Energies of Light • Light: More than Meets the Eye

Energies of Light • Light: More than Meets the Eye

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Part of Light: More than Meets the Eye series

Science has advanced more in the last few decades than all of previous human history but that pales in comparison to what lies ahead. Light is leading the next revolution. Energies of Light meets up with some extraordinary visionaries who are taming light's power.

Dr. Paul MacCready is an engineer, inventor and sunlight nut who has designed and built a long line of alternative vehicles, including the world's largest solar-powered airplane, Helios, built for high altitude flying and even perpetual flight. UBC astrophysicist Dr. Jaymie Matthews discusses the schizophrenic nature of light's many forms-radio waves, microwaves, infrared, UV, x-rays and gamma rays, to name a few. Richard Edlund, the special effects wizard best known for films like Star Wars and Poltergeist, explains how movie makers manipulates pixels of light. Radio-astronomer Dr. Jill Tarter attempts to make 'contact' with extraterrestrials via the light energy of radio waves. Dr. Louis Friedman, a former NASA project leader, is at the center of a private American-Russian initiative to launch the world's first solar-sail spacecraft, which could use the power of light to travel as far as Jupiter.


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