This week, Science Night goes on an interdisciplinary journey. First, Nature explores why cross-species animal relationships are just so darn cute. Then, NOVA investigates World War I tunnel warfare, followed by Particle Fever, about the discovery of the Higgs boson particle.
Love apparently knows no boundaries in the animal kingdom. Despite the odds, there are countless stories of the most unlikely cross-species relationships imaginable. Instincts gone awry? NATURE investigates why animals form these special bonds and what these relationships suggest about the nature of animal emotions.
During World War I, the Allies and Germans repeatedly struggled to break the hideous stalemate of trench warfare. In the winter of 1916, Allied engineers devised a massive surprise attack on the German army. Their weapon of choice: 600 tons of explosives, hidden in secret tunnels driven under German lines. Now, archaeologists are revealing the extraordinary scale and risks of the Allied tunneling operations in the biggest excavation ever undertaken on the Western Front.
Follow six brilliant scientists for the launch of the Large Hadron Collider, built to recreate the conditions of the Big Bang and search for the Higgs boson, marking the start of the biggest and most expensive experiment in the history of the planet.
Get ready for 2016 with Science Night! Nature tells the stories of evolutionary underdogs in a program about some of the world’s more bizarre creatures. Then, inform any diet-focused resolutions Michael Pollan’s guide to simple, healthy eating.
Alongside the fastest, strongest, smartest animals are nature’s misfits, odd, bizarre and unlikely creatures that at first glance seem ill-equipped for survival. Left at the starting line in the race for life, these are the apparent losers in the story of evolution, yet somehow they manage to cling to life and in some cases even thrive.
Join New York Times best-selling author Michael Pollan on a fascinating journey to find out what we should eat to be healthy. Pollan cuts through today’s barrage of conflicting dietary messages and makes it simple to enjoy food and stay healthy.
This week, Science Night celebrates the holidays with two programs in line with the season. First, Nature takes viewers to Alaska for a look into the intimate home of the snowy owl family. Then, NOVA dedicates its program to the hidden formulas of historic cathedrals.
Filmmakers take us deep into the snowy owl’s tundra home on the North Slope of Alaska to observe the daily struggles involved in raising a family of helpless owlets until they’re able to fly. Magic of the Snowy Owl premiered Wednesday, October 24, 2012.
Carved from 100 million pounds of stone, soaring effortlessly atop a spiderweb of masonry, Gothic cathedrals are marvels of human achievement and artistry. But how did medieval builders reach such spectacular heights ?Consuming the labor of entire towns, sometimes taking 100 years to build, these architectural marvels were crafted from just hand tools and stone. Many now teeter on the brink of catastrophic collapse. To save them, an international team of engineers, architects, art historians and computer scientists searches the naves, bays, and bell towers for clues to how the dream of these heavenly temples on earth came true. This program reveals the hidden formulas, drawn from the pages of the Bible itself, that drove medieval builders ever upward.
This week, Science Night takes an eclectic look at some of the more mysterious corners of life. First, Nature examines the behavior of the honey badger – an animal with antics so infamous, it became a meme. Then, NOVA probes the ancient city of the Catacombs underneath Rome, and finds new insights into the everyday lives of the ancient Roman people.
“Honey badger is bad ass.” Those words and corresponding video became a YouTube sensation with 51 million hits. This relentless little creature is renowned for its ability to confront grown lions, castrate charging buffalo, and shrug off the toxic defenses of stinging bees, scorpions, and snakes. Little is known about its behavior in the wild or why it is so aggressive.
Beneath the streets of Rome lies an ancient city of the dead known as the Catacombs – a labyrinth of tunnels, hundreds of miles long, lined with tombs. Now, NOVA goes inside a previously-unknown complex within the tunnel system: a mysterious mass grave, locked away for nearly 2000 years. NOVA’s forensic investigation opens up fascinating new insights into the daily life and health of Roman citizens at the heyday of its mighty empire.
Join this week’s Science Night as Nature and NOVA show new installments of longer series. Nature’s Pets: Wild At Heart continues, this week revealing the sensory experience of pets in the world. Then, NOVA chronicles Einstein’s big E=mc2 breakthrough in a two-hour program.
In a program packed with incredible filming techniques, from Schlieren photography that makes smells visible, to moving X-rays, ultra slow-motion, and ultraviolet vision as well as HD horsecams and doggycams, discover how our pets experience the world through their astonishing senses and hidden channels of communication. Includes the sensory secrets of budgies, horses, guinea pigs and goldfish as well as the remarkable abilities of hamsters, cats and dogs.
