Science Night August 5

On this week’s Science Night, a brand new episode of Life on the Reef takes you into the lives of the many residents of North Queensland as they prepare for disaster. Then, a double-header of NOVA explores objects that have stood the test of time: the viking sword and the stone statues of Easter Island.

Life on the Reef at 7 pm
On the third episode, see how the human and animal residents of the reef prepare for a category five cyclone that brings destruction to the North Queensland coast. And as cyclone season finally gives way to calm seas of the dry, the reef begins to recover and thrive. In this clip, hear from those who ensure the full diversity and functionality of the reef.

NOVA Secrets of the Viking Sword at 8 pm
A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages — a sword both prized and feared.

NOVA Mystery of Easter Island at 9 pm
A team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica.