Science Night 7/16

Love elephants? How about Australia? If so, you’ll love this week’s Science Night on KLRU!

A baby elephant orphan named Aisha was rescued by a woman who developed a bond with Aisha just like mother and daughter. When the foster mother goes away for a wedding, Aisha is struck as abandoned and refuses to eat. My Wild Affair tells the heartbreaking story of The Elephant Who Found a Mom at 7 p.m. on KLRU’s Science Night.

A break from elephant programming is next at 8 with NOVA traveling back 4 billion years to discover the Earth’s earliest life in one of the planet’s most enchanting lands, Australia. Australia’s First 4 Billion Years: Awakening takes a deep look into the beautiful landscape to find where our species perhaps began. Watch the preview above!

Find out how the Earth’s largest land animal reproduces and carries mammals’ longest pregnancy. Details and footage of conception and birth of 200-pound calves are featured on Sex in the Wild: Elephants at 9 p.m. on KLRU’s Science Night!

Science Night 7/9

Another Wednesday night, another chance to learn more about the world around us.

Starting at 7 p.m. on July 9th, Nature tells the story of one orphan otter from the Monterey Bay Aquarium in Monterey, Calif. Saving Otter 501 documents the aquarium’s 501st attempt to save an orphan otter, following the process of discovering her, rehabilitation, and learning how to dive, hunt, and eat.

A portrait discovered in 2009 quickly gained value of up to $100 million once it was tied to Leonardo da Vinci. NOVA goes to the experts that investigated the portrait’s history, and how exactly they did so. Mystery of a Masterpiece begins at 8 p.m. on KLRU’s Science Night! (Watch the preview above – you’ll be hooked!)

Continue investigating the history of da Vinci portraits – the most famous in the world, the Mona Lisa: is it the original? Follow scientists as they unroot history to solve the mystery on Secrets of the Dead: The Mona Lisa Mystery at 9 p.m. on this week’s Science Night.

Science Night 7/2

Join us for Science Night on Wednesday, July 2nd!

Starting at 7:00 p.m., Nature features a vital member of the food chain, salmon. Salmon: Running the Gauntlet explores possible solutions to repopulate the endangered species other than the farming, transportation and tanks currently used. Watch the extended preview above for a sneak peek!

NOVA follows archaeologists and forensic experts in Ireland’s County Tipperary to uncover the mystery of frozen bog bodies that were gruesomely murdered – who are they? What happened to them? Ghosts of Murdered Kings travels back up to 5,000 years ago to investigate the mysterious mutilated bodies at 8 p.m. on KLRU’s Science Night. (P.S. – watch the preview above!)

Next at 9 p.m., more buried mysteries are revealed: Secrets of the Dead‘s Bones of the Buddha tells the story of a colonial estate manager that accidentally discovered treasures underground in India in 1898. Find out what the ancient materials unveiled in history on Science Night!

Science Night! 6/25

Special programs from 7:00-10:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25th reveal fascinating scientific facts behind our everyday world.

Starting with Nature, Fabulous Frogs goes into the weird world of one of the most successful amphibians. Colorful, slimy, big or small, these fascinating creatures adapt to survive almost any habitat. Watch the frog feature at 7 p.m. on KLRU.

Next at 8 p.m., NOVA explores the Earth’s most severe natural disasters. Deadliest Earthquakes looks at a year one of the worst annual death tolls ever recorded, 2010. Focusing on the worst earthquake of the year in Haiti, American geologists sift through the aftermath of the storm that killed over 200,000 people.

A special NOVA presentation, Surviving the Tsunami, gets stories from survivors of the worst tsunami to ever hit Japan. Stories of a daughter pulling her elderly mother out of the water and to a rooftop, hear how ordinary citizens became heroes through the tragedy at 9:00 p.m. on KLRU’s Science Night!

Science Night 6/18

Nature zooms in on animals’ family lives in the surreal landscape of Africa, detailing the delicate processes of parenthood and young life starting at 7 p.m. on Wednesday.

Can scientists unravel the mysterious phenomena that lurk between Earth and space? Watch NOVA‘s At the Edge of Space at 8 p.m. on Wednesday.

Who really is the man behind the iconic image of Stephen Hawking? The film Hawking gives insight into the personal life of one of the most remarkable minds of the modern age, starting at 9 on Wednesday night.

Science Night 6/11

This week Nature looks at the bears in Alaska and Nova takes you into space!

Nature: Fortress of the Bears - 7:00 p.m.
Alaska supports the largest concentration of bears anywhere in the world who feast on mass amounts of salmon. For the first time when the salmon don’t arrive, their food chain is in jeopardy.

NOVA: Earth From Space - 8:00 p.m.
This film presents the Earth as you’ve never imagined. Satellite images transformed into spectacular sequences show us how dust from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon, an Antarctica “waterfall” that helps drive the world’s ocean currents, and more.

June Science Nights!

This month, take a break from sitcoms and dramas with some enlightening science programs on KLRU. Check out the lineup:

Wednesday, June 11
Nature: Fortress of the Bears – 7:00 p.m.
Alaska supports the largest concentration of bears anywhere in the world who feast on mass amounts of salmon. For the first time when the salmon don’t arrive, their food chain is in jeopardy.

NOVA: Earth From Space – 8:00 p.m.
This film presents the Earth as you’ve never imagined. Satellite images transformed into spectacular sequences show us how dust from the Sahara fertilizes the Amazon, an Antarctica “waterfall” that helps drive the world’s ocean currents, and more.

Wednesday, June 18
Nature: Great Zebra Exodus – 7:00 p.m.
This feature is not just on zebras, but a look at the nature of parenting and the fragility of young life in the wild. Watch various species in Africa as they experience procreation, new life and raising the young.
NOVA: At the Edge of Space – 8:00 p.m.
What’s between Earth and space? See scientists attempt to explore the phenomena on this science night.

