battlefield, we meet a veteran who is given new hope with a robotic arm; Yael Kiro, at Geochemist at Columbia University is studying the mysteries of the Dead Sea; unlocking the scientific secrets of a rare wood collection; and the […]

SciTech Now Episode 220

In this episode of SciTech Now, scientists work to grow plants in extreme conditions; an app predicts your seven year romantic outlook; and automation and robots are introduced to one of the oldest trades: brick laying.

Harvesting plants in space

For humans to travel to the moon and Mars, they’ll need to bring a lowly weed. Just as actor Matt Damon attempts to survive on Mars in the movie The Martian by cultivating plants in unfavorable conditions, real life astronauts interested in colonizing Mars may also need to understand how to grow plants in extreme […]