Friday, December 13th, 2019
The Spark

The Spark

The Spark is a series about the inventors, scientists and entrepreneurs trying to solve the world’s biggest problems.

The Spark: Fish Farm of the Future Goes Vegetarian to Save Seafood

The Spark: Fish Farm of the Future Goes Vegetarian to Save Seafood Fish farms have a big problem: they’ve been making feed out of sardines and anchovies from the oceans, a source that could be depleted within a few decades. A California company called TwoxSea could have a solution: they’ve ...

The Spark: The Robots Saving the Dairy Farm

The Spark: The Robots Saving the Dairy Farm Today’s dairy farm is a far cry from what ads and movies would have you believe. Cows go to robotic milking stations on their own, where they are identified, milked, and sent back out to the barn until the next milking. They ...

The Spark: Autonomous Boats Could Fix Our Crumbling Bridges

The Spark: Autonomous Boats Could Fix Our Crumbling Bridges It’s no secret that America’s infrastructure is crumbling. We have more than 600,000 bridges and almost 70,000 of those desperately need repairs. To secure the future of our infrastructure we must have timely and effective inspections but currently inspections involve costly ...

The Spark: To Find Life on Mars, Use This Space Drill

The Spark: To Find Life on Mars, Use This Space Drill To Find Life on Mars, Use This Space Drill If we ever want to find life on planets like Mars or Europa, we’re probably going to have to look far below their sterile, irradiated surfaces. Honeybee Robotics, a company ...

The Spark: Save the Planet by Drinking Beer, Wastewater Beer

The Spark: Save the Planet by Drinking Beer, Wastewater Beer There are more breweries in California than anywhere else in the nation. That’s great for beer, but not so great for another cherished liquid in the Golden State: water. Each pint of beer needs five pints of water to be ...

The Spark: The Brain Implant That Can Partially Reverse Paralysis

The Spark: The Brain Implant That Can Partially Reverse Paralysis It sounds like science fiction: a device that can reconnect a paralyzed person’s brain to his or her body. But that’s exactly what the experimental NeuroLife system does. Developed by Battelle and Ohio State University, NeuroLife uses a brain implant, an ...

The Spark: Outer Space Could Revolutionize Air Conditioning

The Spark: Outer Space Could Revolutionize Air Conditioning The starry night sky seems remarkably distant from the topic of air conditioning, but it’s revolutionizing the field in quite an unexpected way. In this episode of “The Spark,” watch how scientists from across the globe are harnessing natural phenomena to drastically ...

The Spark: The Process of Growing Bones From Scratch

The Spark: The Process of Growing Bones From Scratch Currently, people in need of bone replacement—whether because of disease, defect or injury—can turn to synthetic replacements or they can have another bone in their body cut down so as to supply material for the missing bone. In either case the ...

The Spark: Life-Saving Antibiotics Could Be Hidden in Caves

The Spark: Life-Saving Antibiotics Could Be Hidden in Caves The rise of drug-resistant bacteria has created a huge need for new kinds of antibiotics but you can’t easily synthesize new antibiotics in a lab – you have to find them in nature. Microbiologist Naowarat Cheeptham has been looking for them ...

The Spark: Tiny Blue Bubbles Designed to Help Save the Planet

The Spark: Tiny Blue Bubbles Designed to Help Save the Planet For decades, scientists and power companies have been working on carbon capture, a technology that catches CO2 from power plants before it goes into the atmosphere. It could be our best chance of taking a bite out of fossil ...

The Spark: Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers

The Spark: Invisible Solar Cells That Could Power Skyscrapers Silicon Valley startup Ubiquitous Energy is making the world’s first transparent solar cells, a technology that could greatly expand the reach of solar power. Their technology is just an invisible film that can go on any surface and generate power, which ...

The Spark: Stitchless Surgery to Keep a Child’s Heart Beating

The Spark: Stitchless Surgery to Keep a Child’s Heart Beating Researchers at MIT’s Karp Laboratories are developing a new kind of surgical adhesive gel. Strong enough to work inside a beating heart, the gel can quickly seal and bond tissues working with the body’s natural healing process to form a ...

The Spark: The Crash-Proof Car in the Works at BMW

The Spark: The Crash-Proof Car in the Works at BMW At BMW’s Research and Innovation Center in Munich, an experimental high-tech safety system is under development. It’s called 360-degree collision avoidance, and it can prevent a car from crashing into any stationary object. The precise laser sensors and sophisticated algorithms ...

The Spark: Making Wood Without Trees

The Spark: Making Wood Without Trees Sam Grobart travels to Green Island, NY to visit Ecovative Design, a company using the root structure of mushrooms to replace manufactured woods. Genre: Snackable Duration: 0:04:43 For all licensing enquiries and screeners, please contact us at: info@atallorder.co.uk This website contains material which is ...

The Spark: Tapping into the Ocean’s Energy

The Spark: Tapping into the Ocean’s Energy The oceans generate enough energy for us to give up coal and gas completely, but no one has been able to harness it effectively. The Triton is a wave harvester that uses a novel design which may be the key to unlocking the ...

The Spark: This Medical Gel Holds the Key to Our Cyborg Future

The Spark: This Medical Gel Holds the Key to Our Cyborg Future The biggest challenge to implanting complicated electronics within ourselves is our own immune system’s tendency to reject foreign bodies. Xuanhe Zhao, a scientist at MIT, has developed a flexible and sticky plastic gel that will provide an interface ...

The Spark: This Natural Gas Plant Has Achieved Zero Emissions

The Spark: This Natural Gas Plant Has Achieved Zero Emissions Just outside Houston, a company called NET Power has just brought a revolutionary new power plant online. The company says it can burn natural gas while capturing 100% of carbon emissions, with no increase in the cost of electricity. In ...

The Spark: This Smart Gun Could Save Lives

The Spark: This Smart Gun Could Save Lives Guns kill more than 30,000 Americans every year, far more than in any other developed country. While lawmakers and activists battle it out over legislative solutions, some are trying a different approach: integrating smart technology into guns. In this episode of The ...

The Spark: This Fossil May Have Saved Your Life

The Spark: This Fossil May Have Saved Your Life The horseshoe crab is a living fossil that’s called Earth its home for almost half a billion years. And if you’ve ever had a vaccine, injection, or a medical implant, then you might not know that you’ve been relying on this ...

The Spark: How to Feed 10 Billion People

The Spark: How to Feed 10 Billion People In the next 40 years we will need to produce as much food as we did over the past 8,000 years. But as our population grows, the resources we need are shrinking and so farmers and scientists around the world are finding ...