August 2013 Family Choice

This month’s Family Choice programs are: 1) NATURE “Outback Pelicans,” a phenomenon that happens once every 10 years; 2) NOVA “Making Stuff Cleaner,” is a quest to clean up with green materials.

NATURE “Outback Pelicans”
Wednesday, August 14 at 7 pm
repeats: Thursday, August 15 at 3 am; Friday, August 16 at 3 am; Sunday, August 18 at 2 am.
The Australian outback is the driest place on the driest inhabited continent on the planet. It is a place you might expect to see kangaroos but certainly not waterbirds. Yet once every 10 years, rains flood into dried-up river beds and head inland to create the largest lake in Australia, and 100,000 pelicans — a third of all the pelicans in Australia — arrive for the event. Leaving their homes on coasts and harbors, they come to feed on fish washed in on the floods and on billions of brine shrimp and other crustaceans which hatch and grow to adulthood in a few days in water twice as salty as the Dead Sea. The pelicans have come home to court and raise as many families as possible before the water and the food disappear once more.

NOVA “Making Stuff Cleaner”
Wednesday, August 28 at 8 pm
repeats: Thursday, August 29 at 1 & 4 am;  Friday, August 30 at 3 am; Sunday, September 1 at 3 am & 4 pm.
Host David Pogue is on a quest to clean up, using new green materials to build and power the devices of the future. Batteries grown from viruses, plastics made of sugar and solar cells that cook up hydrogen are just the beginning of a new generation of clean materials.