Science Night 1/20

This week, an exciting Science Night starts with part two of Nature’s three-part series, Natural Born Hustlers. This episode explores how animals adapt themselves to trap their next meal. Then, NOVA heads to Antarctica to search for a killer under the ice. Wrap up the night with an episode of Earth’s Natural Wonders about the wonder of water.

Nature Natural Born Hustlers: The Hunger Hustle at 7 p.m.

Animals the world over have adapted their bodies or behavior in extreme ways to create a tantalizing trap. It’s all the result of millions of years of artful adaptation — all in the name of luring in the next meal.

NOVA Mystery Beneath The Ice at 8 p.m.

Dive under the ice to explore Antarctica’s under-ice landscape with a team of scientists as they search for the mystery killer that’s decimating the population of delicate shrimp-like creatures at the foundation of the Antarctic food chain.

Earth’s Natural Wonders Wonders Of Water at 9 p.m.

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.

Science Night 1/13

Science Night explores the inner workings of life this Wednesday. First, the first of a three-part Nature series highlights some animals’ devious survival methods. Then, NOVA goes back in time to explore how minerals helped spark life. The night ends with another showing of Extreme Wonders.

Nature Natural Born Hustlers: Staying Alive at 7 p.m.

When it comes to the most important goals in the animal kingdom, learning how to survive and raising the next generation are right at the top of the list. This may seem clear cut, but the lengths to which some animals go to achieve these objectives can often be downright devious. The first of this three-part series offers stories about unusual survival techniques. Cuttlefish, for example, elude their many predators with a kind of invisibility cloak. Other ruses revealed include:  why burrowing owls, who live underground, mimic the sounds of rattlesnakes; how imitation may not just be the sincerest form of flattery, it can also save your life; and what deception the regal horned lizard employs as a last resort to keep a menacing coachwhip snake at bay. (via Thirteen)

NOVA Life’s Rocky Start at 8 p.m.

From the first sparks of life to the survival of the fittest, unearth the secret relationship between rocks and life. NOVA goes around the world and back in time to investigate how minerals are vital to the origins and evolution of life.

Earth’s Natural Wonders Extreme Wonders at 9 p.m.

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.

Science Night 1/6

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.

Nature Animal Odd Couples at 7 p.m.

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.

NOVA Secret Tunnel Warfare at 8 p.m.

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.

Particle Fever at 9 p.m.

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.

Science Night 12/30

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.

Nature Animal Misfits at 7 p.m.

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.

In Defense Of Food at 8 p.m.

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.

Science Night 12/23

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.

Nature Magic of the Snowy Owl at 7 p.m.

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.

NOVA Building The Great Cathedrals at 8 p.m.

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.

Science Night 12/16

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.

Nature Honey Badgers: Masters of Mayhem at 7 p.m.

“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.

NOVA Roman Catacomb Mystery at 8 p.m.

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.

Science Night 12/9

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.

Nature Pets: Wild At Heart: Secretive Creatures at 7 p.m.

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.

NOVA Einstein’s Big Idea at 8:30 p.m.

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.

Science Night 12/2

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.

Nature Pets: Wild At Heart: Playful Creatures at 7 p.m.

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.

NOVA Inside Einstein’s Mind at 8:30 p.m.

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.

Science Night 11/18

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.

Earth’s Natural Wonders Living Wonders at 7 p.m.

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.

NOVA Making North America: Human at 8 p.m.

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?

Brain With David Eagleman Who Will We Be? at 9 p.m.

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.

Science Night 11/11

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.

Earth’s Natural Wonders Wonders of Water at 7 p.m.

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.

NOVA Making North America: Life at 8 p.m.

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.

Brain With David Eagleman Why Do I Need You? at 9 p.m.

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.