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Science Wednesday: Making Stuff Safer

Wed, 11/06/2013 - 10:04am -- WCVE

Is it possible to engineer an absolutely safe world for ourselves? Host David Pogue explores the extent to which science and technology can protect us from monumental forces of nature such as earthquakes and epidemics. He challenges researchers to save us from dangers of our own making, such as traffic accidents and contact sports.

Our increasing reliance on the internet makes us vulnerable to new risks: Pogue delves into cyber security, where computer experts work to shield us from attacks from hackers and terrorists. Risk is all around us — but we can be smart about it.

Watch NOVA: Making Stuff Safer November 6 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS.

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In Making Stuff, David Pogue checks in with researchers around the globe who are pushing the limits further than ever before, using biology and chemistry to create materials with new qualities that are expanding our tech- nological frontiers. With his zany humor and zest for discovery, Pogue meets the scientists and engineers who are plunging to the bottom of the temperature scale, finding design inspiration in nature, and breaking every speed limit to make a new generation of “stuff” that is colder, faster, safer and wilder than anything we’ve ever seen or experienced.