Science Night 6/29

How do animals fly? How was North America made? How do we become human? The answers will be revealed on Science Night!

Supernature – Wild FlyersDefying Gravity‘ – airs at 7 pm

How do birds and insects fly? It’s a questions that has fascinated us for years. From leapers to gliders and those that effortlessly fly for hours, each creature has special techniques. But all must overcome a powerful force – gravity.

NOVAMaking North America‘ – airs at 8 pm

Experience the colossal geologic forces that shaped our continent over 3 billion years.

9 Months That Made YouThe First 8 Weeks‘ – airs at 9 pm

Follow the story of how, from a fertilized egg, you took on human form in the womb. Chart the metamorphosis from the lizard-like, mouse-like and monkey-like forms you once took on until the moment around 12 weeks when you became unmistakably human.

Science Night 6/22

Travel to the Arctic to witness a phenomenon and delve into the history of World War II with KLRU on Science Night!

Great Polar Bear Feastairs at 7 pm

Every year in early September, a natural phenomenon takes place on the south slope of the Arctic. Each year, about 80 polar bears gather on the frozen shores, near the village of Kaktovik, to feast upon the hunter-harvested bowhead whale remains. This film will center on the scientists and wildlife photographers that flock to this small village each year to understand the polar bears and their unusual behavior.

NOVANazi Attack on America‘ – airs at 8 pm 

A sunken German U-boat off the coast of New Orleans tells the story of Operation Drumbeat.

Hitler’s Killer SubsNazi Mega Weapons‘ – airs at 9 pm 

At the beginning of WWII, Germany took victory over many of its enemies in a series of offensives coined “Blitzkrieg” or “Lightning War.” Stuka bombers blast a path though enemy lines, then Panzer divisions cut through defenses. Together they’re unstoppable.

Science Night 6/15

Endangered ecosystems, earthquakes and volcanos oh my! Join KLRU on Science Night for a lineup of three back-to-back special programs starting at 7 pm.

Best of Big Blue Liveairs at 7 pm 

Join scientists, animal behaviorists and other experts in Monterey Bay, California, to view its once endangered, now thriving, ecosystem, where nature’s most charismatic marine creatures gather to feed on an abundance of food.

NOVADeadliest Earthquakes‘ – airs at 8 pm

In exclusive coverage, a NOVA camera crew follows a team of US geologists as they first enter Haiti in the immediate aftermath of the 2010 epic earthquake. In a coastal town devastated by the rushing wave, NOVA follows a team of geologists as they battle aftershocks to measure the displacement caused by the earthquake. Could their work, and the work of geologists at earthquake hot-spots around the U.S., one day lead to a breakthrough in predicting quakes before they happen? NOVA investigates new leads in its investigation of a deadly scientific conundrum.

Life On FirePhoenix Temple‘ – airs at 9 pm 

Around the Masaya Volcano in Nicaragua, life has struggled for thousands of years to re-emerge from the ashes. 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.

Science Night 6/8

This week on Science Night, go deep into the Sahara Desert and discover a 10,000-year-old human civilization, uncover the chilling reality of cyberwar and explore the data revolution.

Join Paul Sereno on Skeletons Of The Sahara at 7 pm as he and a team of archeologists discover remnants of people that lived 10,000 to 5,000 years ago. This program reveals to us what it was like for the two civilizations that once thrived in what is the world’s biggest desert.

Next on Science Night, tune into  at 8 pm and uncover the unreported detail in which cyber weapons can inflict physical damage on our factories, power plants and pipelines… leaving us vulnerable to attacks.

Closing Science Night at 9 pm, the future of nanotechnology, search for life beyond earth and the science of light are discussed on Ted Talks Science and Wonder.

Science Night 6/1

This week, Science Night features back-to-back episodes of Genius By Stephen Hawking!

Genius By Stephen Hawking What Are We? at 8 pm
Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to find out what we really are. Self-assembling machines, light-up bacteria and the world’s first physical demonstration of evolution in action conspire to revolutionize their view of life.

Genius By Stephen Hawking Where Are We? at 9 pm
Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius. Can they measure the earth, the solar system and even the universe – and find our true place in the cosmos?

