sustainability

A sustainable cemetery

Humans continually use land for homes, businesses, farms and roads. And it’s inevitable that many of us will end up taking up a 6 by 3 foot plot of land when we die. But now there are efforts underway to provide a final resting place with the least amount of impact to our environment.

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.

A look into the sustainability of guitar making

First introduced in 12th century Europe, the guitar is now a ubiquitous musical instrument. And now growing in the damp forests of the Pacific Northwest may be exactly what guitar makers need for a generation of ethical and sustainable instruments. Our environmental reporting partner Earth Fix has the story.

SciTech Now Episode 332

In this episode of SciTech Now, a look into a lab as researchers estimate the number of roach species on the planet; the story of retired astronaut Michael Massimino; virtual reality and the patient experience; and a look into the sustainability of guitar making.

Clean, quiet, sustainable flight

In May of 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first person to fly solo over the Atlantic, nearly a century later, his grandson is carrying on the family legacy of innovation. Reporter Andrea Vasquez spoke to Erik Lindbergh via Google hangout.

Turning waste into gasoline

It’s a topic of conversation for environmentalists and commuters alike: is there a sustainable alternative to gasoline? In North Carolina’s research triangle, scientists are looking to answer that question.

SciTech Now Episode 309

In this episode of SciTech Now, child psychologists discover how and why many children develop imaginary friends; learn why technology companies design products that consumers cannot repair at home; RTI International is building a biofuels reactor, which turns wood waste into gasoline; and Utah’s Hogle Zoo is connecting sick children with injured animals to help […]

SciTech Now Episode 225

We go behind the scenes at the famed (and sustainable) Biltmore Estate; Dr. Rudolph Tanzi discusses changing our gene activity; new technology is changing our communication capabilities; aircraft simulation is employed to encourage critical thinking among high school students; and the University of Washington School of Oceanography is expanding our knowledge of the ocean floor.