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It's not often that we listen to science. That's exactly what Mark Ballora, a professor in the Penn State School of Music, does. Learn more!

8/29/17 | 5:31


Flight of the Fly

Flight of the Fly

Based on what we know about flight, insects like the fly should drop like a rock. A group of Penn State scientists led by Bo Cheng are trying to figure out why it doesn't.

8/28/17 | 4:54


Scientist with self-driving submarine

MANTA – Autonomous Underwater System

A group at Penn State is trying to build an autonomous system that can operate under water.

8/28/17 | 5:37


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Discovery Space of Central Pennsylvania

Learn more about the Discovery Space in State College, PA, helping young minds to become innovators of the future.

7/26/17 | 3:39


Millenium Science Competition

Millennium Cafe Pitch Competition

Learn about a science contest at Penn State that's helping scientists better communicate the complexity of their work.

7/26/17 | 2:45


Snake Guy


To our viewers who are afraid of snakes, this is your chance to learn a little without getting too close.

7/18/17 | 3:46


Zena Cardman

Zena Cardman, NASA Astronaut Class of ’17

Zena Cardman, a Research Fellow at Penn State, sat down with SciTech Now to talk about science and her future in the space program.

6/27/17 | 3:13


middle school students

Huntingdon STEM Fair 2017

See innovation and creativity at the Huntington Middle School STEM Fair.

6/19/17 | 3:24


Andrew Nyblade, professor of geociences, Penn State

Penn State Seismic Network

Discover the Penn State Seismic Network, that monitors earthquakes happening in Pennsylvania.

6/7/17 | 5:00


Botanists looking at plant samples

Penn State Herbarium

Discover the Penn State Herbarium where dead plants gain a new life.

5/23/17 | 4:56


man riding bike

The Science of Bike Riding

The science behind riding a bike.

5/22/17 | 5:27


People building structure out of canned food.

CANstruction State College

Engineers, architects and construction professionals are taking part in a unique competition in State College called "Canstruction."

5/9/17 | 3:53


JeffTech classroom

JEFF TECH Vocational-Technical School

Learn about JEFFTech Vocational-Technical School and what it is doing to keep up with industry trends.

4/26/17 | 3:34



Big Spring Spirits

Discover the science of distilled spirits where a whole host of complex chemical reactions take place in the barrel.

4/12/17 | 5:51


person kayaking along river surrounded by fall foliage

The Bog at Black Moshannon State Park

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.

3/10/17 | 3:37


snow boarder sitting down at top of ski slope

Making Snow

SciTech Now takes a look at the atmospheric conditions needed to produce the best powder on the ski slopes.

3/3/17 | 4:22


skulls and other bones on lab table

Bone Density

Learn how our bone density has changed over human history as our lifestyles have become less physically demanding.

3/3/17 | 4:56



Laser Ablation Tomography

Learn about precise 3D images created by using the destructive power of a laser.

2/15/17 | 5:19


Plate of food

Childhood Obesity

Scientists at Penn State are joining forces to fight childhood obesity.

2/15/17 | 4:05


many bundles of different size and species wood boards

Wood Collection

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.

2/7/17 | 4:14



Sunset Forecast

Discover the world of sunset forecasts being done by Penn State students.

1/19/17 | 4:17


Penn State student standing in front of specrometer

2D Tech

Take a look at the latest advances in the science of 2D technology coming from Penn State University.

1/18/17 | 4:15


Coffee being filtered into a pot


SciTech Now visits two local coffee shops to learn more about the science behind one of the most popular beverages in the world.

12/21/16 | 5:10


Field of Elk

Pennsylvania Elk

Dive deep into the world of Pennsylvania Elk. Learn about how the Elk population was decimated by over-hunting, then restored by the Pennsylvania Game Commission.

12/15/16 | 3:24


Group of people at an insect fair

Insect Fair

The “Great Insect Fair” at Penn State is a great way to explore the natural world and learn about the role bugs play in the ecosystem and the food chain.

12/2/16 | 3:43


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

Gilson Snowboards

Science on the slopes. A pair of Pennsylvania inventors turned a failed middle school science project into a growing business.

11/17/16 | 5:20


person sitting in front of 3D printer

3D Printing for the Military

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.

11/9/16 | 5:08


Videographer shoots video of turf grass

Penn State Turfgrass Science

There is more to grass than sunshine and soil.  See how Penn State scientists are studying turf to improve performance and keep athletes safe.

10/10/16 | 5:46



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