SciTech Now Episode 501

In this episode of SciTech Now, we take a look at how Larva can be a solution to the planet’s waste; The hi-tech courtroom of the future; how photosynthesis is being used to harvest clean energy; and discovering the historic Battle of the Alamo through virtual reality.

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 […]

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.

Farmers are using an ancient technique to purify water

Like the ancient Amazonians of centuries past, farming companies today are using a carbon-rich material to enhance soils or purify polluted waste water. It’s called “biochar.” We take you to Florida, where farmers and geochemists are creating biochar through an age-old practice.

SciTech Now Episode 240

In this episode of SciTech Now, how farming companies are using a carbon rich material to enhance soils and purify waste water; can the Japanese art of paper folding, known as “origami,” save lives?; using apps to improve the lives of low-income Americans; and a look at innovative robotic technology being developed in Tokyo.

The best ways to reduce, reuse and recycle

Waste management scientists perform life cycle analyses in order to understand the complex process behind manufacturing a product – from design to disposal. Reporter Andrea Vasquez learns more from environmental consultant Jeffrey Morris via Google Hangout.

Recycling: you’re doing it wrong

When it comes to being eco-friendly, it’s rarely as straightforward as you think So, we’ve got a problem.  And it reeks. It’s our trash, you see.  And by some estimates, we’re producing roughly 350 million metric tons of it a year, but for those of you not living in a densely populated city like New […]

Oil companies cut back on their operations

Here in the fracking-induced oil boom, U.S. oil production has skyrocketed.  Now some oil companies are cutting back on their operations and hoping to reduce waste in the process.