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NSN | Profile: Vandi Verma (Mar 25th, 2011)

A daredevil engineer born in India now drives NASA's Mars rovers.

NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA scienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and PBS viewers.

Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

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NSN | Plasma Rockets (Mar 18th, 2011)

With a "small sun" for an engine, a new rocket might be able to zip us to Mars and back in under three months.

NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA scienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and PBS viewers.

Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

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SLoS | Neuroscientist & Elephant Band Leader: Dave Sulzer (Mar 18th, 2011)

Meet Dave Sulzer, a neuroscientist at Columbia University who studies how different parts of the brain communicate with each other and what impact these processes could have in treating diseases. An accomplished musician in his own right, Dave conducts the "largest orchestra in the world," the Thai Elephant Orchestra. He is one of the scientists profiled in "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," a web-exclusive series from NOVA. Every two weeks, you'll have a chance to meet a new sci...

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NSN | Space Food (Mar 11th, 2011)

How do you keep food fresh on a three-year round-trip to Mars? NASA scientist-chefs are cooking up some ideas.

NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA scienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and PBS viewers.

Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

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SLoS | Education Engineer & Dancer: Shaundra Daily (Mar 4th, 2011)

Meet Shaundra Daily, a computer scientist and engineer who designs technologies to help adults and children reflect on their beliefs, values, and attitudes. She is one of the scientists whom we are profiling on "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," a web-exclusive series from NOVA. Every two weeks, you'll have a chance to meet a new scientist or engineer. Watch their videos. Ask them questions. Find out how their surprising secret lives fuel their science, and vice versa.

"The Secret...

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NSN | Next-Generation Space Suits (Mar 4th, 2011)

Today's suits are notoriously bulky. MIT's Dava Newman is out to change that with a radical, and sleek, new design.

NOVA is produced by WGBH in Boston. Funding for NOVA scienceNOW is provided by the National Science Foundation, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, and PBS viewers.

Funding for NOVA is provided by David H. Koch, the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, and PBS viewers.

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NSN | Space Dangers (Feb 25th, 2011)

A trip to Mars and back could take two to three years. Can humans survive the journey, fraught with deadly meteoroids, bone and muscle wasting, and perilous levels of radiation? Scientists are developing new ways to keep astronauts alive, using novel meteoroid-proof materials, artificial gravity, and exercise. But will they be enough?

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SLoS | Neurobiologist & Meditator: Andre Fenton (Feb 18th, 2011)

Andre Fenton studies the biological basis of human memory. And he never forgets to find some quiet time to meditate. He is one of the scientists whom we are profiling on "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," a web-exclusive series from NOVA. Every two weeks, you'll have a chance to meet a new scientist or engineer. Watch their videos. Ask them questions. Find out how their surprising secret lives fuel their science, and vice versa.

"The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" is pro...

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NOVA Short | Soccer-Playing Robots (Feb 11th, 2011)

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SLoS | Synesthesia Researcher & Synesthete: Steffie Tomson (Feb 4th, 2011)

Meet neuroscientist Steffie Tomson, who studies the fascinating phenomenon of synesthesia and happens also to be a synesthete herself. She is one of the scientists whom we are profiling on "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," a web-exclusive series from NOVA. Every two weeks, you'll have a chance to meet a new scientist or engineer. Watch their videos. Ask them questions. Find out how their surprising secret lives fuel their science, and vice versa.

"The Secret Life of Scientists an...

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NSN Short | Magic and Autism (Jan 28th, 2011)

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SLoS | Product Designer & TV Host: Judy Lee (Jan 24th, 2011)

Meet Judy Lee, a product designer and engineer who also hosts the tv show "Design Squad Nation." She is one of the scientists whom we are profiling on "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," a web-exclusive series from NOVA. Every two weeks, you'll have a chance to meet a new scientist or engineer. Watch their videos. Ask them questions. Find out how their surprising secret lives fuel their science, and vice versa.

"The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" is produced for NOVA by S...

