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Making More Stuff

with David Pogue

Host David Pogue hits the road to explore the frontiers of invention and innovation.
Premiers Oct. 16, 23, and 30 and Nov. 6, 2013 at 9 pm on WQED-TV 13.PBS.

In this four-part special, 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. 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," "Safer," and "Wilder."

Making Stuff Faster – October 16

Ever since humans stood on two feet we have had the basic urge go FASTER. But are there physical limits to how fast we can go? NOVA host David Pogue wants to find out, and in “Making Stuff: Faster” he’ll investigate everything from electric muscle cars and ultrafast cameras to quantum teleportation. Along the way he finds that speed is more than just getting us from A to B – it’s also about getting things done in less time. From the floor of the New York Stock Exchange to UPS headquarters and inside a packed 737, Pogue’s quest for ultimate speed limits takes him to unexpected places where he’ll come face-to-face with the final frontiers of speed.

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Making Stuff Wilder – October 23

What happens when engineers open up Nature’s toolbox? In “Making Stuff: Wilder,” David Pogue explores bold new 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?
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Making Stuff Colder – October 30

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. In “Making Stuff: Colder” 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 anymore. Cold is the new HOT.
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Making Stuff Safer – November 6

Is it possible to engineer an absolutely safe world for ourselves? In this episode of “Making Stuff” host David Pogue explores the extent to which science and technology can protect us from monumental forces of nature like earthquakes and epidemics. He challenges researchers to save us from dangers of our own making, like 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.
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Made Possible By:

Interested in making more stuff? Watch the original four episodes of Making Stuff online. David Pogue explores the materials that shape our future in Making Stuff: Stronger, Smaller, Cleaner, Smarter.


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Educational STUFF

Parents and Educators
Check out these education and outreach resources for doing materials science activities at home, in school, and in after-school and out of school programs.

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What is Materials Science and Engineering?
Almost everything around you is made of some kind of material. Materials scientists and engineers investigate how materials are made, figure out how they can be changed and improved, and engineer entirely new materials to meet challenges. Download this information sheet to learn more.

Career STUFF

I want to be a materials scientist/engineer!

Materials science is one of the hottest career areas in science, but to think of it as a single career is misleading. Perhaps one reason for its popularity is that it unites applications from many scientific disciplines that contribute to the development of new materials

Many materials scientists say they were drawn to the field because they are naturally curious and always wanted to know what things were made of.

The strong link of materials science to products in the marketplace means that more job opportunities are to be found in this area than in other areas of science, resulting in a positive future job outlook. Materials science's progress is pointing the way toward improved personal economic health and a better way of life. Applications for new materials and modifications of existing materials are expected to keep the demand for trained materials scientists growing.

Where can I study materials science and engineering?

US colleges offering materials science and engineering courses
Top undergraduate schools for materials engineering
Top graduate schools for materials engineering

Where can I learn more about the materials science and engineering profession?

American Chemical Society (ACS)
ASM International (ASM), Materials Education Foundation
Materials Research Society (MRS)
Society for Biomaterials
The American Ceramic Society (ACerS)
The Minerals, Metals and Materials Society (TMS)


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