Science is about to change the world. Professor Stephen Hawking examines cutting-edge breakthroughs and their implications for the future in STEPHEN HAWKING'S BRAVE NEW WORLD
. The six-part, original Canadian series returns for a second season. Hawking is joined by a crack team of scientists - including Dr. Carin Bondar and Professor Chris Eliasmith from Canada, Dr. Daniel Kraft from the U.S., and Professor Jim Al-Khalili and Dr. Aarathi Prasad from the U.K. They travel the world to investigate the latest innovations, from gecko skin-like material with adhesive qualities that mimic Spiderman's ability to scale buildings; to realistic digital avatars and the latest gaming technology that will change the face of the entertainment industry; to a 3D printer that can generate live human tissue; and a Canadian innovation using submarines for deep space training.
Episode highlights from Season 2 of STEPHEN HAWKING'S BRAVE NEW WORLD
:STEPHEN HAWKING'S BRAVE NEW WORLD: "Inspired by Nature"
Hawking and his team investigate groundbreaking innovations in science inspired by nature. Aarathi Prasad road tests two of the most advanced all-terrain robots in the world designed to go where humans and vehicles can't; Chris Eliasmith examines an extraordinary new fabric that mimics the adhesive ability of gecko feet and bonds to any surface; Daniel Kraft visits Vancouver-based Nuytco Research where underwater subs are used to simulate zero gravity to train astronauts for deep space exploration; Jim Al-Khalili examines how re-engineering a virus can prevent pandemics; and Carin Bondar discovers how Nikola Tesla's remarkable dream of wireless power is finally being realized.STEPHEN HAWKING'S BRAVE NEW WORLD: "Code Red"
Hawking and his team examine ne
w inventions that will change how humans deal with crises in the future. Chris Eliasmith looks into a revolutionary pilotless helicopter (the K-Max), that can fly and perform complex manoeuvres on its own; Daniel Kraft tests out the latest high-tech bomb disposal robot; Jim Al-Khalili checks out a sniper rifle equipped with jet fighter target tracking technology; Carin Bondar examines face recognition binoculars that can identify criminals within 15 seconds; then, Aarathi Prasad examines a lifesaving breakthrough that allows oxygen to be injected directly into the bloodstream.STEPHEN HAWKING'S BRAVE NEW WORLD: "Virtual World"
Hawking and his team investigate technology transforming the idea of reality. Carin Bondar takes part in a remarkable 3D virtual training program created for the military; Aarathi Prasad tests a new system that maps locations inaccessible by GPS; Daniel Kraft investigates 3D bio-printing where computer designs can be turned into living tissue; Chris Eliasmith tests the latest in gaming technology - a breakthrough in virtual reality that promises the most immersive experience yet; and Jim Al-Khalili tests a computer that can read the human mind.