DARPA ‘Improv’ Challenge, a Tiny T-Rex, and Plastic Homes for Sea Life


Lt. Samantha Ratanarat loads soil samples onto the LEM after completing an extra-vehicular mission. Photo by Josh White

Science Friday airs on WSQX March 18, 2016 from 2-4pm.


The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, is turning to the crowd to hack toasters, vacuums, and other off-the-shelf products to figure out how these technologies might be used against the military. Science writer Maggie Koerth-Baker brings us this story and other science picks from the week. Plus, how floating plastic waste can provide a home — and a transportation system — for sea life.

As many as 13.1 million U.S. residents could be displaced by rising sea levels by 2100, according to a new study out in Nature Climate Change. The estimate is based on population and land elevation data. Ecologist Jason Evans, an author on the study, tells us how this information can be used on a local level to plan future development and infrastructure.