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Making Stuff Colder

12/18/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

In this mini-series, New York Times' technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue takes a wild ride through the cutting-edge science that is powering a next wave of technological innovation. With his humor and zest for discovery, Pogue meets the scientists and engineers who are plunging to the bottom of the temperature scale, finding design inspiration in nature, and breaking every speed limit to make tomorrow's 'stuff' colder, faster, wilder and safer. Cold. For centuries we've fought it, shunned it and huddled against it. Cold has always been the enemy of life, but now it may hold the key to a new generation of science and technology that will improve our lives. David Pogue explores the frontiers of cold science, from saving the lives of severe trauma patients and cooling a warming planet to ultracold physics, where bizarre new properties of matter are the norm and the basis of new technologies like levitating trains and quantum computers. In this brave new world, cold isn't to be avoided. Cold is the new hot.

Making Stuff Wilder

12/18/2014 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

In this mini-series, New York Times' technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue takes a wild ride through the cutting-edge science that is powering a next wave of technological innovation. With his humor and zest for discovery, Pogue meets the scientists and engineers who are plunging to the bottom of the temperature scale, finding design inspiration in nature, and breaking every speed limit to make tomorrow's 'stuff' colder, faster, wilder and safer. What happens when engineers open up nature's toolbox? David Pogue explores bold innovations inspired by the Earth's greatest inventor, life itself. From underwater wi-fi based on dolphin communication, to robotic 'mules' and 'cheetahs' for the military, to swarms of robotic bees, Pogue travels the world seeing the 'wildest' ideas put into action in new inventions and technologies. It is a journey that sees today's bacteria turned into tomorrow's metallurgists, viruses building batteries, and even DNA, the Code of Life, put to work in 'living' computers. Will the stuff of the future take on a life of its own?

Forensics On Trial

12/20/2014 at 10:00 am on WTTW Prime

Investigates how today's shaky state of crime science can send innocent men and women to prison.

First Man on the Moon

12/22/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

An intimate portrait of the American hero features interviews with Armstrong's family and friends.

Great Cathedral Mystery

12/25/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

The Duomo in Florence is a towering masterpiece of Renaissance ingenuity and an enduring source of mystery. A team of U.S. master bricklayers help build a unique experimental 'mini-Duomo' using period tools and techniques. Will it stay intact during the final precarious stages of closing over the top of the dome?

Building The Great Cathedrals

12/25/2014 at 11:00 pm on WTTW Create/World

Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights? Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking 100 years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on earth came true. NOVA's teams perform hands-on experiments to investigate and reveal the architectural secrets that the cathedral builders used to erect their soaring, glass-filled walls. This program reveals the hidden formulas, drawn from the pages of the Bible itself, that drove medieval builders ever upward.

3d Spies of Wwii

12/29/2014 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

The untold story of the Allied air photo intelligence that played a vital role in defeating Hitler.

Making Stuff Wilder

01/05/2015 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Robotic bees, viruses building batteries and more innovations inspired by life itself are explored.

Rise of the Drones

01/07/2015 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

The explosive growth of airborne pilotless drones is transforming the armed forces of every nation.

Making Stuff Colder

01/12/2015 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

David Pogue explores ultracold physics, cooling a warming planet and cold science innovations.

Big Bang Machine

01/14/2015 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Particle physicists attempt to close in on the Higgs boson, the Great White Whale of modern science.

Great Cathedral Mystery

01/19/2015 at 7:00 pm on WTTW Prime

Using period tools and techniques, bricklayers build a mini version of the Duomo in Florence.

Sunken Ship Rescue

01/21/2015 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

The operation to raise and salvage the capsized Costa Concordia cruise ship in Italy is chronicled.

Sinkholes - Buried Alive

01/28/2015 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Sinkholes, a worldwide hazard that lurks wherever limestone bedrock is found, are investigated.

Building Wonders: Colosseum - Roman Death Trap

02/11/2015 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

One of the world's most iconic buildings, the Colosseum is a monument to Roman imperial power.

Building Wonders: Petra - Lost City of Stone

02/18/2015 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Experts carve a temple-tomb to find out how the ancient people of Petra built their city of stone.

Building Wonders: Hagia Sophia - Istanbul's Ancient Mystery

02/25/2015 at 9:00 pm on WTTW HD

Architects and engineers examine the unique structure of the dome of Hagia Sophia in Istanbul.

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