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Technology update 29 March 2016 90
In this episode, we look at the anatomy of the ambitious Sochi Olympics. How did the subtropical resort prepare itself to host the international winter games? We will explore in detail what was done to make the event possible: from the ideas behind the torch design, to the construction of the Olympic Park and solving the problems of accessibility and energy supply. Finally, we'll discover how xenon can be used to help athletes achieve better results.
For a broad view of the latest discoveries of Russia’s scientific nerve center, Novosibirsk, we take a stroll in its techno-park and meet the masterminds behind its technological breakthroughs in nuclear physics, air purifying technology and computer games industry.
Join us in Barcelona this month as we follow a team of Russian students looking for racing glory in the Smartmoto Challenge. Back on home tarmac, we delve into the cloak and dagger history of a Russian cult classic and a sparky ebike pulls away from the pack.
We go on tour in Tatarstan where we meet some of Kazan's young innovators in the IT capital. We find out how to bake black wings for composite aircraft and go off-road in a modern day viking but still manage to take some snaps for the album.
In this episode, we learn how airport security technology can be used to put a smile on a girl's face. A radical new drilling machine makes short work of solid granite, opening up new possibilities for oil companies. A design classic still has room for improvement and we learn how to dispose of tyres and improve roads in one fell swoop.
Russia celebrated Cosmonauts' Day on 12 April in honour of Yury Gagarin's historic flight in space, so we wanted to get into the spirit of things and see what's changed since then. On this month's cosmic special, Russia's latest space capsule promises to make spaceflight more comfortable than ever. We learn how solar wind helps us tune into our favourite show on the old wireless and a ray gun represents the latest in cutting-edge technology.
This episode of Technology Update is dedicated to innovations in medicine: from laser scalpels to a search for the ‘fountain of youth’. You will learn about the evolution of artificial heart valves and the latest developments in this area; discover how state of the art lasers help dentists in their work and find out about what advances have been made in the field of extending human life and youth.
This month, we make the most of the sun with Ryazan's solar regatta team. Russia's trams and metro get a facelift in Ekaterinburg. Science flourishes in Tomsk as a versatile new compound promises to make life on the farm a little easier and a new app from IT company Parallels combines the power of a desktop with the portability of a smartphone.
On this month's show, we turn up the heat with Moscow's firefighters as they put their latest gear to the test. An electronic glove may mean one less language barrier for us all. An unlikely material helps buildings survive the bumping and grinding of tectonic plates not to mention the trials of time. And despite the robot invasion, we still find the time to indulge in some of Moscow's more cultural pursuits.
Distant space travel is a dream that requires never-ending research, incredible technology, and an imagination to match. But at top Russian institutes, that dream is inching closer to reality. Beyond orbit – on Technology Update.