NOVA Explores How Safe the World Can Be
The world is a dangerous place. The monumental forces of nature can destroy our homes and cities in a heartbeat. Invisible predators can attack our bodies and infect us with disease. Andsometimes, even our own technologies place us in harm’s way. NOVA: Making Stuff Safer, airing Wednesday, November 6 at 8:00 p.m., asks it if is possible to engineer an absolutely safe world. Today’s scientists and engineers are developing new tools and gaining knowledge to keep us safer than ever before.
A self-driving car developed by Chris Gerdes could allow us to move faster while saving countless lives. A new cornstarch-based gel could revolutionize the way we fight fires. In Making Stuff Safer, host David Pogue explores the extent to which science and technology can protect us from monumental forces of nature like earthquakes and epidemics. He challenges researchers to save us from dangers of our own making, such as automobile collisions and contact sports. Our increasing reliance on the internet also makes us vulnerable to new risks. Pogue delves into cyber security, where computer experts work to shield us from attacks from hackers and terrorists.