Science Night 5/25

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Learn about how humans triggered adaptation and evolution in the Coywolf and watch Stephen Hawking challenge ordinary people to think deeply about our universe and existence.

Nature Meet The Coywolf at 7 p.m.
The coywolf, a mixture of western coyote and eastern wolf, is a hauntingly beautiful carnivore found increasingly on the streets of North American cities. Its appearance is very recent — within the last 90 years — in evolutionary terms, a blip in time. The story of how it came to be begins in Canada but by no means ends there. It is a tale of how quickly adaptation and evolution can occur, especially when humans interfere.

Genius By Stephen Hawking Why Are We Here? at 8 p.m.
Join Stephen Hawking as he sets three ordinary people a truly mind-bending challenge: Can they work out why they exist at all? Hawking takes them down a rabbit hole of profound realizations, helping them think like philosophers as much as scientists.

Genius By Stephen Hawking Where Did The Universe Come From? at 9 p.m.
Join Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to work out where the universe came from. Hawking leads the trio on an extraordinary journey of discovery featuring racing cars, ice-skaters, balloons and running tracks.

Science Night 5/18

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This week on Science Night, go from seeing wild animal hospitals on Nature to being encouraged to think like a genius on Genius By Stephen Hawking.

Nature Jungle Animal Hospital at 7 p.m.
Witness the day-to-day drama at one of the world’s wildest hospitals deep in the Guatemalan jungle. A vet and his team take on dangerous challenges as they care for endangered animals – from stitching up a rare baby bird to wresting a crocodile.

Genius By Stephen Hawking Can We Time Travel? at 8 p.m and Are We Alone at 9 p.m.
Join renowned scientist Stephen Hawking as he challenges three ordinary people to think like a genius. Can they measure the earth, the solar system and even the universe — and find our true place in the cosmos?

Science Night May 11

Wednesday at 7 p.m., earn the value of teamwork among animal partners, even ones as odd but perfect as hippo and fish on Nature Nature’s Perfect Partners. Sea and land animals collaborate using brainpower to solve complex problems and stay alive.

Wednesday at 8 p.m., join NOVA Bombing Hitler’s Supergun as engineers, archaeologists, and WWII historians investigate Hitler’s supergun. And discover the two audacious missions designed to destroy the seemingly impregnable supergun complex, one of which is led by none other than Joseph Kennedy, Jr.

In the first two years of the war, Hitler’s Germany crushes its enemies in a series of lightning offensives. A new word is coined to describe this incredible string of successes; ‘Blitzkrieg’ or ‘Lightning War’. Learn about Hitler’s technical prowess on Nazi Mega Weapons Blitzkrieg Wednesday at 9 p.m.

Science Night May 4th

Nature The Last Orangutan Eden at 7 pm
Ecologist Chris Morgan (Bears of the Last Frontier) travels to the jungles of Northern Sumatra to document the work being done to save its population of wild orangutans, which is quickly dwindling due to deforestation.

NOVA  Operation Lighthouse Rescue at 8 pm
The Gay Head Lighthouse, a historic landmark perched high on the cliffs of Martha’s Vineyard, is soon to become the next victim of the ocean’s relentless erosion of the island’s cliffs. Join engineers as they race to rescue this national treasure.

NOVA Petra: Lost City of Stone at 9 pm
How did early engineers carve tombs into rock cliffs and funnel water to this desert city?

Science Night 4/27

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This week’s Science Night is all about how nature can work in our favor. At 7 p.m., see how our observance of owls helps us create innovative technology. Then at 8 p.m., learn how America’s national parks formed and how they benefit the people.

Nature Owl Power at 7 p.m.
Using the camera technology, computer graphics, x-rays and ultra-microscopes available in the modern world, take a new look at owls in more detail than ever before. The real stories behind how they hunt, how their vision and hearing work, and how they fly so silently are influencing 21st-century technology and design, from high-tech aircraft and submarines to innovative hearing aids.

National Parks: America’s Best Idea The Empire Of Grandeur (1915-1919) at 8 p.m.
In John Muir’s absence, a new leader steps forward on behalf of America’s remaining pristine places; a new federal agency is created to protect the parks; and in Arizona, a fight breaks out over the fate of the grandest canyon on earth.