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  • The Dominant Animal

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    S 2009 : Ep 03.11.09 - 3/11/09

    Paul Ehrlich gives a seminar at the Long Now Foundation about the evolution of human culture and its effect on the environment.
  • Demo: Dr. Schrempp's Chemistry Lab - Part 2

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    S 2007 : Ep 12.26.07 - 12/26/07

    Strong acids are cool; fire is even cooler. Combine the two and you can destroy your math homework without leaving the faintest trace of its existence. In this WIRED SCIENCE demo, Los Osos High School chemistry instructor Chris Schrempp is back in the studio to show us how to create nitrocellulose, a material with some pretty explosive properties. But don't try this experiment at home-we don't want anyone to lose any fingers.moreless
  • Technology: Geek Dad: Japanese Robots

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    S 2007 : Ep 11.21.07 - 11/21/07

    One might say that Japanese engineer Nao Maru has a large extended family. Besides his wife and three kids, he has a bunch of additional bodies running around his home. But they aren't human: They're robots.moreless
  • What's Inside: Your Armpit

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    S 2007 : Ep 11.14.07 - 11/14/07

    Take a little baby powder, a dash of hydrogenated castor oil and some aluminum - next thing you know, you're irresistible to women. Chris Hardwick shows you how as he gives you a tour of what's inside...your armpit.moreless
  • Interview: James Gates: Theoretical Physicist

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    S 2007 : Ep 10.24.07 - 10/24/07

    When James Gates was a young boy, he wanted to be an astronaut. That plan didn't work out for him, so he was forced to become one of America's foremost physicists. A professor at the University of Maryland, Gates is famous for his work in supersymmetry, part of that field of study know as string theory.moreless
  • Technology: Got Clones?

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    S 2007 : Ep 10.17.07 - 10/17/07

    To some people, "cloning" might as well be a four-letter word. But in less than a year, it could become routine in some families-families of livestock animals, that is. Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration released a preliminary report on the safety of cloned meat products, concluding that they are just as safe as regular meat. Although the agency has not yet approved the sale of meat from cloned animals or their offspring, the A-OK is likely to come sometime next year.moreless
  • Technology: Fired Up

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    S 2007 : Ep 10.10.07 - 10/10/07

    For centuries, people have fought fires with the same basic formula: Put the wet stuff on the hot stuff. But today, firefighters are using new techniques and technology to battle their old enemy And they need to--their old enemy has acquired new tricks. Thanks to the widespread introduction of synthetic building materials over the last three decades, urban fires now often burn two to three times as fiercely as a typical fire in 1980. What's more, those materials release volatile gases that concentrate at the highest point in a room. If ignited, they can cause a chemical chain reaction that sends flames exploding across the ceiling; it's called flashover, and it's one of the most dangerous things that can happen in a building fire. To confront these conflagrations, fire crews are turning to a new tactic known as 3-D firefighting, which involves shooting bursts of fog from their hoses rather than jets of water. That fog cools the gases, allowing the firefighters to get into the room and douse the flames. They're also experimenting with huge fans that push smoke and heat out of their way, and even out of the building. Helmet-mounted thermal-imaging cameras help them see where the hottest areas are and where people are trapped. And when they're back out of the building, firefighters can relax in a modified lawn chair equipped with body-cooling water pockets. You can see all these methods and gadgets put to the test in the WIRED Science segment above. And check out how satellites and other sky-high technologies are also being used to fight fires.moreless
  • What's Inside: Cool Whip

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    S 2007 : Ep 10.03.07 - 10/3/07

    Chris Hardwick takes a look at the chemical guts of this iconic American dessert - Cool Whip.
  • Space & Flight: Space Junkyard

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 12/19/07

    Adam Rogers learns about reverse-engineered spaceships; Ziya Tong interviews a computer scientist about digitized books; blind patients "see" with their tongues; Chris Hardwick finds out how science helps create a bottle of wine.moreless
  • Health: Biobanking

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 11/7/07

    This episode looks at a water crisis; Ziya Tong settles the debate between analog and digital sound and shows how to create high speed photography; Adam Rogers takes a look at the X-Prize competition; and we visit a Bio Bank.moreless
  • Health: Blood Simple

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 10/31/07

    Ziya Tong settles the debate between analog and digital sound; WIRED SCIENCE investigates how blind patients "see" with their tongues; Adam Rogers goes to the X Prize Foundation competition; and WIRED SCIENCE investigates solar power.moreless