When Bulwagi’s veterinarians asked University of Alabama at Birmingham scientist Brian Pillay to machine a ring, Pillay decided instead to tackle the problem with materials science. He designed an industrial-strength composite material to act like a brace—a lighter, stronger way to stabilize the crack.
Archaeologist Sarah Parcak uses satellite images and scanning technology to track down humanity’s oldest treasures, but she's more than a modern-day Indiana Jones. The professor at the University of Alabama at Birmingham can spot topographical and chemical changes to the earth's surface, clues to where cultural heritage sites may have been disturbed and to what extent, and whether the activity could indicate looting.
One archaeologist is swapping trowels and dust for satellites in the stars - and she's just been awarded the 2016 TED Prize, and its accompanying one million dollar investment, for her work. Sarah Parcak, Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, told Dan Damon about her discoveries, and her plans for that one million dollars.