A team of archaeologists, engineers, woodworkers and horse trainers join forces to build and test two highly accurate replicas of Egyptian royal chariots on Nova | Building Pharoah’s Chariot Wednesday at 8 pm. They discover astonishingly advanced features, including spoked wheels, springs, shock absorbers, anti-roll bars and even a convex shaped rear mirror, leading one of them to compare the level of design to the engineering standards of 1930′s-era Buicks! By driving our pair of replicas to their limits in the desert outside Cairo, NOVA’s experts test the claim that the chariot marks a crucial turning point in ancient military history.
On Penguins: Spy in the Huddle Wednesday at 7 pm, newborn emperor penguins in Antarctica are caught walking on their mothers’ feet and taking their own first unsteady steps. In the Falklands, rockhopper chicks meet their unruly and predatory neighbors while eggcams provide unique views of the colony. In Peru, Humboldt chicks take on fur seals and take aim at gulls.
Around 800 BC, Kush, a little-known subject state of Egypt, rose up and conquered Egypt, enthroned its own Pharaohs and ruled for nearly 100 years. Find out more about this unlikely chapter of history that has been buried by the Egyptians and belittled by early archaeologists on Rise of the Black Pharoahs Wednesday at 9 pm. Now, in the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society with powerful armies, vast reach and spiritually-driven imperial aspirations to rival the Egyptians’.
Penguins cross treacherous, frozen seas and avoid dangerous predators to reach their breeding grounds. The hard work for all the penguins finally pays off when their tiny, vulnerable chicks begin to hatch. Follow their journey on Penguins: A Nature Special Wednesday at 7 pm.
Our lives are going digital. We shop, bank and even date online. NOVA | Rise of the Hackers Wednesday at 8 pm investigates how a new global geek squad is harnessing cutting-edge science — all to stay one step ahead of the hackers and keep our data safe.
In Secrets of the Dead Wednesday at 9 pm a group of amateur historians test the bones of King Richard III, hunchbacked, with an arrow through the spine. Richard is considered the most evil king to have ruled England – and a fearsome warrior as well, despite the extreme curvature of his spine. Now, scientists are examining the bones to find out more about the king.
Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation at 7 pm
Cranes and geese rise over Venice, Dover, Edinburgh and the monkey-guarded Rock of Gibraltar. In Rome, the Loire Valley, Holland and Hungary, birds gather by the millions to breed and two by two to raise their families.
Nova Vaccines: Calling The Shots at 8 pm
Diseases that were largely eradicated 40 years ago are returning. How do parents decide whether to vaccinate or not, and what are the risks to the child and to society? Featuring research scientists, pediatricians, psychologists, anthropologists, and parents, this program travels the globe to look at the science behind vaccinations, track epidemics, and investigate the serious human costs of opting out.
Operation Maneter Crocodile at 9 pm
Mark Evans travels to Namibia’s Chobe River, a place that’s known as the croc attack capital of the world. To find a way to keep both people and crocodiles safe, Mark joins leading croc experts Rom Whitaker and Dr Patrick Aust to carry out a radical new experiment.
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Soaring with fish eagles, flamingoes, kelp gulls and vultures, Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation: Africa shows us the most animal-packed continent with fresh eyes. Fly with the most amazing winged creatures at 7 p.m. on KLRU.
Next at 8, NOVA joins a new generation of archeologists as they probe areas of the most famous archeological ruin in the Western hemisphere, Machu Picchu. The team unearths burials of the 15th-century Incans and discovers land untouched since their time on Ghosts of Machu Picchu. Don’t miss the exploration on KLRU!
On Operation Maneater, veterinarian Mark Evans travels to the shores of Canada’s Hudson Bay where polar bears are causing havoc in isolated communities. He joins the Polar Bear Alert team as they transport a captured bear by helicopter to a release site and more on Polar Bear, airing at 9 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.
Check out the wonders of the world around us this week on KLRU!
This Wednesday, KLRU’s Science Night explores species from in the clouds to underwater.
Starting at 7 p.m., Earthflight, A Nature Special Presentation focuses on the most amazing birds of North America. Snow geese, pelicans, and bald eagles fly over the Great Plains, the Grand Canyon, Alaska and the Golden Gate Bridge as they encounter and engage with bears, dolphins, bison, and spawning fish.
