Can we protect Mars-bound astronauts from deadly meteoroids and the ill effects of radiation and zero gravity?
Today's suits are notoriously bulky. MIT's Dava Newman is out to change that with a radical, and sleek, new design.
How do you keep food fresh on a three-year round-trip to Mars? NASA scientist-chefs are cooking up some ideas
With a "small sun" for an engine, a new rocket might be able to zip us to Mars and back in under three months.
Berries and other foods containing antioxidants may alleviate cellular damage caused by cosmic radiation.
Custom-made hearts, lungs, kidneys, and other organs could revolutionize organ transplantation.
A gene called FOXO may be a real elixir of longevity. Can all of us harness its power?
Across the country, ER doctors are intentionally chilling their patients into hypothermia; meanwhile, scientists are hoping that a cocktail of drugs inspired by hibernating animals could one day perform the same "miracles" on demand.
Will research into "longevity genes" help us live longer and healthier lives?
See how "exercise in a pill" could one day help the elderly and the bedridden.
Neuroscientists explore why humans are so easily fooled by magic tricks.
Using magnetic wands, researchers can control the brain functions of human subjects and treat depression.
A neuroscientist finds inventive ways to study the brain-like sending test subjects into free-fall.
A computer named Watson is the latest contestant in machine versus human battles of the "mind."
A magician's sleight of hand may not fool people with autism, who may benefit from learning social cues found in magic.
Meet an extraordinary Border collie and other dogs that are changing our view of canine intelligence.
These brainy marine mammals can "read," plan ahead, and communicate in astounding ways.
Watch as a dolphin's reading ability is put to the test.
Marine mammals are wowing researchers with more than just circus tricks.
Hold your fork - octopuses and other mollusks are more intelligent than you may think.
One woman's 30-year relationship with an African gray parrot transformed our understanding of bird intelligence.
The shock wave from a supernova may have triggered the formation of our sun and planets five billion years ago.
How did molecules first make the leap from non-living to living? An English chemist may have solved part of the mystery
Icky and itchy, yes, but lice hold important clues to our evolution in their DNA
Can we erase bad memories with a shot? This neurobiologist has glimpsed the possibility.
Would you want a robotic friend who could chitchat, do chores, even take care of you? Such bots may be here soon.
Can we predict earthquakes? NOVA scienceNOW visits Haiti and California in search of answers
Tiny, battery-powered cars called EN-Vs, now in R&D, can talk to each other, come when called, even drive themselves.
James van Howe
Our electric grid is a marvel of 20th-century engineering, but it's showing signs of strain. Can a "smart grid" help?
A synthetic biologist's Nebraska farm roots are serving him well in his search for new, clean-burning biofuels.
I Eat That?
What are the secrets behind your favorite foods? Why are some treats, like chocolate-chip cookies, delectable, while others, like cookies made with mealworms, disgusting? You might think you understand what makes something sweet, salty, or bitter, but David Pogue gets a taste of a much more complicated truth, as he ventures into labs and kitchens where everything from apple pie to Thanksgiving turkey to juicy grasshoppers is diced, sliced, dissected, and put under the microscope. If scientists can uncover exactly what's behind the mouth-watering flavors and textures we take for granted every day, could they help us enjoy our food more - without packing on the pounds?
How Smart Can We Get?
How do you get a genius brain? Is it all in your genes? Or is it hard work? Is it possible that everyone's brain has untapped genius - just waiting for the right circumstances so it can be unleashed? From a man who can immediately name the day of the week of any date in history to a "memory athlete" who can remember strings of hundreds of random numbers, David Pogue meets people stretching the boundaries of what the human mind can do. Then, Pogue puts himself to the test: after high-resolution scanning, he finds out how the anatomy of his brain measures up against the greatest mind of the century: Albert Einstein.
What Are Animals Thinking?
We humans have long wondered how animals see the world - and us. Does your dog really feel shame when it gives you that famous "guilty look?" What is behind the "swarm intelligence" of slime mold or a honeybee hive? How can pigeons possibly find their way home across hundreds of miles of unfamiliar terrain? David Pogue meets - and competes - with a menagerie of smart critters that challenge preconceived notions about what makes "us" different from "them," expanding our understanding of how animals really think.
What Will the Future Be Like?
The technologies that will transform our lives decades from now are already taking shape in laboratories around the world. David Pogue imagines what the Tech page of The New York Times might look like 10, 20, or 30 years from today, as he meets the innovative engineers and computer scientists working to create thought-controlled video games, robotic exoskeletons, and virtual reality that seamlessly integrates with the real world.