Science Night May 10

Join science night for an adventure with the dolphins, and go deeper into the ocean with NOVA to discover sunken ships. End the night with a closer look at the way plants exist in their natural habitats!

The Spy Creatures continue to reveal the world of dolphins as never before, their mysteries of communication and strategies. Go undercover to meet the Orca, the largest dolphins, and race the Dall’s porpoises, the fastest dolphins in the world, on Nature, beginning Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Unravel the greatest mystery in Arctic exploration: 160 years ago, the Franklin Expedition to chart the Northwest Passage vanished. Now, a Canadian team discovers one of Franklin’s lost ships-a vital clue to the fate of the ill-starred expedition, on NOVA, beginning Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Revel in the ethereal beauty of orchids and examine their exotic flowers, which are shaped for one purpose – to attract pollinators. Many use sex as a lure, impersonating a female bee or wasp. Plants Behaving Badly begins Wednesday at 9:00 pm.

 

Science Night May 3

Spend this Wednesday on a journey below sea level – from following dolphins throughout the ocean to seeing how subways are built in London, you won’t want to miss it!

The camera eyes of 13 ingenious Spy Creatures, including Spy Dolphin, Spy Nautilus and Spy Turtle, capture the dolphins’ “superpod” behavior never filmed before. Infiltrate the social world of dolphins from strange gatherings to gang rivalries. Nature begins Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Join engineers as they build a massive new railway deep beneath the streets of London, on NOVA, airing Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Examine the extraordinary behavior of carnivorous plants, which have been a feature of many a sci-fi film over the years. The reality turns out to be far stranger than the fiction. See why on Plants Behaving Badly, airing Wednesday at 9:00 pm.

Science Night April 26

This Science night, don’t miss out on joining us on a journey through the largest area of wilderness in the Austrian Alps. Then follow us through the construction of the Chernobyl dome. End the night mixing elements and find out what we can do with weather.

Forests are far more complex than previously imagined. The documentary, filmed in 4K, travels deep into the remote forests of the Kalkalpen National Park in Austria – the largest area of wilderness in the Alps. Take a look at the dramatic cycle of the landscape on Nature, airing Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

An international team of engineers races to construct a gargantuan dome to contain the lingering radioactive materials and crumbling remains of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor, decades after being the site of the world’s worst nuclear disaster, on NOVA, beginning at 8:00 pm on Wednesday.

Watch an innovative documentary that illustrates how weather works by performing brave, ambitious (even unlikely) experiments that show how nature transforms simple ingredients like wind, water and temperature into something spectacular and powerful, on Wild Weather, airing Wednesday at 9:00 pm.

Science Night April 19

Think you know all about armadillos? Think again! This science night brings you on a journey for these insect-eating animals, then brings you back in time to discover more about the secret histories of Nazi Camps and Alcatraz.

You won’t find this hotel on the beaches of Rio and it’s not owned by your typical billionaire mogul. Deep in the heart of the rainforest the mysterious and secretive Giant Armadillo digs a new burrow each night. Once this termite-eater moves on, it leaves behind one of the hottest plots of real estate in the jungle. We’ll get a never-before-seen look as guests walk, squawk, slither, and crawl from far and wide to get the best room available. From solitary lizards, couples of courting coati, families of peccaries escaping the heat, and hungry jaguars waiting to pounce on an unlucky resident, the “Hotel Armadillo” showcases all the rainforest has to offer. Don’t miss this episode of Nature beginning at 7:00 pm.

In the heart of Lithuania, a Holocaust secret lies buried. A team of archaeologists probes the ruins of a Nazi execution site to find the truth behind tales of a tunnel dug by desperate Jewish prisoners and their daring escape, on this Holocaust special of NOVA, beginning at 8:00 pm.

October 14th 2013 was the 70th anniversary of an event that shook the Nazi party to its core. In east Poland, at the remote Nazi death camp of Sobibor, 300 Jewish prisoners staged a bloody break out. To mark the anniversary, this film travels back Sobibor with the last remaining survivors to reveal their extraordinary story of courage, desperation and determination. The film uses brutally honest drama-reconstruction and first hand testimony to reveal the incredible escape story. Find out what happened in this horrible historical time period on Escape From A Nazi Death Camp, beginning at 9:00 pm.

Science Night April 12

Join KLRU for this short and sweet Science Night this Wednesday. Go on a journey to Puerto Rico for tropical animals galore. End the night on a more serious tone with a look back into another installment of the Great War: American Experience and recall America’s entrance into a world war.

Puerto Rico is a tropical island infused with unique natural wonders but the native wildlife is threatened with extinction. Meet a charismatic group of scientists dedicated to saving Puerto Rico’s “enchanting” animals like manatees, parrots, coqui frogs, and turtles on Nature, airing at 7:00 pm.

Discover how the violent and bloody conflict transformed the nation forever, as America steps onto the world stage for the first time, on another episode of Great War: American Experience, beginning at 8:00 pm.

