Season 12, Episode 1 Pet Tech

First Aired: October 16, 2001

Alan Alda and his canine co-host Tug explore several ways in which pets are being helped by technology and vice versa. In one segment, Alda explores how dogs sniff out bombs and land mines, and meets two Tufts researchers who have devised an “artificial dog's nose.” Alda also surveys dog nutrition at a pet-food company research center. And, at MIT, he meets a researcher who uses “virtual dog training” to study dog brains. Then he chats up a parrot named Alex, who's part of a “pet project.”

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  • Premise: Science, technology and nature are examined with insight, humor and an eye on the practical, with smartly paced reports on such subjects as the big-bang theory, robots, the relationship between stress and illness, and whether we are alone in the universe.… (more)

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