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Joel and the Curiosity Quest crew visit Big Toys Factory to learn how playground equipment is made. The toys from this factory are made from recycled materials. Part of the Curiosity Quest Series.
Host Joel Greene finds out where all the grass goes after people mow their lawns. He also provides helpful tips for disposing of yard waste that are beneficial for the environment. Part of the Curiosity Quest Series.
Old tires don’t belong in the landfill. They do not decompose easily, and they pollute the air if burned. In this episode, Joel and Curiosity Quest discover how tires are recycled to create new products. Part of the Curiosity Quest Series.
Did you know that cars can be recycled. In this episode, Joel witnesses the massive power of the car crusher and learns how the different parts of cars can be reused. Part of the Curiosity Quest Series.
A recycling coordinator takes viewers through the recycling process for cans, plastics, and newspapers, emphasizing the useful products and hundreds of jobs that are created by recycling. The machinery and processes used at Material Recovery Facilities produce recycled materials for clothing, benches, chairs, cardboard, and paper products. Demonstrates composting for home and community gardens.
In this episode, Joel Greene explores the Lighting Resources Facility in Texas, where they collect old light bulbs. They dump them all into an incredible machine that breaks them apart, safely collects the mercury, and cleans the remaining glass. Lastly, Joel follows the crushed light bulb remnants and watches the process of mixing the recycled light bulbs in with recycled glass to create gorgeous counter tops and flooring. Part of the Curiosity Quest Series.
Erick Ordonez is a materials engineer at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama. He makes sure that the materials NASA sends into space are problem-free. In this video, he talks about the connections between his work, hobbies, and approach to life. Part of the "Design Squad Nation" series.
Understanding the interatomic forces that give structure and properties to different types of solids is essential for the creation of new alloys, the development of useful polymers, and the creation of many other kinds of materials. Chemistry is not only an excellent entry point to predicting how a new material behaves but is also a continuous process of innovation and discovery. Part of the series: Chemistry: Challenges And Solutions.
Nano expert Saniya LeBlanc from George Washington University discusses how scientists are able to work with such small particles. Part of the “Ask a Scientist” series.
The transplanting of bone tissue, known as bone grafting, typically involves allograft, which is bone from a deceased donor, or autograft, which comes from the patient's own body. With support from the National Science Foundation, materials scientist Ramille Shah and materials engineer Adam Jakus are working to develop and improve synthetic materials available for bone grafting. Part of the "Science Nation" series.
New attention is being paid to the benefits of not only recycling materials, but also on increasing efforts to reduce excessive consumption of natural resources. Communities are beginning to see the benefits of recycling, reducing, and reusing.
To manipulate chemical reactions on a large scale, scientists use stoichiometry to quantify those reactions. The use of stoichiometry ensures there are the right amount of reactants and products. Without it, reactions can be incomplete, with expensive materials wasted and harmful byproducts created. Using stoichiometry, scientists are creating chemicals that take the place of petroleum in fabricating sustainable materials. At a different lab, scientists are mimicking the process of photosynthesis to convert the sun’s energy into storable chemical energy. Part of Chemistry: Challenges and Solutions Series.
Throughout the world, innovative thinkers and entrepreneurs are transforming their communities, making the dream of sustainable living a reality. The United Kingdom's push for sustainable housing developments raises awareness of energy efficiency and promotes eco-friendly home design. Cement alternatives developed in Australia reduce the carbon footprint for concrete production by 60%. Two industrial designers from Colombia are creating fashion items from recycled tires. In the Philippines, the inventor of coconut fiber nets shows how his company helps prevent devastating mudslides in the region and provides employment to locals.
Kit Parker is a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve and has served multiple tours of duty in Afghanistan. Even when he’s not in uniform, this Harvard University bioengineer makes it his mission to protect the men and women of the U.S. armed forces. Parker and his team are developing next-generation nanofibers at the Harvard Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC). The unlikely inspiration for Parker’s team is none other than the cotton candy machine. They use their own version of that technology to spin a wide range of polymers, both natural and synthetic, into new fabrics and materials for military use. Part of the National Science Foundation Series “Science Nation.”
Researchers at the state-of-the-art Structural Engineering and Materials Laboratory at the Georgia Institute of Technology are using a full-scale model building to test new ways to protect structures from earthquakes and potentially save lives. The three-story concrete building is based on designs common through much of the 20th century. It has been subjected to round after round of simulated temblors to test if materials such as carbon fiber or new shape-memory alloys can be used to reinforce the structure so it would remain standing in moderate to strong earthquakes. With support from the National Science Foundation, structural engineer Reginald DesRoches and his team have developed a series of retrofits of varying cost and intrusiveness to give building owners in quake-prone areas a range of choices for hardening their property.
Lead is a chemical element with the symbol Pb and atomic number 82. It is a heavy metal that is denser than most common materials.
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Shifting sands filling up shipping lanes are a fact of life on the North Carolina coast. Scientists are looking at new ways to manage dredged materials and protect the environment.
Join host Joel Greene as he explores how batteries can be recycled. The crew visits a battery recycling plant and helps sort the different types of batteries. Part of the Curiosity Quest Series.
The United States leads the world in producing trash. In the episode, Joel Greene and his crew visit a landfill to learn what happens to all the trash that doesn’t get recycled. Part of the Curiosity Quest Series.
Arizona gets plenty of sunlight, and researchers there are working hard to turn that energy into electricity. At Arizona State University, graduate student Brad Brennan makes and tests new materials that will allow industry to build smaller, cheaper, flexible photovoltaic solar cells that can go almost anywhere.
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