Aired: November 3, 2017

Diamond Worlds and Super Earths

  • Diamond Worlds & Super Earths (18 min.)

    With: Michael Summers (George Mason University)

    In his new book Exoplanets: Diamond Worlds, Super Earths, Pulsar Planets, and the New Search for Life Beyond Our Solar System, astronomy professor and NASA scientist Michael Summers shares the latest research on planets beyond this solar system.

  • Science in the Spotlight (10 min.)

    With: Denise Gillman (Christopher Newport University)

    What happens when science is brought to the stage? Denise Gillman directs plays that explore science themes and has created a new online catalogue of science plays which includes: The Five Hysterical Girls Theorem, The Flue Ball, The Einstein Project, and Radiance: The Passion of Marie Curie.

  • Sonic Nets (14 min.)

    With: John Swaddle (William and Mary)

    “Sonic nets” may soon be used to prevent birds from getting stuck in airplane engines or picking a farm field clean. John Swaddle says the sonic net is like a digital audio scarecrow, and it doesn’t disturb people or harm the birds.

  • Designing from Nature (10 min.)

    With: Brook S. Kennedy (Virginia Tech)

    A Swiss chemist who took a close look at the burrs in his hunting dog’s fur led to the development of Velcro. Brook S. Kennedy also uses nature as the inspiration for his own inventions, including the Macronaut, a magnifying lens he designed for the smart phone to help us zoom in on nature all around us.



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