Learn about how humans triggered adaptation and evolution in the Coywolf and watch Stephen Hawking challenge ordinary people to think deeply about our universe and existence.
Nature Meet The Coywolf at 7 p.m.
The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a hauntingly beautiful carnivore found increasingly on the streets of North American cities. Its appearance is very recent — within the last 90 years — in evolutionary terms, a blip in time. The story of how it came to be begins in Canada but by no means ends there. It is a tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere.
Genius By Stephen Hawking Why Are We Here? at 8 p.m.
Join Stephen Hawking as he sets three ordinary people a truly mind-bending challenge: Can they work out why they exist at all? Hawking takes them down a rabbit hole of profound realizations, helping them think like philosophers as much as scientists.
Genius By Stephen Hawking Where Did The Universe Come From? at 9 p.m.
Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to work out where the universe came from. Hawking leads the trio on an extraordinary journey of discovery featuring racing cars, ice-skaters, balloons and running tracks.
This week on Science Night, go from seeing wild animal hospitals on Nature to being encouraged to think like a genius on Genius By Stephen Hawking.
Nature Jungle Animal Hospital at 7 p.m.
Witness the day-to-day drama at one of the world’s wildest hospitals deep in the Guatemalan jungle. A vet and his team take on dangerous challenges as they care for endangered animals – from stitching up a rare baby bird to wresting a crocodile.
Genius By Stephen Hawking Can We Time Travel? at 8 p.m and Are We Alone at 9 p.m.
Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius. Can they measure the earth, the solar system and even the universe — and find our true place in the cosmos?
Wednesday at 7 p.m., earn the value of teamwork among animal partners, even ones as odd but perfect as hippo and fish on Nature Nature’s Perfect Partners. Sea and land animals collaborate using brainpower to solve complex problems and stay alive.
Wednesday at 8 p.m., join NOVA Bombing Hitler’s Supergun as engineers, archaeologists, and WWII historians investigate Hitler’s supergun. And discover the two audacious missions designed to destroy the seemingly impregnable supergun complex, one of which is led by none other than Joseph Kennedy, Jr.
In the first two years of the war, Hitler’s Germany crushes its enemies in a series of lightning offensives. A new word is coined to describe this incredible string of successes; ‘Blitzkrieg’ or ‘Lightning War’. Learn about Hitler’s technical prowess on Nazi Mega Weapons Blitzkrieg Wednesday at 9 p.m.
Nature The Last Orangutan Eden at 7 pm
Ecologist Chris Morgan (Bears of the Last Frontier) travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation.
NOVA Operation Lighthouse Rescue at 8 pm
The Gay Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, is soon to become the next victim of the ocean’s relentless erosion of the island’s cliffs. Join engineers as they race to rescue this national treasure.
NOVA Petra: Lost City of Stone at 9 pm
How did early engineers carve tombs into rock cliffs and funnel water to this desert city?
This week’s Science Night is all about how nature can work in our favor. At 7 p.m., see how our observance of owls helps us create innovative technology. Then at 8 p.m., learn how America’s national parks formed and how they benefit the people.
Nature Owl Power at 7 p.m.
Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids.
National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Empire Of Grandeur (1915-1919) at 8 p.m.
In John Muir’s absence, a new leader steps forward on behalf of America’s remaining pristine places; a new federal agency is created to protect the parks; and in Arizona, a fight breaks out over the fate of the grandest canyon on earth.
This week, Science Night celebrates what various animals offer the Earth. At 7 p.m., we’ll see how beavers can reverse the effects of global warming and water shortages. Then at 8 p.m., learn how elephant highways in Southern Africa are helping these endangered species survive. To end the night, join experts as they observe how a once endangered ecosystem is now thriving.
Nature Leave it to Beavers at 7 p.m.
In this episode of Nature, see why a growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools in reversing the effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages.
NOVA Wild Ways at 8 p.m.
