SciTech Now

SciTech Now captures the latest breakthroughs in science and technology. Each week we talk to the innovators at the forefront of their fields and explore the mysteries of the scientific world.

Recent Episodes

many bundles of different size and species wood boards

Episode 313

Posted on February 3, 2017

Long forgotten, a wood collection at Penn State is getting a second look. Now, one professor is dedicating his time to organizing it and unlocking its secrets to help advance science. Plus, as the climate changes, the outcome for winter sports is unclear. That’s where fat bikes come in. Continue »

 

Crowd of attendees at the Consumer Electronics Show

Episode 312

Posted on February 2, 2017

SciTech now goes to the Consumer Electronics Show to explore some of the hottest new inventions of the year. Plus, scientists examine the fascinating regenerative properties of lizards. Continue »

 

sunset

Episode 311

Posted on January 23, 2017

Discover the world of sunset forecasts being done by Penn State students. Also, see the science inside the biggest recycling plant in New York city, and the ultimate game of memory. Continue »

 

Penn State student standing in front of specrometer

Episode 310

Posted on January 18, 2017

On the this episode of SciTech Now, learn more about how scientists are developing 2D materials, and a tool that lets you talk to fireflies, Also, the driverless car dilemma. Continue »

 

Coffee being filtered into a pot

Episode 309

Posted on December 19, 2016

The science behind coffee, a guide to childhood imaginary friends, and how elephant genes hold clues for cancer research — see these stories and more on this episode of SciTech Now. Continue »

 

Field of Elk

Episode 308

Posted on December 12, 2016

By 1867, settlers wiped out the native elk population in Pennsylvania.  Today, the animal is in the midst of an amazing comeback thanks to conservation officers and the science gathered during a limited hunting season.  Other stories include women in science, creating your own invisibility cloak, and virtual reality under water. Continue »

 

Man holding a snowboard standing in front of an airstream trailer covered in decals

Episode 306

Posted on November 15, 2016

See how a pair of Pennsylvania inventors use geometry and physics to build what they call the most advanced snow boards on the planet. Continue »

 

person sitting in front of 3D printer

Episode 305

Posted on November 9, 2016

The United States Military is taking a major interest in 3D printing and a lab at Penn State is playing a major role in the progress. Plus, how veterans and scientists are teaming up to put cutting edge prosthetics to the test. Continue »

 

person kayaking along river surrounded by fall foliage

Episode 304

Posted on November 3, 2016

Take a walk in one of Pennsylvania’s most diverse habitats.  The bog at Black Moshannon State park is home to three unique carnivores, and that’s just the plants. Continue »

 

Group of people at an insect fair

Episode 303

Posted on October 24, 2016

Come for the bugs, stay for the science. SciTech Now takes you to the Penn State Great Insect Fair. Find out why some scientists call insects the key to developing a sustainable food source for a growing population. Continue »

 

Weather World studio

Episode 302

Posted on October 11, 2016

See how scientists at Penn State produce and plan an award winning show that educates an audience and develops future standouts in the world of meteorology; Epidemiologists in North Carolina track the evolution and geographic spread of Zika; Science Friday shares insights about the mysterious octopus; and much more! Continue »

 

Videographer shoots video of turf grass

Episode 301

Posted on October 3, 2016

Penn State scientists are studying turf to improve performance and keep athletes safe. Science Friday looks at a desert phenomenon in Death Valley; how technology and new voting apps are impacting our journey to the polls; how studying craters left by meteors and asteroids can help us understand what killed the dinosaurs; and more! Continue »