Forget Going Viral - Bacterial Communication is Awesome

How do bacteria communicate with one another? And how could understanding that help us fight superbugs that have developed resistance to antibiotics?

Where We're Going We Do Need Roads

Will roads ever change in the future? Learn about self-healing materials, smart highways and whether or not it makes sense to turn roads into a giant solar farm.

Anti-Pathogen Architecture

We all know that an airplane is really just a flying germ machine, right? And our office buildings can often seem like little more than disease incubators. The podcast team investigates how we can redesign our physical environments to prevent illnesses from spreading.

How Clean is Too Clean?

Why does science fiction often depict a (literally) sanitized future? How has the need for clean environments evolved with science and technology? Is it dangerous to be TOO clean?

The Antibiotic Dilemma

How could antibiotic misuse lead to catastrophic results? We look at the way antibiotics work and how mismanagement is a bad idea.

Outsmarting Bacteria

A mechanism to sabotage bacterial communication could replace antibiotics. Learn about outsmarting bacteria in this Fw:Thinking blog post.

The Future of Trash

The future may depend on us finding better ways to deal with trash. Learn about trash and waste management in this Fw:Thinking blog post.

Getting Steamy with Solar Energy

Nanoparticles could help steam and sterilize without electricity. Learn more about nanoparticles and steam in this Fw:Thinking blog post.

Bacterial Computers

What is the pancake problem? What is the Hamiltonian path problem? How can bacteria solve these problems? Tune in and learn more.

Building With Bacteria

How can bacteria produce chemicals like isoprene? What is gold chloride and how can bacteria turn it into pure gold? What are some applications of genetically-modified bacteria?