From Yellowstone to the Yukon, to Southern Africa’s elephant highways stretching across five nations, explore how newly established wildlife corridors may offer a glimmer of hope to some of our planet’s most cherished – but endangered – species.
Best Of Big Blue Live at 9 p.m.
Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in Monterey Bay, California, to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food.
Science Night explores the the brain this week. But first at 7 p.m., learn about Asia’s last wild lions. Then at 8 p.m., watch scientists attempt to figure out the cause of Alzheimer’s. Finally at 9 p.m., figure out different ways we might be able to combat mental illness by looking at a bipolar brain.
Nature India’s Wandering Lions at 7 p.m.
Witness the incredible story of Asia’s last wild lions, once on the brink of extinction, but who now live dangerously close to the villagers of India.
NOVA Can Alzheimer’s Be Stopped? at 8 p.m.
Alzheimer’s ravages the minds of over 40 million victims worldwide. Join scientists as they untangle the cause of this tragic illness and go behind the scenes of major drug trials to discover the therapies that may slow and even prevent the disease.
Ride The Tiger at 9 p.m.
Search the bipolar brain to find out where the biological and chemical breakdowns occur and how we may be able to pre-empt disorders and fix or rewire our brains. Learn if new treatments can lead to advances in other areas of mental illness as well.
This week, Science Night explores the journey of survival. At 7 p.m., Nature tells the story of Monterey Bay Aquarium’s attempt to save a stranded, newborn otter. Then at 8 p.m., NOVA examines the details of the Vikings’ explorations and conquests.
Nature Saving Otter 501 at 7 p.m
This is the story of the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphan otter. From her discovery as a stranded, newborn pup crying on the beach through her rehabilitation in secret roof tanks atop the Aquarium, Nature follows as Otter 501 learns how to dive, hunt, eat, and fend for herself in the wild.
NOVA Vikings Unearthed at 8 p.m.
They were pioneering warriors, expert seafarers and colonists of the North Atlantic realm. The Vikings even claimed in their sagas to have reached America. Now, Dr. Sarah Parcak uncovers new clues about their legendary expeditions and settlements.
This week on Science Night, learn about humans, our surroundings, and how the two interact. At 7 p.m., see keepers and carers get emotional as they are reunited with wild animals they once cared for. Next at 8 p.m., explore the idea of if math is a human made concept or not. Finally at 9 p.m., watch Ted Talks that explore future possibilities in science.
Nature Animal Reunions at 7 p.m.
Feel the emotion as keepers and carers reunite with the wild animals that were once in their care to learn whether the close interspecies bonds that developed over many years in refuges and orphanages have stood the test of time.
NOVA The Great Math Mystery at 8 p.m.
Is math invented by humans, or is it the language of the universe?
Ted Talks Science And Wonder at 9 p.m.
Journey through space, the human body, disappearing landscapes and the world of Pixar animation as speakers look at the future of nanotechnology, the search for life beyond earth and the science of light.
Learn a lot and have fun doing it this week on Science Night! At 7 p.m., learn about the societal structure of a troop of snow monkeys from Japan. Next at 8 p.m., discover a new version of the Biblical flood story, Noah’s Ark, along with with how to build an ark. Ending the night at 9 p.m. is a film that has proof the Hanging Gardens of Babylon did indeed exist.
Nature Snow Monkeys at 7 p.m.
In the frigid valleys of Japan’s Shiga Highlands, a troop of snow monkeys make their way and raise their families in a complex society of rank and privilege where each knows their place.
NOVA Secrets Of Noah’s Ark at 8 p.m.
A 3,700-year-old inscribed clay tablet reveals a surprising new version of the Biblical flood story, complete with how-to instructions for assembling an ark. Following the directions, expert boat builders assemble and launch a massive reed boat.
Secrets of the Dead The Lost Gardens Of Babylon at 9 p.m.
Centuries of digging have turned up nothing. But they were digging in the wrong place. Now, this film proves the spectacular Hanging Gardens of Babylon did exist, shows us where they were, what they looked like and how they were constructed.