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Are Cryonics Cool?

Would cryogenics put you into suspended animation or would it just kill you? The crew looks into what happens when you're put on ice.

You Contaminated My Planet!

Scientists are worried that we could contaminate other planets or bring back something to contaminate our own. How real is the risk and what can be done to prevent it?

Off to the Drone Races

Drone racing is catching serious attention. Could this become a major sport in the future? And what about other non-traditional, futuristic sports?

DNA Tech

Now that we know all about DNA, let's talk about how we can use it in technology. From diodes to computer storage, we explore the uses of DNA.

Meeting Mr. DNA

What is DNA and where did it come from? We'll take a look at what we know about the building blocks for life as we know it.

FW: Thinking: Is DNA the Future of Data Storage?

A few teams of computer scientists around the world have designed methods for translating digital code into DNA code. They work together with bioengineers who can synthesize DNA, building it from the blocks up. The result? Whatever information you want - text, an image file, or even a video – stored in a strand of DNA.

Your Body as a Computer Interface

Could the future of electronics be the human body? We explore efforts to turn your body into a technological interface.

FW: Thinking: The Future of Retirement Homes

There are new approaches to caring for our elderly have lead to drops in medication rates and death rates. From intergenerational living to technology on the horizon that will give seniors greater independence, in this episode, we take a look at what we all can look forward to.

The Water Acidification Problem

What causes water acidification? Why should we be concerned? And how might we fix the problem?

The Anti-Aging Debate

There's no scientific consensus on the causes of aging and that has led to some spirited debates. We explore the arguments and learn a little something about ourselves in the process.

Fw:Thinking: Aging Exoskeleton!

At CES 2016 Jonathan suited up for the Genworth aging experience! This high tech exoskeleton simulates what growing old is really like - from cataracts to arthritis. It offers doctors and engineers a perspective on aging beyond the abstract.

Fw:Thinking: Cars Are Beginning to Talk

In this week's episode Jonathan got a chance to speak with Sandy Lobenstein, Toyota's VP of Connected Vehicle Technology, to learn more about how this tech will affect our lives in the near future.

Fw:Thinking: Toyota's $1 Billion AI Investment

Over the next five years, Toyota will spend $1 billion to establish the Toyota Research Institute Inc. based in North America. The focus of that investment will be on advancements in robotics and artificial intelligence for vehicles and beyond.

Fw:Thinking: Reusable Rockets

In November of 2015, Blue Origin launched a vehicle into suborbital space and then returned the rocket to earth and landed it upright... Then they did it again with the same launch vehicle. Meanwhile, Space X actually delivered a payload into orbit with its reusable rocket before its historic landing.

Fw:Thinking: ISS: What's The Future of Humanity's Most Futuristic Project?

In February 2015, Russia announced its intention to reclaim its modules in 2024, and in December 2015 NASA let it be known their intentions to get out of ISS as quickly as possible. Despite this, the greatest adventures of the ISS are still ahead of it, including the Cold Atom Laboratory.

Fw:Thinking: Are You Ready for the Next Revolution in Travel?

The Hyperloop is a concept that could revolutionize long distance travel. Soon we will see test tracks in Las Vegas and in California, and Texas A&M University is hosting a competition to design the working pod.

Never Grow Old

Why face the ravages of time if you can stave off the effects of aging? We look at ways to cheat the clock!

FW: Thinking: Growing Bricks From Bacteria

In this episode, we look at construction materials themselves and innovative technologies like growing bricks from bacteria or fungus! Technologies like this could have fantastic applications here on earth, primarily in reducing the energy consumption and carbon emissions for heavy construction.

Building Materials of the Future: Bio Edition

What will the buildings of the future be made out of? Could you end up living in a house of blood? We explore the potential of biomaterials.

Borg Chef, Part II

Are robots poised to take over the kitchen? We look at the opportunities and challenges in the future of kitchen automation.