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NSN Short | Cosmic Ray Danger (Jan 24th, 2011)

Cosmic rays are inescapable in space. They can rip right through an astronaut, damaging DNA and possibly causing cancer and memory loss over the long-term. But recent research shows that antioxidants, found in certain berries and fruit, may decrease the effects of this type of radiation.

For more, watch "Can We Make It To Mars?" on pbs.org/nova.

Original footage produced for NOVA by Sarah Holt. Video (all) © WGBH Educational Foundation

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NOVA Short | Taking the Heat (Jan 14th, 2011)

In his pursuit of strong materials, David Pogue, New York Times technology reporter and host of NOVA's "Making Stuff," wants to know how firefighters dress to boldly enter blazing buildings. In this video, Pogue visits with chemist Rich Young of DuPont to see how a material called Nomex withstands heat and flame.

For more, watch "Making Stuff Stronger" airing January 19 on PBS. Or go to pbs.org/nova.

Original footage produced for NOVA by Chris Schmidt, Powderhouse Productions. Video (all) © WG...

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SLoS | Physicist & Figure Skater: Michio Kaku (Jan 7th, 2011)

Meet Michio Kaku—a renowned physicist as well as an impressive figure skater. He is one of the scientists that we are profiling on "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," a web-exclusive series from NOVA. Every two weeks, you'll have a chance to meet a new scientist or engineer. Watch their videos. Ask them questions. Find out how their surprising secret lives fuel their science, and vice versa.

"The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" is produced for NOVA by Seftel Productions. V...

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SLoS | Biology Teacher & Artist: Caryn Babaian (Dec 17th, 2010)

Meet Caryn Babaian—a biology teacher for whom art is as essential as science. She is one of the scientists that we are profiling on "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," a web-exclusive series from NOVA. Every two weeks, you'll have a chance to meet a new scientist or engineer. Watch their videos. Ask them questions. Find out how their surprising secret lives fuel their science, and vice versa.

"The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" is produced for NOVA by Seftel Productions. ...

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SLoS | Theoretical Physicist & Glider Pilot: Allan Adams (Dec 3rd, 2010)

Meet Allan Adams—theoretical physicist by profession and glider pilot on the side. He is one of the scientists that we are profiling on "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," a web-exclusive series from NOVA. Every two weeks, you'll have a chance to meet a new scientist or engineer. Watch their videos. Ask them questions. Find out how their surprising secret lives fuel their science, and vice versa.

"The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" is produced for NOVA by Seftel Productio...

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SLoS | Cancer Researcher & Shofar Player: Len Zon (Dec 2nd, 2010)

Meet Len Zon—cancer researcher by profession and shofar player on the side. He is one of the scientists that we are profiling on "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," a web-exclusive series from NOVA. Every two weeks, you'll have a chance to meet a new scientist or engineer. Watch their videos. Ask them questions. Find out how their surprising secret lives fuel their science, and vice versa.

"The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" is produced for NOVA by Seftel Productions. Vis...

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SLoS | Physicist & Saxophonist: Stephon Alexander (Nov 5th, 2010)

Meet Stephon Alexander—theoretical physicist by profession and saxophonist on the side. He is one of the scientists that we are profiling on "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," a web-exclusive series from NOVA. Every two weeks, you'll have a chance to meet a new scientist or engineer. Watch their videos. Ask them questions. Find out how their surprising secret lives fuel their science, and vice versa.

"The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers" is produced for NOVA by Seftel Prod...

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NOVA Short | Surviving an Elevator Plunge (Nov 2nd, 2010)

Everybody's worst nightmare: You're riding in an elevator, and suddenly it goes into free fall. Could you save yourself by jumping up at the last second, just before the plummeting car hits bottom? Joe Seamans, producer of NOVA's "Trapped in an Elevator," tests it out. For more, watch "Trapped in an Elevator" airing November 2nd on PBS. Or go to pbs.org/nova.

Video podcast produced for NOVA by Joe Seamans

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