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Survival: The Human Body in Extreme Environments

How can a man survive two nights at 30 below zero in the White Mountains? How can another live through the night on a buoy in the Atlantic in winter? Our bodies are constantly monitoring, balancing and adapting to the outside environment through a process called “homeostasis.” We journey to the limits of human endurance as New England scientists and survivors examine how the body attempts to maintain its steady state at high mountain altitudes, in extreme cold and heat and even in outer space. All things being equal, why does one person survive and another not? Would you survive?

Meet the scientist: Dr. Robert Kenefick

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Pandemic

This program grapples with what we know and don’t know about infectious disease, particularly viruses. Using the 1918 influenza pandemic as a case study, we will compare that disaster with today’s emerging invaders in northern New England––West Nile virus and Lyme disease. What is a virus? How does the body protect itself? How does a virus get past our immune system?

Meet the scientist: Jeffery Salloway

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Summer: Getting the Bugs Out

It’s no secret that northern New England is home to many insects. So why are there 9,000 species of bugs here? What role do they play for us as pollinators and for one another as food? Also, what better time than summer to take inventory of all the biodiversity in our region? We join the region’s first BioBlitz as biologists–– in a race against time––count all the flora and fauna they can in 24 hours.

Meet the Scientist: Thomas Eisner

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Aquaculture: Down on the Salmon Farm

Farmed salmon grown along the Maine coast provides an affordable alternative to wild salmon. But is aquaculture creating more problems than it's solving?

There is no shortage of people getting in on this rapidly changing industry in northern New England and across the globe. But aquaculture has had its share of controversy with pollution, toxins and diseases. Can science help find the solutions?

Researchers at universities around the region are racing to come up with innovations to help fish farmers. We'll see how they're trying to rescue a maligned industry...and save the small family fish farms that are suddenly disappearing from Maine waters.

Meet the Scientist: Michael Chambers

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Archaeology

Sifting through a 6,000-year-old prehistoric settlement. Discovering the remains of 1812 soldiers under a city seafood shop. We'll follow several teams of professional and amateur archaeologists as they unearth pieces of northern New England's past. We'll see the latest techniques and technologies they're using to detect, excavate and preserve these interesting finds.

Meet the Scientist: Dick Boisvert

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The Scientist

What does a modern scientist really do? The classic picture of men in white lab coats is dispelled with this in-depth look at two groups of local scientists at work. From field biologists at Allied Whale in Bar Harbor, Maine who study the largest animals on earth, to nanoscientists at the University of New Hampshire who focus on the micro-world of atoms and molecules, we get an inside look at men and women on the frontiers of science today.

Meet the Scientists: Allied Whale | The Nano Group

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National Science Foundation Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Maine Forest Products Council Irving Woodlands, LLC Desiree Carlson, M.D. More Connected. More Maine.

Major funding is provided by the National Science Foundation.
Additional funding is provided by the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, Maine Forest Products Council, Irving Woodlands LLC., Desiree Carlson, M.D., and gifts to More Connected. More Maine, The Campaign for Maine Public Broadcasting Network's Programming.

A list of other funders includes:
The Davis Family Foundation, Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust, and Lincoln Ladd.

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