ScienceScope is a NewsHour digital series. ScienceScope, which won the 2016 AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Silver Award in the television spot news / feature reporting category, takes a deep dive into the process of scientific discovery, exploring the nitty-gritty in short, digestible, music-filled video bites.

Last year, we broke the story of a robot being being developed to fight invasive lionfish. This spring, the prototype landed in the open ocean for the first time. Here’s how they took the idea from paper to practice.

Jun 09

What a smell looks like

Smells are normally invisible, but this lab in Colorado uses lasers to bring odors to life. The research is part of a nationwide project to build a robot that can smell.