Big Picture Science Show: “Perpetual Emotion Machine”

Big Picture Science Show: “Perpetual Emotion Machine”

Get ready for compassionate computers that feel your pain, share your joy, and generally get where you’re coming from.  Computers that can tell by your voice whether you’re pumped up or feeling down, or sense changes in heart rate, skin, or muscle tension to determine...
Big Picture Science Show: “Science Fiction”

Big Picture Science Show: “Science Fiction”

ENCORE No one knows what the future will bring, but science fiction authors are willing to take a stab at imagining it.  We take our own stab at imagining them imagining it.  Find out why the genre of science fiction is more than a trippy ride through a bizarre,...
Big Picture Science Show: “Gene-y In A Bottle”

Big Picture Science Show: “Gene-y In A Bottle”

ENCORE You can’t pick your parents.  But soon you may be able to change the DNA they gave you.  CRISPR technology is poised to take DNA editing to new levels of precision and speed.  Imagine deleting genes from your body that you don’t like and inserting the ones you...
Big Picture Science Show: “The Crater Good”

Big Picture Science Show: “The Crater Good”

ENCORE It was “one giant leap for mankind,” but the next step forward may require going back.  Yes, back to the moon.  Only this time the hardware may come from China.  Or perhaps Europe.  In fact, it seems that the only developed nation not going lunar is the U.S....
Big Picture Science Show: “100% Invisible”

Big Picture Science Show: “100% Invisible”

ENCORE In astronomy, the rule of thumb was simple: If you can’t see it with a telescope, it’s not real.  Seeing is believing.  Well, tell that to the astronomers who discovered dark energy, or dark matter … or, more recently, Planet 9.   And yet we have evidence that...
Big Picture Science Show: “Time On Your Side”

Big Picture Science Show: “Time On Your Side”

Time passes like an arrow, but what if it flew like a boomerang?  Scientists are learning how to reverse time’s most relentless march: aging.  But before we rewind time, let’s try to define it, because there’s plenty of debate about just what time is – a fundamental...
Big Picture Science Show: “Eve of Disruption”

Big Picture Science Show: “Eve of Disruption”

ENCORE Only two of the following three creations have had lasting scientific or cultural impact:  The telescope … the Sistine Chapel ceiling … the electric banana.  Find out why one didn’t make the cut as a game-changer, and why certain eras and places produce a...
Big Picture Science Show: “Spacecraft Elegy”

Big Picture Science Show: “Spacecraft Elegy”

Exploration: It’s exciting, it’s novel, and you can’t always count on a round-trip ticket.  You can boldly go, but you might not come back.  That’s no showstopper for robotic explorers, though.  Spacecraft go everywhere. While humans have traveled no farther than the...