Science Night 4/13

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.

Science Night 4/6

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.

Science Night 3/30

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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.

Science Night 3/23

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.

Science Night 3/2

Go to infinity and beyond with KLRU for Science Night this week! At 7 pm, see how Scott Kelly’s year in space compares to his twin’s year back on Earth. Then at 8 pm, get a close look at who Neil Armstrong was outside of the astronaut suit. Finally at 9 pm, learn about the Air Force scientists who took the first steps to getting to US into space.

Year In Space at 7 p.m.
Follow astronaut Scott Kelly’s record-breaking 12-month mission on the International Space Station, from launch to landing, as NASA charts the effects of long-duration spaceflight by comparing him to his identical twin on Earth, astronaut Mark Kelly. Watch KLRU’s Overheard with Evan Smith interview with Mark Kelly.

NOVA First Man on the Moon at 8 p.m.
He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong?

American Experience Space Men at 9 p.m.
Meet the pioneering Air Force scientists and pilots whose Project Manhigh, which collected data about the biological and technical factors required to support human activity in space, laid the groundwork for the US space program.

Science Night 2/24

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.

Science Night 2/17

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.

Science Night 2/10

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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.

Science Night 2/3

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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’.

Science Night 1/30

NatureAttenborough’s Life Stories: Understanding the Natural World.” at 7 pm
In honor of Sir David Attenborough’s 60th anniversary on television, this three-part miniseries focuses on three fields that David Attenborough feels have been transformed most profoundly: filmmaking, science and the environment. Richly illustrated with the sequences (re-mastered in HD) that Attenborough has spent 60 years capturing, new interviews in which he revisits the content, stories and locations that were featured in his landmark series, and packed with the personal anecdotes of the BBC’s most accomplished raconteur, “Attenborough’s Life Stories” is a singular synopsis of a unique half-century plus. In “Understanding the Natural World,” Sir David Attenborough shares his memories of the scientists and the breakthroughs that helped shape his own career. He also recalls some of his more hair-raising attempts to bring new science to a television audience: standing in the shadow of an erupting volcano as lumps of hot lava crashed around him or being charged by a group of armed New Guinean tribesmen.

NOVA Who Killed Lindbergh’s Baby?” at 8 pm
In the aftermath of his 1927 solo transatlantic flight, Charles Lindbergh became the most famous human being on earth. When he and his wife, Anne, had a son, Charlie, the press dubbed him Little Lindy. On March 1, 1932, kidnappers snatched Little Lindy from the family home near Hopewell, New Jersey. Negotiations stretched out for weeks, but Charlie never returned. His body was discovered not five miles from Hopewell. Now, NOVA is reopening one of the most confounding crime mysteries of all time as a team of expert investigators employs state-of-the-art forensic and behavioral science techniques in an effort to determine what really happened to Lindbergh’s baby – and why.

Life On FireAsh Runners” at 9 pm
Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes. Underground, vampire and other bat species have colonized the miles of tunnels created by hot flowing magma. In the crater, parakeets and vultures have made nests on cliffs exposed to toxic gases. On the flanks of this still active mountain, the vegetation has been burnt away by lava flows leaving barren stretches that are recolonized over hundreds of years. At the foot of the volcano, fields, pastures and towns have grown over the oldest lava flows. In this harsh environment, nature struggles to conquer ash and lava before the next eruption erases its efforts … and the phoenix must rise again.