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Profile: Jay Keasling

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A synthetic biologist raised on a Nebraska farm is on a quest for clean-burning biofuels.

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Algae Fuel

Algae Fuel

In the search for alternatives to gasoline, are algae the answer?

Putting Bacteria to Work

Putting Bacteria to Work

Bacteria help us in all kinds of ways, from fermenting foods to aiding medicine, cleaning oil spills to min...

From Pond Scum to Power

From Pond Scum to Power

In this animated primer, learn why algae and other plants make oil, and how algae oil gets converted to bio...

Episodes of NOVA scienceNOW23

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How Smart Can We Get?

See inside Einstein’s brain, boost your memory, meet post-injury savants, and more.

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What Will the Future Be Like?

Meet the people building tomorrow’s robots, mind-reading machines, and more.

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What Makes Us Human?

Find out if you’re part Neanderthal, what language may owe to tool-making, and more.

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What's The Next Big Thing?

Greet the future: social robots, a "smart" electric grid & microbes that make diesel fuel.

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Viewing H.M.'s Brain

Neuroscientist Jacopo Annese prepares H.M.’s brain for further study.

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Cooking with Chemicals

Chefs are turning to the chemical cabinet to create new dishes.

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Criminal Minds: Born or Made?

Scientists are using neuroimaging and genetic testing to uncover biological aggression.

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New Photos of Einstein’s Brain

Recently released brain images could provide new clues as to what made Einstein so smart.

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Augmented Reality and Touch

The science of Haptics allows us to “touch” objects in a virtual world.

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Slime Mold Smarts

Slime molds may be brainless, but they aren’t stupid.

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The Waggle Dance

Watch David Pogue shake his moneymaker like a honeybee.

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How Smart Can We Get? Preview

See inside Einstein’s brain, learn how to boost your memory, meet people who became savant

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Can Science Stop Crime? Preview

Explore the genetics behind criminal minds, the latest in lie detection, and more.

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