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?
Levitating trains. Self-driving cars. Wing-flapping hummingbird drones. Supercomputing machines. Fish slime stronger than bulletproof Kevlar. Ultra-fast sailboats. Bomb-sniffing plants. Firefighting goo. Swarms of flying robots. Civilization is built on the human ability to invent — to create new materials and technologies from the raw materials of the earth. What will the stuff of the future be made of? New York Times technology correspondent and best-selling author David Pogue returns to guide viewers through a new generation of cutting-edge materials that is powering a next wave of scientific and technological innovation in a spectacular four-part NOVA series “Making Stuff: Colder, Faster, Safer, Wilder.”
In MAKING STUFF, David Pogue checks in with researchers around the globe who are pushing the limits further than ever before, using biology and chemistry to create materials with new qualities that are expanding our technological frontiers. With his zany humor and zest for discovery, 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 a new generation of “stuff” that is colder, faster, safer and wilder than anything we’ve ever seen or experienced.
“NOVA’s entertaining and ever-curious host David Pogue once again allows himself to be poked, prodded, slimed, heated-up and frozen — all in the name of science — as he traverses the globe, hunting down the remarkable stuff that will revolutionize our daily lives,” said Paula S. Apsell, Senior Executive Producer for NOVA. “NOVA drew 14 million viewers with the first ‘Making Stuff,’ and this new series will also engage people with the advances to come in how we