Wednesday, June 25
Nature: Fabulous Frogs – 7:00 p.m.
One of the most successful amphibians, frogs are excellent survivors and adapters, while they’re also a little weird. Learn about the vast species of frogs from all around the world.
NOVA: Deadliest Earthquakes – 8:00 p.m.
2010 marked a year of severe earthquakes around the world, racking up one of the highest annual death tolls. Reflect on these devastating disasters and look further into the nature of the phenomena.

Science Night 5/28

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature American Eagle at 7 pm
Unique to North America, the bald eagle is the continent’s most recognizable aerial predator, with a shocking white head, electric yellow beak and penetrating eyes. In the 1960s, this symbol of the United States became an emblem of environmental degradation, as the pesticide DDT and other human pressures brought it to the brink of extinction. Following their protection as an endangered species, bald eagles have come roaring back. Photographed by three-time Emmy-winning cinematographer Neil Rettig, this first-ever HD hour on bald eagles focuses on the drama of the nest. Even in the best of times, it’s a surprisingly tough struggle to maintain a one-ton home and raise chicks until they can hunt on their own. This is an intimate portrait of these majestic raptors’ lives in the wild.

NOVA D-day’s Sunken Secrets at 8 pm
On June 6, 1944, the Allies launched the biggest armada in history to invade the Normandy beaches and liberate Europe from the Nazis. In less than 24 hours, more than 5,000 ships crossed the English Channel, along with thousands of tanks and landing craft and nearly 200,000 men. Throughout the operation hundreds of ships sank running the gauntlet of mines and bunkers, creating one of the world’s largest underwater archaeological sites. Now, NOVA has exclusive access to a unique collaboration between military historians, archaeologists, and specialist divers to carry out the most extensive survey ever done of the seabed bordering the legendary beachheads. Dive teams, submersibles, and underwater robots discover and identify key examples of the Allied craft that fell victim to German shellfire, mines and torpedoes. The team uses the latest 3D mapping tools to plot the relics on the sea floor. Highlighting the ingenious technology that helped the Allies overcome the German defenses, “D-Day’s Sunken Secrets” unfolds a vivid blow-by-blow account of the tumultuous events of D-Day and reveals how the Allies’ intricate planning and advanced technology was vital to assure the success of the most ambitious and risky military operation ever launched.

Science Night 5/21

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature The Gathering Swarms at 7 pm
This program looks at some of the most extraordinary swarms on the planet, including a view from inside a locust swarm, mayflies along the Mississippi, 17-year cicadas, and brine fly hatches over Lake Victoria. Superswarms of finch-like quelea in Africa merit attempts at control through assaults on their roosts, while aggressive swarms of silver carp in North American seem able to overcome any kind of restraint. Dangerous swarms of killer bees, however, can be controlled to the point that they can be worn as a human bee suit. But beyond the power of sheer numbers, increasingly complex and organized swarms eventually give rise to swarm intelligence that allows complex decisions to be made.

NOVA Bombing Hitler’s Dams at 8 pm
In 1943 a squadron of Lancaster bombers staged one of the most audacious raids in history — destroying two gigantic dams in Germany’s industrial heartland and cutting the water supply to arms factories — with a revolutionary bouncing bomb invented by British engineer Barnes Wallis. Wallis and the pilots of 617 Squadron — a lively mix of Britons, Australians, Americans and Canadians — were hailed as heroes and dealt a mighty blow to the German war machine. In this program, NOVA recreates the extreme engineering challenges faced by Wallis and the pilots with the aid of six spectacular experiments. A crack team of experts including dam engineers, explosives specialists, mechanics and aircrew step into the shoes of the Dambusters and attempt to overcome each obstacle in turn.

Science Night 5/14

Wednesday is Science Night on KLRU!

Nature Leave It To Beavers at 7 pm
A growing number of scientists, conservationists and grass-roots environmentalists have come to regard beavers as overlooked tools when it comes to reversing the disastrous effects of global warming and world-wide water shortages. Once valued for their fur or hunted as pests, these industrious rodents are seen in a new light through the eyes of this novel assembly of beaver enthusiasts and “employers” who reveal the ways in which the presence of beavers can transform and revive landscapes. Using their skills as natural builders and brilliant hydro-engineers, beavers are being recruited to accomplish everything from finding water in a bone-dry desert to recharging water tables and coaxing life back into damaged lands.

NOVA Escape From Nazi Alcatraz at 8 pm
Colditz Castle, a notorious prisoner of war camp in Nazi Germany, was supposed to be escape-proof. But in the dark days at the end of World War II, a group of British officers dreamt up the ultimate escape plan: in a secret attic workshop, they constructed a two-man glider out of bed sheets and floorboards. Their plan was to fly to freedom from the roof of the castle, but the war ended before they could put it to the test. Now a crack team of aerospace engineers and carpenters rebuild the glider in the same attic using the same materials, and they’ll do something the prisoners never got a chance to try: use a bathtub full of concrete to catapult the glider off the roof of the castle. As the hair-raising launch 90 feet up draws near, the program explores the Colditz legend and exposes the secrets of other ingenious and audacious escapes. Then, after a 70-year wait, the team finally finds out if the legendary glider plan would have succeeded.

Nazi Mega Weapons Fortress Berlin at 9 pm
April 1945. Hitler is in the center of Berlin, 10 meters underground, surrounded by four-meter thick concrete walls, safe from any air attack the Allies can throw at him. But the Russians are advancing on the ground: the Red Army is lined up along the Oder River and going for the Fuhrer. Blocking the way are rings of ingenious defenses, kill zones and strong-points that have turned Berlin into a fortress. At the heart of this fortress is the Fuhrerbunker.