Discovery Science reveals innovative technological breakthroughs
March 05, 2013
Source: MM Network
Discovery Science, India's only 24-hour channel dedicated to making science programming relevant, accessible and entertaining presents all new episodes of HOW TECH WORKS.
Hosted by quantum physicist Dr. Basil Singer, HOW TECH WORKS introduces an array of fast paced and visually stunning stories. The series take a look into what happens to the world's largest commercial planes when they are retired, the possibility of a new technology allowing people to control a wheelchair with their brain and the secret of old-fashioned Scottish sword-making. HOW TECH WORKS airs Monday to Friday at 9 pm only on Discovery Science.
Showcasing the world of science in truly unexpected ways and shot exclusively in High Definition, How Tech Works features an eclectic mix of all things science.
Some of the technological advancements featured in the series are:
• How World's largest Commercial Planes Retire: Tiny Cotswold Airport is a destination no plane wants on its flight plan. Because when a plane lands here it never leaves. This is Air Salvage International, a place where perfectly good airplanes get ripped to pieces. Once a plane lands here everything of value is stripped.
• Brain Controlled Wheel Chairs: What happens if your mobility is so compromised, you cannot manipulate a joystick to drive your wheelchair? To come up with a solution, a team of experts is working on Brain Controlled Wheel Chairs. In addition to being hooked up to your brain signals, the wheelchair also has ten sonar sensors and two webcams. And with them it can detect and avoid obstacles.
• Draggin Jeans: The Draggin Jeans lining represents a revolution in fibre technology. With Kevlar and Dyneema forming its core, the lining is soft, breathable, flexible and non-allergenic. When the rider is sliding, during an off, the knit of the fabric acts to dissipate the heat away from the body. It slows you down so that you don't get as much friction and thus minimizes injury.
• Predicting an Avalanche: Avalanches are extremely difficult to predict because the snow of an avalanche is constantly changing. Even tiny fluctuations in the weather can have huge impacts on its overall strength. Montana State University has built a subzero lab which is a precisely controlled cold research environment where researchers can reconstruct one of natures' deadliest weapons, an avalanche.
• Wave Glider: An incredible robot explorer called the Wave Glider is about to begin its record-breaking journey across the Pacific Ocean autonomously. It's the first vehicle that's been able to operate in the ocean for indeterminate amounts of time not constrained by having to get back for its crew to have to eat food, see their families or for the vehicle itself to need refueling. And it allows a new type of ocean research that's really never been possible before.