SciTech Now

Thursday, November 30, 11:30 pm on KPBS2

Duration: 0:26:46

Description: On this episode: The axolotl (axe-oh-lot-uhl) is a Mexican salamander with an incredible ability: cut its leg off, and the limb will grow right back! Researchers, like Susan Bryant of the University of California, Irvine, are studying these amphibians to understand the underlying mechanisms for their miraculous regenerative powers; We listen to music all the time from our work commutes to the gym every task or detour in our day can have its own soundtrack. Now tech startups are putting music back on center stage, giving us access to everything from concerts to surround sound. Hari Sreenivasan discusses trends in business and technology in the music industry with Brian Hecht, our resident serial entrepreneur; An asteroid space ship may sound like something out of a science fiction novel, but one company is working to make it a reality. Reporter Andrea Vasquez speaks to chief technology officer and co-founder of "Made in Space," Jason Dunn, via Google hangout; Every year, thousands of patients develop infections while being treated in hospitals. To help prevent this, researchers at the University of Central Florida are developing inexpensive nanostructures to make self-cleaning medical equipment affordable and accessible for healthcare professionals; Adrienne Bennett is America's first female African-American master plumber. She was contracted to design the plumbing system in Comerica park, home of the Detroit Tigers. Adrienne explains the complexities of her work, and shares a preview of her current project.


Broadcast In: English