Big Picture Science Show: “Elements Never Forget”

Big Picture Science Show: “Elements Never Forget”

ENCORE  It’s elementary, Watson.  Things are in flux – from the elements in the air you breathe to party balloons.   We investigate the massive, historic loss of nitrogen from the atmosphere and meet the culprits behind a modern-day helium shortage. But it’s not all a...
Big Picture Science Show: “Musical Universe”

Big Picture Science Show: “Musical Universe”

ENCORE  In space, no one can hear you scream, but, using the right instruments, scientists can pick up all types of cosmic vibrations – the sort we can turn into sound.  After a decade of listening, LIGO, a billion-dollar physics experiment, has detected gravitational...
Big Picture Science Show: “On Thin Ice”

Big Picture Science Show: “On Thin Ice”

Water is essential for life – that we know.  But the honeycomb lattice that forms when you chill it to zero degrees Celsius is also inexorably intertwined with life. Ice is more than a repository for water that would otherwise raise sea levels.  It’s part of Earth’s...
Big Picture Science Show: “Caught In A Traps”

Big Picture Science Show: “Caught In A Traps”

ENCORE  “Locked and loaded” is how one scientist recently described the San Andreas fault.  Find out when this famous west-coast rift might cause “the big one;” also, the state of early earthquake warning systems. Plus, another sign of our planet’s unceasing turmoil:...
Big Picture Science Show: “What Goes Around”

Big Picture Science Show: “What Goes Around”

It’s not just tin cans and newspapers.  One man says that, from a technical standpoint, everything can be recycled – cigarette butts, yoga mats, dirty diapers.  Even radioactive waste.  You name it, we can recycle it.  But we choose not to.  Find out why we don’t, and...
Big Picture Science Show: “Eclipsing All Other Shows”

Big Picture Science Show: “Eclipsing All Other Shows”

They say that the experience of watching a total eclipse is so profound, you’re not the same afterward.  If life-changing events are your thing and you’re in the lower 48 states on August 21st, let us help you make the most of viewing the Great American Solar Eclipse....
Big Picture Science Show: “Frogs’ Pants”

Big Picture Science Show: “Frogs’ Pants”

It’s one of the most bizarre biological experiments ever. In the 18th century, a scientist fitted a pair of tailor-made briefs on a male frog to determine the animal’s contribution to reproduction.  The process of gestation was a mystery and scientists had some...