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Science Wednesday: Cleaner and Smarter on “Making Stuff”

Tue, 08/27/2013 - 9:39am -- WCVE

Can innovations in materials science help clean up our world? In Making Stuff: Cleaner, David Pogue explores the rapidly developing science and business of clean energy and examines alternative ways to generate it, store it, and distribute it. Is hydrogen the way to go? What about lithium batteries? Does this solve an energy problem or create a new dependency? Pogue investigates the latest developments in bio-based fuels and in harnessing solar energy for our cars, homes, and industry in a program full of the stuff of a sustainable future.

Watch NOVA – Making Stuff: Cleaner August 28 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS.

Nature’s Super-Materials
See some of Nature’s stickiest, toughest, and cleanest materials, and learn how they are inspiring new products.

Making Stuff: Smarter
Making Stuff: Smarter looks at materials that respond to their environments and even learn, such as an airplane wing that changes shape as it flies. Scientists are turning to nature in developing such “smart” stuff. Sharkskin, for instance, has inspired a substance that, when sprayed in hospitals, could eliminate antibiotic-resistant bacteria. David Pogue visits a scientist who has even created a material that can render objects invisible. “Smarter” concludes with a vision of the ultimate in “life-like” stuff: programmable matter that could create a duplicate of a human being.

Watch NOVA – Making Stuff: Smarter August 28 at 10:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS.

The Stuff of Smartphones
See the materials and technologies that go into a smartphone as well as their environmental impact.