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  • Views: 305 A Sensitive Skyway: Building bridges that can troubleshoot themselves

    Most of the civil infrastructure of America is half a century old, and memories of the actual building of the Interstate Highway System have faded away. Are we doomed to a nationwide crumble? How are today’s roads and bridges designed to last for the next 65 years? 100? 200? Plugged-In reporter, David Davis, explores the largest transportation project in the history of Ohio - the Veteran’s Glass City Skyway Bridge - from construction design to a view from the top.

  • Views: 486 Today's Bionic Man: Using science to keep people moving

    We can rebuild him. The Six Million Dollar man could be a reality today, as man and machine become one for better health and adaptation. Artificial limbs and devices, photo biotherapy for faster and better wound healing, and even a device to analyze the effectiveness of your golf swing! Plugged-In host Shaun McDonald finds talks with Dr. Vijay Goel about the future of medicine.

  • Views: 543 No need for needles: A better way for diabetics to check their sugar

    Currently the method for measuring blood sugar (glucose) levels in people with diabetes, is to draw blood by pricking a finger. With 15 million diabetics in the US testing glucose levels each day, there must be a better way – and there is. The Glucose Eye Scanner, developed at UT is a non-invasive and easy-to-use scanner that looks at the liquid between the lens and cornea to give an instant read-out. Roquel Cunningham talks to the developer of the scanner, and experts from UT's College of Business Administration to explain the path from lab to store shelf.

  • Views: 300 Is There Life On Mars? Using light to find life on other planets

    What factors came together to create an environment that sustains life on our planet? By understanding where we came from, we have a base of understanding to know what to look for when searching for similar life elsewhere in our universe. Dr. Bernie Bopp and Dr. Karen Bjorkman join Plugged-In reporter Katie Colosimo, and explain how we can use the light spectrum to analyze environments light years away.

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