Science & Technology

Image from The Future of College
Video

The Future of College

Online learning is indeed disrupting college as we know it -- but not in the way you might think.
Image from Future of Water
Video

Future of Water

The increasing scarcity of drinking water is beginning to capture the world's attention -- but surprisingly, an innovative solution might just be found in one of the Earth's driest places.
Image from Future of Gaming
Video

Future of Gaming

As gaming becomes the dominant form of entertainment this century, game developers increasingly track player behavior to tailor experiences that will keep people playing longer and spending more money.
Image from Genetic Screening: Controlling Heredity
Video

Genetic Screening: Controlling Heredity

With every new advance in prenatal genetic screening, the ability to prevent suffering has also sparked difficult questions about what should count as “a disease” versus “a difference,” and whether we’re in danger of wiping out certain segments of the population. This story was produced in collaboration with PBS, American Experience.
Image from Biosphere 2: A Faulty Mars Survival Test Gets a Second Act
Video

Biosphere 2: A Faulty Mars Survival Test Gets a Second Act

NASA isn't the first organization to experiment with living on Mars -- in 1991 eight people sealed themselves inside a giant glass biosphere to practice space living. By the time they emerged two years later, they had "suffocated, starved and went mad."
Image from From Y2K to 2038, Lessons Learned from First Computer Crisis
Video

From Y2K to 2038, Lessons Learned from First Computer Crisis

The Y2K bug threatened to wipe out computers and disrupt modern society at the end of the 20th century. We all remember the doomsday hype, but what really happened?
Image from Where the Debate Over "Designer Babies" Began
Video

Where the Debate Over "Designer Babies" Began

Genetic technology is advancing, and critics are warning of a slippery slope. We spoke with the scientists working at the forefront of the research, families who have benefited and the first-ever "test-tube" baby to understand the debate.
Image from Life as the World's First Test Tube Baby
Mini-doc

Life as the World's First Test Tube Baby

On July 25, 1978, Louise Brown became the first ever so-called “test-tube baby.” Her birth was one of the biggest media stories of the 20th century, and she became famous just by being born.
Image from Rehab Rarely Works for Opioid Addicts. Could a Vaccine?
Video

Rehab Rarely Works for Opioid Addicts. Could a Vaccine?

Overdose deaths are skyrocketing, forcing researchers to find new ways to think about and treat addiction.
Image from Selling the Code: Can Genetic Testing Services Really Predict Your Future?
Video

Selling the Code: Can Genetic Testing Services Really Predict Your Future?

Today, companies market genetic tests for everything from cancer to diet and exercise. But how much can tests like 23andme really predict?
Image from Fixing the Code: Genetically Engineering Your DNA to Cure Disease
Video

Fixing the Code: Genetically Engineering Your DNA to Cure Disease

For the past 20 years, scientists have been trying to cure disease by altering DNA. We examine how with CRISPR Cas-9 gene editing and the revival of gene therapy, they're closer than ever.
Image from Finding the Code: The Race to Sequence the Human Genome and What It Means
Video

Finding the Code: The Race to Sequence the Human Genome and What It Means

One of biology’s most spectacular achievements -- the race to sequence the human genome -- was billed as a way to end disease. Here's where it led.
Image from Crumbling Bridges: US Infrastructure 10 Years After Minneapolis
Mini-doc

Crumbling Bridges: US Infrastructure 10 Years After Minneapolis

A tragic bridge collapse in Miami echoes a similar event in Minnesota over a decade ago, one of the first signs of America's growing infrastructure problem.
Image from Raising Doubts about Evolution… in Science Class
Video

Raising Doubts about Evolution… in Science Class

A growing skepticism of science has seeped into the classroom, and it’s revived attacks on one of the most established principles of biology – evolution.
Image from Future of Work
Video

Future of Work

A remote Oregon mountainside offers a window into the workplace of the future.
Image from Future of Money
Video

Future of Money

Future of Money, the first in a 5-part series, looks at what ancient stones on a tiny Pacific island can teach us about Bitcoin, blockchains and the future of money.
Image from Future of Home
Video

Future of Home

Guatemalan homesteaders and a Michigan contractor are riding a wave that could change how our lives are wired.
Image from Future of Fact
Video

Future of Fact

Virtual reality journalists aim to transform the news, and put feelings to work communicating the facts.
Image from Future of Food
Video

Future of Food

A small South Dakota farm holds lessons for feeding a crowded and less predictable world.
Image from Freeman Dyson
Mini-doc

Freeman Dyson

We've teamed with PBS' American Experience to take a look back at Freeman Dyson, who explored whether interplanetary space travel could be made possible by harnessing the power of a nuclear bomb.
Image from Tesla
Mini-doc