Everybody’s heard of it, but what does the world’s most famous equation E=mc2 really mean? NOVA dramatizes the stories of the men and women whose innovative thinking across four centuries led finally to Einstein’s bold breakthrough. Based on David Bodanis’ bestseller, E=mc2, this program celebrates the ingenuity, and chronicles the human conflicts, that ultimately unleashed the power of the atom.
This week, Science Night delves into the brains of our pets before jumping into the brain of one of the smartest men of the 20th century. Nature starts the evening with a program dedicated to pets playing games to express their wild sides. Then, NOVA ponders Albert Einstein’s brilliance.
In this astonishing program filled with innovative photography and scientific revelation, we investigate how our favorite pets get in touch with their wild side through play. From talkative budgies, marathon-running hamsters, wall-climbing cats and diving dogs, as well as an island where rabbits rule and a city where dogs live a secret double life – discover how our pets’ playful games are just a whisker away from the wild.
Retrace Einstein’s thought experiments as NOVA reveals the simple but powerful ideas that reshaped our understanding of gravity, illuminating the theory of general relativity – and Einstein’s brilliance – as never before.
Oh, the humanity! This week’s Science Night explores humans as they developed, as they are now, and what they’ll look like in the future. Earth’s Natural Wonders launches the evening with glimpses at incredible battles of man versus nature, followed by an installment of NOVA‘s Making North America series about human evolution on the continent. The night wraps up with David Eagleman’s speculation about where humanity is headed in the future.
Witness wonders created by the force that makes our planet unique – life itself. In the Amazon, boys face fierce animals in a rite of passage and a Bangladeshi father and son brave killer bees and man-eating tigers to find honey.
From Ice Age to oil boom, discover the challenges faced and the wealth uncovered as humans take over the continent. How did we turn rocks into riches? And what catastrophic natural disasters could threaten the civilization we’ve built?
Join Dr. Eagleman as he journeys into the future and asks what’s next for the human brain and for our species. He speculates that our descendants may be so different from us that we’ll be strangers to them.
This week, Science Night explores the building blocks of life. Earth’s Natural Wonders shows the colossal power of water before NOVA dives deep to discover how life evolved in North America. David Eagleman bookends the night with a discussion about humanity’s need for interdependence.
See wonders created by the grand and unpredictable power of water, including Victoria Falls, where men risk death to reach fishing pools; the Camargue, where man vs. bull; and ocean reefs, where a guardian seeks a manta ray to help save the species.
In this episode we unpack the mysteries of how life evolved in North America. From massive volcanic eruptions, that killed three quarters of all species, to the appearance of giant inland seas populated by huge marine dinosaurs, the geology and life of North America have always gone hand in hand. We also reveal the part that geology played in the arrival of humans on the continent, as the appearance of the Panamanian land bridge altered ocean currents, helping bring about the last ice age.
See how the brain relies on other brains to thrive and survive. This neural interdependence underpins our need to group together – and our capacity to do the best and the worst of things to each other.
Start this week’s Science Night with a look at some of the earth’s most extreme areas, from Mount Everest to the Grand Canyon. Then, explore how North America became the continent it is today with NOVA‘s Making North America series. Finish the night with Dr. David Eagleman’s discussion about decision-making.
Visit extreme locales, including Mount Everest’s Khumbu Icefall and its dangers to sherpas, the Grand Canyon, where conservationists try to ensure a condor chick’s survival, and the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, where farmers battle with elephants.
See the epic 3-billion-year story of how our continent came to be. From palm trees that once flourished in Alaska to huge eruptions that nearly tore the Midwest in two, discover how forces of almost unimaginable power gave birth to North America.
Learn how the brain navigates the tens of thousands of conscious decisions we make every day and the many more unconscious decisions we make about everything from whom we find attractive to what we perceive.
This week, Science Night dives into the world of pets. Up first is another installment of Nature‘s “Pets: Wild At Heart” series, exploring how pets experience the world. Then, NOVA goes back into pet history for a look at civilizations that mummified animals. Finish the night a look at the unconscious brain with David Eagleman.
In a program packed with incredible filming techniques, from Schlieren photography that makes smells visible, to moving X-rays, ultra slow-motion, and ultraviolet vision as well as HD horsecams and doggycams, discover how our pets experience the world through their astonishing senses and hidden channels of communication.
Dr. Eagleman explores the unconscious brain and reveals that everything from our movements, to our decisions, to our behavior is largely controlled and orchestrated by an invisible world of unconscious neural activity.