Science Night April 5

This weeks science night contains everything you won’t want to miss. From learning about the way Owls work behind the scenes, to discovering whether or not Leonardo Da Vinci was real, or fake.

For centuries, owls have been fascinating hallmarks of children’s stories and folk tales the world over. What actually makes owls so special? 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. Nature begins Wednesday at 7:00 pm.

Dramatic eyewitness footage reveals the shocking quake that rocked Nepal in April 2015. Join scientists as they examine why this earthquake was so devastating, how the victims are rebuilding and whether another earthquake looms on the horizon, on NOVA, which airs Wednesday at 8:00 pm.

Leonardo da Vinci is well known for his inventions as well as his art. But new evidence shows that many of his ideas were realized long before he sketched them out in his notebooks – some even 1,700 years before. Was Leonardo a copycat? Find out on Secrets Of The Dead, beginning at 9:00 pm on Wednesday.

 

Science Night Mar. 29

This week on science night, get a closer look at the beauty of Yosemite National Park, learn about the history of Viking’s weapons, and end with the archaeological dig into the underwater ruins of Rome.

Join scientists, experts, and adventurers as they trudge through mountains of snow, climb trees as tall as buildings, and soar high in the air to spy just how these global changes are affecting one of America’s greatest wildernesses, Yosemite National Park. Watch Nature at 7:00 pm.

A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages — a sword both prized and feared. This NOVA special airs at 8:00 pm.

Baiae… An escape for ancient Rome’s powerful elite, the Las Vegas of its day. Now, follow archaeologists who are mapping underwater ruins and piecing together what life was like in this playground for the rich, on Secrets of the Dead, airing at 9:00 pm.

Science Night Mar. 22

Science night is bringing a wide range of incredible topics, from Zebras to Nazi War Prisons, you won’t want to miss out.

Great Zebra Exodus explores parenthood and the fragility of young life—from zebras to lapwings to meerkats. It’s a tale of loyalty and sacrifice, of home and exile, of death and new life, set against the backdrop of one of Africa’s most surreal landscapes. Watch this episode of Nature at 7:00 pm.

Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the ultimate escape plan: in a secret attic workshop, they constructed a two-man glider out of bed sheets and floorboards. As the hair-raising launch 90 feet up draws near, the program explores the Colditz legend and exposes the secrets of other ingenious and audacious escapes. Then, after a 70-year wait, the team finally finds out if the legendary glider plan would have succeeded. This episode of Nova airs at 8:00 pm.

Meet Dr. Marian Diamond, renowned academic and research scientist, and prepare to be smitten. Catherine Ryan and Gary Weimberg’s film follows this remarkable woman over a 5-year period and introduces the viewer to both her many scientific accomplishments and the warm, funny, and thoroughly charming woman herself, who describes her 60-year career researching the human brain as “pure joy.” My Love Affair With The Brain airs at 10:00 pm.

Science Night Mar. 15

Science Night check off list: Cats, Origami, Europe. This week, take a look at a variety of topics, including the evolution of some of the fastest species, into our favorite domesticated cat that we know and love. Then, we see how the ancient paper folding craft is being used for science and technology advancement. Finally, end the night with Rick Steves as he takes you on a European Journey.

Discover how the first cats arose in the forests of Asia, how they spread across the continent and later came to conquer Africa. We reveal how cats evolved with an in-depth look at lions, servals, caracals, cheetahs, tigers, fishing and sand cats. Watch The Story Of Cats: Asia To Africa, beginning at 7:00 pm.

Engineers are using origami to design drugs, micro-robots, and future space missions. Watch The Origami Revolution at 8:00 pm.

Taking you on a spring journey through Spain, Slovenia, Italy and Greece, RICK STEVES SPECIAL: EUROPEAN EASTER celebrates this 2,000-year-old story in a variety of cultures, airing at 10:00 pm.

 

Science Night Mar. 8

This science night takes you on a journey through the jungle and back and forth through time. Watch monkeys and super batteries, then end your night with a nostalgic trip back in time to the ’70s when traveling was much, much different.

Spy Creatures explore the rarely seen emotions of animals, revealing whether they are as strong and complex as our own. Join the spycams as they are accepted into a wild dog pack, witness elephant love, and are mourned by a troop of monkeys! Catch the Love installment of Spy In The Wild, A Nature Mini Series, airing at 7:00 pm.

Join renowned gadget geek and host David Pogue as he sets out on a quest to discover how batteries work and uncover what the future of batteries means for our gadgets, our lives and even our planet, on Search For The Super Battery, airing at 8:30 pm.

Journey back to a simpler time-before the Internet, GPS or airline security lines-when the roadtrip and hitchhiking reigned both at home and abroad. In this nostalgic special, Traveling In The ’70s, host Dean Cycon explores how travel has changed over the past 50 years, airing at 10:00 pm.