On this week’s Science Night, a brand new episode of Life on the Reef takes you into the lives of the many residents of North Queensland as they prepare for disaster. Then, a double-header of NOVA explores objects that have stood the test of time: the viking sword and the stone statues of Easter Island.
Life on the Reef at 7 pm
On the third episode, see how the human and animal residents of the reef prepare for a category five cyclone that brings destruction to the North Queensland coast. And as cyclone season finally gives way to calm seas of the dry, the reef begins to recover and thrive. In this clip, hear from those who ensure the full diversity and functionality of the reef.
NOVA Secrets of the Viking Sword at 8 pm
A modern-day swordsmith reverse engineers the ultimate weapon of the Middle Ages — a sword both prized and feared.
NOVA Mystery of Easter Island at 9 pm
A team of scientists and volunteers test a theory on how the ancient stone statues were moved, using a 15-ton replica.
On this week’s Science Night, after Life on the Reef explores wet season at the Great Barrier Reef, NOVA and Uranium tell the stories of nuclear power. On NOVA, learn about the Fukushima nuclear disaster and on Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail, unlock the secrets of one of the most powerful elements involved in nuclear power: uranium.
Life on the Reef at 7 pm
On the second episode, witness the explosion of life on the reef as the wet season approaches: corals spawn, sea birds nest and thousands of turtle hatchlings erupt over the beaches. But soon, torrential rain and storms will bring change and upheaval to the delicate ecosystem.
NOVA Nuclear Meltdown Disaster at 8 pm
Four years after one of history’s worst nuclear accidents, NOVA reveals the minute-by-minute story of the Fukushima nuclear crisis and its ongoing aftermath, told by the brave workers who stayed behind as an earthquake and tsunami crippled the plant.
Uranium – Twisting the Dragon’s Tail at 9 pm
On the second episode of Uranium, join physicist Dr. Derek Muller to unlock the mysteries of uranium, one of the Earth’s most controversial elements. Uranium has brought hope, progress and destruction; revolutionized society, from medicine to warfare; and profoundly shaped the past.
On this week’s Science Night, we explore life in the air and the sea. Life on the Reef brings you to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef, and NOVA highlights engineers and divers’ attempt to raise a sunken ship near Italy. In the air, NOVA searches for ways to prevent vanishing planes.
Life on the Reef at 7 pm
On the first episode, view the reef as tourists enjoy the perfect weather, humpback whales give birth and fire destroys a luxury yacht. On the most protected island in Australia, 20,000 green sea turtles return to the biggest reptilian breeding colony on Earth.
NOVA Why Planes Vanish at 8 pm
Can new technology prevent aircraft like Flight MH370 from disappearing without a trace? Please be advised that The Boeing Company is a funder of the NOVA series. Please note, however, that no funds from Boeing were applied to this specific episode.
NOVA Sunken Ship Rescue at 9 pm
A team of 500 engineers and divers struggle to raise the Costa Concordia cruise ship.
On this week’s Science Night, after Operation Wild explores revolutionary medical advances for animals, we fly up into space. NOVA journeys to Pluto to obtain detailed images of the strange planet, and the documentary Apollo Wives looks at the struggles the wives of the Apollo astronauts faced.
Operation Wild at 7 pm
On the third episode of Operation Wild, witness extreme dentistry on a five-ton elephant and keyhole surgery on a giant tortoise, and find out if a remarkable invention can help a dolphin swim again.
NOVA Chasing Pluto at 8 pm
Join NOVA for New Horizon’s historic flyby of Pluto, the culmination of the spacecraft’s nine-year, three-billion-mile journey to reveal the first-ever detailed images of this strange, icy world at the very edge of our solar system.
Apollo Wives at 9 pm
The names of the Apollo astronauts are well-known, their actions and achievements are well-documented, but what of the women they spent their lives with – the wives forced to stand in the shadow of the moon? Apollo Wives looks in detail at precisely what it meant to be an Apollo wife, what was required of them by their husbands, by NASA and by the media.
On this week’s Science Night, we look at ancient humans and progressive medicine. On Operation Wild, see how new medical discoveries are changing the lives of animals and First Peoples discovers what happened when the earliest humans found themselves in Europe. Finally, NOVA dissects the hunting prowess of sharks.
Operation Wild at 7 pm
On the second episode of Operation Wild, find out how pioneering medicine is transforming ways to tend to animals. See a rhino’s groundbreaking skin graft after poachers stole her horns and an orangutan’s micro-surgery to try to restore her sight – and her freedom.
First Peoples Europe at 8 pm
When Homo sapiens turned up in prehistoric Europe, they ran into the Neanderthals. The two types of human were similar enough to interbreed – and they were just as capable at making artifacts. But as more Homo sapiens moved into Europe, there was an explosion of art and symbolic thought. The balance of power had shifted and Neanderthals were overwhelmed. Ever since, we’ve had Europe and the rest of the world to ourselves.
NOVA Why Sharks Attack at 9 pm
Find out the answer to the question, “Will analyzing the hunting instincts of this endangered predator reduce deadly attacks?”
