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TechKnow Season 1 Episodes

Season 1 Episode Guide

Season 1

72 Episodes 2013 -

Episode 1

High Tech Salmon

Sun, Aug 25, 2013 30 mins

Exploring genetically modified salmon and high-tech seafood production.

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Episode 2

Wildfire Drones

Sun, Sep 15, 2013 30 mins

A look at how remotely piloted government drones helped fight a wildfire in Yosemite National Park.

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Episode 3

Carmen's Face Transplant

Sun, Sep 22, 2013 30 mins

The story of a woman's face transplant is documented.

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Episode 4

Spider Decoy

Sun, Sep 29, 2013 30 mins

A newly discovered species of spider that builds decoys to confuse predators is spotlighted. Phil Torres reports.

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Episode 5

Bulletproof Classroom

Sun, Oct 6, 2013 30 mins

Innovations to protect children in classrooms are studied. Included: bulletproof backpacks and whiteboards.

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Episode 6

NASA's Lab in the Sky

Sun, Oct 20, 2013 30 mins

The focus is on a NASA science lab that hovers in the skies to measure climate change.

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Episode 7

Shark Robot

Sun, Oct 27, 2013 30 mins

The focus is on robots that track sharks to learn more about their behavior.

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Episode 8

Concussion Technology

Sun, Nov 3, 2013 30 mins

Innovative technology that can potentially prevent sports-related concussions is explored.

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Episode 9

E-Cigarettes: Safe Smoke?

Sun, Nov 10, 2013 30 mins

The e-cigarette trend is explored. Included: the science behind the vapor.

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Episode 10

Space Cadet

Wed, Nov 13, 2013 30 mins

The focus is on low-cost artificial limbs.

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Episode 11

Surviving the "Big One"

Sun, Nov 17, 2013 30 mins

Exploring science that can protect bridges and skyscrapers from severe earthquakes.

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Episode 12

Orange Crop Attack

Sun, Nov 24, 2013 30 mins

The scientific fight against bacteria to save the world's orange crops is explored.

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Episode 13

High-Tech Cops

Sun, Dec 8, 2013 30 mins

New technology used by police is explored.

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Episode 14

Driverless Cars

Sun, Dec 15, 2013 30 mins

Smart cars and self-driving automobiles are explored.

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Episode 15

Kid Genius

Sun, Dec 22, 2013 30 mins

A high-school student's invention that could potentially save lives is explored.

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Episode 16

Mushroom Experiments

Sun, Dec 29, 2013 30 mins

Exploring how mushrooms can be used as eco-friendly packaging to replace plastics and Styrofoam.

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Episode 17

3-D Printing Body Parts

Sun, Jan 5, 2014 30 mins

Innovations in 3-D printing are explored, with an emphasis on the 3-D printing of human body parts.

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Episode 18

Tornado Lab

Sun, Jan 12, 2014 30 mins

The efforts of scientists to build structures capable of withstanding an EF5 tornado are documented.

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Episode 19

Phil's Excellent Adventure

Sun, Jan 19, 2014 30 mins

Naturalist Phil Torres investigates a spider mystery in the Peruvian Amazon.

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Episode 20

DNA Testing at Home

Sun, Jan 26, 2014 30 mins

At-home DNA testing is analyzed. Appearing: scientist Rachelle Oldmixon.

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Episode 21

Fountain of Youth?

Sun, Feb 2, 2014 30 mins

A look at the efforts of scientists to reverse the aging process.

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Episode 22

Lung in a Box

Sun, Feb 9, 2014 30 mins

The focus is on a high-tech box that keeps lungs breathing outside the human body.

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Episode 23

Space Archaeology

Sun, Feb 16, 2014 30 mins

Examining how satellite technology is used to uncover previously hidden cities of ancient Egypt.

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Episode 24

Inside the CSI

Sun, Feb 23, 2014 30 mins

An exploration of cutting-edge forensic science. Included: the use of DNA to solve a cold case.

