Clams and oysters are considered delicacies, but soaring prices have created an incentive for poachers to steal shellfish, sometimes from polluted beaches. Earthfix reports on the story from the state of Washington, where fish and wildlife detectives are trying to take down this international black market.
In this episode of SciTech Now, an experimental drug trial that may provide insight into early onset Alzheimer’s; how robot teachers are creating new ways of learning; how and why we associate words with shapes; and detectives in Washington state are trying to take down poachers, who are illegally selling shellfish on the black market.
The hunt for poachers isn’t easy. Illegal hunters aren’t often caught in the act when the crime scene is literally a vast wilderness and the victims can’t speak, wildlife crime investigators must use cutting edge techniques to put poachers and traffickers away. The environmental news team EarthFix brings us the story of a one-of-a-kind crime laboratory in southern Oregon. This story was produced by KCTS 9 for EarthFix, a public media partnership to explore environmental issues.
In this episode of SciTech Now, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Forensics Laboratory in Oregon is working to solve crimes in the wild with unique investigative processes; Hari Sreenivasan sits down with American Library Association President Sari Feldman on the state of libraries in the digital age; Steve Brown of Intel discusses the complexities of Moore’s Law; and the Financial Times reporter Tanya Powley brings us inside the engineering hub of the supersonic car that is gearing up to break the land speed record.
The Columbia River, cutting twelve-hundred miles through Washington and Oregon is the fourth largest river in America. Beneath the surface of this mighty river swims a mighty fish, the white sturgeon. It’s the largest freshwater fish on the continent, but these incredible creatures are the target of poachers who want their eggs for highly coveted caviar, putting the species in peril. Our environmental news partner, Earth-Fix, has this report.