Big Picture Science Show: “Geology is Destiny”

Big Picture Science Show: “Geology is Destiny”

The record of the rocks is not just the history of Earth; it’s your history too.  Geologists can learn about events going back billions of years that influenced – and even made possible – our present-day existence and shaped our society. If the last Ice Age had been a...
Big Picture Science Show: “No Face To Hide”

Big Picture Science Show: “No Face To Hide”

Face it – your mug is not entirely yours.  It’s routinely uploaded to social media pages and captured on CCTV cameras with – and without – your consent.  Sophisticated facial recognition technology can identify you and even make links to your personal data.  There are...
Big Picture Science Show: “Light Stuff”

Big Picture Science Show: “Light Stuff”

The light bulb needs changing.  Edison’s incandescent bulb, virtually unaltered for more than a century, is now being eclipsed by the LED.  The creative applications for these small and efficient devices are endless: on tape, on wallpaper, even in contact lenses. ...
Big Picture Science Show: “The Fix Is In”

Big Picture Science Show: “The Fix Is In”

The moon jellyfish has remarkable approach to self-repair.  If it loses a limb, it rearranges its remaining body parts to once again become radially symmetric.  Humans can’t do that, but a new approach that combines biology with nanotechnology could give our immune...
Big Picture Science Show: “Skeptic Check: Fear Itself”

Big Picture Science Show: “Skeptic Check: Fear Itself”

Shhh.  Is someone coming? Okay, we’ll make this quick.  There are a lot of scary things going on in the world.  Naturally you’re fearful.  But sometimes fear has a sister emotion: suspicion.  A nagging worry about what’s really going on. You know, the...
Big Picture Science Show: “Brain Dust”

Big Picture Science Show: “Brain Dust”

Know your brain?  Think again.  Driven by a hidden agenda, powered by an indecipherable web of neurons, and influenced by other brains, your grey matter is a black box. To “know thyself” may be a challenge, and free will nonexistent, but maybe more...
Big Picture Science Show: “What Lies Beneath”

Big Picture Science Show: “What Lies Beneath”

What you can’t see may astound you.  The largest unexplored region of Earth is the ocean.  Beneath its churning surface, oceanographers have recently discovered the largest volcano in the world – perhaps in the solar system. Find out what is known – and yet to be...
Big Picture Science Show: “Weather Vain”

Big Picture Science Show: “Weather Vain”

Everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it. Not that they haven’t tried.  History is replete with attempts to control the weather, but we’d settle for an accurate seven-day forecast. Find out how sophisticated technology might improve accuracy,...
Big Picture Science Show: “And To Space We Return”

Big Picture Science Show: “And To Space We Return”

Earth may be the cradle of life, but our bodies are filled with materials cooked up billions of years ago in the scorching centers of stars. As Carl Sagan said, “We are all stardust.” We came from space, and some say it is to space we will return. Discover an...