Science Night 6/3

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.

Science Night May 27

Nature My Bionic Pet at 7 pm Wednesday explores how technology can save injured animals. 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.

He risked his life for the nation and became a world icon, but who was Neil Armstrong? Find out on NOVA First Man On The Moon, Wednesday at 8 pm.

John Glenn: A Life of Service, Wednesday at 9 pm, chronicles the extraordinary life and career of an American legend. The documentary surveys Glenn’s distinguished military, NASA and political careers through archival footage and interviews with lawmakers, journalists, historians and NASA colleagues

Science Night May 20

Nature Sagebrush Sea, Wednesday at 7 pm, explores of the most overlooked ecosystems on the continent: a massive sea of sagebrush that stretches across 11 states in the American West.

NOVA Rise Of The Hackers, Wednesday at 8 pm, goes behind the scenes of the fast-paced world of cryptography to meet the scientists battling to keep our data safe. They are experts in extreme physics, math, and a new field called “ultra-paranoid computing,” all working to forge unbreakable codes and build ultra-fast computers.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. Sahara With Michael Palin Dire Straits shows the explorer-adventurer at his very best, Wednesday at 9 pm.

Science Night May 13

Growing up is never easy, and finding food, avoiding predators and making friends does not always come naturally on Nature Animal Childhood at 7 pm Wednesday.

A deadly recipe threatens the survival of countless creatures throughout Earth’s oceans as carbon dioxide levels rise on Nova Lethal Seas at 8 pm Wednesday.

Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert on Sahara with Michael Palin at 9 pm Wednesday.

Science Night April 29

Nature Mystery Monkeys of Shangri-la at 7 pm
This is the true story of a family of Yunnan snub-nosed monkeys living in the highest forests in the world. Only recently discovered, snub-nosed monkeys are hauntingly beautiful primates, gentler than others of their kind. Elfin-like, they seem both childlike and wise beyond their years. 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 Manhunt: Boston Bomber at 8 pm
Which technologies worked—and which didn’t—in the race to track down the men behind the marathon attack?

Sahara with Michael Palin A Land in the Sand at 9 pm
Michael Palin’s epic voyages have seen him circumnavigate the globe, travel from the North to the South Pole and circle the countries of the Pacific Ocean, but perhaps the greatest challenge facing an intrepid explorer is crossing the vast and merciless Sahara Desert. There is no easy way to do it. This is Michael Palin, explorer-adventurer, at his very best. As the journey unfolds, the Sahara reveals not the emptiness of endless sand dunes, but a huge and diverse range of cultures and landscapes and a long history of civilization, trade, commerce and conquest stretching from the ancient Egyptians to the oil-rich Islamic republics of today.

Science Night April 22

Science Night this week celebrates the 25th anniversary of one of NASA’s most beloved projects – the Hubble Space Telescope – on NOVA. Plus: the final installment of Nature’s Animal Homes, and the story of Hitler’s Seigfried Line.

Nature Animal Homes: Animal Cities at 7 pm
For some animals, living in the midst of huge colonies of their own kind is the most secure and rewarding housing arrangement. Icelandic puffins form nesting colonies of more than a million, providing shared information about food sources and reducing the odds of attacks on individual birds. But colonies are useful for predators, too. Social spiders in Ecuador work together to capture prey 20 times the size an individual might subdue on its own.

NOVA Invisible Universe Revealed at 8 pm
Twenty-five years ago, NASA launched one of the most ambitious experiments in the history of astronomy: the Hubble Space Telescope. In honor of Hubble’s landmark anniversary, NOVA tells the remarkable story of the telescope that forever changed our understanding of the cosmos and our place in it. From its inception through its early days, when a one-millimeter engineering blunder turned the telescope into an object of ridicule, to the five heroic astronaut missions that returned Hubble to the cutting edge of science, NOVA hears from the scientists and engineers on the front line who tell the amazing Hubble story as never before.

Nazi Mega Weapons: The Siegfried Line at 9 pm
Five times the length of Hadrian’s Wall, Hitler’s Siegfried Line was one of the greatest fortifications in the history of warfare. The campaign to breach it took six months and cost the American forces close to 140,000 casualties. This is the story of the men who built it and those who gave their lives fighting to defend it and destroy it.

Science Night April 15

This week on Science Night: Not a “math person”? This week’s episode of NOVA might change that. The Great Math Mystery at 8 pm reveals how prevalent math is in our existence. Plus, Nature continues its look at animal homes, and Kamikaze investigates Japan’s WWII suicide bombers and their weapons.

Nature Animal Homes: Location, Location, Location at 7 pm
Finding a good base of operations is key to successfully raising a family. One must find the right stream or tree, the right building materials, neighbors and sometimes tenants. In the wild, every home is a unique DIY project, every head of household a designer and engineer. Cameras chart the building plans and progress of beavers, tortoises, hummingbirds and woodrats, examining layouts and cross sections, evaluating the technical specs of their structures, documenting their problem-solving skills. Animal architecture provides insights into animal consciousness, creativity and innovation.

