Aerogel as Clear As Glass: (Starts 4:00) Most aerogels “windows” are kind of foggy looking. A CU-Boulder science team has created something better. It’s a liquid made from recycled plant material, a liquid that hardens into a gel that’s almost as light as air, almost as clear as glass, yet it can insulate against temperature changes. This “gel” is flexible enough, you can wear it like a glove. And they’ve made it from a rather environmentally friendly source — it’s cellulose, created by microbes “digesting” the beer mash that gets left over after making beer.
New Science Standards for Colorado Public Schools (Starts 13:30): CU Boulder Education Research expert Erin Furtak explains new, more hands-on and interactive way to learn science. These will soon be part of Colorado Public Schools. The new science standards will be the first update of Colorado Science Education Standards in well over a decade. In addition to teachers using these standards, parents can, too.
Host, Producer, Engineer: Shelley Schlender
Contributions by: Beth Bennett
Executive Producer: Beth Bennett