Season 1

The world of science is full of facts and figures, but behind the study are the people. In the end, it becomes a question not of how they do science — but why.

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Human Elements

Saving Ancient Giants

Ken Wu has always been fascinated by trees. Now he’s working to save them.

Saving Ancient Giants

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Human Elements

Building a better airplane by borrowing from birds

Vikram Baliga is turning everything we know about flight on its head.

Building a better airplane by borrowing from birds

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Human Elements

Gaining Perspective in Microgravity

An astronaut’s perspective on her work changes as she looks back at the Earth.

Gaining Perspective in Microgravity

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Human Elements

Elevating Indigenous Science

A fire scientist connects his experience working the land with fire in his home community.

Elevating Indigenous Science

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Human Elements

In Origami, Science Unfolds

JK Yang sees endless possibilities in a single sheet of paper.

In Origami, Science Unfolds

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Human Elements

Watching A Star Die

An astronomer studies the moment a star dies and begins to transform into a black hole.

Watching A Star Die

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Human Elements

Climbing For Ancient Algae

Looking for the origins of life in the algae that grows high in the mountains.

Climbing For Ancient Algae

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Human Elements

Tracking Invisible Cats

What is it like to study an animal that is almost impossible to see?

Tracking Invisible Cats

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Human Elements

The Translator

Dr. Bonnie Baird is a translator. But the languages she decodes aren’t any we know.

The Translator

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Human Elements

Think Like an Octopus

We don’t know yet if alien life exists. But if they do, they might think like an octopus.

Think Like an Octopus