Bill Nye delivers fun science

By Francisco Portillo

Bill Nye’s new show, “Bill Nye Saves the World,” is an entertaining and enlightening look at how science can be used to save the world.

Fans of Nye will love the new show because of how much it emulates the feel of his previous show, “Bill Nye the Science Guy,” which stopped being produced in 1998. It has a new talk show format.

In its scheduled 30 minutes, Nye discusses many of the world’s trending topics such as genetically modified foods, artificial intelligence and global warming. Nye enlists the help of correspondents, who go out into the field for quick, educational feature stories on the episode’s topic.

Like his previous show, Nye manages to keep science amusing, grabbing the audience’s attention.

At the start of each episode, Nye conducts a scientific experiment to educate viewers about the episode’s topic. In the first episode, he displays the effects of global warming by heating a flask with a red liquid.

As the flask gets hotter, the liquid begins to expand. The gradual expansion of the liquid is used to emulate the water in the ocean.

In the following segment, rapper, designer and correspondent Karlie Kloss discuss some of Designer’s favorite things like chocolate, fish, coffee and pandas which are at risk of extinction due to the Earth’s rising temperature.

This effective segment is funny but also manages to put these devastating facts into perspective.

The most informative segment of the show is a panel discussion about the topic at hand.

The panel consist of experts in their fields and manage to provide multiple perspectives on the topic.

During the episode about genetically modified foods, the panel consisted of Monsanto CTO Robb Fraley, fifth-generation farmer Julie Kennedy and Dr. Fred Gould, professor of Agriculture at North Carolina State University.

After the audience boos Fraley, the panelists engage in a conversation about the pros and cons of genetically modified crops.

Nye injects comedy into the dialogue to keep it from being a bland informative show. Nye’s charm keeps the show engaging throughout.

Throughout the episodes, Nye emphasizes the power of science and its role in saving our beautiful, blue planet Earth. “Bill Nye Saves the World” couldn’t have come at a better time. With only a limited 13-episode run, the end of the season will leave fans wanting more science.

Each episode features guest stars who people normally wouldn’t relate to science or Nye.

The appearances of these celebrities add to the fun of the show as each guest provides a different perspective on the science that is being discussed or presented through experimentation.

Some of the show’s guests include physicist Neil DeGrasse Tyson, famous disc jockey Steve Aoki and comedic actor Zack Braff.

Their appearances add to the comedy of the show as they each bring their own fun to the table. All 13 episodes of “Bill Nye Saves the World” can be streamed on Netflix.

WEIRD SCIENCE—Chef Alton Brown on the left and Bill Nye meniacally joke about their
recreation of the primordial soup using elements found in the Earth’s early oceans. The soup
gave birth to Earth’s earliest lifeforms. PHOTO COURTESY OF NETFLIX

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