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Making Stuff Safer

Host David Pogue hits the road to explore the frontiers of invention and innovation.

Runtime: 53:04Topic: Tech + EngineeringTech & Engineering

(Program not available for streaming.) The world has always been a dangerous place, so how do we increase our odds of survival? In "Making Stuff Safer," David Pogue explores the cutting-edge research of scientists and engineers who want to keep us out of harm's way. Some are countering the threat of natural disasters with new firefighting materials and safer buildings. Others are at work on technologies to thwart terrorist attacks. A next-generation vaccine will save millions from deadly disease. And innovations like smarter cars and better sports gear will reduce the risk of everyday activities. We'll never eliminate danger—but science and technology are making stuff safer.

Scott Bocklund, Evan Breedlove, Pete DeMuth, Chris Gerdes, J. Christian Gerdes, Paula Hammond, Lene Harbott, June Medford, Eric Nauman, Holly Russell, Stanton Sloane, Michael Sossong, Tom Talavage, John Van De Lindt, David Vodden, Nyle Zikmund

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Major funding for "Making Stuff" is provided by the National Science Foundation.

This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DRL-1222986. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Additional funding is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Science.

This material is based upon work supported by the Department of Energy under Award Number(s) DE-SC0008715. This report was prepared as an account of work sponsored by an agency of the United States Government. Neither the United States Government nor any agency thereof, nor any of their employees, makes any warranty, express or implied, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information, apparatus, product, or process disclosed, or represents that its use would not infringe privately owned rights. Reference herein to any specific commercial product, process, or service by trade name, trademark, manufacturer, or otherwise does not necessarily constitute or imply its endorsement, recommendation, or favoring by the United States Government or any agency thereof. The views and opinions of authors expressed herein do not necessarily state or reflect those of the United States Government or any agency thereof.