NOVA The Great Math Mystery at 8 pm
We discover math’s signature in the swirl of a nautilus shell, the whirlpool of a galaxy, and the spiral in the center of a sunflower. Math was essential to everything from the first wireless radio transmissions to the prediction and discovery of the Higgs boson, and the successful landing of rovers on Mars. But where does math get its power? Astrophysicist and writer Mario Livio, along with a colorful cast of mathematicians, physicists, and engineers, follow math from Pythagoras to Einstein and beyond, all leading to the ultimate riddle: Is math an invention or a discovery? Humankind’s clever trick, or the language of the universe? The Great Math Mystery is a show for everyone: whether we think we’re good with numbers or not, we all use math in our daily lives. The Great Math Mystery sheds fascinating light on how math works in our brains and ponders the ultimate mystery of why it works so well when decoding the universe.

Kamikaze at 9 pm
As America threatened to invade Japan in 1944, the Japanese turned to desperate tactics: kamikaze suicide bombers. Now, experts are uncovering the clues to the terrifying weapons Japan sent into war: killer planes, rocket bombs and super torpedoes, all guided by human pilots. Exploring Japan’s coast, the experts uncover caves, overgrown bunkers and top-secret bases that hide the secrets to how kamikaze weapons were built and launched.

Science Night April 8

This week on Science Night: Nature takes a closer look at birds’ nests, NOVA investigates a massive terracotta army buried with China’s first emperor to serve him in the afterlife, and Nazi Mega Weapons tells the story of Hitler’s massive battleships.

Nature Animal Homes: The Nest at 7 pm
The first of a three-part series exploring the places animals live, Animal Homes: The Nest takes a look at the vast array of bird nests found in nature and how they’re built. Quite a few contain man-made materials – twine, bits of wire, even plastic bags. Each is a work of art, built with just a beak! All over the world, birds in the wild arrive at diverse nesting grounds to collect, compete for, reject, steal and begin to build with carefully selected materials, crafting homes for the task of protecting their eggs and raising their young.

NOVA Emperor’s Ghost Army at 8 pm
In central China, a vast underground mausoleum conceals a life-size terracotta army of cavalry, infantry, horses, chariots, weapons, administrators, acrobats, and musicians, all built to serve China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huang Di, in the afterlife. Lost and forgotten for over 2,200 years, this clay army, 8,000-strong, stands poised to help the First Emperor rule again beyond the grave. Now, a new archaeological campaign is probing the thousands of figures entombed in the mausoleum.

Nazi Mega Weapons Hitler’s Megaships at 9 pm
In the quest for world domination, the Nazis built some of the biggest and deadliest pieces of military hardware and malevolent technology in history. With brilliant, dark minds and a legion of captive labor at their disposal, the Nazis believed the path to ultimate victory was to out-build and out-engineer their enemies. This series uncovers the engineering secrets of three iconic mega structures, tells the stories of the evil geniuses that designed them and reveals how these structures sparked a technological revolution that changed warfare forever.

On Hitler’s Megaships: Hitler sees the battleship as the ultimate status symbol for his new Third Reich – and orders the construction of two vessels that are bigger, more powerful and more heavily armored than anything else at sea … but the British will stop at nothing until Hitler’s new mega weapons are at the bottom of the sea.

Science Night 4/1

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Science Night for April 1st features NASA’s Kepler mission and the conclusion of Cancer: The Emperor of All Maladies.

Nova Alien Planets Revealed at 7 pm 
It’s a golden age for planet hunters: NASA’s Kepler mission has identified more than 3,500 potential planets orbiting stars beyond our sun. Some of them, like a planet called Kepler-22b, might even be able to harbor life. How did we come upon this distant planet? Combining animation with input from expert astrophysicists and astrobiologists, “Alien Planets Revealed” takes viewers on a journey along with the Kepler telescope. How does the telescope look for planets? How many of these planets are like our Earth? Will any of these planets be suitable for life as we know it? Bringing the creative power of veteran animators together with the latest discoveries in planet-hunting, this film shows the successes of the Kepler mission, taking us to planets beyond our solar system and providing a glimpse of creatures we might one day encounter.

 

Cancer: The Emperor Of All Maladies at 8 pm Episode 3 of 3: Finding The Achilles Heel
This episode starts at a moment of optimism: Scientists believe they have cracked the mystery of the malignant cell, and the first targeted therapies have been developed. But very quickly cancer reveals new layers of complexity and a formidable array of defenses. Many call for a new focus on prevention and early detection as the most promising fronts in the war on cancer. By the second decade of the 2000s, the bewildering complexity of the cancer cell yields to a more ordered picture, revealing new vulnerabilities and avenues of attack. Perhaps most exciting is the prospect of harnessing the human immune system to defeat cancer. A 60-year-old NASCAR mechanic with melanoma and a six-year-old with leukemia are pioneers in new immunotherapy treatments, which the documentary follows as their stories unfold.

Science Night 3/25

The week of March 25, KLRU presents the wildlife of Ireland and the secrets of the bible!

Nature Ireland’s Wild River at 7 pm
The Shannon is Ireland’s greatest geographical landmark and the longest river. It passes through a huge palette of rural landscapes, where on little-known backwaters, Ireland’s wild animals and plants still thrive as almost nowhere else.

NOVA The Bible’s Buried Secrets at 8 pm
For the first time, more than a century of literary detective work and decades of archeological excavation in the Holy Land will challenge viewers with provocative new insights, including that most Israelites worshiped pagan gods and many believed that God had a wife, who was venerated as an idol. A story of science, history and faith.