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Far Out is a new PBS digital series that explores the future of science, technology, and culture and how these changes may affect humanity and life on Earth.

Why Male Birth Control Doesn’t Exist (Yet)

9m 48s

Despite trying, scientists haven’t been able to figure out male birth control, and more often than not, the burden falls onto women. But that might change. Experts are excited about two kinds of birth control in development, and if they prove to be successful, they could drastically change the landscape of contraception.

Episodes

  • Why Male Birth Control Doesn’t Exist (Yet): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Why Male Birth Control Doesn’t Exist (Yet)

    S1 E7 - 9m 48s

    Despite trying, scientists haven’t been able to figure out male birth control, and more often than not, the burden falls onto women. But that might change. Experts are excited about two kinds of birth control in development, and if they prove to be successful, they could drastically change the landscape of contraception.

  • Can Space Tourism Ever Be Ethical?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Can Space Tourism Ever Be Ethical?

    S1 E6 - 9m 42s

    Space tourism is heating up, but is it ready for liftoff? Explore the future of space exploration through the lens of ethics, finance, environmental impact and more.

  • This Tech Tackles Climate Change (By Spying on You): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    This Tech Tackles Climate Change (By Spying on You)

    S1 E5 - 9m 28s

    Smart home technology has great benefits for the environment that can save us money. However, people are often wary of the security risks. The future of smart home tech aims to combat these privacy concerns and create homes that take care of us and the planet.

  • The Future (and Challenges) of Lab-Grown Meat: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    The Future (and Challenges) of Lab-Grown Meat

    S1 E4 - 8m 44s

    Lab-grown, or cultivated, meat promises to deliver us from the pitfalls of modern meat production, but it’s still an emerging industry with lots of technical challenges. As a result, cultivated meat products are still exorbitantly expensive. What will it take to make them affordable?

  • Will Cannabis Become the Next Craft Beer?: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    Will Cannabis Become the Next Craft Beer?

    S1 E3 - 11m 5s

    Many people say cannabis helps them with insomnia, nausea, chronic pain and other conditions. Producers have long associated “good weed” with high levels of THC, the compound responsible for getting you high. Over the last few decades, the THC content in many common cannabis strains has skyrocketed, leaving consumers with fewer options. As we continue to legalize cannabis, will that ever change?

  • How to Avoid Running Out of Water: asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How to Avoid Running Out of Water

    S1 E2 - 7m 15s

    Fresh water issues are getting harder to ignore. In the next five years, half the world’s population will live in a water-stressed area. Drought-stricken cities like San Francisco have started requiring large commercial building to recycle their water. But can technology like blackwater recycling and desalination pull us out of the water crisis?

  • How to Stop Aging (and Should We?): asset-mezzanine-16x9

    How to Stop Aging (and Should We?)

    S1 E1 - 8m 24s

    What is the future of aging? People aren’t dying as early or as easily as they used to. Innovations in medicine, health, and hygiene have helped us extend our lives by decades, but what comes next? Would you rather live to be a hearty and healthy 90 or live to be 150 but withering away for the last 60 years? We’ll talk about it in this episode of Far Out.

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