Tesla

Wireless power seems cutting edge, but it was actually pioneered more than 100 years ago by Nikola Tesla. We've teamed up with the American Experience to explore how Tesla's technology is being used today.
Image from LSD and Cats
Mini-doc

LSD and Cats

The early science of hallucinogens in the 1950s and '60s was "kind of a Wild West free-for-all." For more info on the science of spiders and drugs, visit www.drpeterwitt.com.
Image from Nuclear Winter's Forecast of Doom Still Debated Today
Video

Nuclear Winter's Forecast of Doom Still Debated Today

Carl Sagan and other Cold War scientists once feared that a nuclear war could plunge the world into a deadly ice age. Three decades later, does this theory still resonate?
Image from Teaching Robots to do Easy Stuff is Still Hard
Mini-doc

Teaching Robots to do Easy Stuff is Still Hard

The robotics team from M.I.T recovers from disaster at the robot Olympics.
Image from Machine trains self to beat humans at world's hardest game
Mini-doc

Machine trains self to beat humans at world's hardest game

Image from The Terminator and the Washing Machine
Video

The Terminator and the Washing Machine

What the legendary match between a supercomputer and chess grandmaster Garry Kasparov reveals about today's artificial intelligence panic.
Image from Runaway Plane
Video

Runaway Plane

For decades the United States has been on a quest to perfect stealth technology, but development of the F-35 fighter jet shows just how complicated dreams can become.
Image from When Dreams Fly
Mini-doc

When Dreams Fly

More than 40 years ago, Pierre Sprey set out to build the ultimate fighter jet.
Image from What Is a Healthy Diet? The Answers Are Unsatisfying
Video

What Is a Healthy Diet? The Answers Are Unsatisfying

Thirty-five years after the first dietary guidelines, how much do we really know about the science behind a healthy diet?
Image from Is it All in Your Gut?
Mini-doc

Is it All in Your Gut?

Is there a hidden cause of obesity? A professor at Stanford thinks the answer might lie with the 100 trillion microbes living in our bodies.
Image from The Unexpected Science of Exercise
Mini-doc

The Unexpected Science of Exercise

Does exercise really make you lose weight? One scientist went to Africa and found an unexpected answer.
Image from Fire Safety and Chemicals in our Clothes
Video

Fire Safety and Chemicals in our Clothes

There are over 80,000 chemicals in use today. The story of TRIS, removed from children's pajamas in the 1970s, illustrates just how hard it is to regulate chemicals, or to even know if they're safe.
Image from Power Line Fears
Video

Power Line Fears

News media coverage in the 1980s and early 1990s fueled fears of a national cancer epidemic caused by power lines and generated a debate that still lingers today.
Image from The Promise of the Air Bag
Video

The Promise of the Air Bag

How did cars become “computers on wheels,” so automated that some are about to start driving themselves? The story begins forty-five years ago with a quest to make cars safer and the battle over the air bag.
Image from Go or no Go: The Challenger Legacy
Video

Go or no Go: The Challenger Legacy

On January 28, 1986, seven astronauts *slipped the surly bonds of earth to touch the face of God.* America’s space program was never the same.
Image from Flawed Evidence: The Limits of Science in the Crime Lab
Video

Flawed Evidence: The Limits of Science in the Crime Lab

Before DNA testing, prosecutors relied on less sophisticated forensic techniques, including microscopic hair analysis, to put criminals behind bars. But how reliable was hair analysis?
Image from Nuclear Power's Public Opinion Rollercoaster from Three Mile Island to Fukushima
Video

Nuclear Power's Public Opinion Rollercoaster from Three Mile Island to Fukushima

More than three decades after the accident at Three Mile Island cast a shadow on the atomic dream, is America again ready to give nuclear energy a chance?
Image from Blackout: Understanding the US Power Grid's Vulnerability from the 2004 Failure
Video

Blackout: Understanding the US Power Grid's Vulnerability from the 2004 Failure

In 2003, a blackout crippled areas of the U.S. and Canada, leaving some 50 million people in the dark. Ten years later, we are still grappling with concerns over the vulnerability of our power grid.
Image from How Cloning a Sheep Set Off a Sci Fi Panic
Video

How Cloning a Sheep Set Off a Sci Fi Panic

In 1997, Scottish scientists announced they had cloned a sheep and named her Dolly, and sent waves of future shock around the world that continue to shape frontiers of science today.
Image from GMO Food Fears and the First Test Tube Tomato
Video

GMO Food Fears and the First Test Tube Tomato

In the 1990s, a bunch of gene jockeys brought the first genetically engineered food to market. The business crashed but biotech science has flourished far beyond the produce aisle.