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.
This Science Night, get ready to learn about things all across the board! At 7 pm on Nature, see for yourself the unfortunate circumstances of disabled animals. Then on Brain With David Eagleman at 8 pm, learn how our brains interact with the world around us. Finally at 9:30 p.m., see why Americans love coffee and the origins of the massive industry.
Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 p.m.
Left disabled without fins, flippers, beaks or tails because of disease, accidents or even human cruelty, these unfortunate creatures need what amounts to a miracle if they are to survive.
Brain With David Eagleman What Is Reality? at 8 p.m.
Dr. David Eagleman takes viewers on an extraordinary journey, exploring how the brain, locked in silence and darkness without direct access to the world, conjures the rich and beautiful world we all take for granted.
Coffee: The Drink That Changed America at at 9:30 p.m.
Explore America’s love affair with the red bean and the amazing story of its origins. Coffee roaster Dean Cycon and food lover Judith Jones trace the drink’s path from Ethiopia to Europe to the Caribbean to today’s 21st-century coffee palaces.
This week, Science Night is answering some big questions. At 7 pm, Dereck and Beverly Joubert will piece together the lives of two elephants starting with their remains. Then at 8:30 pm, Michael Pollan will dispel and confirm dietary rumors.
Nature Soul Of The Elephant at 7 p.m.
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Award-winning filmmakers, Dereck and Beverly Joubert start with the remains of two bull elephants and through a series of key flashbacks, look at the lives they would have led, the dramas they may have seen, their great migrations for water with their families, and their encounters with lions and hyenas.
In Defense Of Food at 8:30 p.m.
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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 for Science Night, Nature showcases an Emperor penguin chick from the time he hatches to when he leaves his parents. Following that, NOVA introduces you to the most advanced human robots who go out and face real world challenges. Human Face Of Big Data ends the night by exploring the pros and cons of the information revolution.
Nature Snow Chick at 7 p.m.
This is the story of an intimate and incredible journey of one vulnerable and charismatic Emperor penguin chick, from the moment he emerges from the egg to the moment he leaves for the sea as a boisterous adolescent. His new-found independence is filled with humor and danger that will test his parents until the day he makes the long trek to the sea without them to begin a life on his own. The night concludes with Human Face Of Big Data
NOVA Rise Of The Robots at 8 p.m.
Machines with human-like capabilities have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until now. Meet the world’s most advanced humanoid robots as they leave the lab, battle real-world challenges and endeavor to become part of our everyday lives.
Human Face Of Big Data at 9 p.m.
The gathering and analyzing of massive amounts of data allow us to address some major challenges, but the accessibility of so much data comes at a steep price. This film captures the promise and peril of the extraordinary knowledge revolution.
Tune in for a Science Night that blasts into the past! At 7, Sir David Attenborough pieces together archeological clues in order to discover a long extinct giant. At 8, NOVA tells the story of the oldest human mummy on Earth. Finally at 9, experts discover a site filled with fossils of extinct animals.
Nature Raising The Dinosaur Giant at 7 p.m.
Have scientists discovered the biggest animal to have ever walked the planet? Sir David Attenborough will guide us through the remarkable journey of waking the giant as it happens – connecting the dots, translating the paleo jargon and explaining the revelations using living examples, other dinosaur discoveries and CGI visuals. As a finale, he will unveil the completed giant.
NOVA Iceman Reborn at 8 p.m.
Murdered more than 5,000 years ago, Otzi the Iceman is the oldest human mummy on Earth. Now, newly discovered evidence sheds light not only on this mysterious ancient man, but on the dawn of civilization in Europe.
NOVA Watch Ice Age Death Trap at 9 p.m.
Experts uncover a site in Colorado packed with fossil mammoths and other extinct beasts.
We’ve got a lot in store for Science Night this week! At 7, you’ll get an up close and personal look at the relationship between a mother and calf moose in the calf’s first year of life. Following that at 8, learn about how researchers are using mind control implants.
Nature Moose: Life Of A Twig Eater at 7 p.m.
Populations of moose across many parts of North America are in steep decline and scientists believe one of the reasons is that fewer moose calves are surviving their first year. This stunningly intimate nature documentary, filmed over 13 months in the spectacular wilds of Jasper National Park, takes viewers deep inside the world of moose to experience a mother’s love and a calf’s first year of life up close and personal.
NOVA Memory Hackers at 8 p.m.
Discover how researchers on the cutting edge of mind-control can implant, change and even erase memories. On this thought-provoking journey into the mind, NOVA investigates the mysterious nature of how we remember.
This week, Science Night kicks off with an episode of Nature that highlights a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys and their story of survival. Then, NOVA answers the question of why ocean creatures produce light. We end the night with Rise Of The Black Pharaohs, which tells the little known narrative of how Kush, a former subject state of Egypt around 800 BC, dethroned and conquered the powerful empire for roughly 100 years.
Nature Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-la at 7 p.m.
This is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. The family is led by a formidable fighter and his fighting force who guard a troop of 8-10 families. The survival of this unique monkey society, formed in response to the hardships of the Himalayas, depends on strong defensive strategies and the cooperation and interdependence of them all.
NOVA Creatures Of Light at 8 p.m.
NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to explore how and why so many of the ocean’s creatures light up-revealing a hidden undersea world where creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer or simply glow.
Rise Of The Black Pharaohs at 9 p.m.
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. This unlikely chapter of history has been buried by the Egyptians and was belittled by early archaeologists, who refused to believe that dark-skinned Africans could have risen so high. Now, in the heart of Sudan, archeologists are finding indisputable evidence of an advanced African society to rival the Egyptians’.