space race

SciTech Now Episode 320

In this episode of SciTech Now, the physics of snowboarding; a look at the Maker Movement with serial inventor Michael Dubno; the untold story of the African American women who helped NASA win the Space Race; and researchers at Yellowstone National Park are tracking grizzly bears.

The “Hidden Figures” at NASA during the Space Race

You’ve heard of Neil Armstrong but what about Eunice Smith? In her book Hidden Figures, Margot Lee Shetterly tells the story of the human computers, a group of black female mathematicians who at the peak of the space race and the civil rights movement worked behind the scenes at NASA. Reporter Andrea Vasquez talks to […]

Science fiction is becoming reality

Science fiction is becoming reality as CEOs in the space race attempt to conquer the commercial aerospace industry. But take a look beyond the space superstars, and you’ll find a whole industry of technology that’s been firmly in place for decades and still growing at a rapid rate.

SciTech Now Episode 223

We go inside the rapidly expanding aerospace industry; explore virtual reality as possible treatment for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder; meet David Abraham, author of the book “The Elements of Power,” who joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss rare metals and why we’ve come to rely on them; and look at Pando, one of the oldest […]