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Episode 25

The Frozen Zoo

Sun, Mar 2, 2014 30 mins

Examining technology that could potentially bring animals back from extinction.

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Episode 26

Medical Marijuana for Kids

Sun, Mar 9, 2014 30 mins

The science behind medical marijuana is explored.

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Episode 27

Designer Drugs: Legal & Lethal

Sat, Mar 15, 2014 30 mins

The latest synthetic drugs are analyzed in the lab.

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Episode 28

Hollywood Resurrection

Sat, Mar 22, 2014 30 mins

A look at how high-tech Hollywood studios can digitally recreate performances of actors who have died.

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Episode 29

Eyes in the Sky

Sat, Mar 29, 2014 30 mins

The discussion centers on powerful airborne cameras.

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Episode 30

You're Being Watched: Facial Recognition Technology

Sat, Apr 5, 2014 30 mins

Facial-recognition technology is explored. Included: its use in law enforcement and at businesses.

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Episode 31

Survivors: Help in a Heartbeat

Sat, Apr 12, 2014 30 mins

Exploring high-tech ways to rescue survivors after disasters such as mudslides, earthquakes and hurricanes.

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Episode 32

Smoking Out the Truth: E-Cigarettes Exposed

Sat, Apr 19, 2014 30 mins

New data on e-cigarettes is revealed.

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Episode 33

Sniffing Out Cancer

Sat, Apr 26, 2014 30 mins

Exploring the potential development of high-tech devices that can detect cancer early.

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Episode 34

The Amazing Spider Web

Sat, May 3, 2014 30 mins

A look at efforts of scientists to harness spider silk for use in construction and medicine.

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Episode 35

Frozen: Operation IceBridge

Sat, May 10, 2014 30 mins

The impacts of climate change are studied with a flight over shrinking glaciers and rising seas.

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Episode 36

Science Slumber Party

Sat, May 17, 2014 30 mins

Chronicling a night in a living laboratory to test a high-tech, green-based house.

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Episode 37

Cancer Goggles

Sat, May 31, 2014 30 mins

The use of military nocturnal vision goggles to detect cancer cells in the operating room is detailed.

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Episode 38

Earthquake Warning

Sat, Jun 7, 2014 30 mins

Exploring technology that could provide early warnings for earthquakes, thereby saving lives and limiting disaster.

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Episode 39

The Real Big Bang Theory

Sat, Jun 14, 2014 30 mins

Cutting-edge research at Caltech is explored. Included: jellyfish-inspired wind turbines.

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Episode 40


Sat, Jun 21, 2014 30 mins

The secrets of the tiger shark are revealed by researchers.

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Episode 41

Talking Cars

Sat, Jun 28, 2014 30 mins

Vehicle technology is explored, with emphasis on innovations that allow cars to communicate with each other.

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Episode 42

Bionic Eye

Sat, Jul 12, 2014 30 mins

Doctors' efforts to restore a blind woman's vision via a bionic eye, high-tech glasses and innovative surgery are chronicled.

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Episode 43

Cord Blood

Sat, Jul 19, 2014 30 mins

Experimental treatment using umbilical-cord blood is examined.

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Episode 44

Fire Starters

Sat, Sep 20, 2014 30 mins

The focus is on the U.S. Forestry Service as they explore ways to combat fires.

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Episode 45

Brain Hack

Sat, Sep 27, 2014 30 mins

Do-it-yourself brain stimulation is examined.

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Episode 46

The Car of the Future

Sat, Oct 11, 2014 30 mins

Automotive innovations are explored. Included: robot cars.

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Episode 47

The New Dust Bowl

Sat, Oct 18, 2014 30 mins

Technological advances to combat a drought in California are explored.

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Episode 48

Football's Green Game

Sat, Oct 25, 2014 30 mins

A behind-the-scenes look at San Francisco's environmentally friendly football stadium.

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Episode 49

Animal Crime Scene Investigators

Sat, Nov 8, 2014 30 mins

The focus is on a forensics lab that investigates crimes against endangered animals. Included: the battle against poachers and smugglers.

