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Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers

Scientists are just like everyone else -they've got secrets. So who knows what happens when the lab coats come off? Actually, we do. And now you can too. In this series of short, web-exclusive videos, you'll meet intriguing scientists and engineers, and learn about their surprising lives outside the proverbial lab.

Episodes

Season 2016
Episode 27
John Horgan interviews an IRA terrorist and wonders if he's made a huge (and perhaps...
Season 2016
Episode 26
John Horgan studies terrorists and finds nuance and complexity where others see only evil.
Season 2016
Episode 25
A bunch of men try to create a kind of "female viagra," but they forget to talk with the...
Season 2016
Episode 24
Nicole Prause finally gets a Harley Davidson... and all hell breaks loose!
Season 2016
Episode 23
Nicole Prause asks questions about human sexuality that scare other scientists. This also...
Season 2016
Episode 22
Chris Hadfield takes a walk in outer - and inner - space.
Season 2016
Episode 21
We ask astronaut Chris Hadfield a bunch of silly questions and he doesn't shave his...
Season 2016
Episode 20
While the other astronauts are sleeping, Chris Hadfield makes a music video tribute to...
Season 2016
Episode 19
Janet Iwasa uses her mad animation skills to depict HIV cells and hopefully help...
Season 2016
Episode 18
Janet Iwasa studies animation in Hollywood and starts to think that the characters in "...
Season 2016
Episode 17
Janet Iwasa animates other biologists' ideas and research and creates a beautiful and...
Season 2016
Episode 16
Danica McKellar and Winnie Cooper both have their first kiss on the set of "The Wonder...
Season 2016
Episode 15
Danica McKellar's first math book flies off the shelves and helps middle-school girls...
Season 2016
Episode 14
Danica McKellar becomes Winnie Cooper, America falls in love with her... and then she...
Season 2016
Episode 13
Cynthia Erenas dreams big, builds technology and challenges gender roles while she's at...
Season 2016
Episode 12
Cynthia Erenas connects with will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas and becomes a superstar...
Season 2016
Episode 11
We give Cynthia Erenas 30 seconds to offer tips on robot-building and she suggests that...
Season 2016
Episode 10
Bisi Ezerioha drives really, really fast to find his calm peaceful center.
Season 2016
Episode 9
Bisi Ezerioha gives the keys to his 1029 horsepower mini-van creation to the guys from "...
Season 2016
Episode 8
Bisi Ezerioha reveals that even the very coolest car movies typically get the science and...
Season 2016
Episode 7
Bisi Ezerioha takes things apart as a kid and puts them together as an adult so they'll...
Season 2016
Episode 6
Jessica Cail describes her favorite onscreen whip-wielding... including her own.
Season 2016
Episode 5
Jessica Cail studies how addictions are formed and how we can break them. Then she beats...
Season 2016
Episode 4
Jessica Cail does a good job describing the science of addiction, but takes too long to...
Season 2016
Episode 3
After his adventures in dating, Chris McKinlay finds that BuzzFeed is deeply conflicted...
Season 2016
Episode 2
Chris McKinlay assesses the various dating websites and shares the best possible advice...
Season 2016
Episode 1
Chris McKinlay uses the power of super-computing - and his own brain - to "trend globally...

Specials

Caltech's Mike Brown and Konstantin Batygin astonish themselves and the rest of the world...
Don't think it's possible? Simon Singh explains how their partnership may go all the way...
One of Simon Singh's books inspires the Barenaked Ladies to write a sitcom theme.
Simon Singh moves from physics to science journalism and discovers that there is an...
Matt Denton makes BB-8 so lovable that they both wind up on the red carpet.
Matt Denton stays dry and smells fine with deodorant in his toolkit of cinematic wizardry.
Matt Denton uses his electronics expertise to engineer a bit of work with Harry Potter...
If a cat is supposed to have nine lives, Matt Denton explains, BB-8 has at least seven...
Kathy Reichs gets bamboozled into appearing on an episode of "Bones"... because David...
Kathy Reichs couldn't dissect a frog in high school, but her favorite "Bones" episode is...
Kathy Reichs goes from solving mysteries as a forensic anthropologist to creating...
After the rise of Hitler, Dame Stephanie Shirley is one of 10,000 Jewish children sent...
Dame Stephanie Shirley hobnobs with the Queen, but still insists that you call her "Steve...
Dame Stephanie Shirley breaks through about a million glass ceilings with her digital...
Knowing from first-hand experience that everyone is "only temporarily able-bodied" helps...
Because she wasn't already accomplished enough, gold medalist Cheri Blauwet becomes a...
Cheri Blauwet at first just wants to play her clarinet, but gets talked into finding her...
John Horgan collects the stories of former terrorists and finds that their lives as...


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Today's scientists and engineers reveal their lives behind the lab coats and test tubes.