If you were to gaze upon a cave full of New Zealand glow worms, you may think you’re looking at a star-lit night sky. Using a small organ at the end of their bodies, these tiny gnat larvae illuminate surfaces of the caves and ravine walls they call home. In this segment, we meet biochemists on a mission to discover the molecular basis for the glow worm’s bio-luminescence. - Drones are being used by everyone from television producers, to scientists, to your next door neighbor. As drone usage becomes more and more common, engineers continue to expand the impact this technology has on the global community. Serial entrepreneur and advisor to many startups and digital media teams, Brian Hecht joins Hari Sreenivasan to discuss the next generation of drones. - Facial recognition systems are typically used to identify or verify a person for security purposes. Now, researchers at the University of North Carolina Wilmington are using facial recognition technology as a diagnostic tool to determine health risks. - The Tampa Electric Company has decided to harness the power of the Florida sun. Now the Tampa Bay area is home to a new solar power facility.
Episode #415 / Length: 26 minutes