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NOVA; Making Stuff: Smarter

01/19/2011

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Series
NOVA
Program
Making Stuff: Smarter
Program Number

3805

Series Description

Premiered March 1974 NOVA is a general-interest documentary series that addresses a single science issue each week. Billed as "science adventures for curious grown-ups" when it first aired in March, 1974, NOVA continues to offer an informative and entertaining approach to a challenging subject. 1996 marked NOVA's 23rd season, which makes it the longest-running science program on national television. It is also one of television's most acclaimed series, having won every major television award, most of them many times over. Series release date: 3/3/1974

Program Description

"Making Stuff: Smarter" looks at materials that respond to their environments and even learn, such as an airplane wing that changes shape as it flies. Scientists are turning to nature in developing such "smart" stuff. Sharkskin, for instance, has inspired a substance that, when sprayed in hospitals, could eliminate antibiotic-resistant bacteria. David Pogue visits a scientist who has even created a material that can render objects invisible. "Smarter" concludes with a vision of the ultimate in "life-like" stuff: programmable matter that could create a duplicate of a human being.

A NOVA Production by Powderhouse Productions for WGBH

Duration

00:56:40

Asset Type

Broadcast program

Media Type

Video

Genres
Documentary
Topics
Science
Citation
Chicago: “NOVA; Making Stuff: Smarter,” 01/19/2011, WGBH Media Library & Archives, accessed December 8, 2016, http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2B2C9CD90A5045ED8CCEECBE6E245F2F.
MLA: “NOVA; Making Stuff: Smarter.” 01/19/2011. WGBH Media Library & Archives. Web. December 8, 2016. <http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2B2C9CD90A5045ED8CCEECBE6E245F2F>.
APA: NOVA; Making Stuff: Smarter. Boston, MA: WGBH Media Library & Archives. Retrieved from http://openvault.wgbh.org/catalog/V_2B2C9CD90A5045ED8CCEECBE6E245F2F
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