Next we go underwater on NOVA‘s Why Sharks Attack. Will analyzing the hunting instincts of this endangered predator reduce deadly attacks? Find out at 8 p.m. on KLRU.
Speaking of shark attacks, there have been seven deadly attacks in the past three years in Western Australia, causing authorities to kill sharks they deem a threat. On Operation Maneater, veterinarian Mark Evans visits the area and employs different techniques to safely track sharks. Watch Great White Shark at 9 Wednesday night on KLRU!
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This Wednesday, Nature‘s special Snow Monkeys airs at 7 p.m. on KLRU. A very structured, furry troop of monkeys has a new, grouchy leader that forms an unlikely, heartwarming bond with a little monkey low on the ranks. Changing seasons tests the troop, family squabbles rise over tragedy, and the females struggle over mating competition.
Watch the preview above and follow this fascinating community on this week’s Science Night!
Learn about what makes our world fascinating on KLRU’s Science Night this Wednesday!
First, My Wild Affair: The Seal Who Came Home tells the story of a seal pup rescued by an arborist in Rockport, who formed a 25-year bond with his rescuer. After being released into the wild, Andre the seal still knew how to swim 200 miles back home to his friend. Watch the heartwarming episode at 7 p.m. Wednesday!
The quirky animals of Australia are explained on Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Strange Creatures. See what followed a massive extinction and observe the history of diverse marsupials at 8 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.
Witness a dolphin birth, explore the difficulties of breastfeeding underwater and learn how dolphin and whale young avoid predatory killer whales on Sex in the Wild: Dolphins. The uncensored details of marine mammal mating are exposed at 9 p.m. Wednesday.
Learn all about our fellow species this week on KLRU!
Get some refreshing scientific knowledge this Wednesday night on KLRU!
Starting at 7 p.m., the series My Wild Affair tells the story of The Rhino Who Joined the Family. After being saved from a flood in the Zambezi River, Rupert the rhino grew up in the suburban home of a wildlife vet. Even after his release back into the wild, the vet’s four children remember their friend and seek to find his fate after fifty years.
Then, NOVA travels back in time in the fascinating land of Australia on Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Monsters. Starting at 8 p.m., see some of the largest, most dangerous reptiles that ruled this land.
Take a deeper look into the cute, bouncy and wildly unique world of marsupials on Sex in the Wild: Kangaroos. Beyond the Outback of Australia where kangaroos thrive, hosts Joy and Mark take us to Queensland to see how tree-living koalas defy gravity to reproduce. Don’t miss the special Wednesday at 9 p.m. on KLRU!
This Wednesday, learn something new on KLRU’s Science Night!
First, the series My Wild Affair tells the story of The Ape Who Went to College at 7 p.m. Wednesday. Chantek, the orangutan raised as a human child on an American university campus during the 70s and 80s, describes himself an “orangutan person.”
Then at 8 p.m., NOVA‘s special Australia: Life Explodes shows us how fossils revealed how life’s explosion in the ocean was recreated on dry land.
In Borneo, we learn more about monkeys: Sex in the Wild‘s episode on Orangutans. Watch as Mark and Joy uncover the latest scientific theories about how these kings exert their power over other males and seduce females in their territory at 9 p.m. Wednesday on KLRU.
Love elephants? How about Australia? If so, you’ll love this week’s Science Night on KLRU!
A baby elephant orphan named Aisha was rescued by a woman who developed a bond with Aisha just like mother and daughter. When the foster mother goes away for a wedding, Aisha is struck as abandoned and refuses to eat. My Wild Affair tells the heartbreaking story of The Elephant Who Found a Mom at 7 p.m. on KLRU’s Science Night.
A break from elephant programming is next at 8 with NOVA traveling back 4 billion years to discover the Earth’s earliest life in one of the planet’s most enchanting lands, Australia. Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Awakening takes a deep look into the beautiful landscape to find where our species perhaps began. Watch the preview above!
Find out how the Earth’s largest land animal reproduces and carries mammals’ longest pregnancy. Details and footage of conception and birth of 200-pound calves are featured on Sex in the Wild: Elephants at 9 p.m. on KLRU’s Science Night!