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Episode 50

Farms Without Fields

Sat, Nov 15, 2014 30 mins

A look at how abandoned warehouses are being transformed into indoor farms.

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Episode 51

Frack Quakes

Sat, Nov 22, 2014 30 mins

This report questions whether the fracking boom is making the earth unstable.

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Episode 52

Distracted Driving

Sat, Jan 17, 2015 30 mins

Hands-free driving is examined.

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Episode 53

Extreme Weather

Sat, Jan 24, 2015 30 mins

A look inside the National Weather Service's severe storm center, as scientists analyze recent spikes in extreme weather.

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Episode 54

Bionic Bodies

Mon, Feb 2, 2015 30 mins

Advances in bionic technology are explored. Included: the use of robots to help paralyzed people.

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Episode 55

Deep-Sea Gold Rush

Mon, Feb 9, 2015 30 mins

A look at scientists' efforts to explore undersea vents.

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Episode 56

Beyond Ebola: The Virus Hunters

Mon, Feb 23, 2015 30 mins

The efforts of scientists and virus hunters to find treatments and vaccines for new infectious diseases are documented.

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Episode 57

Journey to the Jungle

Mon, Mar 2, 2015 30 mins

The impact of climate change is investigated via a journey to Costa Rica's rain forest. Also: an encounter with bats.

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Episode 58

Gold at Any Cost

Mon, Mar 23, 2015 30 mins

A study of a modern-day gold rush and its potential impact on Peru's Amazon rain forest.

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Episode 59

The Politics of Climate Change

Mon, Apr 6, 2015 30 mins

The climate-change debate is explored. Also: Cutting-edge science combats Florida's rising tides.

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Episode 60

Saving the Macaws

Mon, May 11, 2015 30 mins

A look at the efforts of jungle scientists to save endangered macaws.

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Episode 61

The Digital Desert

Mon, May 18, 2015 30 mins

The politics of Internet speed is investigated.

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Episode 62

The Problem With Plastic

Mon, Jun 1, 2015 30 mins

A study of how technology can solve plastic-waste problems, with a look at one city where residents are fighting a dump.

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Episode 63

Dirty Gold

Mon, Jun 8, 2015 30 mins

A campaign against mining for gold in the rain forests of Peru is spotlighted.

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Episode 64

Who's Killing the Elephants?

Mon, Jun 22, 2015 30 mins

A look at how science, DNA and carbon dating can help track down ivory poachers.

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Episode 65

GMO Foods

Mon, Jul 13, 2015 30 mins

An in-depth look at genetically modified food is featured.

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Episode 66

Unsafe Shrimp

Mon, Jul 20, 2015 30 mins

The safety of seafood is scrutinized in a report that centers on illegal antibiotics allegedly found in shrimp imported into the U.S.

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Episode 67

Investigating E-Cigarettes

Mon, Jul 27, 2015 30 mins

E-cigarettes are investigated. Included: the story behind smoking-cessation claims; and the alleged dangers of some vape flavors and larger vaping devices.

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Episode 68

Investigating Katrina

Mon, Aug 24, 2015 30 mins

A study of what went terribly wrong in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. Included: technology that may be able to protect New Orleans from future disaster.

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Episode 69

Journey to the Arctic

Mon, Sep 7, 2015 30 mins

An Arctic expedition offers a study of climate change's impact on the region.

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Episode 70

Bringing Back the Bison

Sat, Sep 19, 2015 30 mins

The focus is on the bison, once on the brink of extinction.

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Episode 71

Panama's Grand Canal

Sat, Sep 26, 2015 30 mins

A massive engineering endeavor to widen the Panama Canal is explored. Included: controversy surrounding the expansion project.

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Episode 72

Ecstasy Drug Therapy

Sat, Oct 3, 2015 30 mins

A look at a controversial drug trial involving the use of Ecstacy to treat trauma and PTSD.

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