NOVA: Making Stuff: Safer
Airs Wednesday, December 18, 2013 at 8 p.m. on KPBS TV
Originally published November 4, 2013 at 5:04 p.m., updated December 13, 2013 at 10:36 a.m.
Host and New York Times technology columnist David Pogue returns to the acclaimed miniseries, MAKING STUFF, which this time explores how technology makes stuff faster (aired October 16), wilder (aired October 23), colder (aired October 30) and safer (repeats Dec. 18).
MAKING STUFF "Safer" airs Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 8 p.m. - Is it possible to engineer an absolutely safe world for ourselves?
Host David Pogue explores the extent to which science and technology can protect us from monumental forces of nature such as earthquakes and epidemics.
He challenges researchers to save us from dangers of our own making, such as traffic accidents and contact sports.
Our increasing reliance on the internet makes us vulnerable to new risks: Pogue delves into cyber security, where computer experts work to shield us from attacks from hackers and terrorists. Risk is all around us — but we can be smart about it.
Levitating high-speed trains. Batteries grown by viruses. Bomb-sniffing plants. Vaccines administered like a painless tattoo. Test your innovation smarts by taking our weekly quiz on ideas and materials that are wilder, faster, colder, and safer than anything we've seen before.