This week, Science Night explores wild animals and primitive humans. Operation Wild dives into the sea as a manta ray receives an ultrasound and First Peoples journeys to land as we learn how our ancestors’ DNA has helped us to survive.
Operation Wild at 7 pm
On Operation Wild, learn whether an ingenious idea could help save giant pandas, and if an operation deep in the jungle can transform the life of a young gorilla. Watch as an elephant with a gunshot wound makes an extraordinary journey.
First Peoples Asia at 8 pm
What happened when we expanded out of Africa and into Asia — where did we go and whom did they meet along the way? The latest evidence suggests we left far earlier than previously thought and interbred with a newly-discovered type of ancient human — the Denisovans.
On this week’s Science Night, we explore the minds of animals and the history of people. NOVA brings you inside the brains of birds to discover if their talents are evidence of high intelligence or the result of training and instinct. And First Peoples explains how diversity was created in humans.
NOVA Inside Animal Minds: Bird Genius at 7 pm
What would it be like to go inside the mind of an animal? The revolutionary science of animal cognition is revealing hard evidence about how animals understand the world around them, uncovering their remarkable problem-solving abilities and exploring the complexity of their powers of communication and even their emotions. Meet a cockatoo with a talent for picking locks; a wild crow on a mission to solve an eight-step puzzle; and a tame raven who can solve a puzzle box so quickly that his performance has to be captured with high-speed photography.
First Peoples Americas/Africa at 8 pm
How closely related were the First Americans and today’s Native Americans? It’s a matter of huge controversy. There are very few other skeletons in the world that engender such strong feelings. Africa – 200,000 years ago, a new species appeared on the African landscape — Homo sapiens. Scientists imagined eastern Africa was a Garden of Eden, but the latest research suggests we evolved in many places across the continent at the same time. DNA from a 19th Century African-American slave is forcing geneticists to re-think the origins of our species.
This week, Science Night takes a look at World War II. NOVA tells the story of how a group of British officers dreamt of escaping a Nazi prisoner camp, while Nazi Mega Weapons tells you the history of the Atlantic Wall, Hitler’s massive defense structure. Plus, Nature takes you to Indonesia to discover why the number unique macaque monkeys is dwindling.
Nature The Funkiest Monkeys at 7 pm
Filmmaker Colin Stafford-Johnson returns to Sulawesi in Indonesia after twenty-five years to understand why numbers of feisty, expressive and unusual macaque monkeys have dropped dramatically. Teaming up with a local expert and creating the film allows him to share the macaques’ story with local schools and communities.
NOVA Escape from Nazi Alcatraz at 8 pm
This episode tells the story of Colditz Castle, a prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany that was supposedly escape-proof. But at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up an elaborate escape plan involving a two-man glider made of bed sheets and floorboards. Now, a team of engineers and carpenters rebuilds the glider to see if the daring escape would have succeeded.
Nazi Mega Weapons Atlantic Wall at 9 pm
To protect occupied Europe from an Allied invasion, Hitler demanded the construction of a defensive wall stretching thousands of kilometers from France in the south to Norway in the north. This is the story of how this vast engineering project sucked in huge quantities of raw materials and men from all over the Third Reich and faced its ultimate test on D-Day.
Science Night this week explores the World War II underwater archaeological site left behind from one of history’s deadliest events: D-Day. Plus, Nature covers Florida Everglades National Park’s giant pythons, the park’s biggest and deadliest visitors to date.
Nature Invasion of the Giant Pythons at 7 pm
Florida’s Everglades National Park is one of the last great wildlife refuges in the United States. However, the Everglades is also the dumping ground for many animal invaders. All of the intruders found their way into the park either by accidental escape from pet owners or intentional releases by people no longer wishing to care for an exotic species. Add to the mix tens of thousands of giant pythons, some released into the wild by irresponsible pet owners, some escapees from wildlife facilities destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992. The pythons slithered into this protected wilderness and thrived, and the refuge has become less of a haven and more of a killing ground every day since then.
NOVA D-Day’s Sunken Secrets at 8 pm
On June 6, 1944, 3,000 planes dropped 23,000 airborne troops behind German lines, and 7,000 ships delivered around 20,000 military vehicles and 130,000 allied soldiers, who stormed five heavily defended French beaches in an all-or-nothing assault on Nazi occupied Europe. Dive teams, submersibles, and robots alike now explore a massive underwater World War II site left behind from that fateful day.
Nature White Lions at 7 pm Wednesday tells the story of two remarkable and extremely rare white lion cubs on their journey to adulthood.
The earthquake that hit the northern coast of Japan on March 11, 2011 was recorded at magnitude 9.0 the worst ever to strike Japan. It generated an unprecedented tsunami. Surviving the Tsunami: A Nova Special at 8 pm Wednesday retold after-the-fact by the survivors who reveal what they were thinking as they made their life-saving decisions.
Ghost Army at 9 pm Wednesday tells the true story of American G.I.s who tricked the enemy with rubber tanks, sound effects and visual illusions during the World War II.