Tech + Engineering

07
Mar

Prosthetic Legs, Deadly Black Holes, and 250-dB Blasts: NOVA Next Week in Review

This Week’s NOVA Next Feature Article

Prosthetic technology is advancing rapidly, but for most people, cutting-edge devices are neither attainable nor well suited for their lives. NOVA Next contributor Rose Eveleth investigates the idea that sometimes the most revolutionary device isn’t state of the art.

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This surfer competes at the 2011 Big, Bad, and Ugly Surf Contest, in Morro Bay, California, using a durable prosthetic leg. Conditions like these would damage today's myoelectric legs.

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Missed this week’s NOVA broadcast, “Mt. St. Helens: Back from the Dead?” Watch the program online below, and learn how one little pocket gopher became the hero of Mt. St. Helens.

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    • This coming Sunday marks the premiere of Neil DeGrasse Tyson’s 13-part Cosmos on FOX and the National Geographic Channel, an homage and update to Carl Sagan’s original series of the same name. The New York Times has a great review of the program, and you can watch a fun profile of Tyson over at NOVA’s Secret Life of Scientists.
    • Stretched like a noodle? Burnt to a crisp? The answer to how you would die in a black hole could revolutionize the fundamental laws of nature. Watch our new video.