Bill Nye Saves the World season 3 recap and review

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Bill Nye returns with more world-saving ideas in Bill Nye Saves the World, everything from bringing religion and evolution together to how to live forever.

Netflix’s hit series, Bill Nye Saves the World, has another strong season with its lead still one of the best assets on television. He manages to make a lot of topics interesting, and viewers will be happy to have Bill Nye back on their screens again.

03.01 Cheating Death

Everything wears out, except for musician/producer Tyler the Creator. He wrote the theme song. With Tyler, Bill Nye uses everything from a broken door handle to a broken bicycle to a shoe wheel of death to illustrate how things wear out.

“Every day we’re closer to death,” says Bill. He pauses. “Thank you and goodnight!” He’s funny. Bill Nye explains why death is necessary. If animals lived forever there would never be a need for reproduction, which you need to evolve and adapt to changes.

We have 35 trillion cells, each with a life expectancy. They do their job and they die. This is called Apoptosis – when cells self-destruct through a normal and controlled process. Like skin cells, which get replaced every two weeks. But brain cells never get replaced, making neurological diseases especially devastating.

That’s why we have everyday things that help us adapt to the dangers of aging. There’s skin cream for wrinkles, shoes, and helmets to protect your body, vaccines, medicines, eyeglasses, all sorts of things to help you more easily survive the dangers of life.

Case Study: What is the future of organ transplantation? Derek Muller goes to Boston to check out a new death-defying technology, the future of organ transplant as developed at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Biomedical engineers Glenn Gaudette and Josh Gershlak noticed one day how spinach has a vascular network similar to what you see in the body.

They use detergent to wash away plant material, which leaves behind a cellulose skeleton of veins. They can implant that vascular network with beating human heart cells to help regenerate heart tissue, maybe use broccoli to grow lung cells, or bamboo to regenerate bone. This technology is about 5-10 years from being used in practice trials.

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Stem Cells: Special types of cells that can develop into a wide variety of other cells.

Case Study: Can I stay young forever? Joanna Hausmann investigates anti-aging treatments with physician’s assistant Sabrina Seidman. She takes Joanna’s photo through a pigment photo generator, which shows skin damage due to sun exposure and other factors. Dermatologist Dr. Ashley Wysong tells Joanna what treatments have been scientifically proven.

Hydrafacials utilize dermabrasion, which is basically traditional exfoliation and not worth the money. CVAC (Cyclical Variations in Adaptive Conditioning) is a hyperbaric oxygen chamber and is great for healing wounds but probably doesn’t have cosmetic benefits.

Low-level light therapy might decrease inflammation in the skin but probably doesn’t live up to other claims like increased muscle strength. Laser light therapy specifically targets melanin to decrease pigmentation on the skin and hemoglobin, reducing redness. There is proven science behind laser tech for cosmetic use.

Panel of Experts: What if you want to actually live forever? Correspondent Joanna Hausmann. chief science officer at the Sens Research Foundation and author of Ending Aging Dr. Aubrey de Grey, and Founder of the Death Salon and associate director of the Norris Medical Library at USC Meghan Rosenbloom.

Joanna learned that sun is the greatest enemy in aging and that retinol is proven to help restore your skin – but these don’t actually help you live longer, just look younger.

Dr. Aubrey says there are medical therapies not too far off in the future that might be able to actually rejuvenate people. People in their 60s could look, feel, and function as if they were 25. Sounds like it would be a huge and expensive medical procedure using a combination of therapies and processes. I wonder if when and if this medicine becomes available that it would be considered elective, thus making it mainly available to the very rich, creating an even wider gap between the rich and the poor.

Meghan doesn’t buy the necessity for this medical technology, she believes that there’s a reason for the natural life cycle.

People are scared of death, so the best way to alleviate that fear is to talk about it, make plans for it, and not to avoid it making those decisions.

MAD SCIENTISTS! with Rosalind Franklin (Ginger Gonzaga). She is often overlooked as an essential contributor to the discovery of DNA. She produced the x-ray photograph that allowed James Watson, Francis Crick, and Maurice Wilkins to identify the double helix structure of DNA.

Andrew Montgomery lost a leg in a motorcycle accident after getting cast as a gymnast/dancer in La Reve. With a prosthetic leg, he was still able to join the cast, dance in the show, and perform impressive gymnastic feats.

#billmeetsciencetwitter: Dr. Channah Rock is a microbiologist and water quality specialist in Arizona. She specializes in turning wastewater into pure water through a five-step process. You begin with raw wastewater, but then it’s filtered through traditional water reclamation facilities, then it goes through ultrafiltration, reverse osmosis, UV advanced oxidation, and chlorine disinfection. To remove the stigma from this pure water process, 24 brewers in Arizona are competing to make the best beer from water recycled through this pure water process.